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.

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 

Design Junction x greening up the urban jungle

So, the end of another fabulous and very busy London Design Festival.  Whichever venue we visited the buzz and creativity just blew us away!  Our own little creative spot was down on the South Bank behind the OXO Tower, where Design Junction  had taken over some space.  Doing their utmost to green up our urban jungle was the amazing Urban Roof Gardens, a dynamic London company that aims to blur the boundaries between people and plants and create a little bit of roof art along the way.  Urban Roof Gardens borrowed some of our outdoor furniture to complete their installation and we were pleased as punch to be involved in our own small way.

Urban Roof Garden, South Bank, London Design Festival
Urban Roof Garden, South Bank, London Design Festival

Employing their architectural and design techniques, the company use urban space to create fuzzy lines between the built and natural environment.  And, a new one on us, we also heard the word ‘biophilia’ for the first time (ok – so we had to look it up!) which suggests that ‘humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life’; in this case plants.  We all know trees and plants are great for the environment –  they produce oxygen and remove carbon dioxide and contaminants from the air – and even the introduction of a spider plant into the office can raise a smile.  But Urban Roof Gardens take this idea to a whole other level – literally.

Their simple philosophy is that by ‘greening the urban jungle’ they are helping to create a better world for both the urban dweller and their urban environment (that’ll be most of us then!).

Tribu Tosca garden Chairs
Tribu Tosca Garden Chairs

They are passionate about it and have created the world’s leading green wall system.  And it really is beautiful to see. We’re normally quite an energetic lot (well some of us) but you instantly feel quite chilled surrounded by greenery. Urban Roof Garden’s innovative LiveProduct range includes the LiveWall, LiveRoof and LivePicture.

Urban Roof Garden Live Picture
Urban Roof Garden Live Picture

We were really taken with the LivePicture.  This one had been installed above the outdoor kitchen area and, well, was good enough to eat, filled with a mixture of plants and herbs. What a great idea, mixing eating with art!  The Live range is modular so if you find that one night you eat your way through all of the basil, it’s easy enough to slot in a replacement module.  The other thing we really liked is that you don’t need to worry about watering.  Having had our own ‘green wall’ in the Kings Road show room a couple of years ago that sadly didn’t survive too well (we either killed it with kindness or forgot to water it enough – we’ll never know!) Urban Garden’s clever automatic watering system takes the stress out of remembering to get the watering can out.

Urban Roof gardens LiveWall
Urban Roof Gardens LiveWall, Tribu Nodi chairs in the foreground and Tosca chairs at the back

It’s a very urban spot tucked behind the OXO Tower, which is basically a space between a modern building with small, independent shops and workshops overlooking the Thames, and an old warehouse.  The introduction of ‘green walls’ or a ‘living wall of plants’ transformed the area. The walls create a stunning backdrop that can either mask a view, frame it, or simply create a great backdrop. The walls have pre-planted cassettes which, as the URG team showed us, take seconds to change – so you can even reflect the seasons if you’re a green fashionista. They’ll also cool buildings in the summer heat and keep in the warmth during the winter.

Manutti Zendo Modular Outdoor Sofa
Manutti Zendo Modular Outdoor Sofa & Tribu Tosca Chairs

The weather was definitely a bit mixed over the weekend (vertical rain through to 25 degrees sunshine anyone?!) but our furniture did us proud and withstood the elements, as we knew it would.  The Manutti Zendo sofa proved very popular – you can see the side of it in the image above.  It normally lives on our first floor terrace where we have the corner version.  The beauty of the design is that being modular you can configure it as you want.  URG used just a centre piece here and it fitted perfectly. The quick-dry cushions Manutti use, along with robust outdoor fabrics, earned themselves gold stars over the weekend. We think the Zendo probably dried out quicker than the team did!

Manutti are world specialists in outdoor furniture and materials.  They offer a wide range of fabrics including Batyline®, which is a UV-resistant, mass-coloured PVC fibre. It doesn’t fade in light or sunshine and it’s water-repellent, both swimming pool and sea water. It can also withstand extreme temperatures: -30°C (-22°F) to +70°C (158°F), and is super easy to clean and maintain.  Environmentally it’s great too – no toxins, and 100% recyclable. Batyline is available in Mocca, Pearl White, White, Granite Grey, Bronze, Black, Flax and Linen colours.

