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 

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.

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.

Turning The Indoors Out.. and Go Modern turns 10!

Well, apologies for our break in transmission… its been a busy few months!

For the whole of the London Design Festival in September, Go Modern discovered its green fingers, as we transformed our Kings Road showroom into a ‘magical outdoor garden sitting room – inside’ to showcase the very latest of our luxury outdoor furniture from Belgian manufacturer Manutti. We were also celebrating a very special anniversary as Go Modern turned 10!

Go Modern dressed for the London Design Festival
Go Modern dressed for the London Design Festival

Along with the two week indoor garden installation, we had the pleasure of hosting a special Festival event with leading French designer Lionel Doyen, who has created many of Manutti’s  designs, Melanie Bernard of Sunbrella, the internationally renowned all-weather fabric company, and Hilde Baeklandt of Manutti. The evening was a great success (with lots of top Belgian beer and our usual Italian cocktails – plant food!) and it was great to see so many of our customers. Our designers’ presentations were fascinating, covering the design challenges of working in this area, all-weather materials, trends in outdoor design, technological developments… and a few secrets of the trade.

Our inspiring ‘magical’ indoor garden room was created by top interiors stylist Hannah Bort.

Stylist Hannah Bort waved her magic!
Stylist Hannah Bort waved her magic!

Lionel Doyen’s latest outdoor design for Manutti is the San Collection. San is a wonderful Japanese inspired range – and it took centre stage in our window display for the whole of the Festival. Lionel explained the design process involved in creating San, the materials used and the technical challenges of designing something for the outdoors that also manages to retain a light, elegant look.

San - a 2017 design for Manutti. Lionel Doyen.
San – a 2017 design for Manutti. Lionel Doyen.

We also found space for the awe-inspiring Manutti Moon Island collection – wonderfully comfortable for lounging on (as our audience can testify!)

Manutti's Moon Collection
Manutti’s Moon Collection

Manutti’s latest range, Kumo, graced our lower-ground floor, sitting grandly aloft some specially created decking. With many colours to choose from, we opted for a striking plum colour, finished with some zingy Missoni Home cushions and it looked spectacular. The range is modular so we had fun playing around with the many different combinations we could achieve.

Missoni Kumo Collection
Missoni Kumo Collection

Also on display were ‘Leaf’ stools by Nicolette de Waart of ‘Design by nico’, one of the newest designers to joint the Go Modern stable. The Leaf stools are not designed for use outdoors but we couldn’t resist using them to add some great finishing touches to our Festival installation.

Leaf stools.  Design by nico
Leaf stools. Design by nico

Look out for Manutti’s designs on the terraces of luxury hotels, restaurants and spas all around the world, along with many elegant residential London gardens. Go Modern also has a very comfy terrace area where you can see just how well Manutti’s products withstand the elements, so do pop in and take a look. We know you’ll be impressed.

Autumn: big comfy sofas and toasty (bio-ethanol) fires

Autumn’s well and truly here… crisp, misty mornings, skylines filled with beautiful burnished golds and bronzes… country walks and pub lunches in front of roaring fires…

The clocks go back on the 25th of this month; the end of official summer time, by way of an Act of Parliament which goes back to 1916 (although it still catches many of us out) and means our mornings will be lighter but the evenings darker… definitely time to make our homes our ‘winter nests’.

So… suggestions from us:  big, comfy, modular sofas are one of the things we’d recommend.  And, of course, we have a couple here to tempt you.

Cloud sofa by Lema
Cloud sofa by Lema

The beautiful Cloud sofa, by the masters of Italian design Lema, is a favourite of ours at the moment.  It’s designed by Francesco Rota and cleverly combines many shapes and sizes and, uniquely, each module can also be upholstered in matching or contrasting material.

Our friends over at Bonaldo have also produced a wonderful modular sofa for this season. The All Two is probably one of the most versatile modular designs we’ve seen at Go Modern.

All Two sofa by Bonaldo
All Two sofa by Bonaldo

What makes it so great?  Well, it’s incredibly adaptable (it’s seen here with a chaise longue configuration) and other special features include detachable armrests and backrests. It’s designed by Sergio Bicego and we are SO impressed – it’s one of those sofas that, once you’re sitting on it, the rest of the day will pass in a comfy trance (which is probably why they’ve placed a few clocks in this shot!).

Turning on (or up in our case!) the heating is another autumn ritual, and as great as central and under-floor heating is… nothing beats  a real fire as a central focal point to a room.  And if you can’t have a real fire, the next best thing is one of our bio-ethanol fires.

Montreal bio-ethanol fire by Decoflame
Montreal bio-ethanol fire by Decoflame

Bio-ethanol fires use a high-grade liquid bio-ethanol, a green fuel which is eco-friendly and generates no harmful gases, sparks or soot. We sell only the best bio-ethanol fires in the UK market and they’re not just a focal point; they have superb heat output, as well as long burning times – up to 8 hours – and are very easy to use. They can also be sited anywhere (although we always recommend a well ventilated room) such as existing chimney breasts,  free standing grates, or choose a portable version that can be wheeled from one room to another (when not lit of course!).  If you’re in the Kings Road pop into our showroom where we have a ceiling hung version which nicely heats the front of the store (warning: on a cold day you may find yourself lingering longer than you’d planned). The the new Montreal, seen above, by Danish brand Decoflame, demonstrates the versatility of these fires; this one has been ingeniously inserted into a partition wall and looks fabulous.

So, cocoon yourself this winter … the UK forecast is for a mild winter – but where have we heard that before?