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.

A Georgian apartment interior design project

We work with some truly talented interior designers here at Go Modern and we were incredibly impressed with a recent design project that we thought we’d share with you.

Furnish Interior Design is based in the heart of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.  They’re a fun, very creative bunch and passionate about what they do. Their brief was for a beautiful Georgian apartment in Cheltenham, and in the following pictures you can see the open-plan space they worked on using a number of different pieces, including some from the Go Modern collection – the Lars sofa and Nikos armchair from Bonaldo, and the New York Suite sofa from Saba Italia.

Furnish Interior Design’s clients requested a scheme that would be both luxurious, rich and calming but introduce edginess to contrast. Director Daniel Cook from Furnish described the project to us. Read on to see how it was achieved…

“The scheme was a delight for Furnish to work on; we were overwhelmed with the apartment’s Georgian architecture. The tall ceilings, room proportions and original features such as the fireplace and decorative hand-crafted coving contribute to the strong character of this apartment. They were all elements that we of course wanted to celebrate and consider within the design.

Georgian apartment, Cheltenham
Georgian apartment, Cheltenham

“Our clients had a desire for us to create a space that had a subtle connection between each room whilst maintaining intrigue and a sense of individuality. The colour palette of the reception sets the scene for the rest of the apartment where the punches of colour and geometric shapes can be seen throughout.

“Earthy grey tones for the walls were inspired by those that exist in the marble fireplace. The neutral walls and organic nature of the sisal carpet helped to set the calming backdrop. Juxtaposing this, bursts of blues, mustard yellows and magenta showcase as signature colours in the sofa, rug, cushions and accessories throughout.

Bonaldo's Lars sofa (R) Nikos armchair(L) Saba Italia New York Suite sofa
Bonaldo’s Lars sofa (R) Nikos armchair(L) Saba Italia New York Suite sofa

“The amazing Saba New York sofa sitting in front of the black sculptural character of the Tom Faulkner furniture in the dining area adds the perfect injection of beautiful mustard yellow. The artwork by Miranda Carter was commissioned especially to subtly pick up on these yellow tones and add gentle blues, reflected in the cushions by Jessica Zoob.  A huge bespoke antique mirror rests on the fireplace allowing the details of the ceiling and large-scale gliding pendant light to be bounced back into the room.

Georgian apartment, Cheltenham - Bonaldo Lars sofa
Georgian apartment, Cheltenham – Bonaldo Lars sofa

“It was an especially tricky project for Furnish as our clients are based in Bermuda. Therefore, most communication, design presentation and development had to be achieved via Skype calls and emails. Through the use of intricate and detailed mood boards, material sample boards, technical plans and drawings we were able to clearly determine, communicate and successfully achieve the look and feel for our clients perfect space.”

Profile of the Saba Italia New York Suite sofa
Profile of the Saba Italia New York Suite sofa

So, job extremely well done Furnish Interior Design – and we look forward to being of service for your next exciting project.

New Year – New Art

A new year and some fabulous new and contemporary art pieces adorn the walls of the Go Modern showroom.

We’ve displayed a few pieces before from the fabulous Allan Forsyth – his Pride and Glory – Roebuck Deer was much loved and had many compliments when it graced our Kings Road window.  Most of Forsyth’s work is a mixture of modern technology meets nature, strikingly dramatic and eerily real – photographic in style, with a magical glowing quality set against a black background.  Tranquilizer, another 3D  motion lenticular (a photographic printed image giving the illusion of depth and movement when viewed from different angles), is the latest piece on display; a beautiful, shimmering butterfly, that moves gracefully and almost translucently within the frame.

Tranquilizer - Allan Forsyth
Tranquilizer – Allan Forsyth

And  butterflies seem to be a bit of a recurring theme this year…

Artist Rebecca Coles describes her work as “…a journey travelling with a pencil, paper and a pair of scissors…”.

Rebecca’s beautiful three-dimensional decorative art is composed of hundreds, if not thousands, of hand-cut, carefully selected pieces of paper made from upcycled stamps and pins.  It’s stunning and very detailed – a contemporary take on the traditional entomological art form where insects were captured and encased.  No cruelty involved here however – just thousands of colourful and delicate paper butterflies intricately cut, sculpted and pinned.  Love it!

Stamps - Rebecca Coles
Stamps – Rebecca Coles

From Stuart Hartley, one of his new Event pieces – an incredibly eye-catching, physical, colourful work, with a playful quality … it’s incredibly hard not to want to reach out and touch this piece, a cross between art and sculpture. It draws the eye around the board, like a visual game, with a kaleidoscopic display of  brightly painted balls of varying sizes, all resting on top of, underneath or to the side of miniature ledges.  We’re keeping tabs on the number of our clients who move towards it, hand outstretched..!

Event 19 – Just around the corner.

Event 19 - Just around the corner
Event 19 – Just around the corner

These are just a few of the art pieces we have at the moment.  Pop by to have a closer look – like most art it’s hard to do them justice with small images, you have to see them in the flesh to get a feel for how wonderful they are.

 Happy New Year from all at Go Modern!