Lotus is another Manutti fabric and is a perfect balance between ecology (100% recyclable), innovation (a new polyolefin thread) and performance (twice as resistant as an acrylic thread). Lotus is used for fabrics with mixed colours: White Blue and White Sand

Then there’s their All Weather Fabrics which have been specifically developed for outdoor use. The fabric performs exactly the same as Batyline and Lotus. Inside there is a Quick Dry Foam which has a special structure that ensures that the water runs through three times faster, so it also dries three times faster than high resilience foam. Manutti use two different types of All Weather Fabrics: all weather basic (100% polypropylene) and Sunbrella® (100% acrylic).

They also have a range of Nautic Fabrics and Nautic Leather.  Nautic Leather is imitation leather based on PVC, specifically developed for outdoor use (such as the ‘leather’ you see on boats). Nautic Fabric is 100% olefin fabric and totally watertight. So as you can see – a huge choice!

Urban Roof Gardens also chose a couple of our beautiful Tosca armchchairs to complete the look.  Tosca is designed by Monica Armani for Tribu.  They are amazingly comfortable and have a real wow factor. The design features soft, oversized braiding wrapped around a powder-coated stainless steel frame.  The braiding is then filled with a new foam mouse which is then wrapped in a seamless sheath of knitted textilene and polyolefine for extra weather resistance.

Tribu Nodi Garden Armchairs
Tribu Nodi Garden Armchairs

And didn’t our Nodi chairs look good! They’re designed by the highly regarded Canadian creatives, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg for Tribu.

Light and extremely comfortable, the Nodi has a seat and back hand-woven in stain repellent, frost, UV and mould resistant CanaxÆ rope which is stretched across a powder-coated stainless steel frame. The slim profile of the arm is angled slightly inwards as if it’s welcoming you to sit down. Made from PVC and hemp, the woven CanaxÆ crosses in vertical and horizontal lines, providing a great shape and structure. It’s very strong and durable and the pretty rope work is also gently forgiving when you lean against it.

Urban Roof Gardens
Urban Roof Gardens

If you missed the Festival there’s still time to check out our garden furniture.  Pop along to our Kings Road showroom or browse the garden section of the Go Modern site. And if you fancy creating your own ‘green dream’ in the centre of the city go and talk to the great team at Urban Roof Gardens and share some of their green passion.

Go Modern’s outdoor furniture X Urban Roof Gardens

Some late summer outdoor furniture news from us (yes folks… summer’s not over yet!).

We are delighted to be helping the talented crew over at Urban Roof Gardens, Europe’s leading roof terrace designers, with their forthcoming show garden at Design Junction 2018. 

Design Junction is a curated exhibition of the latest cutting-edge design. The event is part of the London Design Festival and takes place across three venues on the South Bank.  We absolutely love the South Bank – it’s a fabulous part of our exciting city, with hundreds of international brands, boutique shops, tons of outdoor installations, as well as delicious pop-up eateries and bars – and it’s got one of the best views up and down the River Thames that you’ll find anywhere in this part of town. There’s also the Globe Theatre within spitting distance, along with Tate Modern and, just over the Millennium Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral. It’s definitely a place where you feel history is slap bang up against modern, urban living.

Urban Roof Gardens approached us a few weeks ago about using some of our outdoor furniture as part of their Design Junction project.  The team felt it would fit perfectly with their contemporary designs, which will showcase a series of their modern roof terrace gardens.

The URG roof gardens will be arranged across a series of hexagon shapes, with each space demonstrating different combinations of flooring, furniture and fittings, plus the company’s unique LiveProduct range – a ‘best-in-class’ collection of LiveWall, LiveRoof and LivePicture.

Urban Roof Gardens Plan
Urban Roof Gardens Plan

We obviously don’t have any images yet (watch this space) but the plan above gives you an idea of what to expect.  There will be spaces for ‘Urban Greening’, a ‘Creative’ space, a space for ‘Cooking and Eating’ and an intriguingly entitled ‘Tropical Bubble’. Hawaiian shirts not compulsory!

The installation will be located in the Coin Street Builders Court Yard behind the South Bank’s famous OXO Tower.  For those of you who don’t know it, this great building has been a riverside landmark since the 1930s, obviously owned in its prime by the makers of OXO, but its uses have been quite varied since then. It was majorly done up in the 1990s and is now home to a great mixture of flats, design studios, galleries, specialist shops, restaurants cafes and bars. Well worth a visit at any time of year just to mooch around the shops or simply soak up the fantastic atmosphere.

