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 

Stylish, family-friendly dining tables

The organised amongst us (quick straw poll in the office: five out of eleven) have already made plans for Christmas. And it seems that we’re all the same – it’s the perennial problem of space that gets thrown into the mix at this time of year.  Particularly extra space at the table for larger gatherings of family and friends.  So we get lots of enquiries around now for ‘large family friendly dining tables’ and our conclusion is that most of us are looking for something similar.  That is, a table that looks uber stylish, works on a day to day basis with family life (i.e. needs to be near bomb proof) and is also clever enough to accommodate 12-16 people at anyone sitting when you need it to.  It’s the reliable work horse of the kitchen/dining room (unless of course you thought that was you!).

So from this year’s new launches we were particularly pleased to spot some fantastic designs with incredibly hard-wearing tabletop surfaces in a variety of sizes and some that also have extending versions. Who needs three wise men bearing gifts… we’ll settle for one of these new tables!

A major key to choosing a dining table with those indestructible qualities suitable for family breakfasts through to grown-up dinner parties, is in the table top material used. Many of the latest table designs offer up to fifteen different finishes, including new hard-wearing ceramics, which have the beauty of marble without any of the high maintenance (try taking red wine or even a lemon anywhere near marble…).

Ceramic tabletops are made from extremely durable, inorganic clay. Flexible and soft in its natural state, the clay becomes rock-hard after the firing process. This creates a material that is far less prone to scratches and stains than a natural stone, such as marble. Which makes it perfect for messy kids or ‘plate draggers’, alongside those adult wine drinkers who spill more than they drink! And the good news is that a minimalist approach is best when it comes to cleaning. A damp cloth or sponge plus a mild detergent will keep a ceramic table top sparkling clean and looking brand new every time.

Bonaldo Tangle Dining Table
Bonaldo Tangle Dining Table

Bonaldo’s new Tangle dining table is designed by Dondoli e Pocci.  It’s top of our list for illustrating that you can have style and a table that will survive family life! A ‘tangle’ of trunks and branches was the inspiration for the ‘haphazard’ look of the base, which is made from structural steel and is both bold and graphic.  It’s also available in a selection of colours including white and copper. The family-friendly design has tops in over fifteen different materials including three hard-wearing, family-proof ceramics: Calacatta ceramic, Gold Onice ceramic and, brand new for this year, Ardesia grey ceramic – with a matt finish that is beautifully soft and warm to the touch.

Bonaldo Tangle Dining Table with the new Ardesia Grey Ceramic table top
Bonaldo Tangle Dining Table with the new Ardesia Grey Ceramic table top

Other table-top finishes for the Tangle table include veneers (which are 30mm thick), solid woods, marbles and glass.  The Tangle table comes in various family friendly sizes too, the largest from 300cm wide down to the smallest at 180cm.

Bonaldo Art Dining Table
Bonaldo Art Dining Table

A design that is definitely not ‘art for art’s sake’, is Bonaldo’s Art dining table by Gino Carollo.  It has a striking, geometric shape with a metal trapezium base positioned diagonally under the table, optimising the space and allowing plenty of leg room for larger gatherings (getting stuck withe a table leg is definitely the short straw as a diner). It’s also available in three extending sizes and three fixed sizes. Again, there are fifteen different table top materials to choose from including a hard-wearing glossy Calacatta ceramic and the brand new Ardesia matt grey ceramic, which we are really very taken with (in case you hadn’t noticed).  The steel base trapezium frame can also be finished in colours and materials such as matt painted dove grey, wood and copper.

Tonelli Design T5 Ceramic Dining Table
Tonelli Design T5 Ceramic Dining Table

Tonelli Design are best known for their beautiful glass furniture designs.  The company was established in the 1980s and they are considered one of Italy’s finest makers of glass furniture, always at the forefront of new technology and innovation.  So it’s no surprise that they have taken their hard-earned expertise to combine ceramic with glass for their new range of stylish, family-friendly dining tables.

