Winter whites and a touch of glamour

Our Kings Road showroom plays host to a regularly changing display of modern art, beautifully curated by our friends over at Tag Fine Arts.  One particular piece, ‘Balloon’ by Dede Johnston, is over a meter wide and one of five signed editions.  It’s from a series entitled ‘The New Wilderness’ and is a C-type print of a scene from Courcheval, France.  It’s wonderfully ethereal piece and captures the perfect stillness that a fall of snow always brings.  Look carefully and you’ll see a tiny hot air balloon floating above the clouds, creating a complete sense of awe at the scale and beauty of our natural world.

Balloon by Dede Johnston

We always associate white with winter, whether it snows or not (increasingly not in London).  It’s a colour that provides a sense of calm and order, and it’s beautifully versatile.  It’s obviously used a lot in Scandi interior design, paired with natural woods and neutral shades to create a stylish, laid back look.  We love it and it’s perfect for that minimalist, contemporary look.

Bonaldo’s award-winning Octa extending dining table (below) is a magnificent piece of design by Bartoli Design for the stylish Italian brand. The table base is made from eight, white metal legs, like the old-fashioned game of pick-up-sticks.  They look incredibly light in appearance but, and as you would expect, are actually very strong and stable.

Bonaldo Octa extending dining table

The Octa also comes in four sizes and the table top can be finished in white acid treated glass, as seen here, or ceramic. The steel legs as mentioned have been lacquered in white here but you can choose from lots of other colours including anthracite grey, bordeaux, chromed or black nickel. The stylist has used Bonaldo’s My Time dining chairs, upholstered in a white Skay ecoleather, which is a high quality faux leather. The overall look, set on a deep pile grey carpet and using over-sized white lampshades, ticks all our winter wonderland boxes.

Decoflame Ascot bioethanol fire

The colder winter days also mean turning the heating up/on, and a real fire, we have to confess, cannot be beaten.  But we think our bioethanol fires come pretty close to the real thing – without all the hard work of buying/collecting firewood and cleaning up the ashes the next day. They also spring to life at the touch of a button and are pleasingly eco-friendly.

Bioethanol fires use high grade liquid bioethanol, a green fuel, which doesn’t generate any harmful gases, sparks or soot.  They are very simple to install (hurray!) and you don’t need to have a chimney, flue or gas supply to use them. They have a superb heat output too, as well as long burning times – up to eight hours – which should keep you toasty all evening.  We have a wide range of designs, including those from Danish Decoflame and Spanish brand Cocoon.  As the temperature tumbles we use a couple in our own showroom; one suspended from a pole in the window, which can be angled to heat the front part of the showroom and which invariably gets lots of attention, and one down in our office area to keep us nice and cosy.

The  Ascot Lux bioethanol fire (above) from Decoflame is a fully portable, freestanding fire, designed to sit in an existing fireplace or it can even be used as a freestanding piece. It’s available in three sizes, with three different burners depending on the amount of heat you like and your available space. The burn time for this one is around six hours. The Ascot design also includes toughened glass screens to shield the front or back of the fire.

Miniforms Soko sideboard

There’s nothing like white for adding a touch of glamour. Minforms  Soko sideboard (above) is a great addition to their new collection and we’ve picked out the white lacquered finish here to fit our theme, but it comes in bolder versions such as Veronese green, Intense blue, or Masala red.  To add to the glamour, the Soko doors feature laser cut decoration and, for additional luxury, bright copper handles. There are two different sizes to choose from and the internal shelves are lacquered wood or glass. Optional extras include an internal air filter and an integrated vase.

Tonelli Design City Life mirror

Over-size mirrors are used by stylists and interior designers the world over as a great way of introducing extra light into a dark winter room.  Italian glass wizards Tonellli Design have produced a truly impressive new mirror this year called City Life.  Designed by Francesca Arrighi, the City Life mirror is an impressive 120cm or 180cm in diameter.  A fantastic statement piece, its scale is hard to admire from the image alone (check out the corner left of the image above, where you can just about see an armchair and then really appreciate how large this mirror is).  The edge and the centre of the mirror feature intricate geometrical  patterns – small rhombus crowns – and the various layers of the design are created using a water-cutting process.  We’ve used a picture of the smoked version here but it’s also available in very striking bronze and gold finishes.