Go Modern’s outdoor furniture includes pieces from internationally renowned outdoor furniture designers Manutti and Tribu, two of our go-to specialists in some of the world’s best outdoor design. Many of their designs are made for super-yachts and top hotels as well as gardens and terraces around the world.

Tribu Nodi Outdoor Chairs
Tribu Nodi Outdoor Chairs

Look out for some of their incredible designs including:

The Nodi garden armchair, designed by the highly regarded Canadian creatives, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, for leading Belgian outdoor specialists Tribu.

The Nodi chairs are supremely light and comfortable with seats and backrests in hand-woven, stain-repellent, frost, UV and mould resistant CanaxÆ rope, which is stretched across a powder-coated stainless steel frame. The slim profile of the chair’s arm is angled slightly inward as the designers wanted to create a design with a ‘welcoming gesture’.

From our other Belgian specialists Manutti, the elegant Napoli garden bar table will be put to good use.  It’s sturdy enough for commercial and domestic use, and comes in two sizes with a wide range of finishes for both the top and the base, including a wonderful, hard-wearing, scratch-proof ceramic.  And if a round rathre than square top is what you’re looking for it comes in that too.

Manutti Napoli Bar Table
Manutti Napoli Bar Table

Look out too for the Tosca garden dining chairs,  designed by the hugely talented Monica Armani for Tribu.  The Tosca chairs feature super soft but firm over-sized braiding that wraps around the powder-coated stainless steel frame. It’s an eye-catching look and for those interested in the techy stuff, that clever shape is achieved by using a new foam mousse, contained in a seamless sheath of knitted textilene and polyolefine for greater weather resistance. The cushions can be covered in a variety of water and stain repellent fabrics, which now includes garden suitable velvet.

Tribu Tosca outdoor dining chairs
Tribu Tosca outdoor dining chairs

Also look out for Tribu’s Branch round bistro dining table, designed by Altherr Lievore Molina.  The shape was inspired by the form of tree branches, beautifully fluid and organic, created to reflect our natural environment. But behind the elegant and simple table is a complex combination of materials: The frame is made from die cast aluminium, powder-coated twice to create a scratch and UV resistant finish. Aluminium is a superb material for outdoor designs; easy to clean and weather resistant.  The Branch design also comes in three colours: white, linen, or wenge.

Tribu Branch round bistro table
Tribu Branch round bistro table

For the Branch table top you can choose from a variety of weather resistant garden suitable materials including Aluminium, A-grade Teak, or Granite, and there are three different sizes available.

Also, and on it’s second ‘designer project’ outing of the year, is our Manutti Zendo modular corner sofa.  This is one of Go modern’s most popular outdoor designs because it’s just so versatile, easy on the eye and incredibly hard-wearing.  We have one on Go Modern’s small outdoor terrace at the Kings Road showroom and we find that once a customer sits down on it, they tend to stay for a while!

Manutti Zendo modular outdoor corner sofa
Manutti Zendo modular outdoor corner sofa

So do pop along to the show.  It’s on from the 20th to the 23rd September.  Architects, designers and product specialists from Urban Roof Gardens will be on hand to answer any questions – and maybe this will be the start of your own urban ‘green space in the sky’ dream!

You can register to attend here (simply because the URG crew would quite like to know who they might meet and when!) :

https://www.thedesignjunction.co.uk/en/tickets.html

Or just pop along… the show garden is in a public open space.  One of the Go Modern team will also be on hand some of the time too and happy to answer any questions you might have about outdoor furniture (or you could try them on other topics… they’re a super friendly bunch!).  Happy green dreaming!

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!).

Storage – some well ordered ideas!

As you may have noticed, we’re very big on storage ideas at Go Modern. And the trickier the space presented to us the more we love it.  There is a great feature in the March 2018 issue of Essential Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom Magazine about this very thing… featuring a Q&A with … US! So here are a few tips and ideas below based on what we shared with EKBB (although do go out and buy the magazine – it’s always a very good read!).

Getting the right balance between storage and space in a bedroom is crucial. We often find clients need more storage than they have space for so we play around with ideas, trying to incorporate storage wherever we can.  Building wardrobes right up to the ceiling, using storage beds and tall chests of drawers in smaller spaces. We combine this sometimes with decorative hanging shelves or slimmer wall units.  A bridged wardrobe around the head of a bed can also be a great use of space.  The result should always work aesthetically as well as leaving you with plenty of space to move around.

