SCHOENBUCH: PERFECTING THE ART OF HALLWAY FURNITURE

‘Feel welcome’ is Schoenbuch’s guiding principle and this superb, luxury German brand is very welcome as part of the newest line-up at Go Modern. We got to know these masters of hallway furniture earlier in the year on a trip to Cologne and we were instantly blown-away by what they produce.  If you haven’t come across them before, be prepared to be impressed!  The company specialises in uber stylish, modular designs for the hall area, in unique widths and heights, with depths starting from just 20cm, all designed to fit the narrowest of spaces.

Schoenbuch’s designers begin with the knowledge that no two hallways are the same, from city lofts to commercial buildings or the smallest of domestic hallways.  The strive to produce perfect capsule furniture collections to suit individual locations. The result: outstanding hallway clothes storage and system furniture alongside smaller accessories such as clever shoe boxes and unusual mirrors.

And if you’re looking for innovative colours you’ll be spoilt for choice!  Most items are offered in around 26 matt or gloss lacquer colours from the fashionable Dusky Rose (fab against a darker painted wall – try it with Farrow & Ball’s Downpipe or Little Greene’s Royal Navy) and shades such as Steel Blue or the subtle Vanilla to complete the design statement.

SCHOENBUCH HESPERIDE COAT RACK, MIRROR & SHELF

SCHOENBUCH HESPERIDE COAT RACK, MIRROR & SHELF

The beautifully minimalist Hesperide collection (above) is designed by Carsten Gollnick for Schoenbuch, and in this styled set up (dont forget its modular) there’s a five-hook coat rack, tall framed mirror, and two wall mounted shelves, all in an ivory matt lacquer finish. We’re secretly coveting this hallway!

And just to show how versatile this system is, here it is again (below) in a high gloss black lacquer. This combination shows a slimline shoe box with an upholstered seat/lid in leather, and a narrow sideboard.  There’s also another version of the Hesperide mirror, this one has a square frame including oval and round smaller mirrors.

SCHOENBUCH HESPERIDE ENTRANCE HALL COMBINATION 1

SCHOENBUCH HESPERIDE ENTRANCE HALL COMBINATION 1

Confession. We love shoes. And we LOVE this Basic Shoe Cupboard.  It epitomises what Schoenbuch does best – simple, stylish, clever design.  It’s offered with a depth of just 20cm and cupboard doors that open/close using a beautifully smooth, quiet gas-filled spring. Plus, you can customise it by chosing designs such as a tray top or tempered glass. This version, below, in a glamorous high gloss white definitely gets our vote!

SCHOENBUCH BASIC SHOE CUPBOARD / SIDEBOARD

SCHOENBUCH BASIC SHOE CUPBOARD / SIDEBOARD

Confession Two.  Coats and bags.  We also like these (just a bit!) and the Line Coat Rackdesigned by Apartment 8 for Schoenbuch, is another example of a very clever design idea.  And as a system for hanging coats and bags, Line looks, and is, perfect.  It’s got an adjustable fold-out hook for hangers or you could pop your coat straight on.  In the example below, there are three bag hooks in polished chrome. Simple and fabulous, it’s also in a huge variety of coloured lacquers or wood finishes. The citrus yellow next to the pebble and ivory works really well don’t you think.

SCHOENBUCH LINE COAT RACK

SCHOENBUCH LINE COAT RACK

So, if your hallway needs some clever storage input but you don’t want to sacrifice your high design ideals Schoenbuch is the answer.  Take a look at their full collection here.

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INTRODUCING MISSONI HOME FURNITURE

A very BIG announcement from us this month with the introduction of the most iconic of brands: Missoni!  We are thrilled to announce that Go Modern is now partnering with this very special, much loved Italian design house to sell MISSONI HOME FURNITURE.  We’ve been fans forever… so there’s much excitement in our bit of the Kings Road!

Missoni, as you are probably aware, was established in the 1950s as a small knitware business and grew to be the internationally recognized fashion brand.  Its colourful zigzag motifs, stripes, waves and patchworks of geometrics and florals are instantly recognisable. The Missoni Home line followed some years later, when the company’s beautiful fabrics were successfully transferred to a large collection of small home accessories.

Taking things one step further,  Go Modern is the first and only UK retailer to sell Missoni’s contemporary furniture collection which includes sofas, beds, armchairs, screens and a wide range of beautiful outdoor furniture.  Check out the full collection of our MISSONI HOME FURNITURE  here.

