Loving Pianca 8emezzo

A month or two back we started introducing 8emezzo (Italian for eight & a half) which is a fresh new brand from well established Italian company Pianca. Its a great brand, the designs are directional but easy to live with & their 2013 collection is just fab. But one of the things we really love about it can be summarised in four words. UK king size beds.

As a rule Italian manufacturers make Euro King size beds (160cm x 200cm) & UK super king size beds (180cm x 200cm) but proper UK king size beds (150cm x 200cm) are as rare as the proverbial hens teeth. We have quite a few US Queen size beds in our king size beds section, but these are a few cms bigger, so your mattress needs to be a generously sized UK king (ViSpring work well, but memory foam ones tend to be exact sizing so don’t), & you need to tuck your bed linen & duvet in under the mattress. Continue reading “Loving Pianca 8emezzo”

Surprising Storage

If there’s one thing that most of us agree on it’s that our homes never have enough space to store everything.  It’s a modern day curse but, as we always try to look for the positive in things, the upside is that contemporary designers produce furniture that creatively uses every last available inch of space, producing designs that, for us, tick all the boxes – beautiful to look at, high quality and very practical too.

So, we’ve pulled together a small selection of some of our latest designs, all of which deserve praise for their quality and creativity – while sharing that great ability to surprise us with their ingenious hidden storage. Continue reading “Surprising Storage”

A New Year, with some exciting new brands

As anyone who is familiar with us knows, we like to keep moving! 2013 saw the introduction of several exciting new brands, Brittos (well made, great value Portuguese lacquered & wooden furniture), Mogg (cutting edge designer furniture) & Michael Tyler Quadro (brilliant UK made sofas) as well as the introduction of a range of hand made box spring luxury mattresses to fit our European bed sizes.  But its a new year, and we have several exciting new brands lined up for 2014.

First up, Ozzio Design. Masters of the transformable table, Italian company Ozzio use the very best German mechanisms to create tables that start out as console tables or coffee tables, & transform into stylish full size dining tables. No one has a larger collection of these than Ozzio, who also have a great range of extending dining tables & non extending coffee/dining tables, & their quality is superb, with everything designed to withstand plenty of use & to last for years.  Its a large collection, so we will be introducing it gradually – but we have two of Ozzio’s most popular pieces in our showroom, the Metro extending dining table in tobacco oak & anthracite, & the Box transformable coffee table. With homes in London shrinking we think these versatile tables will have plenty of interest.

Ozzio Box Transformable Table Continue reading “A New Year, with some exciting new brands”