Jesse Plana Wardrobe M05
Jesse Plana Wardrobe M05

If a client is thinking of a fitted wardrobe system, we start with the doors; hanging door wardrobes have smaller cabinets which can also be divided inside, so if a client has a lot of different storage needs we would normally recommend those. Sliding doors on the other hand have a cleaner look for small spaces but are actually less flexible in terms of their inside storage.

Novamobili Bronze Wardrobe
Novamobili Bronze Wardrobe

Smaller accessories such as dressing tables are really important.  You can also get creative with a hanging desk with a fold down-top and interior LED lit mirror, or a small wall-hung shelving unit.  Remember to look at the space between wardrobe cabinets too, as this can often accommodate a table as well as shelves, cupboards and a small chest of drawers, with fitted doors to hide things away when they’re not in use.

Praga tall Chest of Drawers
Praga Tall Chest of Drawers
Schoenbuch Collect Dressing Table
Schoenbuch Collect Dressing Table

Our brands are a great and equal measure of aesthetics and practicality.  The days of having to completely sacrifice style to get the best fitted storage are well and truly over.  It’s often more economical to invest in beautiful semi-fitted designer storage than it is to get alternatives.  And there are so many gorgeous designs to choose from – we are seeing everything including textured doors with leather, gloss or matt finises, or a mixture of the two, and lots of unique finishing touches such as statement handles.

Take a look around our site or pop into our Kings Road showroom and have a chat – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what we can offer.

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.”

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.

Guaranteed beauty sleep for family & friends

Autumn is definitely in the air and we’ve also started thinking a little further ahead to Christmas.  The season of goodwill – and playing host to a myriad of family and friends. Which is great but, if you are anything like some of us at Go Modern, the perennial problem of where to put everyone/no room at the inn is, well, a perennial one.

So we got to thinking about how we could help and make everyone a little happier.  And thus the idea of a special sofabed, exclusive to Go Modern, was born.

The Happy Sofa Bed will, we’re hoping, be the bed of your dreams (and those of your guests).  Designed exclusively for us by Italian specialist Vibieffe, Happy is a stylish two-seater sofa that looks for all the world like the up-market, high quality, contemporary sofa that it is. But it’s also so much more.

Happy Sofa Bed
Happy Sofa Bed

Within its sturdy tubular steel frame, and deep sumptuous foam and feather cushions, lies the answer of where to put your wise men and ensure they have a good night’s sleep: A highly sophisticated bed mechanism with a comfortable 13cm sprung mattress ingeniously hidden inside the sofa base.

Happy

Happy is good looking enough to deserve taking centre-stage in your living room, spare bedroom or guest room. It’s also available in three sizes, with fully removable covers in cotton, linen, leather or own choice fabric. Its discrete angled feet are in chrome-plated aluminium. Made in Italy. Which all in all makes us very happy and we hope it will make you happy too.

We have a Happy on display in our Kings Road showroom at the moment so please pop in and try it for yourself.  We can’t promise angels, shepherds or wise men, just a very good, high-quality sofa bed that won’t disappoint.

Happy Sofa Bed on display in our Kings Road Showroom
Happy Sofa Bed on display in our Kings Road Showroom

And to add to the all round happiness factor… we’re offering a special 15% discount on ALL our sofa beds until the end of October. Simply use code HAPPY17 at the checkout, call us on 020 7731 9540, or talk to one of the team when you’re in the showroom. We’ll wake you with a lovely Italian coffee if we need to.

Fitted, hinged, sliding door or walk-in wardrobes – our guide to what you need to know!

Go Modern specialises in beautiful Italian wardrobes: fitted, freestanding, sliding doors, hinged doors or walk-in wardrobes… take your pick. Whatever you are looking for we are sure we will have something stylish to suit. In fact we have possibly the largest range of Italian wardrobes in the UK. Why choose an Italian wardrobe? Simply because of the endless choice of beautiful contemporary styles, in a huge number of finishes and colours.