So, less chat…. let’s show you a few pieces….

New for 2016 is the MISSONI HOME ADAR SOFA – a beautifully slim-line sofa seen here in Missoni fabric Realeza, a striking monochrome geometric weave.  The Adar is a modular design and includes armless, central seating units along with left/right hand seats.  The covers are removeable and, of course, there’s an incredible selection of Missoni fabrics to choose from.

Missoni Home Furniture Adar Modular sofa

Missoni Home Furniture Adar Modular sofa

The MISSONI HOME TIAMAT SOFA is a wonderfully roomy, semi-circular sofa offering the perfect lounging design.  It’s pictured here in the vibrant Samoa fabric, taken from Missoni’s brand new Oriental Garden fabric collection.

Missoni Home Furniture Tiamat sofa

Missoni Home Furniture Tiamat sofa

And pop into our Kings Road showroom to see the fabulous MISSONI INNTIL SOFA by Bendik Torvin.  We think this sofa has a very ‘Missoni look’ about it, with its dynamic, unbroken flowing design. Come on in and experience your own ‘comfort zone’ (although do check our opening times… we try very hard not to lock our lovely comfortable, sleep induced customers in!)  The image below is of the Inntil in Missoni fabric Coomba, which is a pale silver/grey glossy cord.

Missoni Home Furniture Inntil sofa

Missoni Home Furniture Inntil sofa

Also by Torvin for Missoni is the GRAVITA RANGE (so called, according to Torvin, as sitting on this furniture creates a feeling of “being pulled towards the earth’s surface” – well, we’re all for a bit of that!).

Missoni Home Furniture Gravita sofa

Missoni Home Furniture Gravita sofa

Then there are the beds.  Gorgeous Missoni beds.  We love the MISSONI HOME SCREEN HIGH BED with its extra high headboard.  It’s designed by the Missoni Home Studio team and, if you’re wanting a real bedroom statement piece, choose the iconic Nador fabric that you see here, with the famous multi-coloured zigzag motif. Or, if you’re looking for less bedroom excitement, choose from their plain weaves, stripes, florals or luxurious mohair velvet (or, of course, supply your own favourite).

Missoni Home Furniture Screen high bed

Missoni Home Furniture Screen high bed

The ADAR BED simply says ‘sleep’ to us, with its comfy deep base and slim, partitioned headboard.  The mohair velvet fabric, mentioned above, has been used in this shot of the Adar – it’s the ultimate in luxury and this wonderful, relaxing teal velvet works so well don’t you think?

Missoni Home Furniture Adar bed

Missoni Home Furniture Adar bed

So do hop over from here and check out the full collection and indulge in a little Missoni history in the making.

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Turning The Indoors Out.. and Go Modern turns 10!

Well, apologies for our break in transmission… its been a busy few months!

For the whole of the London Design Festival in September, Go Modern discovered its green fingers, as we transformed our Kings Road showroom into a ‘magical outdoor garden sitting room – inside’ to showcase the very latest of our luxury outdoor furniture from Belgian manufacturer Manutti. We were also celebrating a very special anniversary as Go Modern turned 10!

Go Modern dressed for the London Design Festival

Go Modern dressed for the London Design Festival

Along with the two week indoor garden installation, we had the pleasure of hosting a special Festival event with leading French designer Lionel Doyen, who has created many of Manutti’s  designs, Melanie Bernard of Sunbrella, the internationally renowned all-weather fabric company, and Hilde Baeklandt of Manutti. The evening was a great success (with lots of top Belgian beer and our usual Italian cocktails – plant food!) and it was great to see so many of our customers. Our designers’ presentations were fascinating, covering the design challenges of working in this area, all-weather materials, trends in outdoor design, technological developments… and a few secrets of the trade.

Our inspiring ‘magical’ indoor garden room was created by top interiors stylist Hannah Bort.

Stylist Hannah Bort waved her magic!

Stylist Hannah Bort waved her magic!

Lionel Doyen’s latest outdoor design for Manutti is the San Collection. San is a wonderful Japanese inspired range – and it took centre stage in our window display for the whole of the Festival. Lionel explained the design process involved in creating San, the materials used and the technical challenges of designing something for the outdoors that also manages to retain a light, elegant look.

San - a 2017 design for Manutti. Lionel Doyen.

