Garden furniture trends – spring/summer 2019

The first day of spring has sprung and the nights are getting lighter… at last. If your garden is anything like ours it’s definitively in need of some big TLC. On the list are tidying flower beds, sowing seeds for later in the year,  mowing/rescuing the lawn and… sorting out the garden furniture.  With summer 2019 promising to be another scorcher, we have some fabulous new outdoor designs to help you make the most of it.

RECLINE IN STYLE

The traditional seaside deck chair has come along way and is making a big comeback. Forget knotted hankies and rolled up trousers.  The latest designs ooze contemporary style. They can also stay outdoors for longer, won’t collapse on you and are luxuriously comfortable as well as easy on the eye. Many have metal frames which are a lot lighter than the old wood variety, and both the fabric and the frames are specially treated for resistance to UV light, stains (here’s looking at you ice-cream) and humidity.

EMU Snooze deckchairs

Amongst our favourite are these EMU Snooze deckchairs. They’re designed by Chiaramonte & Marin for Italian brand EMU, and are just a joy to look at.  If your garden flowers aren’t supplying enough colour these certainly will.  There are eight different colourways – with juicy combinations including orange/peach, mint green/lemongrass and Indian brown/beige.  The fabric is Emu Tex, made to withstand the harshest outdoor elements.

THE LONG SNOOZE

The literal translation of chaise longue is ‘long chair’.  And that’s exactly what part of the brand new Tribu Senja range is – a beautiful long and elegant day bed for the garden.  Designed for those lazy afternoons where all you want to do is lie back with a good book and a glass of something cold.

Tribu Senja chaise longue

Tribu is one of the world’s leading specialists in outdoor furniture. It was also one of the early pioneers in making the garden and terrace an extension of the living area, and the company is highly regarded for its extensive research and development into the best materials for outdoor use. Along with the highest quality materials is also their excellent ability to translate indoor design to outdoor furniture.  The Senja range is a great example of this. Its minimalist good looks, deep comfortable cushions and slimline silhouette hit exactly the current design sweet spot.

ILLUMINATING DESIGN

Looking for some truly distinctive garden lighting?  It’s here! The new Monsieur Tricot lamps from Tribu, designed by Ilia Eckardt, are not only unique but also highly practical and stylish.

The Monsieur Tricot collection is a tribute to the designer’s mother, Hilde Frunt.  Eckardt grew up in their family-owned knitting studio where knitting and creativity was the day to day business.

Monsieur Tricot are the world’s first knitted, weatherproof outdoor lights. To achieve the finished result Eckardt used authentic crochet and knitting, including polypropylene cord. This yarn is both weather and extreme temperature resistant. The inner globe part of the lamp is a transparent, weather-resistant thermoplastic, which manufacturers often use as a glass substitute.

Tribu Monsieur Tricot lamps

The pretty shadows and patterns cast by the yarn are sublime and the design is another great example of something that would work equally well inside or out.

MEDITERRANEAN SUMMERS    

Spanish manufacturer Point wanted to capture summers by the Adriatic Sea with their latest garden collection.  Which is fine by us! The elegant new Dalmatia collection, by Nika Zupanc, was inspired by “the whiteness of beach stones and the dark purple shadows of pine trees”.  Again, it strikes the perfect balance between innovation, technology and design.  We can almost hear the lapping of the waves on the pebbles…

Point Dalmatia collection

Zupanc’s other collaborations include distinguished companies such as Moooi, Se and Dior. Since emerging at Milan Design Week she has been closely watched by the industry.  Her work has been described as everything from “punk elegance” (Elle USA) and “techno chic” (BusinessWeek) to “larger than life” (Clear magazine). We’ll go along with all of that.

DINING OUT

The phrase al fresco is borrowed from Italian for “in the cool (air)” (although apparently Italians don’t use that phrase for dining out – in Italian it means “spending time in jail” (who knew?!). Whatever you call it and whether it’s an impromptu picnic or a formal dinner on the terrace on a gloriously warm evening there’s nothing better.

Finding the right dining table is key to making it work. Look for designs specially created for outdoor use. Those featuring hard-wearing porcelain tops are some of our best sellers.  They’re waterproof, resistant to spills, scratches and abrasions, chemicals and fires.  They’re also fade proof as well as extremely strong – in fact practically bomb proof. The Manutti Torsa table (below) is a great example and one of the best designs around.

