Grand Designs Live and our Modulo sideboard!

We popped along to the Grand Designs Live exhibition at the weekend, as top interiors stylist Lizzie Chambers had borrowed our Modulo sideboard (the white matt lacquer with the oak top) to use in one of her interiors sets. It was a very buzzy show with some interesting exhibitors but the interiors sets were the highlight for us. Lizzie had gone for a white, turquoise and beige colour palette in the dining room piece, creating a calming effect, using muted background tones and colourful highlights in pattern and some of the smaller details.  She’d also mixed contemporary furnishings (our sideboard!) with vintage pieces creating a relaxed feel. Superb.

Modulo Sideboard, Grand Designs Live
Modulo Sideboard at Grand Designs Live Exhibition

As well as white matt lacquer, you can choose to have the top of the Modulo in walnut or keep to all matching matt white lacquer.

Modulo Sideboard
Modulo Sideboard

The Modulo sideboard is made by Tema Home, one of Portugal’s most popular contemporary furniture makers, who make a large range of furniture for dining rooms, living rooms and bedrooms.  Tema Home has plenty of matching designs, to see their entire collection click here, otherwise click here to see all of our sideboards.

When is Italian furniture not Italian?

Did you know that many of the collections of contemporary furniture that are ‘Made in Italy’ by Italian brands are not even made in Italy? Without naming names one of the biggest manufacturers of Italian sofas actually make a lot of their sofas in China. And another huge contemporary furniture brand have furniture made in China, & parts made in Romania & Bulgaria. We don’t sell any of these ‘Faux Italian’ brands, & probably never will but it’s certainly food for thought.

There is a ‘100% Made in Italy’ certification, but it’s not widely used in furniture yet. At the moment the only way you can tell is price. Theres no such thing is inexpensive Italian furniture, just like theres no such thing as a free lunch!

The Manutti Zendo collection – still stunning

Belgian manufacturer Manutti recently released several new designs for 2013, which we loved (& duly blogged about), but their most popular is still the ground breaking Zendo range, which we introduced to London at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2010. With ultra modern, clean lines & anodised aluminium bases Zendo was a revolutionary new syle of contemporary garden furniture – it looked like it belonged indoors yet was fully waterproof & weatherproof! The collection includes seating & a sunlounger & although, like all of Manutti’s outdoor furniture it’s not cheap it’s been our most popular ever collection.

Manutti Zendo Armchair
Manutti Zendo Armchair

The Manutti Zendo armchair in white Nautic leather. Great if you haven’t quite got space for the Zendo sofa, or just prefer relaxing in an armchair to a sofa. £1770 inc VAT.

Manutti Zendo Sofa In Nautic Leather
Manutti Zendo Sofa In Nautic Leather

The larger of two fixed size (non modular) sofas, the Manutti Zendo sofa could so easily pass for one of our classy Italian made contemporary sofas – but make no mistake this is as ultra hard wearing garden sofa. £4580 inc VAT

Manutti Zendo Garden Sofa in Pebble
Manutti Zendo Garden Sofa in Pebble

The most popular sofa in the Zendo range, the Manutti Zendo Modular Garden Sofa consists of different sized units that can be combined to suit. The sofa here is seriously large, but most of the Zendo sofas we sell are a little smaller! POA

Manutti Zendo Sun Lounger in Speckle
Manutti Zendo Sun Lounger in Speckle

Finally the Manutti Zendo sun lounger. With fully integrated upholstery this is one comfortable sun lounger! Not to mention stylish. £2240

We love good quality contemporary furniture, & as far as garden furniture goes this is pretty much the top of the market, & if you are looking for similar pieces to match (dining chairs etc) take a look at the Manutti Liner range. Many of Manutti’s garden tables have anodised aluminium legs too, to match the Zendo/Liner bases. See our whole Manutti collection here, or on Archello.