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.

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.

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.

And if you’re looking for innovative colours you’ll be spoilt for choice!  Most items are offered in around 26 matt or gloss lacquer colours from the fashionable Dusky Rose (fab against a darker painted wall – try it with Farrow & Ball’s Downpipe or Little Greene’s Royal Navy) and shades such as Steel Blue or the subtle Vanilla to complete the design statement.

SCHOENBUCH HESPERIDE COAT RACK, MIRROR & SHELF
SCHOENBUCH HESPERIDE COAT RACK, MIRROR & SHELF

The beautifully minimalist Hesperide collection (above) is designed by Carsten Gollnick for Schoenbuch, and in this styled set up (dont forget its modular) there’s a five-hook coat rack, tall framed mirror, and two wall mounted shelves, all in an ivory matt lacquer finish. We’re secretly coveting this hallway!

And just to show how versatile this system is, here it is again (below) in a high gloss black lacquer. This combination shows a slimline shoe box with an upholstered seat/lid in leather, and a narrow sideboard.  There’s also another version of the Hesperide mirror, this one has a square frame including oval and round smaller mirrors.

SCHOENBUCH HESPERIDE ENTRANCE HALL COMBINATION 1
SCHOENBUCH HESPERIDE ENTRANCE HALL COMBINATION 1

Confession. We love shoes. And we LOVE this Basic Shoe Cupboard.  It epitomises what Schoenbuch does best – simple, stylish, clever design.  It’s offered with a depth of just 20cm and cupboard doors that open/close using a beautifully smooth, quiet gas-filled spring. Plus, you can customise it by chosing designs such as a tray top or tempered glass. This version, below, in a glamorous high gloss white definitely gets our vote!

SCHOENBUCH BASIC SHOE CUPBOARD / SIDEBOARD
SCHOENBUCH BASIC SHOE CUPBOARD / SIDEBOARD

Confession Two.  Coats and bags.  We also like these (just a bit!) and the Line Coat Rackdesigned by Apartment 8 for Schoenbuch, is another example of a very clever design idea.  And as a system for hanging coats and bags, Line looks, and is, perfect.  It’s got an adjustable fold-out hook for hangers or you could pop your coat straight on.  In the example below, there are three bag hooks in polished chrome. Simple and fabulous, it’s also in a huge variety of coloured lacquers or wood finishes. The citrus yellow next to the pebble and ivory works really well don’t you think.

SCHOENBUCH LINE COAT RACK
SCHOENBUCH LINE COAT RACK

So, if your hallway needs some clever storage input but you don’t want to sacrifice your high design ideals Schoenbuch is the answer.  Take a look at their full collection here.

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.

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.

And as an introduction to this amazing brand we’re offering a special 20% discount on ALL Mogg designs up until December 20th.  Just quote MGBG20 when ordering.

The Botero dining table is the sort of brilliant idea that leaves us puzzled as to why no one ever thought of it before (like all the best ideas)! Designed by Alessandro Masurzo, it includes an incredibly useful storage cupboard in the base. Two sizes and three finishes – including one with a beautiful Carrera white marble top.  Bellissimo!

Mogg Botero dining table
Mogg Botero dining table

The Ordinary Day (in the woodshed) sideboards by Raphael Charles, must have the most poetic title we’ve ever come across, and we’re so impressed with this design that there will be one on display in our showroom very soon!   This great sideboard, made from solid fir, looks just like a pallet stacked with freshly cut timber, but the clever illusion incorporates a very practical four-drawer sideboard, with a black lacquered interior.

Ordinary Day
Mogg Ordinary Day (in a woodshed) sideboards

Remember ‘Being John Malkovich’ (one of our favourite films!) ..?  Well the Rooms cabinet (there’s also a sideboard) was the filmic inspiration behind this stand-out design! Created by award-winning designer Diego Grandi it has 50s style door handles on the cupboards, four gorgeous RAL colours, and sits on an American solid ash wood base.  Yes! Yes! Yes! (and that’s our inspiration from another iconic American movie!).

Rooms Cabinet
Mogg Rooms Cabinet

Many more Mogg designs to choose from … but the magical Casetta in Canada four poster bed is a particular favourite…

Casseta in Canada four poster
Mogg Casseta in Canada four poster bed

Designed by Nathan Yong (named Most Promising Young Designer on the International Scene by Interni Magazine in 2011 and then going on to also bag himself a coveted Red Dot Award) the Casetta is made from solid Ash in pure white, with an open-pore finish so that you can still see the beautiful texture of the wood.  A simply beautiful, clean, and geometrically pleasing contemporary version of the original.

We know you’ll love this brand as much as we do.  So take advantage of our special introductory offer, and quote MGBG20 when ordering.  To see the full Mogg collection click here.

 

Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

Mirrors are a fantastic way to add a bit of light & sparkle to a room, & if they are contemporary mirrors from Italian brand Tonelli Design then they are beautiful objects in their own right. So, without further ado, here are some of our favourite modern mirrors…not just wall ones either. In fact Tonelli’s full length mirrors are very cool too.

Fittipaldi Full Length Mirror
Fittipaldi Full Length Mirror

This has one of our most popular contemporary mirrors since it was released in 2010. This design looks great in a living room or hall way as well as the bedroom, & there is a wall mirror version as well.

Plisse Wall Mirror
Plisse Wall Mirror

Plisse is Italian for Pleat, & this wall mirror indeed beautifully folded over, with a useful shelf behind the fold.

Sill Mirror With Shelf
Sill Mirror With Shelf

I love the way Tonelli have used two of these mirrors as bedside tables, and they would also look great in the hallway, with a bowl on the shelf for keys etc.

Gerundio Full Length Mirror
Gerundio Full Length Mirror

Although this fabulous mirror looks like it might be easy to break it’s not. Tonelli spend a LOT of time making their products robust – in fact in the 5 years since we have been selling their glass furniture & mirrors we have had ONE breakage, & thats including after they have been delivered. So, all in all, I have to say that we think Tonelli are great. See their mirrors, tables & shelving/drawers here.