San – a 2017 design for Manutti. Lionel Doyen.

We also found space for the awe-inspiring Manutti Moon Island collection – wonderfully comfortable for lounging on (as our audience can testify!)

Manutti's Moon Collection

Manutti’s Moon Collection

Manutti’s latest range, Kumo, graced our lower-ground floor, sitting grandly aloft some specially created decking. With many colours to choose from, we opted for a striking plum colour, finished with some zingy Missoni Home cushions and it looked spectacular. The range is modular so we had fun playing around with the many different combinations we could achieve.

Missoni Kumo Collection

Missoni Kumo Collection

Also on display were ‘Leaf’ stools by Nicolette de Waart of ‘Design by nico’, one of the newest designers to joint the Go Modern stable. The Leaf stools are not designed for use outdoors but we couldn’t resist using them to add some great finishing touches to our Festival installation.

Leaf stools.  Design by nico

Leaf stools. Design by nico

Look out for Manutti’s designs on the terraces of luxury hotels, restaurants and spas all around the world, along with many elegant residential London gardens. Go Modern also has a very comfy terrace area where you can see just how well Manutti’s products withstand the elements, so do pop in and take a look. We know you’ll be impressed.

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Milan Design Week – materials and craftmanship

Milan Design Week is one of the highlights of the year at Go Modern.  The international furniture show, Salone del Mobile, spread across 20 exhibition halls is packed with exciting new designs and stands that, in some cases, could be theatre sets.

The city of Milan comes alive with visitors (the official figure for the show alone is a staggering 372,151) with pop-up shops, street installations, show room openings and a few cocktail parties thrown in for good measure.  And it’s where we see the latest designs from our partners and keep an eagle-eye out for new products that we know our customers will love.

Materials and craftsmanship were the buzz-words, with heaps of individuality thrown in for good measure.  Glass, wood, metals and beautiful finishes including hand-painted touches.

Extra special was the 80th anniversary of Bonaldo, one of our long-term partners, who work with some incredible, award-winning designers, and who this year had created a series of pieces to commemorate the big birthday.

Bonaldo's 80th Anniversary

Bonaldo’s 80th Anniversary

Designer Alain Gilles (he of the iconic, best selling Big Table) produced a number of new designs including the New Perspectives mirrors.  The oval shaped mirrors are designed to look as if they are reflecting another room, with the illusion cleverly created using hand-drawn lines in a cartoon/graphic style.

Bonaldo New Perspectives Mirror

Bonaldo New Perspectives Mirror

Gilles also created the Mass Table, with an unusual ‘light’ and ‘delicate’ base - a move away from the traditional table with its sturdy, solid frame.  Gilles says it’s also a ‘fun reference to hooped skirts of the 19th century, and the wireframe designers use in creating 3D designs’.  The Mass table (below) has a beautiful copper base – a metal still very much in evidence at this year’s show.

Bonaldo Mass Table

Bonaldo Mass Table

Como based Mogg, one of the newer companies to join the Go Modern stable, excited us with some truly great, innovative new designs, including the amazing Stucchi rug designed by Cristino Celestino for the company. A carpet imagined as a ceiling! Inspired by ancient classical ceilings, decorated with mouldings and traditional stucco, using flowers, fruit and little birds.  Too good for the floor?

Mogg Stucchi Rug

Mogg Stucchi Rug

We also LOVED their Crytsal lamps... echoing the packaging used for antique chandeliers. They’re made from solid wood with a steel frame and cable, and can be used as a pendant or table lamp. Designed by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerbra.  Definitely a light-bulb moment spotting these!

Mogg Crystal Lamps

Mogg Crystal Lamps

A brand new supplier for us and one that we are enormously pleased to welcome on board is Miniforms. Lots of  great pieces with designs for every room in the house and lots of stylish, colourful accessories too.  But their absolute piece de resistance has got to be Caruso – the ‘musical’ sideboard.  It’s actually a sideboard with a speaker and Bluetooth 4.0 connection offering excellent sound quality, designed by Paolo Cappello.  The large ceramic trumpet is its ‘standout’ feature and it comes in lots of bright colours or a limited edition 24 carat gold-plated version with vintage oak. It’s this one that will be gracing our Kings Road showroom soon!

Miniforms Caruso Sideboard

Miniforms Caruso Sideboard

 So just a few of the new designs from Milan that will be coming our/your way very soon – keep an ear out and make sure you don’t miss anything.