Cinquenta Sotto fitted wardrobe

Creating a sense of space is always something that we are all constantly trying to improve on and storage is a large part of this quest.  The Sotto design (above) is our idea of how to get it right and how to keep it stylish.  Finished in off-white and styled with a pale grey floor and rug, plus natural wood accessories, the design has used that awkward under stairs space very efficiently, with doors tailored to fit with the slope of the stairs.  We have fitted something very similar in the Go Modern office and it looks soooooo smart!

Running off the wardrobe space are a series of built in shelves of different shapes, heights and sizes.  It’s incredibly practical, with lots of internal accessories, and very pleasing on the eye.  The Sotto collection can be installed as a built-in design or made totally free standing.  You tell us what you want and our team of designers will measure up and work it out for you. We’ve also got a first-rate team of installers to complete whatever project you have in mind. The design uses a high quality melamine and there are two categories available for the finish.  Colour samples can be seen in our showroom or on the website.

If you’re sad that the garden is becoming increasingly out of bounds as the nights get longer and the winter chill gets sharper, don’t forget our amazing range of high tech outdoor furniture.  Many pieces can be left out all year round and are specially made to withstand the harsh weather of our northern climate. We have some great outdoor lighting too.

Contardi is a brand we have long admired and their lighting ranges are very impressive.  They can supply schemes for whole room lighting through to small accessories that will certainly lift the winter gloom.

Contardi Muse outdoor lamp

Created especially for the garden, the pretty Muse outdoor lamp  will look fabulous anywhere – on a garden table, on the terrace, or placed simply on the ground.  It was designed by Tristan Auer and  comes in two sizes.  The design also has a plaited leather, waterproof handle, making it easy to move around. You can choose from versions in white pearl or matt black, which both have a satin acrylic shade, or bronze which has a smoked plexi-glass shade with a brown leather handle.

So create your own winter wonderland this year with stylish designs that will add a little glamour and carry you through the dark days of winter and beyond.

We’ve also currently got our winter sale… 15% off all purchases over £1,000 – just use the coupon code WINTER.

Top Tips: Interior Trends for 2019

Sometimes it’s difficult to get a handle on emerging trends…are metallics STILL with us, will taupe ever go away? But this season we’ve had no problems spotting what’s going to be BIG in the world of interiors next year.  Think COLOUR.

Beautiful jewel tones: sapphire blues and yellows, garnet reds, emerald greens, aqua marine… wonderfully rich colours that will breathe life into a room, complement  existing schemes or add a striking pop of colour to a room (for those of us still in love with our Down Pipe Grey walls – you know who you are).

Bonaldo Panorama Collection
Bonaldo Panorama Collection

Bonaldo’s new Panorama collection, designed by Fabrice Berrux, is a great example. The modular design has a wealth of beautiful fabrics to choose from and the covers are all fully removable. You can also mix and match different fabrics and colours, as Bonaldo boldly demonstrates here, and the sofa pleasingly comes in three different sizes. The armchair is also cleverly designed to slot together with the sofa and pouf to create a larger seating area.

Saba Italia's Geo Collection
Saba Italia’s Geo Collection

Saba Italia’s new Geo Collection has also wowed us lately with the vast range of luxe fabrics on offer, including plush velvets (a trend that is definitely hanging around for 2019).

Both Saba and Bonaldo have also embraced a move towards more organic shapes. The Geo, designed by Paolo Grasselli, has deep proportions, gently curved arms and backrests, and is designed to ‘hug’ the body. And lets face it who doesn’t love a hug. And in answer to the question, “are metallics STILL with us?”.  Yep.  Note the copper and satin brass finishes offered with the leg design of the Geo.  We’re still in love with metals – and the Geo range shows us why. It’s simply one of the best ways of injecting glamour and sophistication into a design.

Mogg Madama Pendant Lighting Collection
Mogg Madama Pendant Lighting Collection

Always ahead of the curve, innovative Como based design-house Mogg  produced an earlier collection of lights that tap into another of 2019’s hotly tipped trends: fringes and tassels.

The Madama pendant light collection was designed by the incredible Cristina Celestino  (confession: ‘girl crush’ – we have Celestino’s amazing glass dressing table, Opalina, in our Kings Road showroom at the moment and it is THE most beautiful piece of design – if you haven’t seen it, please, please pop in to drool over it with us). The design of the Madama lamps was apparently inspired by the stiff petticoats used in the nineteenth century to make dresses and skirts more voluminous. They’re fun, sumptuous, colourful and fascinating, adorned with luxurious fringes and ribbons. We’re not sure that we’d welcome the ‘voluminous look’ back to the fashion catwalk but these lights are definitely a winner.

