Zigzag motifs, Italian style, Missoni Home

Zigzag motifs are apparently ‘in’!  Well, they’ve never been ‘out’ to be honest.

We’ve had a long love-affair with the incredible fabrics and clothes produced by the Italian design-house Missoni, and in 2016 we were lucky enough to begin working with one of the company’s sub-brands Missoni Home.  We’d always loved the crazy chevron or zigzag  pattern the company is famous for, and Missoni’s clever and imaginative use of this ancient pattern works beautifully across their furniture and home accessories.

But a room full of zigzags may, some might say, be a little too much.  It’s a bold design, as is anything geometric.  Throw into the mix bright and clashing colours and if you’re not careful you’re creating a 70’s psychedelia throwback nightmare.  With the current trend for dark walls and heritage colours however (thanks Farrow & Ball), we’re constantly advised by interior designers to use pops of colour to bring a room alive.  Enter stage right: Missoni Home.

And it’s not just brightly coloured zigzags.  Add to the mix bold stripes and some near hallucinogenic florals and you have a smorgasbord of colour and pattern to pick and choose from.

Missoni Home Navaleno Rug
Missoni Home Navaleno Rug

The Missoni Home Navaleno rug above demonstrates the Missoni chevron pattern at its best.  Depending on which camp you’re in (‘throw caution to the wind, mix and match, yolo’… or ‘love each piece individually but… together?’) this particular styling is either heaven or will make you want to lie down for awhile in a room with dark walls. Personally we love it! The stylist has placed the rug with a Missoni Home pouf which, as you can see, has both the famous zigzags and the company’s bold, beautiful florals.

All of Missoni Home’s designs are manufactured in Italy and anyone who is lucky enough to own a piece of clothing, an accessory or furniture will know how high the quality is.  The Navalino rug is a pure wool and cotton blend and incredibly soft but hard-wearing. The sheer number of colours used is awe inspiring but not one of them seems to dominate the entire colour palette.  Which in our book is very clever.

We love poufs (or any piece of furniture that legitimately insists you put your feet up).  You couldn’t say no really. Missoni has created some of the most comfortable and fun poufs we’ve come across. Each pouf  is firm, filled with polystyrene beads that permit just the correct angle for lounging, and the fabric covers are fully removable.

Missoni Home Pallina Pouf
Missoni Home Pallina Pouf

The Missoni Pallina pouf above is simply stunning.  The fabric used here is called Passifora and it’s just one of so many beautiful floral fabrics on offer.  Think passion flowers, sunflowers, lilies… It’s probably one of Missoni’s most famous floral designs, originally seen on the catwalk printed on their silk dresses, skirts and scarves.

We have a huge choice of Missoni fabrics to chose from so if there’s a particular colour scheme you have in mind, a favourite flower, or a mixture of the two, we’d put money on being able to come up with a design to fall in love with. Pop into Go Modern’s Kings Road showroom to have a look at fabric samples or give us a ring to find out more.  UK fire regulations are quite rightly very stringent, and some Missoni fabrics are not available here but are available overseas. Again, come in and chat to us, as there is an option to have some of the unavailable fabrics specially treated so that they do comply with UK fire law.

Missoni Home Innitil three seat sofa
Missoni Home Innitil three seat sofa

However, it’s not just about the fabrics.

Home is one of the great passions of Rosita Missoni, the Missoni ‘matriarch’, who oversees the Missoni Home line.  Born into a family of textile industrialists who produced shawls and embroidered fabrics, she married Ottavio Missoni in 1953 and together they launched and developed a knitwear business in a small workshop in Gallarate, Italy. The couple later moved to the company’s current headquarters in Sumirago, Varese, where Rosita created the lines of clothing while Ottavio designed the fabrics. By the 1960s Missoni was at the cutting edge of Italian fashion.

Rosita is quoted as saying, “… the house is alive, it always moves, it’s never over …”. And her personal philosophy and design vision for furnishings is expressed through Missoni Home.  Pieces are innovative with a linear form and easy to introduce into existing areas. Using Missoni’s fabrics the brand aims to play a game of indoors/outdoors bringing the ‘magical atmosphere’ of nature inside.  The look is both ‘formal and informal’, ‘artful but light’, with ‘forms which separate and unite’.  The overall philosophy: simply to create pieces that will help make ‘a versatile and welcoming place for family and friends’.