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Parental warning – this furniture might seriously improve your children’s tidiness

So week two of the UK spring/school holidays and we’ve noticed a marked interest in children’s bedroom furniture… with a big emphasis on storage.  There’s nothing like a holiday combined with cold weather to make you realise that your house is pulsating with a lot of small people and just too much stuff!  Well, we can’t offer Narnia but we can solve the problem of where to store everything.

Our Italian partner Battistella has come over all Mary Poppins like and created Nidi, a wonderful new range of children’s bedroom furniture, that includes everything from ‘hidden’ extra beds, to walk-in wardrobes, fitted cupboards, pull-down desks and incredibly neat storage ideas.

Nidi children's bedroom furniture

Nidi children’s bedroom furniture

It’s all completely modular so you can chose as much or as little of it as you want. With modifiable sizes, and tailor-made extras that will be unique to you – so, an extra cupboard, bunk bed steps arranged on the other side, pull-out toy boxes; they’ve thought of everything.  We’ve featured some room set images here to give you an idea of what can be achieved (and they also do rugs and wallpaper too).

Gino bunk bed

Gino bunk bed

The Gino bunk bed (above) has two beds, with a clever pull-out bed below that’s great for extra guests, or you can use the space for storage.  The top bunk can also be chosen as a ‘tipping bunk’ which will fold down neatly when it’s not in use. The wardrobe in this composition has been fitted at the side of the bunk and it’s a ‘walk-in’, with shelves and pull-down rails (so no excuses for a floordrobe!) and optional internal lighting.  And don’t worry about the graffiti – the finish of the wardrobe here is a rewriteable whiteboard surface (and it’s dry wipeable in case the artwork turns out to be a little too inspired!).

Tippy bunk bed

Tippy bunk bed

The Tippy bunk bed and desk is an incredible piece of design which incorporates two beds, storage space and a desk all in one unit. The desk is pulled down (by mechanised gas pump) to reveal the hidden second bed behind the desk. When the desk is needed, it simply pulls up, and the mechanism folds the bed neatly behind it. And, a good one this for teenagers, you don’t even have to move anything off the desk! There are also wheeled storage boxes available which will fit tidily under the second bed/desk.

Woody children's wardrobe & Hug children's storage bed

Woody children’s wardrobe & Hug children’s storage bed

Let’s talk colour – we’ve got a rainbow’s worth of them – from moody mauve to raucous red – with over 15 different lacquers to choose from. The design team at Battistella has also created a superb selection of finishing touches: the wardrobe door knobs come in 14 different colours, four sizes and can be placed in three different positions – so how cool is that. And there are lots of really ‘grown up’ details too – have a closer look at the Hug bed in the shot above and you’ll notice the ultra-stylish blanket stitching around the headboard, which can be done in matching or complementing colours.  And there’s more storage with an optional storage base.

Happy spring holidays!

(N.B. – Parental warning – the child in the above shot is a model and we’re assured that, even with our great Nidi furniture, his room isn’t normally this tidy!).

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Outdoor furniture spring/summer 2016 from Tribù

Nearly March and the weather IS slowly improving – there’s the odd chink of blue sky and the temperature’s heading in the right direction… not quite fast enough for those of us in the office who had been contemplating fingerless gloves… but in the meantime we’ve been drooling over some pretty cool new outdoor furniture designs from Tribù.

Tribù is an award-winning Belgian brand, although we’re hazarding a guess that their latest designs weren’t actually shot in Belgium but slightly further south – azure blue pools and verdant olive trees are not, as far as we know, a natural Poirot backdrop.

Belgium has pretty much the same weather as we do, so Tribù knows what it’s doing when it comes to designing outdoor furniture that’s completely weatherproof.  Their uber contemporary design will withstand anything the outer edges of the Northern hemisphere decides to throw at it – and given our average British summer who knows what that might be.

Tribu outdoor garden furniture

Tribu outdoor garden furniture

If you’re keen to get in on the ‘bring the indoors out’ trend (and who isn’t…)  and create that coveted extra garden room/extension to the house, then this is the answer.

Tribù’s fabrics are all extremely hard wearing and waterproof, and resistant to all those pesky outdoor weather hazards: mildew, rot, UV fading etc. Frames are also built with clever, hidden ‘water channels’ (a clever Poirot touch, n’est-ce pas?) and coated with special extra resilient finishes.