Mogg also got the trend for botanicals far earlier than anyone else and that trend is destined to keep on blooming.

Mogg Amazzonio Floor Lamp
Mogg Amazzonio Floor Lamp

We’ve always loved pot plants in our houses but boy haven’t they taken off in the last couple of years. And for those of us who can kill anything green by just looking at it, it’s officially no longer naff to have artificial or faux house plants. In fact they’ve become a trend in their own right, helped by the amazing number of real-looking fake plants on the market now, from palms to succulents to entire trees. Look out for botanical wallpapers, botanical fabrics… just anything botanical.  Mogg’s Amazzonio lights, as pendants or brand new for this year, a floor lamp, are by designer Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba for  this great little company. They were showcased in Milan earlier in the year where they picked up countless fans, us amongst them. The evergreen design is created by layering variously sized plastified ‘leaves’ and, as the name suggests, the look is meant to conjure up the Amazon rain forest.

When it comes to entertaining, ‘staying in’, we’re told, ‘is the new going out’. Lots of designers are now producing cool accessories for mixing your own cocktails or decanting drinks into smart looking carafes. Is this another 70’s revival along with vinyl records and record players, raided from dusty lofts, or simply nostalgic purchases.  Or do we all secretly just love hunkering down with a good box set and a tipple?  Entertaining at home is always fun, and providing guests with an array of fancy drinks even more fun.

Lema Winston Drinks Cabinet/Bar
Lema Winston Drinks Cabinet/Bar

The Lema Winston Drinks Cabinet/Bar is a true box of wonders. The interior of the cabinet is incredibly well equipped with drawers, bottle holders, removable compartments and subtle lighting. Designed by Christophe Pillet, the Winston has echoes of traditional Chinese cabinets. It’s a very stylish piece of furniture that offers up no clues as to what the interior might hold. Pillet used beautiful solid Canaletto walnut for the exterior frame and the interior is lacquered in ombra with leather inserts, while the base is made from bronzed metal. So, forget the drinks; this is surely a piece of design that you should invite friends round to simply ogle – then you can step in with your ‘shaken but not stirred’ routine.

For everyone who has loved the industrial look that’s been around awhile, you’re also in luck. It’s here to stay. Luxury brand Vibieffe’s new Ribbon table is a striking piece of design that will fit any industrial vibe you’re trying to create.

Vibieffe Ribbon Dining Table
Vibieffe Ribbon Dining Table

Designed by Gianluigi Landoni, the table frame is in solid steel and the legs have a burnished finish. The table top adds to the over all industrial feel with a concrete-effect material, that not only looks superb but is also totally stain-proof.  It comes in two sizes, either 210 cm or 250cm wide.

Tonelli Design have also recently produced a stunning industrial feel dining table in the form of the T5  (which we mentioned in our ‘family friendly dining tables piece last month).  Designer Giulio Mancini tops his new design with a beautiful marble-look ceramic glass and then given it a seriously impressive lacquered, solid metal central base, which can be chosen in graphite black, matt or white brushed bronze.  So, if  you’re looking for ‘industrial meets luxury’ this table will certainly do it for you.

Tonelli Design T5 Dining Table
Tonelli Design T5 Dining Table

There you have it: jut some of our latest products that fit very nicely into 2019’s ‘trend spotting game’.  And even if you are totally not into ‘trends’ we hope you’ll agree that there are some seriously impressive pieces of design in this line-up – whatever your 2019 style might be. Check out our full line up on the Go Modern site 

If our customers are happy – so are we!

It kind of goes without saying doesn’t it (but we will): If our customers are happy – so are we! And we really love to get feedback… but then to receive photographs of furniture in its new home is the icing on the cake.

So we were delighted when clients from Sevenoaks in Kent contacted us to say how pleased they were with their recent purchases.  So pleased that they wanted to share the results! So we thought we’d share them with you too… and we think you’ll agree the results are just fab.  But, no more from us… here’s what they had to say (and we’ll sit here quietly blushing):

“We were looking for some statement pieces to use in our home, as we’d just undertaken a huge re-refurbishment. We’d waited many years for the moment when we could finally buy some beautiful furniture! We luckily came across Go Modern and were immediately struck by the stunning designs and large range of choice – many unique pieces caught our attention.