The T5 ceramic dining table by Giulio Mancini for Tonelli features a table top in the company’s new extremely hard-wearing marble-look ceramic glass. The innovative material comes in a variety of matt and polished finishes including polished Orobic Grey (image above) and matt Noir Desir (below).

Tonelli Design T5 Ceramic Dining Table
Tonelli Design T5 Ceramic Dining Table

Also from Tonelli is the Can Can dining table designed by Mario Milana. The uber stylish Can Can also features the new marble-look, ceramic glass top with six different ceramics to choose from: matt or polished Noir Desir, matt or polished Emperador, polished Orobic Grey or polished Arabesque Calacatta.

Tonelli Design Can Can Ceramic Dining Table
Tonelli Design Can Can Ceramic Dining Table

The unusual angled table legs of the Can Can are available in 40mm thick glass as shown above, or Canaletto Walnut (below) with metal joints in stainless steel, brass or copper and it’s also available in four great sizes from 200cm to 260cm long.

Tonelli Design Can Can Ceramic Dining Table
Tonelli Design Can Can Ceramic Dining Table

New from Porada, a company that has a passion for beautiful wood is the Quadrifoglio, designed by C. Ballabio.  It’s a rectangular table with round, solid, recessed legs and a stunning frame in ash, which is also offered with a range of stains from moka to wengé, or matt lacquered with an open pore finish in interesting colours such as Aviation Blue, Pistachio Green, Garnet Red or simply Natural.

Porada Quadrifoglio Dining Table
Porada Quadrifoglio Dining Table

What gives it its family-friendly credential is the table top ‘insert’ which is also offered in a new ‘rock’ material, including Calacatta, Emperador or matt Oxide Black.  ‘Rock’ is a marble composite which is extremely hard-wearing and non-porous – perfect for large gatherings and festive fun!  And to maintain the luxurious Porada look all the Quadrifoglio tables are finished with stylish, brushed brass feet.

As mentioned, one of the things that’s always at the top of the wish list when choosing a new dining table is how many family and friends you’ll be able to accommodate over normal, every day family meals. Tables obviously take up lots of room, which is fine if you’ve got it but a bit inconvenient, or even impossible, if you haven’t. So extending  tables are the answer.  And they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  And to prove that you really don’t have to compromise on contemporary style some of the newest designs are also offered in an exciting variety of materials and shapes.

Bonaldo Prora Extening Dining Table
Bonaldo Prora Extening Dining Table

Bonaldo’s award-winning Prora dining table is part of a range that is instantly recognisable.  Designed by Mauro Lipparini, the Prora’s legs are shaped to echo the iconic form of a ship’s bow. This latest addition to the collection, and what entitles it to sit within our family-friendly selection, is a new extending glass topped version, beautifully velvety to the touch and, although not 100% scratch-proof, is much, much more forgiving than standard glass. The other big plus is, and unusually, the extensions are also available in the same acid-treated black or white glass as the main body of the table, which means that none of the core style is lost.

So there you have it, highlights from our latest collection of family friendly dining tables for fabulously festive family fun.  All you need now is the time to shop for all that food!

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.

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

The Metropolis Ceramic Dining Table from Italian glass wizards Tonelli Design, created by Giuseppe Maurizio Scutellà for their new 2017 collection. Amazing zig-zag shaped glass table legs with the top made from beautiful marble-look ceramic glass.

Mogg Vetrinetty cabinets
Mogg Vetrinetty cabinets

This is our current kitchen must have.  Mogg’s Vetrinetty glass cabinets (there’s a sideboard too) designed by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba. We love so much of what Malerba produces and this is now top of the list. Look closely at the glass – different patterns and textures for each panel.  And the glass is just about transparent enough to show off what’s inside (but not show the clutter!).