Tribu Natal Alu corner garden sofa

Tribu Natal Alu corner garden sofa

The other winning feature as far as we’re concerned is that all of Tribù’s designs look as though they could happily sit in the most stylish of sitting rooms.  Sleek, contemporary shapes, soft-to-the-touch fabric and clever finishing touches like the Ile side tables and Nomad poufs you can see in the picture above.

Tribu Vis à Vis garden dining table

Tribu Vis à Vis garden dining table

Planning a little alfresco dining?  Tribù’s Vis à Vis dining table, above, is designed by the renowned Piergiorgio Cazzaniga and we guarantee it will induce serious table envy amongst friends.

Rather than one large table top it’s cleverly made using individual square-shaped slats (perfect for water drainage) which can then be locked together to form 99cm x 99cm sections to create whatever size table you need – even as large as a whopping seven metres long.  We’ll be looking out for our invitation to that party!  It’s also made from beautiful East Java sustainable teak, so it ticks all our environmentally-friendly boxes, and it’s hand-picked to ensure the best quality.

Tribu Contour garden club chairs

Tribu Contour garden club chairs

There’s just one thing missing from the picture of the Contour garden club chairs – it’s crying out for that glass of crisp, cold white wine at the end of a lovely summer’s day. Or is that just us?

Luxuriously comfortable armchairs with lots of space to sit back and relax.  The woven backrests are incredibly supportive and made from plaited Tricord, a totally weatherproof material, which means that, as with all of Tribù’s furniture, you don’t constantly have to have one eye on the weather forecast.  They’re happy to sit on the terrace doing their own thing all year round.  Bit like most of us really.  And there’s some beautiful soothing colours to choose from like linen and wenge and you can also include the optional back cushions.

Tribu Neutra garden armchair

Tribu Neutra garden armchair

This is probably our favourite shot… no idea where it was taken (if you’re keen to know, let us know and we’ll have a word for you).  What’s not to like?  Shimmering blue skies, sparkling blue sea, a little heat haze – oh, and the striking Neutra chairs. Looks like something from a Warhol picture doesn’t it.

Tribù describes Neutra as having ‘elegance and simplicity’ and we love the triangular profile designer Vincent Van Duysen has created. They’re die-cast using an extremely high-pressure technique which results in a seamless, weldless frame that gives the illusion of an extra thin line totally belying how comfortable they really are.

We want to say “roll on summer” but of course we don’t have to!

Check out all of Go Modern’s outdoor garden furniture designs here. 

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Clever ideas for transforming small spaces

If you’re craving mores space (and aren’t we all) there are a number of new and very stylish designs around that will change your life - or at least stop you hankering after a bigger pad.

Italian manufacturer Ozzio® is the creative Italian company making exciting and unique transformable furniture.  The clever design team at the Milan based company have re-examined the shape and structure of traditional furniture pieces to create multi-functional products to suit the way we live. Neat coffee tables turn into dining tables, or a work bench/desk with storage; a smart wall unit with a TV screen, cleverly conceals a dining table for six, including fold-away dining chairs. Awesome, smart design ideas for 21st century living.

Smart Living

Smart Living

Ozzio’s Smart Living  is an all-in-one storage system with swivel TV screen. It not only neatly hides messy media cables etc. but has built-in storage for a pull-out, extending dining table (in a lower cupboard) plus space behind the TV screen for storing the dining chairs. Be impressed.  It’s also modular so you can choose to have bookcases/no bookcases or configure it as you like.  Lots of different colours and finishes too.

Newood coffee table/dining table

Newood coffee table/dining table

The Newood (above & below) is a transformable coffee table which turns into a large dining table, and the hidden gas-lifting mechanism won’t leave you feeling as if you’ve done a full work-out before dinner. When it’s fully extended it’s large enough to seat up to ten people – so, start writing those dinner party invitations. Really, no excuse.

Newood as a dining table

Newood as a dining table

The Markus coffee table (below) could give new meaning to ‘working from home’ (or even ‘working from your sofa’!).   Not only is it a really neat coffee table, it lifts and extends to create extra bench seating, with a desk-high table-top including plenty of space for laptops/iPads etc.  There’s even a handy drawer for notebooks and pens.

