NATIONAL BED MONTH

National Bed Month

We don’t normally pay attention to ‘national days/months’ but… next month is ‘National Bed Month’ and it’s one we quite like.

The Go Modern team have various bits of folklore about what they do and don’t do to ensure a good nights sleep.  “No coffee or tea after 4pm… always  use ear plugs or a sleep mask.  Black-out blinds at the windows, no electric light ANYWHERE in the room.  Turn off all mobile devices.  Read at least one page of your current book (maybe not a thriller!).  Get  a decent mattress/bed”.  It’s beginning to sound like an obsession isn’t it?

But, we don’t think we’re alone.  All the research around sleeping tells us that we spend about a third of our lives in bed.  So, it makes sense to get it right.

A decent bed is a big investment.  But if you’re having difficulty sleeping and you’ve paid attention to the smaller things (coffee here’s looking at YOU) one of the major things to think about is your bed.

A well made, comfortable and supportive bed can make the difference between a great night’s sleep or a poor one. We all know that a night without much sleep means a tired and grumpy person the next day. And experts tell us that sleeping on an uncomfortable bed also robs you of up to an hour’s sleep a night! Along side this, a decent night’s sleep is good for the brain and the heart.  It also helps us maintain a healthy weight and helps us learn. We remember more, problem solve and make better decisions. It also cuts down on stress, mood swings and depression. It’s a no brainer really isn’t it.  

Miniforms Shiko Magnum King Size Bed

Beds at Go Modern

At Go Modern, we take beds very seriously. We have an extensive range of contemporary beds and bedroom furniture, much of it sourced in Italy. Our bed collections cover lacquered beds, wooden beds, upholstered beds and storage beds – often with crossovers between all of these styles.  Whatever you’re looking for we’re confident we can supply it.

And not just for adults. We also have a wide range of bedroom furniture for children and teenagers.

Beds for children and teenagers

Nidi Camelot Loft Bed

Our Nidi collection of beds for children and teenagers is extensive, extremely well made and full of imagination – hopefully just like our children. Most designs are modular and so can be adapted to suit the child or children, the amount of space and important things such as storage (of which there is never enough in our experience).

Three to 12 year olds are said to need between 10 to 12 hours a night sleep.  Good luck with that one! But it definitely makes sense (and for the sanity of the entire family!) to start with their bedroom environment.

At Go Modern we have cleverly designed bunk beds that incorporate storage space, beds with children’s desks, trundle beds, and some which can even fold up into the wall when not being used. Plus, bookshelves, bedside cabinets, chests of drawers… all in a huge selection of colours and finishes.

Nidi Teens – Bedroom Composition

And if you’re looking for ideas on how to persuade your teenage offspring to a) get more sleep at the right time of the day b) stop using the floor as a ‘floordrobe’ we can help with that too.  From comfy sleep inducing beds to stylish storage solutions in an array of trendy colours and hard-wearing finishes.

What style of bed?

There are lots of articles out there about ‘what type of mattress to choose’ but not so many on ‘what style of bed’ (although we also sell lots of very comfy, hand-made mattresses too).

The style of the bed you choose is a very personal decision and basically down to what your own interior design style is like.

If you’re a minimalist, then a bed with a wooden or lacquered frame will probably be the kind of design you’re looking for.  Both styles also come with a matching collection of bedroom furniture.  A tidy, minimalist room makes for a tidy mind… and a restful night’s sleep! So, de-clutter and keep a space that’s neat and simple. Blitz your bedside table, keep everything calm and unfussy.

Wood or lacquered beds

Novamobili Bend Lacquered bed

The Bend contemporary bed (above) has a beautifully curved headboard (shown here in rovere gessato – a white lacquer which has the grain of the wood remaining visible).  You can also choose from another 21 smooth matt lacquer finishes.  Our Kings Road showroom is simply not big enough to have a sample of all the beds we sell but we always have sample books of finishes and colours.

The Bend bed is also available as a storage bed, with a storage base and gas lift pistons under the mattress supports (slats), so that it’s easy to lift to store spare clothing, bedding etc inside the sealed base.

Jesse Charles bed

The elegant Charles bed, (above) from luxury brand Jesse, has a sophisticated curved headboard and base which can be chosen in thermal oak (as seen here), or matt lacquered in a range of colours.

If this is a little too minimalist for you the designers, Alfredo Chiaramonte and Marco Marin, have cleverly created an upholstered back panel. This can be draped neatly over the headboard and comes in a huge choice of materials from lush velvets to soft leathers. Definitely the best of both worlds available here.

Upholstered beds

We have a wide selection of upholstered beds that includes everything from fabric to leather beds. Upholstered beds also offer lots of flexibility as there’s a wide choice of materials to choose from.  And many of the fabric beds have removable covers, which is not only great for cleaning, it also means you can change the style of your bed relatively easily.

If you’re sensitive to noise it makes sense to chose furnishings that will absorb any ambient sound. So, think lined curtains, thick carpets and upholstered bed frames – all worth throwing into the mix of ideas.

Bonaldo Cuff bed

The upholstered Cuff bed (above) was designed by Mauro Lipparini for Bonaldo. It has some beautiful tailored details – from the frog fastenings that adorn the ‘cuffs’ to the pleating which makes up the vertical pattern on the headboard. It also has visible leather inserts on both the headboard and bed frame. It’s shown here in leather but the Cuff bed can also be upholstered in both fabric and leather.

