50 SHADES OF LIVING CORAL

50 Shades of ‘Living Coral’ – 2019 trends

We rather like ‘Living Coral’, Pantone’s 2019 colour of the year.  It may be diving in at the deep end for some, but we love all the associated shades of cinnamon, terracotta, orange, pink and amber that this warm colour embraces. And our brands seem to like them too.  So jump on in and take a look at some of our latest pieces in all the exciting variations of this on trend hue.

Miniform’s Lem armchair

Shades of coral for fabrics

Quirky Italian brand Miniform’s loves playing with colour and shape. Their latest design is Lem, a beautifully soft and sinuous collection designed by Francesco Beghetto.  The Lem design has a tubular structure and is fully covered in fabric. Their are four pieces in the range: a two or three seater sofa, an armchair (above) and a footstool.

Lem has 37 different fabrics to choose from, including lots of coral shades such as the wonderfully sounding ‘regal orange’, ‘abstract yellow’ and ‘tram orange’.

Novamobili Cube Chest of Drawers

Shades of coral for lacquer finishes

And it’s not just fabrics that have gone 50 shades of coral.  Novamobili’s new contemporary storage range, Cube, is offered in 25 different matt lacquer finishes.  Lots of beautifully warm shades… think ochre, tangerine, garnet and  salmon. Additionally, you can mix-and-match any of these colours, as in the styled image above, where Novamobili has used a combination of salmon pink and garnet red on the different drawer sections. We absolutely love this combination and the flexibility of the design.

Rock the coral look

Mogg is a relatively new furniture company that first exhibited in Milan in 2012.  We fell in love with them on the spot!  In short, they cleverly cross the border between art and design in a world where mass production has sometimes left this far behind.

The Closer rocking-armchair was designed by Marzia and Leo Dainelli for Mogg and it’s a seriously sleep-inducing (in a good way!) piece of work. The deep upholstery envelops you in its dreamy softness, like a duvet locking out the coldest of winter chills. The filling is reinforced with feathers and the removable cover comes in velvet, finest wool or leather. Plus, the slim, black metal structure creates a rhythmic, gentle rocking motion.  It’s perfect for a living room or nursery… or anywhere you want to feel hugged and cosy.

Mogg Closer rocking-armchair

Translucent coral

We’ve seen shades of coral used across lots fabrics and lacquer finishes but the clever design team at Tonelli have also used it in some of their latest glass creations.  Each table in their new range, ‘Country of Wonders’, has been made using a unique technique where glass fragments are hand poured into cone and sphere shaped moulds.

Tonelli Turchina side/coffee table

And this striking coffee/side table is one of the amazing results.  We love that the translucency of the glass also adds extra warmth to the design.

Coral for any room in the house

We reckon Coral has ‘shades of’ that will work for any room in the house.  And depending on your taste there are variations that would fit with almost any style of interior. The deep, vibrant red of the plush velvet covers on Bonaldo’s new Lovy armchair (below) look stunning against the white walls.  The stylist has also used a piece of modern art featuring large, over-blown flowers with shades of coral stripes on the petals that beautifully reflect the colours in the chair. The paler pastels of the carpet also allows the Lovy to confidently take centre stage.

Bonaldo Lovy low armchair

The Lovy was designed by Sergio Bicego for Bonaldo.  In our book this would be a perfect armchair for a living room, bedroom or large bathroom.  It has an enveloping, oval shape and generous width. But if the dramatic colour used here is a shade too bold for you, there’s a huge choice of fabrics and other colours to choose from.  The feet can also be finished in a wide range of lacquer colours, including stylish metallics.

Also brand new from Bonaldo is the Panorama collection.  In addition to the terracotta fabric used in the image below, there are up to 30 other fabrics and different colours to choose from, including supplying your own choice of fabric, and a great range of leathers.