Markus - coffee table/work bench

Markus – coffee table/work bench

And the beautiful 4×4 table (below) has stolen our hearts.

4 x 4 dining table

4 x 4 dining table

The 4 x 4 starts as a compact dining table, measuring 100cm x 200cm, and ingeniously expands, via a unique geometric opening system, to 138cm x 254cm – providing a beautiful (and rare for a dining table) square shape.  Large enough for an extended family meal – or a small conference!

And here’s a treat for you – watch the fun Ozzio You Tube video showing a bit of geometric magic.  

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2016 colours: Rose Quartz and Cherished Gold

We’re tickled pink (ahem) that the main Pantone Colour of 2016 is… Rose Quartz.  So, basically pink… but there are so many variations on this shade that it’s easy to get it seriously wrong in an interior.

Rose Quartz, according to the experts over at colour specialists Pantone, is “a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months”.  So, there you have it. Hard to imagine the spring/summer months with our rotten weather at the moment but hopefully they’re just round the corner.

We love the way our Italian friends over at Bonaldo have used this colour on one of their newest bed designs, Picabia. The bed frame and three of the main headboard cushions are in shades of dusky pink, with other cushions plus the bed throw and wall colours, in complementing linens, wenge and greys. Beautiful!

Bonaldo Picabia bed

Bonaldo Picabia bed

Picabia is a really unusual bed design with five individual cushions that make-up the headboard, all of which can be upholstered in matching or contrasting patterns and textures, a nice alternative to opting for just one overall colour.

Bonaldo have also used shades of pink on their new Blazer armchair by Mauro Lipparini.

Bonaldo Blazer armchair

Bonaldo Blazer armchair

We love this design which Lipparini has had great fun with, creating a design silhouette that, he tells us, is similar to that of a jacket draped over the back of a chair. In this image, Bonaldo have used a great combination of materials, with a dusky pink fabric for the main seating and soft grey leather for the backing.  Those colour pairings never seem to fail. And the grey geometric wallpaper in the background gives it all a very grown up look.

A little closer to home, Dulux the paint people have chosen Cherished Gold as their 2016 colour. They’re also “celebrating the beauty of contrast, whether that’s the difference between pale and dark, or organisation and chaos”. We’re not sure on a personal level we ‘celebrate’ the contrast between organisation and chaos – just achieving a little more organisation would be welcome!

Novamobili’s contemporary Clio cupboard is available in a beautiful ochre finish (similar to Cherished Gold) along with four other finishes, and what we love about the styling here is the contrast between the striking deep yellow/gold of the cupboard set against the deep blue/grey of the wall. Two combinations that are complete show stealers, with the earthy gold adding a touch of glamour in an unshowy way.

Novamobili Clio cupboard

Novamobili Clio cupboard

As with any colours, lighting is incredibly important – a colour that might look great in daylight in a north facing room (low light) might look totally washed out under electric light.  Our neighbours, John Cullen, just along the Kings Road are the experts to talk to if you’re looking for some advice on how to cleverly light a room.

And some brand new and very stylish pendant lights here from Italian specialists Contardi Lighting, who have also used shades of gold, along with accents of blue, white and yellow in a fabulous new collection called Calypso.

Contard Calypso pendant lights

Contard Calypso pendant lights

Designers Servomuto have taken shapes from 1940s South America and added frosted glass diffusers to create a slightly industrial feel, with ceiling roses in satin brass.

So, whether it’s Rose Quartz or Cherished Gold – be inspired, be brave!  We have so many different fabrics to choose from at Go Modern it can sometimes be quite daunting – but isn’t it great to have left the acres of beige and taupe behind at last!

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Marvellous Marble!

Anyone pounding the vast exhibition halls of the international furniture show Salone Del Mobile, earlier this year (sore feet?  Yes!), will have noticed that one of the themes shouting very loudly was MARBLE. The marble trend has been creeping back for a while, in all its glorious forms, with even more gloriously exotic names:  Calcatta Gold, Emperador, Marquina black and Carrara white.  And it was everywhere at the prestigious Milan show.

Luxury brand Vibieffe have used it (below) on their Opera dining table – incredibly glamorous (and we really do like a bit of glamour at Go Modern!)