Manutti Torsa dining table

PATIO PERFECT

After last year’s glorious summer we’ve seen a big demand in furniture for small patios and roof terraces. Designs suitable for these areas include light, hand-woven materials, which are ‘airy’ in appearance, helping to create a greater sense of space. Large, lumpy furniture simply doesn’t work on a small patio.  Colour seems to be important too, maybe because room for growing plants in these areas can be limited.

Another great introduction and proving popular are ‘space dividers’ or ‘concealers’ which are fantastic for hiding a less than perfect view, providing privacy, or separating a barbecue area from a seating area, which is useful if you’re transitioning from afternoon lunch to early evening drinks.

Saba Italia – Shades of Venice space divider/concealer & New York Soleil furniture

The Saba Italia range above is ideal for smaller spaces.  Designer Marco Zito’s Shades of Venice  include bright horizontal and vertical graphic lines to create a peek-a-boo effect, subtly revealing or hiding the spaces beyond.

The innovative design features colours from some of the Venetian islands: Murano has the blues and greens of the world famous Murano glass, Burano the colourful oranges and blues of the houses, Giudecca’s white stone, and Sant’Erasmo its abundance of dusty greens, purples and brown vegetables.

The pretty New York Soleil furniture by Sergio Bicego is made entirely by hand in inter-woven polyurethane.  There are 13 different tones, blends or solid colours for the fabric, which also scores extremely highly on the international  Martindale test (guaranteeing excellent abrasion resistance).

So, are you ‘garden ready’? We are…. and it’s all there waiting for you.  Hop over to our site and take a look at whats new for this season (sun cream not included).

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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Top Tips: Interior Trends for 2019

INTERIOR TRENDS 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

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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

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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. Continue reading “Milan Design Week – materials and craftmanship”

2016 colours: Rose Quartz and Cherished Gold

We’re tickled pink (ahem) that the main Pantone Colour of 2016 is… Rose Quartz.  So, basically pink… but there are so many variations on this shade that it’s easy to get it seriously wrong in an interior.

Rose Quartz, according to the experts over at colour specialists Pantone, is “a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months”.  So, there you have it. Hard to imagine the spring/summer months with our rotten weather at the moment but hopefully they’re just round the corner. Continue reading “2016 colours: Rose Quartz and Cherished Gold”

Milan Design Week – international furniture event of the year!

In the line of duty a small team from Go Modern pounded the 24 exhibition halls of Salone Del Mobile last week – Italy’s stylish, hot furniture event.  It’s the centre of international design in the furniture world, where emerging designers plus some of the biggest names around (with stands the size of Italian football pitches) exhibit their latest creations.  We came back to London with notebooks brimming with ideas and tons of exciting new furniture pieces to share (plus extremely sore feet.. which we wont share!).

So, what are the hot trends for the next furniture season..?

Masses of beautiful, sumptuous, luxurious velvet is the hot ticket – in a kaleidoscopic array of colours from the subtle and classic to the rich and juicy.

Velvet armchairs
Velvet armchairs

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Lighting up time …

It’s nearly time for that annual ritual in the UK, and some countries around the world, of ‘changing the clocks’.  We confess to vaguely knowing which months this happens in, followed by then trying to remember which way the clocks should go.  ‘Spring Forward‘ and ‘Fall Back’ is the old adage so it shouldn’t be too hard to remember.  We also confess to feeling a little euphoric when it’s the ‘Fall Back’ one … as it means an extra hour in bed (unless you have babies/young children/animals… in which case the whole thing is meaningless anyway!).

So, from this weekend it’s going to be a little darker in the morning folks and a little lighter for longer in the evenings .. is that right?  Anyway and either way… stylish lighting, of which we have many pieces, is the way to cope with it.

Mogg TRI.BE.CA floor lamps
Mogg TRI.BE.CA floor lamps

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Not too early to be thinking about Christmas!!

Yes, we know it’s (mostly) sunny outside and you’re probably (mostly) on holiday… but we thought this might be a good time to start you thinking about CHRISTMAS!  The UK press has been thinking about it for the past month or so and all the Christmas summer press shows have already taken place (this is where journalists & stylists rush around central London in the heat, eating mince pies and thinking unseasonable thoughts, all working on their Christmas issues).

So, on to Christmas furniture.  Do you remember how last year you swore you wouldn’t host another Christmas without the right size dining table?  Well, now’s the time to start looking.  We have some fabulous new tables including a masterpiece of design from Alivar, one of Italy’s top brands.  The Oblique extends from 200cm right up to 280cm without altering its shape and the legs always stay at the end of the table – so there’s no need to play footsie (unless you want to!).

Alivar Oblique extending dining table
Alivar Oblique extending dining table

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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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