We knew from the outset that we were going to use large format tiles as the canvas for the room, and we needed furniture that was going to work with that style and our kitchen.  We chose some beautiful, large limestone effect porcelain tiles, Orion, from The Little Tile Company which look fabulous and were used throughout the whole area.

Our first search was for a dining table, and we absolutely loved Go Modern’s Bonaldo Big Table. Not only is it topped by a gorgeous, heavy piece of oak, but the legs and overall design are beautiful – it’s the real talking point of the whole dining area.

Bonaldo Big Table
Bonaldo Big Table

Then there was the sideboard.  When we saw the Jesse Plateau sideboard we knew it would work perfectly. It’s a large piece but has a great sleek look, and the internal red detailing is something you just don’t find ordinarily.

Jesse Plateau Sideboard
Jesse Plateau Sideboard
Jesse Plateau sideboard
Jesse Plateau sideboard

We also wanted to have a TV in the room, but not all the horrible hardware that goes with it, and we spotted the Avante TV unit.  Perfect. Stylish, sleek but practical too – it neatly hides all the cables, has small glass legs, a push-open door and high gloss finish.  It really becomes a part of the design, whereas most cabinets of this type are normally just practical and that wasn’t enough for us.

Avante TV Unit
Avante TV Unit

We finished with some great bar stools, the Bontempi Nata. We wanted stools that were stylish, luxurious and yet comfortable, that our family could sit around on for hours and these fitted the design perfectly, especially with the high backs.

Bontempi Nata Bar Stools
Bontempi Nata Bar Stools

We initially saw the Go Modern furniture online but also visited the London showroom. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and took their time with us during the whole process.”

How fantastic.  Thank you. We are really chuffed to get such great feedback and, although we love what we do, it made our day to get such praise.

And if anyone else would like to share their happy purchases we’d love to show them off for you. Hop over to the Go Modern site now (and we’ve also got a Summer Sale!).

Winter Glamour. Metallic Style.

The Kings Road always looks quite magical at this time of year.  Shop windows come alive, trees are festooned with lights and there’s a general air of bonhomie. London is the very best place to be (OK we’re a little biased) with so many great events.  Kew Gardens is always worth a trip, transformed as it is after dark with more than a million fairy lights.  Could you ever tire of productions of the The Nutcracker, while The Old Vic has a new version of A Christmas Carol.  There are lots of Christmas Markets too including the Nordic inspired event at the South Bank, where the Thames riverside is also transformed with 1000’s of twinkling, glittering lights and a huge tree.

So to add to the general glamour of the winter season, here are some of our newest designs, with a touch of metallic style to add to the shininess of the season.

Bonaldo Big Table
Bonaldo Big Table

The award-winning Big Table is back – as the ‘small’ Big Table. Bonaldo have relaunched Alain Gilles’ amazing design in a smaller, more compact version and with the addition of some stunning metallic finishes to the legs.

Cop Dining Table
Cop Dining Table

Also new from Bonaldo, Roberto Paoli’s Cop table.  The fun, innovative table legs are shaped like bottles and glasses and here you can see them in a beautiful burnished metal finish. How glamorous is that? Lots of other colours on offer for anyone not brave enough to buy into the metallic trend.

Ozma Wall Mirror
Ozma Wall Mirror

The beautiful Ozma Wall Mirror was created by Viola Tonucci for luxury glass furniture specialists Tonelli Design. It’s a large round and concentric shape, with a central rim in gilded metal, which can be removed and used as a table centerpiece.  The lights are the Madama pendant lights by Mogg, the quirky Como based brand that produces innovative designs that are always a little outside of the norm.

Eris Pendant Light
Eris Pendant Light

For sheer style, elegance and more than a touch of glamour whatever the season, you really don’t need to look much further than the wonderful Galotti&Radice. The exquisite Eris Ceiling Light is designed by Massimo Castagna for them, and as it’s hand-finished each piece is unique. The impressive 210 cm tall structure is painted in black bronze, with bright satin hand-burnished brass and black chrome components.

So, here’s to a wonderful festive, shiny season with you and yours from all at Go Modern.