The striking Innitil sofa does just that. It’s a roomy three seater with a linear back and armrest.  The solid wood frame is covered in a multi-density, crush proof polyurethane foam and the covers are removable.  The fabric used for the styling here is Pasadena, inspired by a Californian west coast vibe, using a hypnotic geometric jacquard pattern.

Then just when you think your eyeballs wont take anymore colour, comes the monochrome… and a brand new piece of design.

Missoni Home Miss upholstered dining chairs
Missoni Home Miss upholstered dining chairs

The Miss dining chairs are beautifully upholstered, with slim legs, arms and backs and a  robust steel frame giving just the right strength and stability expected of a dining chair. The expanded polyurethane cushions have variable densities for maximum comfort, perfect for long, relaxed dinners. There’s a freshness about the design of these new chairs that we just love, and the black and white ‘zebra’ print fabric used here is Neuss linen with a macro-flame pattern.  Simply stunning, like a huge photo blow up of the original chevron pattern. The Miss range also has a dining armchair too – the same style but with wonderfully exaggerated vertical arms that look like wings, which might just whisk you off after one glass of Chianti too many.

And if Missoni plays the game of indoors/outdoors with their fabrics, their stunning outdoor furniture collection is a game we could play for ever. Lots to choose from including chaise longues, garden sofas, armchairs and this amazing leather coffee table that exudes Italian style.

Missoni Home Cordula garden coffee table
Missoni Home Cordula garden coffee table

The  elegant Cordula coffee table has an extra-clear glass table top and the solid steel frame below is wrapped in a beautiful leather weave.  There’s also a matching armchair  to complete the look.  Beautiful design with Missoni’s usual attention to detail and innovative use of materials.

So, as we always say, hop over to the Go Modern site and take a look at all of our great Missoni Home furniture designs and share our love of this wonderful Italian brand’s heritage and style.

Pretty and practical: Our latest design-led garden furniture

We’re still deep in garden furniture mode at Go Modern.  As the weather begins to improve (ahem) and the days certainly are longer it’s all about getting back outside, keeping the borders watered and that first cut of the lawn.

We’ve more new outdoor designs to show you here and some of the prettiest furniture we’ve seen in a while, starting with one of our newest partners Saba Italia.  But it’s not just about the aesthetics, striking as they are, as with all our outdoor designs they have to meet our strict criteria for robust materials and advanced technology.

Saba Italia are a young Venetian brand where fashion meets furniture meets – exceedingly good design.  They have produced two new outdoor chairs that are beautifully decorative and quite different from the norm.

Saba Italia Grace
Saba Italia Grace

Grace is designed by Paolo Grasselli and is an irresistibly dainty design.  It’s created by fusing different sizes of metal rings together so that empty circles clasp cushioned spheres, creating a frame of coloured and transparent ‘bubbles’. The frame and rings are made from lacquered iron, which can be finished in either white or grey, and Grace can also be used inside as well as out.

Saba Italia New York
Saba Italia New York

The beautifully vibrant colours of the New York garden armchairs, designed by Sergio Bicego for Saba Italia, are produced in water-proof quick-drying non-absorbent technical fabric (with an excellent performance in the Martindale test of up to 90,000 cycles – for those of you who like the full tech stuff!) which guarantees abrasion resistance as well as hygienic ‘breathability’. And there are 13 different  outdoor fabrics to choose from, or you can supply your own. Incredibly comfortable (trust us – we sat for a long time at the recent Milan show on one of these!) the white-painted tubular metal frame is specifically treated for outdoor use.

Missoni Home are lauded the world over for their beautiful fabrics and they’re now producing striking outdoor furniture too.  As you’d expect from this award-winning fashion and accessories company their designs are eye-wateringly good and, of course, instantly recognisable.

Missoni Home Jalamar
Missoni Home Jalamar

The Jalamar sunlounger will attract more than a few admiring glances around the pool. The covers are removable with a huge choice of Missoni fabrics to choose from. And for sun lovers, the Jalamar has a fully adjustable frame (due to its clever internal mechanism) allowing you to capture those rays from any angle.

Tribu Nomad velvet outdoor pouf
Tribu Nomad velvet outdoor pouf

There are an incredible number of stunning outdoor fabrics to choose from this summer. During last year’s London Design Festival, we were joined by Melanie Bernard from the outdoor fabric company Sunbrella for a Q & A session about the latest trends in furniture and fabrics.  Sunbrella began by producing fabrics for yacht sails – so they know a thing or two about all-weather material!  They’re now international specialist in fabrics for garden furniture and work with all the leading companies in this area.