So, good luck with National Bed Month.  There are lots of fabulous ideas and sensible words of advise for those looking to improve their sleep from The Sleep Council.  

To see Go Modern’s full range of beds and bedroom furniture hop over to the bedroom section of our website.  Sweet dreams!

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!”

THE POWER OF BLACK AND WHITE

We’re very partial to a bit of monochrome at Go Modern – despite the in-your-face trend at Milan this year being a whole raft of designs produced in hot, zingy, jewel colours.

So the latest exhibition at the National Gallery is the place we’ll be heading to for some inspiration over the next few weeks.  Their ‘Monochrome’ exhibition looks fab, with over 50 works from the last 700 years to the present on glass, vellum, ceramic silk, wood and canvas.  According to the National Gallery blurb, ‘Monochrome’ is “a radical look at what happens when artists cast aside the colour spectrum and focus on the visual power of black and white, and everything in between.” Love it.  And the National Gallery is also one of our fave places for afternoon tea, with amazing views over the rooftops and down to the Houses Of Parliament.  Cake and art – got to be one of the world’s best combos!

So, a little curated Go Modern gallery here of some of our latest black and white designs.

Tonelli Design Metropolis table
Tonelli Design Metropolis table

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Fitted, hinged, sliding door or walk-in wardrobes – our guide to what you need to know!

Go Modern specialises in beautiful Italian wardrobes: fitted, freestanding, sliding doors, hinged doors or walk-in wardrobes… take your pick. Whatever you are looking for we are sure we will have something stylish to suit. In fact we have possibly the largest range of Italian wardrobes in the UK. Why choose an Italian wardrobe? Simply because of the endless choice of beautiful contemporary styles, in a huge number of finishes and colours.

But it can be a daunting process… if you let it!  So here’s our mini-guide with some information about the different styles of wardrobes on offer:

FITTED WARDROBES                                                                                                             Our fitted wardrobes are all made to order in Italy. Simply discuss your space with us and we will get as close a fit as possible from the hundreds of wardrobes sizes and options, which can then be cut to an even more precise fit and installed by our expert team of wardrobe fitters. If you’ve an awkward corner or a sloping roof we love that kind of ‘problem’…

Novamobili Dotty Corner Wardrobe
Dotty Corner Wardrobe

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Luxury upholstered beds – the latest Italian designs

At Go Modern we get very excited when Novamobili Italy launches a new collection. They make the kind of furniture we love: stylish and modern, big on function and swoon-worthy on the looks front.  And they’re especially good at bedroom furniture. Their beds always include great ideas such as clever storage, beautifully upholstered finishes, generous padding and elegant detailing.

So, we’re thrilled to announce the UK launch of some of Novamobili’s latest upholstered beds, including Modo, Brick, and Margot.  And you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to fabrics – there’s a choice of 120, including 24 in leather or eco-leather.

Novamobili Margot
Novamobili Margot

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Wardrobes and fashionistas

Confession:  At Go Modern quite a few of us LOVE clothes. And shoes.  And handbags. Our trips to some of Europe’s capitals to meet with suppliers and discuss new designs are often punctuated with a (very) quick dash into the odd boutique (shhh – don’t tell anyone). And of course London Fashion Week starts next week – so as usual look out for some of the most exciting shows on the planet!!

But how to store it all is the question.  Well, come talk to us because wardrobes are one of our specialities and, without blowing too much of a trumpet, we have probably the largest range of Italian made freestanding and fitted wardrobes in the UK. All of our wardrobes can be built from two doors wide to as many as you need… and most importantly they have a HUGE choice of internal storage options. Continue reading “Wardrobes and fashionistas”

SCHOENBUCH: PERFECTING THE ART OF HALLWAY FURNITURE

‘Feel welcome’ is Schoenbuch’s guiding principle and this superb, luxury German brand is very welcome as part of the newest line-up at Go Modern. We got to know these masters of hallway furniture earlier in the year on a trip to Cologne and we were instantly blown-away by what they produce.  If you haven’t come across them before, be prepared to be impressed!  The company specialises in uber stylish, modular designs for the hall area, in unique widths and heights, with depths starting from just 20cm, all designed to fit the narrowest of spaces.

Schoenbuch’s designers begin with the knowledge that no two hallways are the same, from city lofts to commercial buildings or the smallest of domestic hallways.  The strive to produce perfect capsule furniture collections to suit individual locations. The result: outstanding hallway clothes storage and system furniture alongside smaller accessories such as clever shoe boxes and unusual mirrors. Continue reading “SCHOENBUCH: PERFECTING THE ART OF HALLWAY FURNITURE”

Parental warning – this furniture might seriously improve your children’s tidiness

So week two of the UK spring/school holidays and we’ve noticed a marked interest in children’s bedroom furniture… with a big emphasis on storage.  There’s nothing like a holiday combined with cold weather to make you realise that your house is pulsating with a lot of small people and just too much stuff!  Well, we can’t offer Narnia but we can solve the problem of where to store everything.

Our Italian partner Battistella has come over all Mary Poppins like and created Nidi, a wonderful new range of children’s bedroom furniture, that includes everything from ‘hidden’ extra beds, to walk-in wardrobes, fitted cupboards, pull-down desks and incredibly neat storage ideas.

Nidi children's bedroom furniture
Nidi children’s bedroom furniture

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