Saba Chillout armchair
Saba Chillout armchair

So, if you’re looking for a chair that’s slouchy comfy, but with a bit of lower back support…Saba Italia have nailed it.  The name of this chair says it all.  Chillout.  The latest from Giuseppe Viganò.  And chill-out you certainly will.

And finishing with the stunning, glamorous but oh so simple Cookies coffee table, part of Gallotti&Radice’s 2017 collection, and designed by Pietro Russo.  Marbles, woods and elegant metal detailing – Gallotti&Radice are the supreme masters at this combo.

Gallotti&Radice Cookies coffee table
Gallotti&Radice Cookies coffee table

So, black and white, timeless, stylish and in the oft quoted words of the great Coco Chanel: “I have said that black has it all.  White too.  Their beauty is absolute.  It is the perfect harmony.”

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.

Clever ideas for transforming small spaces

If you’re craving mores space (and aren’t we all) there are a number of new and very stylish designs around that will change your life – or at least stop you hankering after a bigger pad.

Italian manufacturer Ozzio® is the creative Italian company making exciting and unique transformable furniture.  The clever design team at the Milan based company have re-examined the shape and structure of traditional furniture pieces to create multi-functional products to suit the way we live. Neat coffee tables turn into dining tables, or a work bench/desk with storage; a smart wall unit with a TV screen, cleverly conceals a dining table for six, including fold-away dining chairs. Awesome, smart design ideas for 21st century living.

Smart Living
Smart Living

Ozzio’s Smart Living  is an all-in-one storage system with swivel TV screen. It not only neatly hides messy media cables etc. but has built-in storage for a pull-out, extending dining table (in a lower cupboard) plus space behind the TV screen for storing the dining chairs. Be impressed.  It’s also modular so you can choose to have bookcases/no bookcases or configure it as you like.  Lots of different colours and finishes too.

Newood coffee table/dining table
Newood coffee table/dining table

The Newood (above & below) is a transformable coffee table which turns into a large dining table, and the hidden gas-lifting mechanism won’t leave you feeling as if you’ve done a full work-out before dinner. When it’s fully extended it’s large enough to seat up to ten people – so, start writing those dinner party invitations. Really, no excuse.

Newood as a dining table
Newood as a dining table

The Markus coffee table (below) could give new meaning to ‘working from home’ (or even ‘working from your sofa’!).   Not only is it a really neat coffee table, it lifts and extends to create extra bench seating, with a desk-high table-top including plenty of space for laptops/iPads etc.  There’s even a handy drawer for notebooks and pens.

Markus - coffee table/work bench
Markus – coffee table/work bench

And the beautiful 4×4 table (below) has stolen our hearts.

4 x 4 dining table
4 x 4 dining table

The 4 x 4 starts as a compact dining table, measuring 100cm x 200cm, and ingeniously expands, via a unique geometric opening system, to 138cm x 254cm – providing a beautiful (and rare for a dining table) square shape.  Large enough for an extended family meal – or a small conference!

And here’s a treat for you – watch the fun Ozzio You Tube video showing a bit of geometric magic.  

Marvellous Marble!

Anyone pounding the vast exhibition halls of the international furniture show Salone Del Mobile, earlier this year (sore feet?  Yes!), will have noticed that one of the themes shouting very loudly was MARBLE. The marble trend has been creeping back for a while, in all its glorious forms, with even more gloriously exotic names:  Calcatta Gold, Emperador, Marquina black and Carrara white.  And it was everywhere at the prestigious Milan show.

Luxury brand Vibieffe have used it (below) on their Opera dining table – incredibly glamorous (and we really do like a bit of glamour at Go Modern!)

Vibieffe Opera dining table
Vibieffe Opera dining table

Stonemasons and architects have used it for centuries and British designers too have had an enduring love affair with it –  it pops up in almost every room of the house, adding a luxurious feel to bathrooms and kitchens, fireplaces and hallways. The use of marble in furniture isn’t something new but over the last few decades its popularity had definitely waned.  It had started to look, well, a bit overly-fussy and outdated (or simply ludicrously expensive!). But as we saw in Milan, it’s resurfaced as one of the hottest materials in contemporary furniture, with designers using modern digital technology to create wonderful 21st century products.