New design – from German cockerels to Italian graphics…

London is bursting at the seams with new art and design ideas: fashion, product technology, architecture and, of course, some of the best contemporary furniture around. Whenever the subject of art is discussed it always throws up those endless ‘but what is art?’ type questions.  We’re not sure how to answer that – we know good design when we see it but art is …whatever you want it to be isn’t it?

From our showroom on the Kings Road, we’re about four miles from Trafalgar Square, and recent visitors will have seen the latest piece of art to sit on the Fourth Plinth.  It’s a gorgeous powder blue sculpture of a cockerel entitled Cock by Katharina Fritsch.  Fantastic (although we’re not sure what Nelson would have made of it!).  What do you think?  Love it, hate it, just not sure?

Blue Cockerel Trafalgar Square
Blue Cockerel Trafalgar Square

Amongst some of the other most creative design we’ve seen recently at Go Modern is from the team at Novamobili who’ve come up with a solution to that perennial problem of space, or rather lack of it.  And if the topic of ‘wall units’ normally induces a trance like state in you -think again! Wave is their fantastic new wall unit structure, with a look that is based on Italian graphics!   It combines curves and straight lines, horizontals and verticals, cabinet doors that open upwards or downwards – endless possibilities that make this an incredibly creative but eminently practical piece of furniture.

Novamobili Wave Wall Unit 218
Novamobili Wave Wall Unit 218

You can choose as many shelves, cupboards, sizes, heights, lengths as you want to suit the space you have.

Novamobili Wave Wall Unit 219
Novamobili Wave Wall Unit 219

So if it’s space you’re short of and you have an eye for something a little different, ultra cool and very clever, Wave definitely deserves your attention.

Or how about Next, from Portuguese manufacturer Brittos, a collection of wall hung cupboards and open units that can make up a structure as large or as small as you want it to be.

Brittos Next Wall Unit
Brittos Next Wall Unit

Very clever. Very creative.  We’re just wondering if Boris might accept something from us next time the Fourth Plinth has a space…

The London Design Festival and Go Modern

We celebrated being part of The London Design Festival in style this week!  Our doors were open until late and we had tons of visitors and friends popping by.  London is the design capital of the world and we LOVE being part of it.  The Kings Road was buzzing more than usual and the newly formed Chelsea Design Quarter proved itself to be London’s uniquely eclectic interiors hub.

Go Modern on the Kings Road, London
Go Modern – part of The London Design Festival

We took the opportunity to show off (also more than usual) and brought into the showroom a number of our favourite contemporary design classics, from international award winners to simply beautifully crafted modern pieces.

New pieces in the showroom include a ‘designed & made just for us’ Carerra sofa from Michael Tyler with leather piping, custom walnut feet & a fantastic fabric not usually available (also used by a top Italian brand for their upholstery). Not only does it look fab it is SO comfortable. This photo is of our one.

Carrera Sofa
Michael Tyler Carrera Sofa

We also managed to finally get our hands on a Vibieffe Class high back armchair. Always popular with Interior Designers & Architects this Italian designed & made armchair is ultra contemporary but quite classic at the same time.

Vibieffe Class High Back Armchair
Vibieffe Class High Back Armchair

But the biggest change in our showroom was our new modern art collection! With 17 new pieces it’s a significant exhibition of contemporary art from some very talented up & coming artists (of course they are all for sale too!). They aren’t on the website, so do drop by to see them. A carefully edited collection, we have smaller works from £800 right up to some quite large pieces from very well established artists for £3,000-4,000 (ex VAT).  They look amazing with our furniture too, which helps!

One of our favourite pieces is Pride & Glory (Roe Buck) by the talented Scottish artist Allan Forsyth.  We love this so much it’s currently in our window – a stunning 3D Lenticular with eyes that cleverly follow you as you enter the shop. A little bit of Allan’s beloved Scottish Highlands in the Kings Road – bet that’s a first!

Pride and Glory – Roe Buck

Also attracting much comment was Chuck Elliot’s Collider /gilded Mandala – a metallic lamda print, laser cut circular diasec mount, 120cm in diameter. Striking, computer generated, kaleidoscopic free form shapes, cropped and recoloured.

Collider / gilded mandala
Collider / gilded mandala

And bringing a bit of pop art iconography into play – Black Coke / Blue Coke / Red Coke by the artist known as James Gallas (we say ‘known as’ because intriguingly that’s a pseudonym… so, did he join us last night?).  This series of three pictures are part of a limited edition of eight screen prints, velvet flocking on linen.

Black Coke / Blue Coke / Red coke
Black Coke / Blue Coke / Red coke

Plus the very talented Mr Rufus Knight-Webb, looking very dashing in a vintage admiral’s jacket no less, hot footing it from south London with a number of his pieces including ‘oh’, an abstract seascape.  We asked him why the name…and he said, “because after I’d finished painting, that’s exactly what I said!”  So, there you have it.  Contemporary art: genius; unique; intriguing  – damned creative.


Rufus Knight-Webb 'oh'
Rufus Knight-Webb ‘oh’