A Georgian apartment interior design project

We work with some truly talented interior designers here at Go Modern and we were incredibly impressed with a recent design project that we thought we’d share with you.

Furnish Interior Design is based in the heart of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.  They’re a fun, very creative bunch and passionate about what they do. Their brief was for a beautiful Georgian apartment in Cheltenham, and in the following pictures you can see the open-plan space they worked on using a number of different pieces, including some from the Go Modern collection – the Lars sofa and Nikos armchair from Bonaldo, and the New York Suite sofa from Saba Italia.

Furnish Interior Design’s clients requested a scheme that would be both luxurious, rich and calming but introduce edginess to contrast. Director Daniel Cook from Furnish described the project to us. Read on to see how it was achieved…

“The scheme was a delight for Furnish to work on; we were overwhelmed with the apartment’s Georgian architecture. The tall ceilings, room proportions and original features such as the fireplace and decorative hand-crafted coving contribute to the strong character of this apartment. They were all elements that we of course wanted to celebrate and consider within the design.

Georgian apartment, Cheltenham
Georgian apartment, Cheltenham

“Our clients had a desire for us to create a space that had a subtle connection between each room whilst maintaining intrigue and a sense of individuality. The colour palette of the reception sets the scene for the rest of the apartment where the punches of colour and geometric shapes can be seen throughout.

“Earthy grey tones for the walls were inspired by those that exist in the marble fireplace. The neutral walls and organic nature of the sisal carpet helped to set the calming backdrop. Juxtaposing this, bursts of blues, mustard yellows and magenta showcase as signature colours in the sofa, rug, cushions and accessories throughout.

Bonaldo's Lars sofa (R) Nikos armchair(L) Saba Italia New York Suite sofa
Bonaldo’s Lars sofa (R) Nikos armchair(L) Saba Italia New York Suite sofa

“The amazing Saba New York sofa sitting in front of the black sculptural character of the Tom Faulkner furniture in the dining area adds the perfect injection of beautiful mustard yellow. The artwork by Miranda Carter was commissioned especially to subtly pick up on these yellow tones and add gentle blues, reflected in the cushions by Jessica Zoob.  A huge bespoke antique mirror rests on the fireplace allowing the details of the ceiling and large-scale gliding pendant light to be bounced back into the room.

Georgian apartment, Cheltenham - Bonaldo Lars sofa
Georgian apartment, Cheltenham – Bonaldo Lars sofa

“It was an especially tricky project for Furnish as our clients are based in Bermuda. Therefore, most communication, design presentation and development had to be achieved via Skype calls and emails. Through the use of intricate and detailed mood boards, material sample boards, technical plans and drawings we were able to clearly determine, communicate and successfully achieve the look and feel for our clients perfect space.”

Profile of the Saba Italia New York Suite sofa
Profile of the Saba Italia New York Suite sofa

So, job extremely well done Furnish Interior Design – and we look forward to being of service for your next exciting project.

CREATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR OUR SPACE-HUNGRY LIVES

There’s something about the post Christmas period and start of a New Year that prompts, in most of us at least (quick straw poll of the Go Modern team), a desperate feeling of needing more space. Or at least a big declutter. Or maybe we should have just got out more over the holiday!

The great thing is that there’s no need to compromise on style to achieve more space. Lots of the brands we work with have used their creative energy to come up with some very clever and stylish products that will maximise your existing space and give you the cool, sleek, uncluttered look you dream of.

To kick-start your search we’ve pulled together just a few ideas that might help…

Mogg DPI wall units
Mogg DPI wall units

Quirky Italian brand Mogg creates lots of great furniture that makes us think differently about conventional design. These fab wall units (above), called DPI, have a slightly industrial look, which we love, and they’re modular/varying sizes.  The styling here shows them used very creatively as a wall hung bedside table and book storage.

Novamobili Wall Unit/Bookcase
Novamobili Wall Unit/Bookcase

And talking of books, we’ve got tons of them (even more since Christmas!).  Like good friends you never want to part with… kind of.  But what to do with them all if you don’t operate the ‘one in/one out’ system?  Novamobili are the people to ask – specialising in wall units (and some great wardrobes) that ooze Italian style.  The Wall Unit/Bookcase 08 (above) has a very ordered, contemporary look with bookshelves split into individual compartments to help with the sorting, along with sleek, complementing drawers. Plus…all your TV cables, DVD systems, audio equipment, the whole lot, can be hidden away neatly in specially created channels and behind panels, so the dreadful electronic spaghetti cable mess need never haunt you again.