Vibieffe Opera dining table

Vibieffe Opera dining table

Stonemasons and architects have used it for centuries and British designers too have had an enduring love affair with it –  it pops up in almost every room of the house, adding a luxurious feel to bathrooms and kitchens, fireplaces and hallways. The use of marble in furniture isn’t something new but over the last few decades its popularity had definitely waned.  It had started to look, well, a bit overly-fussy and outdated (or simply ludicrously expensive!). But as we saw in Milan, it’s resurfaced as one of the hottest materials in contemporary furniture, with designers using modern digital technology to create wonderful 21st century products.

Porada’s  new and very beautiful Maskara dressing table was designed by Emmanuel Gallina and we’ve fallen head-over-heals for it, with its sophisticated marble top in dark brown Emperador or white Calacatta.

Porada Maskara dressing table

Porada Maskara dressing table

The new marble furniture shapes emerging have been kept fairly simple: the beauty of marble, with its characteristic swirls and veins, means that there’s already quite a lot of busy stuff going on within a design, so keeping the overall look fairly minimal allows the material itself to take centre stage.

Porada Ziggy dining table

Porada Ziggy dining table

Carlo Ballabio’s  Ziggy dining table is another great example of a simple, contemporary design that’s use of marble adds elegance.  With tops in black Marquina, white Calacatta or dark brown Emperador marble, combined here with a solid canaletta walnut frame. Marble will always evoke a feeling of tradition buts its current use with lots of contemporary twists such as combining it with real wood or strengthened glass etc brings it bang up to date.

One of our favourite designs of all time is Eero Saarinen’s ground breaking Tulip Table (originally made in fiberglass and later in marble) totally beautiful and utterly awe-inspiring when it was launched back in the 50s, and some of the current designs we’re seeing are continuing to excite us and break new boundaries in much the same way.

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Decluttering … post summer holiday chilling / pre Christmas madness

It’s usually after the summer holidays and in the run up to Christmas, with thoughts of extra family and friends coming to stay, that (panicky) minds turn to decluttering (well… confessions from most of us on the team reveals this one!). So, in an attempt to make life a little less stressful we’ve pulled out a few of our latest designs to help put a little order into the chaos most of us surround ourselves with.

If it’s bigger changes you’re looking for then wall units will definitely provide a long-term solution.  There are lots of different styles to choose from, all modular, which means you can create exactly the design you want.

Jesse wall hung cupboards

Jesse wall hung cupboards

The Jesse wall hung cupboards above are a great idea for creating some extra storage space, taking everything up and away from the floor.  They can be bought singly or used as part of a complete wall of units.  They’re also extremely easy to mount on most walls with the doors arranged to lift-up or pull-down, while cupboards can be hung side by side with one single top. They’re great for media storage too with channels for cables etc.

If you’re always falling over shoes and boots maybe it’s time to think of creating some dedicated storage for them.  Something that’s easy on the eye and even easier for, say, the average teenager to get the hang of.  Porada’s Girilla shoe cupboard  is an incredibly practical, mirrored, wall mounted cupboard. The two front sections open up to reveal 12 adjustable metal shelves perfectly angled to store your shoes or boots.

 

Porada Girilla shoe cupboard

Porada Girilla shoe cupboard

But if the thought of fitting wall units and cupboards before Christmas makes you reach for the drinks cabinet… maybe look at introducing a few smaller things to help.  Italian manufacturer Bonaldo creates fabulous designs with everything from sofas to dining tables and beds. They also think about the smaller things too and their ‘Secret’ ottomans , new this year, are extremely cool.

Bonaldo Secret ottamans

Bonaldo Secret ottomans

They come in three sizes and have loads of practical storage space underneath the padded lids, which also make extremely comfortable seats. They can be upholstered in matching material, or you can mix and match textures and patterns to suit the design of your room. They’re fab for storing newspapers/magazines, toys, or throws and cushions. Not quite big enough for packing away relatives but there’s always a first!

Bontempi Casa Lounge Coffee table

Bontempi Casa Lounge Coffee table

Likewise, Bontempi Casa has designed a clever and stylish collection of coffee tables called Lounge, with loads of inner storage space.  They’re made in wonderful shapes and great materials: the lift up lid/tabletop is made from lacquered aluminium with oodles of colour choices and the sturdy wooden frame can be upholstered in lots of different fabric from eco-leather to wool.

So, a few ideas there from us.  For more ideas, including our very stylish Note side table with clever side pockets for pens and papers, check out the decluttering post on the Homes & Gardens website. 

Lema Note side table

Lema Note side table

 

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