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.

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?

Bio Ethanol Fires – Our Winter Heros!

Is it too early to start thinking about winter fires? Not for us..we like to plan well ahead & so are currently updating our Bioethanol fires section on the website, adding new fires from Cocoon fires, Decoflame & Ecosmart fire.

Go Modern has been selling liquid bio ethanol fires (then known as flueless fires) since 2007 (I think we were the first, but can’t be sure) because as a London based company we would LOVE to have an open fire but know we can’t (it’s not allowed in London) & these really are the next best thing. It’s difficult to explain but the heat is different from central heating or gas fire heat, it spreads throughout the room & is ultra cosy. Simon calls it ‘Ski Chalet’ heat & we now use bio ethanol fires as our sole source of heating at our showroom in winter. Which is pretty cool considering our contemporary showroom is set over three floors & we have large glass skylights in the largest part.

And the fact that these fires are super green is an added bonus. No one wants to add to the load on our poor planet & bioethanol is green both to produce (from sugar beet) & to burn.  They are also clean, there is NO soot, & they don’t throw any sparks out. The liquid fuel is an awful lot like meths, we have split ours all over the surrounds & floors of various places (our own fault for not using the special pumps we have) with no ill effects, there are no residual stains (theres no grease or colour in it) & no smell other than a rather pleasant methys ish smell when you first light them.

So if you like the idea of an open fire but never though you could have one why not visit our bioethanol fires section? They are in the ‘Complements’ section at the top of the page.

Cube Bio Ethanol Fire From Ecosmart Fire
Cube Bio Ethanol Fire From Ecosmart Fire

To see our new collection of bioethanol fires from Cocoon Fires click here, to see our fires from Decoflame click here & to see our collection of fires from Ecosmart Fire click here.