Milan – bringing home all the fun of the fair

The fabulous Salone del Mobile last month, one of the world’s most exciting furniture fairs, attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors through its doors and had some truly amazing new designs on offer.  We spotted so many superb pieces that we can’t wait to show you … so here’s a little taster of just a few of the great designs we spotted from two of our favourite brands.

Bonaldo is always ahead of the design field and never fails to impress us with its inspirational pieces. They also make incredible sofa beds … and what puts them ahead of the game is … that their sofa beds don’t LOOK like sofa beds – that’s the last thing you want in your living room!  The new Bandy sofa bed, designed by Vittorio Prevedello, is no exception. It’s got a great modern-retro look to it along with removable fabric or leather covers, and edged stitching in the same or contrasting colours.  It’s also a cinch to operate with an easy, manual mechanism designed to move the seat forward and simultaneously lower the backrest (because when you’re tired and you want to go to bed you really don’t want to be having a fight with a sofa bed!).

Bonaldo Sofa Bed
Bonaldo Sofa Bed

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Lema – the latest luxury brand to join Go Modern

We mentioned at the beginning of the year an exciting new name to join the Go Modern family, Lema, one of Italy’s most prestigous brands – and the perfect name to complement our other luxury brands.

If you know Lema at all you will know that its world famous name is synonymous with attention to detail, the highest quality materials and an ability to create unique pieces of furniture.  The company is based in the heart of the Northen Italian Brianza furniture making district and has been producing beautifully made furniture since the 1940s.

Lema is one of Europe’s best wardrobe and bookcase/wall unit specialists (their Elegant wardrobe is a best seller already!), and they also have a fantastic collection of sofas, beds, bedroom furntiture, and dining tables, as well as exquisite one-off pieces. Continue reading “Lema – the latest luxury brand to join Go Modern”

Mogg – blurring art & design – plus a special introductory offer

Italian design has always pushed the boundaries – across fashion, art, architecture… it whole-heartedly embraces the avant-garde.  Think of the theatricality of Versace, the revolutionary Renaissance architecture of 15th century Florence or the rebellious drama of Caravaggio.

So when we  found brand new Italian furniture and accessories company Mogg, a company representing the best of this Italian tradition, we were more than a little excited!  Mogg (MObilli = furniture & OGGetti = objects) was founded by architect Nicola Galbiati in 2012, and his company works with a range of award-winning designers – many established names in their own fields of art, architecture or furniture design – or as Galbiati puts it “partners of vision – crazy dreamers”.  Their idea is to “limit the boundaries between art and design” and the result – a collection of exciting new furniture and accessories that we think are not only stunning designs for the home, but true investment pieces for tomorrow. Continue reading “Mogg – blurring art & design – plus a special introductory offer”

Top trends for autumn

It’s the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness – if that isn’t just too romantic (and OK a bit over-used we know – but hey, it’s still lovely!).  There’s quite a nip in the air and the clocks go back in a couple of weeks – definitely time to think about changing a few things for winter.  And, according to some new research from the Sleep Council (spotted via the BBC news site) the average Brit at the moment is getting just six-and-a-half hours’ sleep a night.  As usual, that’s down to a whole host of things but what the researchers could definitely say is: if you can increase your nightly sleep by even a bit (to over seven hours) you’ll be a lot healthier.

So, onto beds, our beds (a good bed has got to make a difference, right?) and Grand Designs Magazine, the November issue, is featuring one of ours big time.  The new Bonaldo Eureka bed gets a fab write up and the GD team also highlight the autumnal mustard and anthracite accessories used alongside the Eureka’s fresh white headboard and base, with its super-sized anthracite grey stitching.  Feeling sleepy anyone?

Eureka bed, Grand Designs, November
Grand Designs Magazine, November, & our Eureka bed

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Great new designs from Bonaldo – and always a good back story

We’re still buzzing from our trip to Milan’s Salone del Mobile and all the incredibly inspiring new designs … lot’s of striking exhibition sets and new products – including Italian furniture-maker supreme Bonaldo.  And one of the things that we love about Bonaldo (we know, we know – we’ve mentioned ‘love/Bonaldo’ in the same sentence before) is that there’s always an interesting little back story to everything they do.

Their Octa table (Octa’s Greek for eight… but you knew that…) is also the number of  legs supporting this fabulous new table, with a look, we’re told, inspired by the traditional game of Mikado or pick-up sticks!  Definitely a major game player as far as we’re concerned.

Octa dining table
Bonaldo Octa dining table

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Stylish Singles – Beds That Is!

Whether you are part of a couple that simply prefers separate beds, or looking for something great for a spare room that isn’t quite large enough for a double/king size bed we have some fantastic single beds. It is quite difficult to find high quality single beds, especially in modern designs, so we think our collection is one of the best. They are all 200cm long, so more than suitable for adults too.

We have a range of upholstered single beds from Bonaldo, a high end Italian manufacturer, that are both contemporary & practical. The range started out as a children’s bed collection, but we are also selling these in grown up colours. As the covers are removable and can be replaced you could buy one for a child & then when your child wants something a bit more grown up just swap the covers over, instead of having to buy them a new bed! The Candy bed below is a great example, it looks great in a children’s bedroom but looks very grown up in different colours – the buttons are optional too.

Candy Single Bed
Candy Single Bed

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New Storage Beds From Bonaldo & Europeo

We LOVE storage beds. They are so easy to use (our Italian ones with the fancy German gas powered mechanism are anyway), you can use them when the bed is fully made up & they provide a (on average) a 150/160/180cm x 200cm x 25cm storage space, which is a LOT more than a couple of drawers in a divan base. If you are a Londoner the idea of so much extra storage is extremely tempting. Which is why we have a good choice of different storage beds here, & have just added 2 new storage beds from Bonaldo’s new collection & two new from Europeo’s range. Here they are…

Bonaldo Campo Storage Bed
Campo Storage Bed

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Why should you buy a king size bed?

Did you know that a standard double bed is only 135cm wide – which means if two people are sharing they have just the width of a baby’s cot to sleep in. A baby’s cot??!!
I found this shocking piece of information on the Sleep Council website where they also point out that separate beds can mean the end of your marriage.

“Sharing a bed is the ultimate intimacy and latest research from America suggests that this intimacy helps to lower stress hormones and encourage feelings of safety and security,” said Jessica Alexander of The Sleep Council. Continue reading “Why should you buy a king size bed?”