Bonaldo Panorama

Designed by Fabrice Berrux, the Bonaldo Panorama sofa is beautifully made and luxuriously comfortable with modular options to create a much larger sofa. The upholstery features a criss-cross design on the seats and the sofa comes in three widths of 200cm, 230cm and 260cm.

So what’s the story behind Living Coral?

According to Pantone’s website,’ ‘Living Coral’ embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.’ Similarly, they tell us, it is a ‘reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life….’.

Well three cheers to that!  We think that is a wonderful reason for choosing this feel good colour.  Anything that helps us switch off from the digital onslaught (although do finish reading this first!) gets our vote.  In short it’s a wonderfully warm, optimistic shade – and we could all do with some of that at the moment.

Are you ready to dive in yet and take a chance with any of the wonderful shades of coral around?

If you are, now’s a good time to take the plunge as our January sale is still on for a few more days.  With 15% off any order over £1,000, it’s an offer that should definitely leave you feeling in the pink.

GO MODERN x BAUHAUS INFLUENCE

In Tribute to Bauhaus

The hugely influential Bauhaus movement celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019. It’s a style that has shaped everything that we now recognise as ‘modern design’. The Bauhaus influence is also what we think of as ‘good design’, although it’s sometimes hard to understand what all the fuss was about as the Bauhaus look is so popular and universal.

Contemporary design is at the heart of everything Go Modern represents. For us it’s the vital fusion of art and craft, plus practical design and strong functionality. It’s a rejection of the overly ostentatious in favour of clean lines and simple style. Without the Bauhaus influence there would be no Go Modern.

What was the Bauhaus Movement?

The Bauhaus was a fine arts and crafts institution founded in 1919 in Wiemar, Germany.  It kick-started an exciting new way of thinking that has gone on to influence the look of many things produced today.  It also created a new type of artist.  They were to be arts and crafts people, taught in workshops rather than classrooms, learning to turn their hands to anything.  The teaching philosophy broke down the barrier between fine art and applied arts.

The movement  strongly favoured a return to individual craftsmanship. It also rejected anything overly fancy, which was a style that had dominated earlier nineteenth and twentieth century design.   The style began to emerge across buildings, furniture and home accessories, and was recognised as something simple, rational, and functional.

The other signature look of The Bauhaus was circular shapes, angular frames and abstract blocks of primary colours.

Go Modern and the Bauhaus Influence

In tribute to the special Bauhaus 100th anniversary we’ve selected some of Go Modern’s latest launches, many of which represent the very best of this iconic style.

Miniforms Mula dining chairs

We love the beautiful Mula dining chairs, designed by E-ggs for quirky Italian brand Miniforms. The curved shape echoes the ground-breaking Series 7 and Swan chairs by the great Danish designer Arne Jacobson.

Born in Copenhagen, Arne Jacobsen trained as a mason before studying architecture. He worked independently as an architect, interior designer, furniture, fabric and ceramics designer.  We think Jacobsen would have liked the Mula chairs – high on design and equally high on comfort.

The chairs can be upholstered in a variety of fabrics, including eco-leather, a superior faux material that looks and feels like the real thing. The legs are in lacquered metal.

Miniforms Illo dining table

And staying with Miniforms, here’s the new Illo dining table which was designed by their in-house team.  For us, it’s the perfect fusion of art and craft.

The Illo’s smooth, round table top can be lacquered in seven bold, bright colours including white, dusty grey, silk grey, black, intense blue, Veronese green or Marsala red. The central column can also be lacquered in any of the same colours or, for a touch of un-Bauhaus ostentation, choose a striking, shiny copper finish.

There’s also an lllo coffee and side table to complete the look.

Miniforms Mastea coffee tables

Bauhaus + simple style

Well, we all fell in love with these Mastea tables when we saw them last month.  The simple curved bases are made from beautiful blown Murano glass, which we think is truly inspired.  As you can see from the image, there are a number of different colours to choose from – amber, blue-grey or smoked grey.  The design has been topped and bottomed with Canaletto walnut or ash. Please form an orderly queue!