For the most luxurious, sumptuous outdoor fabric, how about velvet (yes, you read that correctly – velvet!). Belgian specialists Tribù have used velvet for their Nomad garden poufs and they really caught our eye when we saw them at the last Milan show.  One word: Stunning!  And they come in seven delicious colours including marine blue, oyster, acqua and the moss colour seen above.

So practical, pretty design-led garden furniture.  Who needs sunshine when you can create your own!  Check out all of our latest garden designs here.

From Hollywood glamour to industrial chic – brand new garden furniture!

Well, aren’t you just loving the sunshine today.  Blue skies, a hint of bird song… wow… steady, we’re feeling almost spring like!

So what better time than now to introduce our brand new 2017 outdoor garden furniture collections from specialists Manutti, TribùPoint and Missoni Home!

Manutti is the the award-winning, luxury go to brand for superyachts, Hollywood villas and chic townhouses, and headlining its new line-up is  San by French designer Lionel Doyen.  Lionel previewed his wonderful new design with us during the London Design Festival last September.

Manutti San
Manutti San

San is inspired by Japanese art and design and pretty much masters the art of Zen.  Made from sustainable Iroko wood, this low, sleek piece is the epitome of minimalism.  It’s modular which means there are numerous configurations – from a simple bench to sunlounger to two-seater sofa with the addition of backrests, cushions and small but beautiful tables in Carrara White or Portoro Black marble.

Manutti San
Manutti San

Cascade is Manutti’s other brand new design for summer. And in true Manutti style it’s a design that would look just as good indoors as it does out.  With weather-proof fabric, clever fast-drying foam cushions, and a strong, rust proof aluminium powder-coated frame, you can also choose it in a light or dark weave, and add a range of outdoor scatter cushions to complete the ‘inside out’ look!

Manutti Cascade
Manutti Cascade

We were lucky enough to pop over to Belgium last month to celebrate Tribù’s 50th anniversary!  And we’re still recovering.  What a day/night – with a tour of its wonderful, newly opened and extended showroom alongside the magnificent party celebrations.  This family run company were early pioneers of the idea that patios and gardens can be an extension of the house. Another room – just outside.

Tribù has produced four fantastic new designs and additions to ranges for this year, including the magnificent Pavilion Day Bed by the highly talented designer Monica Armani (who we were delighted to meet at the anniversary celebrations).

Tribu Pavilion Day Bed
Tribu Pavilion Day Bed

Tribù’s beautiful Tosca Collection, also by Monica Armani, has been extended to include the colour Wenge, which is a rich, warm shade of brown. Tosca is made using extra-large textured braiding, something that’s all the rage at the moment, from interiors to fashion – think over large knitting needles! It’s an amazing weather-proof material and incredibly soft to to the touch.

Tribu Tosca
Tribu Tosca

Tribu’s  Mood Collection also has some new additions, with a Day Bed and Club Chair and, if you’re looking for the ultimate, sleek Beach Chair, take a look at the new addition to the Branch Collection with beautifully flowing, fluid lines and elegant tapered legs (we’ll just have to remember not to stand too close to it at the pool!).

Tribu Branch Beach Chairs
Tribu Branch Beach Chairs

Point has been producing stunning hand-made outdoor furniture in Spain since 1920. It is another close-knit, family run company and its newest collections have blown us away. Fabulous contemporary designs including Weave which is a modern take on a traditional weave design.

Point Weave
Point Weave

Working alongside award-winning designers, Point’s other new designs include the strikingly contemporary Fennec and Tub Collections.  The Fennec Collection exudes Hollywood poolside glamour (La La Land we felt your pain!) and it also uses 100% recyclable material (that’s Fennec – not La La Land!).

Point Fennec
Point Fennec

While Tub has a stylish, industrial feel with a lacquered, aluminium frame displaying gloriously straight lines, cleverly interwoven with subtle curves.

Point Tub
Point Tub

Last summer you probably remember that we were jumping up and down to announce our partnership with Missoni Home Furniture and we’re now even more excited to show you this incredible brand’s new outdoor furniture collection.  Featuring lots of colourful zigzags, florals and stripes, the trade mark look from this iconic design house, and its outdoor collection doesn’t disappoint.