Novamobili Wall Unit/Bookcase 04
Novamobili Wall Unit/Bookcase 04

Here’s another smaller version of the Wall Unit/Bookcase above, showing just how versatile this great system is.

And dont under-estimate the amount of storage a good storage bed will give you.

Bonaldo Cuff storage bed
Bonaldo Cuff storage bed

Bonaldo’s Cuff bed (above) is an uber stylish storage bed (with some very neat leather inserts on its headboard) and has what’s called a ‘Comodo’ storage base.  This is where the whole of the top lifts up with the help of gas pistons.  This means that not only will your bed stay made, always a big plus in our book, but you won’t have to shift any bedside furniture around before you can retrieve whatever it is you’ve stored. Anything to make life a tad easier!

Ozzio are a young Italian brand who major in space saving, transformable furniture.  From wall units that hide dining tables for eight (seriously) to cute coffee tables that have hidden storage and transform, like the one below, Bellagio, into a desk or something called a ‘dinette’ table. Great for TV dinners or a bit of sofa home-office working.

Ozzio Bellagio coffee table
Ozzio Bellagio coffee table

So, there you have it.  Five interesting, stylish designs from us that will help with our space-hungry lives – and maybe even restore a bit of sanity, who knows!  Lots more on the Go Modern site so do check them out! www.gomodern.co.uk

PS – We’ve also got a winter sale on at the moment – so hop over and make the most of it!

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.

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!

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

 

Autumn: big comfy sofas and toasty (bio-ethanol) fires

Autumn’s well and truly here… crisp, misty mornings, skylines filled with beautiful burnished golds and bronzes… country walks and pub lunches in front of roaring fires…

The clocks go back on the 25th of this month; the end of official summer time, by way of an Act of Parliament which goes back to 1916 (although it still catches many of us out) and means our mornings will be lighter but the evenings darker… definitely time to make our homes our ‘winter nests’.

So… suggestions from us:  big, comfy, modular sofas are one of the things we’d recommend.  And, of course, we have a couple here to tempt you.

Cloud sofa by Lema
Cloud sofa by Lema

The beautiful Cloud sofa, by the masters of Italian design Lema, is a favourite of ours at the moment.  It’s designed by Francesco Rota and cleverly combines many shapes and sizes and, uniquely, each module can also be upholstered in matching or contrasting material.

Our friends over at Bonaldo have also produced a wonderful modular sofa for this season. The All Two is probably one of the most versatile modular designs we’ve seen at Go Modern.

All Two sofa by Bonaldo
All Two sofa by Bonaldo

What makes it so great?  Well, it’s incredibly adaptable (it’s seen here with a chaise longue configuration) and other special features include detachable armrests and backrests. It’s designed by Sergio Bicego and we are SO impressed – it’s one of those sofas that, once you’re sitting on it, the rest of the day will pass in a comfy trance (which is probably why they’ve placed a few clocks in this shot!).

Turning on (or up in our case!) the heating is another autumn ritual, and as great as central and under-floor heating is… nothing beats  a real fire as a central focal point to a room.  And if you can’t have a real fire, the next best thing is one of our bio-ethanol fires.

Montreal bio-ethanol fire by Decoflame
Montreal bio-ethanol fire by Decoflame

Bio-ethanol fires use a high-grade liquid bio-ethanol, a green fuel which is eco-friendly and generates no harmful gases, sparks or soot. We sell only the best bio-ethanol fires in the UK market and they’re not just a focal point; they have superb heat output, as well as long burning times – up to 8 hours – and are very easy to use. They can also be sited anywhere (although we always recommend a well ventilated room) such as existing chimney breasts,  free standing grates, or choose a portable version that can be wheeled from one room to another (when not lit of course!).  If you’re in the Kings Road pop into our showroom where we have a ceiling hung version which nicely heats the front of the store (warning: on a cold day you may find yourself lingering longer than you’d planned). The the new Montreal, seen above, by Danish brand Decoflame, demonstrates the versatility of these fires; this one has been ingeniously inserted into a partition wall and looks fabulous.

So, cocoon yourself this winter … the UK forecast is for a mild winter – but where have we heard that before?