Porada’s  new and very beautiful Maskara dressing table was designed by Emmanuel Gallina and we’ve fallen head-over-heals for it, with its sophisticated marble top in dark brown Emperador or white Calacatta.

Porada Maskara dressing table
Porada Maskara dressing table

The new marble furniture shapes emerging have been kept fairly simple: the beauty of marble, with its characteristic swirls and veins, means that there’s already quite a lot of busy stuff going on within a design, so keeping the overall look fairly minimal allows the material itself to take centre stage.

Porada Ziggy dining table
Porada Ziggy dining table

Carlo Ballabio’s  Ziggy dining table is another great example of a simple, contemporary design that’s use of marble adds elegance.  With tops in black Marquina, white Calacatta or dark brown Emperador marble, combined here with a solid canaletta walnut frame. Marble will always evoke a feeling of tradition buts its current use with lots of contemporary twists such as combining it with real wood or strengthened glass etc brings it bang up to date.

One of our favourite designs of all time is Eero Saarinen’s ground breaking Tulip Table (originally made in fiberglass and later in marble) totally beautiful and utterly awe-inspiring when it was launched back in the 50s, and some of the current designs we’re seeing are continuing to excite us and break new boundaries in much the same way.

Throw out your tablecloths!

Rapid technological change isn’t just confined to what we listen to our music on, or which smartphone update is the latest ‘can’t live without’ device. The world of furniture design is as much a part of the technological revolution as any other industry.  Leading furniture manufacturers now invest large amounts of research-effort into creating materials that not only look fantastic but outperform anything that has gone before.  The latest designs to benefit from this are dining tables with amazing, near indestructible table tops (with apologies to all manufacturers of coasters and heat resistant tablecloths here…).

Our Italian brand Bontempi Cassa is one of a number of leading manufacturers to have launched their AW2015 dining tables featuring SuperCeramica, a material which not only looks elegant and stylish but that creates a virtually indestructible table top surface.

Cruz dining table
Cruz dining table

SuperCeramica is a ceramic based material combined with glass.  Its credentials are as long as your arm and include:  oil resistant;  acid/chemical resistant; scratch proof; heat proof; fire resistant; non-toxic; eco friendly; recyclable.  What’s not to like?

Shown above, the Cruz dining table (in ‘sand’ SuperCeramica) is also a versatile table, available in five different sizes, with the small version one of our smallest extending tables at just 120cm long x 80cm wide, and the largest version 102cm wide and 290cm long when extended.  We love it so much we’ve now got one in our Kings Road showroom – which many of our clients’ children regularly put through its paces.  It’s always won!

Dublino dining table
Dublino dining table

The Dublino table  is also offered in SuperCeramica (seen above in anthracite SuperCeramica) along with melamine, matt lacquered wood and velvet anti-scratch glass, while the strong metal frame can be lacquered in a range of colours or in chrome.

Glass table tops have been a feature of dining tables for a while.  However, the new matt, anti-scratch-proof glass, or velvet glass, is another great advance in surface design.  Using a technical process known as ‘dynamic corrosion’, the glass is treated by using special acids that create bevelled edges of the micro-crests within the structure.  We love the science bits (the technical info reads a bit how we imagine the initial treatment for Interstellar must have looked!)

Genio dining table
Genio dining table

The Genio table (above) is seen here in anti-scratch white glass.  Again, superb credentials: abrasion resistant; stain resistant; non-absorbent (liquids slide away); easy to clean (important with glass); warm to the touch; wide choice of colours. Three different extending sizes to choose from.

So, sit back and enjoy your table, your family and friends, the meal.  No more fretting about burn marks, water stains, scratches…  just let the science be with you!