The Missoni Home Virgola Garden Chair is a striking piece of modern design, a real garden showstopper, and it’s available in a huge range of Missoni’s stunning outdoor fabrics.

Missoni Home Furniture Virgola
Missoni Home Furniture Virgola

For a nod to 1960s style the Cordula Garden Chair with a woven rope design will tick all the right boxes…

Missoni Home Furniture Cordula
Missoni Home Furniture Cordula

while the versatile Nap Collection is a simple, customisable modular design which includes a chaise longue, sofa and a large pouf.  The covers are removable and you can choose from a large range of Missoni’s fabulous weatherproof fabrics.

Missoni Home Furniture Nap
Missoni Home Furniture Nap

So, enjoy the sunshine while we have it and explore our new garden collections for a bit of 2017 summer dreaming.

INTRODUCING MISSONI HOME FURNITURE

A very BIG announcement from us this month with the introduction of the most iconic of brands: Missoni!  We are thrilled to announce that Go Modern is now partnering with this very special, much loved Italian design house to sell MISSONI HOME FURNITURE.  We’ve been fans forever… so there’s much excitement in our bit of the Kings Road!

Missoni, as you are probably aware, was established in the 1950s as a small knitware business and grew to be the internationally recognized fashion brand.  Its colourful zigzag motifs, stripes, waves and patchworks of geometrics and florals are instantly recognisable. The Missoni Home line followed some years later, when the company’s beautiful fabrics were successfully transferred to a large collection of small home accessories.

Taking things one step further,  Go Modern is the first and only UK retailer to sell Missoni’s contemporary furniture collection which includes sofas, beds, armchairs, screens and a wide range of beautiful outdoor furniture.  Check out the full collection of our MISSONI HOME FURNITURE  here.

So, less chat…. let’s show you a few pieces….

New for 2016 is the MISSONI HOME ADAR SOFA – a beautifully slim-line sofa seen here in Missoni fabric Realeza, a striking monochrome geometric weave.  The Adar is a modular design and includes armless, central seating units along with left/right hand seats.  The covers are removeable and, of course, there’s an incredible selection of Missoni fabrics to choose from.

Missoni Home Furniture Adar Modular sofa
Missoni Home Furniture Adar Modular sofa

The MISSONI HOME TIAMAT SOFA is a wonderfully roomy, semi-circular sofa offering the perfect lounging design.  It’s pictured here in the vibrant Samoa fabric, taken from Missoni’s brand new Oriental Garden fabric collection.

Missoni Home Furniture Tiamat sofa
Missoni Home Furniture Tiamat sofa

And pop into our Kings Road showroom to see the fabulous MISSONI INNTIL SOFA by Bendik Torvin.  We think this sofa has a very ‘Missoni look’ about it, with its dynamic, unbroken flowing design. Come on in and experience your own ‘comfort zone’ (although do check our opening times… we try very hard not to lock our lovely comfortable, sleep induced customers in!)  The image below is of the Inntil in Missoni fabric Coomba, which is a pale silver/grey glossy cord.

Missoni Home Furniture Inntil sofa
Missoni Home Furniture Inntil sofa

Also by Torvin for Missoni is the GRAVITA RANGE (so called, according to Torvin, as sitting on this furniture creates a feeling of “being pulled towards the earth’s surface” – well, we’re all for a bit of that!).

Missoni Home Furniture Gravita sofa
Missoni Home Furniture Gravita sofa

Then there are the beds.  Gorgeous Missoni beds.  We love the MISSONI HOME SCREEN HIGH BED with its extra high headboard.  It’s designed by the Missoni Home Studio team and, if you’re wanting a real bedroom statement piece, choose the iconic Nador fabric that you see here, with the famous multi-coloured zigzag motif. Or, if you’re looking for less bedroom excitement, choose from their plain weaves, stripes, florals or luxurious mohair velvet (or, of course, supply your own favourite).

Missoni Home Furniture Screen high bed
Missoni Home Furniture Screen high bed

The ADAR BED simply says ‘sleep’ to us, with its comfy deep base and slim, partitioned headboard.  The mohair velvet fabric, mentioned above, has been used in this shot of the Adar – it’s the ultimate in luxury and this wonderful, relaxing teal velvet works so well don’t you think?

Missoni Home Furniture Adar bed
Missoni Home Furniture Adar bed

So do hop over from here and check out the full collection and indulge in a little Missoni history in the making.