But it can be a daunting process… if you let it!  So here’s our mini-guide with some information about the different styles of wardrobes on offer:

FITTED WARDROBES                                                                                                             Our fitted wardrobes are all made to order in Italy. Simply discuss your space with us and we will get as close a fit as possible from the hundreds of wardrobes sizes and options, which can then be cut to an even more precise fit and installed by our expert team of wardrobe fitters. If you’ve an awkward corner or a sloping roof we love that kind of ‘problem’…

Novamobili Dotty Corner Wardrobe
Dotty Corner Wardrobe

To achieve the ‘perfect fitted wardrobe fit’:

  • Our installers can install filler panels/MDF around the edges of the design so that the wardrobe blends seamlessly with the wall
  • We can have the tops and sides cut to order, including cut at an angle (for under eaves, sloping roofs etc)
  • You can choose your own internal layout to suit

But bear in mind:

  • Each wardrobe needs a back and sides, nothing is attached to the wall
  • Wardrobes can be stand-on-their-own (which also means they can be moved when you move)
  • Because we need a few spare cms on the sides and top to install them, there will be a gap – which, as mentioned, can be covered by our fitters
Alfa Fitted Wardrobe
Alfa Fitted Wardrobe

We also have a large selection of both hinged door and sliding door wardrobes, and customers often ask which of these they should choose. Well, both have advantages and disadvantages…

HINGED DOOR WARDROBES                                                                                                          Hinged door wardrobes come in the largest choice of sizes, starting from 90cm wide increasing in different size increments.  Wardrobes with hinged doors can also be cut to fit angles – corners of rooms, loft rooms, under the eaves or under stairs as discussed above. Pop into our Kings Road showroom to see an example of the clever fitting that can be achieved. Hinged doors also usually have handles, many of which are a design feature in their own right and, again, there’s a great choice of colours, textures and shapes.

Unika Hinged Wardrobe
Unika Hinged Wardrobe

SLIDING DOOR WARDROBES                                                                                                           These are perfect for large spaces. Although they don’t have as many choices of sizes, we have a number of different collections, so we should be able to provide a very close fit and, as with hinged door wardrobes, sliding door wardrobes can be fitted with panels of the wardrobe’s particular finish to create the fitted wardrobe look. The minimum size of a sliding door wardrobe is two metres (and in our experience, they usually look better in even larger sizes). An obvious advantage of  sliding door wardrobes is that the doors don’t open outwards, which means that not as much room is needed in front of them. However, for obvious reasons, this style of wardrobe won’t fit into the corner of a room, although we have a model that does (the Dover sliding door wardrobe, the only one we have ever seen).

Ghost Sliding Door Wardrobe
Ghost Sliding Door Wardrobe

So, in a nutshell:

Wardrobes with hinged doors

  • are usually less expensive
  • are smaller
  • can be cut to fit around corners, under angled ceilings and stairs
  • have some fantastic, design-led, handles to chose from

Sliding door wardrobes

  • are larger
  • can’t be cut at angles
  • have a slightly more restricted choice of sizes
  • can save space as doors don’t need room to open out
  • have bigger cupboards
  • look great in large sizes, with a more streamline look as they have fewer doors

WALK-IN WARDROBES                                                                                                                Our Walk-in Wardrobes section contains designs from several Italian manufacturers including styles with hard to find lacquered sliding doors, and lacquered panels/shelving.

Why a walk-in wardrobe? Walk-in wardrobes can be installed with or without doors, and doors can also be ceiling hung.  If you need advice, our designers and fitters can advise on the viability of this and suggest the composition/style that would be best, and can also do a site visit if necessary (within London).

Walk-in wardrobes work best in bedrooms where there’s an adjoining room directly off the bedroom, or perhaps an L-shaped room or even a spare room not needed as a bedroom. If you dont have these, larger bedrooms can also be fitted with stud walls to create a walk-in area.

Walk-in wardrobes are wonderfully luxurious and incredibly practical – providing an at-a-glance view of what you have stored.  They’re also completely customisable, with added accessories including drawers, glass shelves and cabinets, pull-out hangers, shoe cupboards and racks, pigeon holes and dividers etc, all in a variety of finishes from matt or gloss lacquers to wood and smoked glass to leather. Add LED lighting to the final design.

My Suite Storage System
My Suite Storage System

So, we hope that’s useful. Whichever type of wardrobe you decide on, our in-house designers can help you find the very best solution, and our expert fitters can install it for you.  Give us a ring, drop us an email, or pop into the showroom (nearest tube Fulham Broadway or plenty of metered parking in nearby roads) to discuss your requirements.

Our hinged door wardrobes can be seen here, sliding door wardrobes here and walk-in wardrobes here.

PS – We’ve also got a summer sale on at the moment – 15% off all orders over £1,000.