Lema Taiki armchair

A brand we work a lot with is Lema; striking designs of the highest quality. New from them is the Taiki armchair, a reinterpretation of the classic 1928 modernist Le Corbusier design, with simple clear lines and beautiful, equal proportions. The Taiki was designed by Chiara Andreatti and is part of Lema’s 2018 ‘modern living room’ collection. The visible frame and legs are in heat-treated, oak tinted ash, and the deeply padded upholstery is carefully finished with hand-stitching.

Bauhaus + simple comfort

We thought it was time to feature something from our new bedroom collection.  So, taking things back to basics is Novamobii’s new Dedalo bed.  It’s simply a stylish ‘no frills’ but hugely comfortable bed with an understated contemporary elegance.

Novamobili Dedalo bed

The design has a clean lines, a tapered headboard and a frame in eco-wood, which is a stylish but practical, hard wearing matt laminate. The design is also available as a storage bed which lots of our customers love – storage space is something that’s always at a premium for everyone.  The storage version has an easy-to-use gas-lift mechanism (which we’re reliably informed allows you to lift the bed while keeping all the bedclothes in place…. a very pleasing attribute!).

Bauhaus + practical comfort

Back to the living room, the new Geo collection from the wonderful design team at Saba Italia feels like a perfect piece of Bauhaus influence.

Saba Italia Geo collection

Designed by Paolo Grasselli, the Geo range comprises a sofa, armchair and pouf.  Each piece has very deep proportions and Grasselli’s intention was for the shape to ‘hug’ the body. We can confirm that it does this so well that we developed a reluctance to move on to other exhibitor’s stands when we first tried it out in Milan! The slim line metal structure and legs also subvert the design norm by being placed visibly outside of the frame.  This idea gives the  appearance of  everything floating above the ground – and not a glass of Prosecco in sight!

And talking of Prosecco… Celebrate this great design phenomenon next year.  There are lots of events taking place around the world and here in the UK too.  Look out for them and enjoy finding out more – we’ll see you there!

Bauhaus events 2019

Some of the Bauhaus UK events we’ve found (let us know if you hear of more):

Victoria and Albert Museum

Tate Modern

London Borough of Culture

Nottingham Lakeside Arts

Stapleford Granary

White Furniture, Winter Glamour

GO MODERN + WINTER WHITE

Our Kings Road showroom has a regularly changing display of furniture, including white furniture, plus modern art.  The art is beautifully curated by our friends at Tag Fine Arts and one current piece sums up winter.  It’s called ‘Balloon’ by Dede Johnston and is over a meter wide, one of five signed editions.  The image is from a series entitled ‘The New Wilderness’, a C-type print of a scene from Courcheval, France.  It captures the perfect stillness of snow and is wonderfully ethereal. Look carefully.  A tiny hot air balloon floats above the clouds, highlighting the scale and beauty of our natural world.

Balloon by Dede Johnston

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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. Continue reading “If our customers are happy – so are we!”

Storage – some well ordered ideas!

As you may have noticed, we’re very big on storage ideas at Go Modern. And the trickier the space presented to us the more we love it.  There is a great feature in the March 2018 issue of Essential Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom Magazine about this very thing… featuring a Q&A with … US! So here are a few tips and ideas below based on what we shared with EKBB (although do go out and buy the magazine – it’s always a very good read!).

Getting the right balance between storage and space in a bedroom is crucial. We often find clients need more storage than they have space for so we play around with ideas, trying to incorporate storage wherever we can.  Building wardrobes right up to the ceiling, using storage beds and tall chests of drawers in smaller spaces. We combine this sometimes with decorative hanging shelves or slimmer wall units.  A bridged wardrobe around the head of a bed can also be a great use of space.  The result should always work aesthetically as well as leaving you with plenty of space to move around.

Jesse Plana Wardrobe M05
Jesse Plana Wardrobe M05

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