50 SHADES OF LIVING CORAL

50 Shades of ‘Living Coral’ – 2019 trends

We rather like ‘Living Coral’, Pantone’s 2019 colour of the year.  It may be diving in at the deep end for some, but we love all the associated shades of cinnamon, terracotta, orange, pink and amber that this warm colour embraces. And our brands seem to like them too.  So jump on in and take a look at some of our latest pieces in all the exciting variations of this on trend hue.

Miniform’s Lem armchair

Shades of coral for fabrics

Quirky Italian brand Miniform’s loves playing with colour and shape. Their latest design is Lem, a beautifully soft and sinuous collection designed by Francesco Beghetto.  The Lem design has a tubular structure and is fully covered in fabric. Their are four pieces in the range: a two or three seater sofa, an armchair (above) and a footstool.

Lem has 37 different fabrics to choose from, including lots of coral shades such as the wonderfully sounding ‘regal orange’, ‘abstract yellow’ and ‘tram orange’.

Novamobili Cube Chest of Drawers

Shades of coral for lacquer finishes

And it’s not just fabrics that have gone 50 shades of coral.  Novamobili’s new contemporary storage range, Cube, is offered in 25 different matt lacquer finishes.  Lots of beautifully warm shades… think ochre, tangerine, garnet and  salmon. Additionally, you can mix-and-match any of these colours, as in the styled image above, where Novamobili has used a combination of salmon pink and garnet red on the different drawer sections. We absolutely love this combination and the flexibility of the design.

Rock the coral look

Mogg is a relatively new furniture company that first exhibited in Milan in 2012.  We fell in love with them on the spot!  In short, they cleverly cross the border between art and design in a world where mass production has sometimes left this far behind.

The Closer rocking-armchair was designed by Marzia and Leo Dainelli for Mogg and it’s a seriously sleep-inducing (in a good way!) piece of work. The deep upholstery envelops you in its dreamy softness, like a duvet locking out the coldest of winter chills. The filling is reinforced with feathers and the removable cover comes in velvet, finest wool or leather. Plus, the slim, black metal structure creates a rhythmic, gentle rocking motion.  It’s perfect for a living room or nursery… or anywhere you want to feel hugged and cosy.

Mogg Closer rocking-armchair

Translucent coral

We’ve seen shades of coral used across lots fabrics and lacquer finishes but the clever design team at Tonelli have also used it in some of their latest glass creations.  Each table in their new range, ‘Country of Wonders’, has been made using a unique technique where glass fragments are hand poured into cone and sphere shaped moulds.

Tonelli Turchina side/coffee table

And this striking coffee/side table is one of the amazing results.  We love that the translucency of the glass also adds extra warmth to the design.

Coral for any room in the house

We reckon Coral has ‘shades of’ that will work for any room in the house.  And depending on your taste there are variations that would fit with almost any style of interior. The deep, vibrant red of the plush velvet covers on Bonaldo’s new Lovy armchair (below) look stunning against the white walls.  The stylist has also used a piece of modern art featuring large, over-blown flowers with shades of coral stripes on the petals that beautifully reflect the colours in the chair. The paler pastels of the carpet also allows the Lovy to confidently take centre stage.

Bonaldo Lovy low armchair

The Lovy was designed by Sergio Bicego for Bonaldo.  In our book this would be a perfect armchair for a living room, bedroom or large bathroom.  It has an enveloping, oval shape and generous width. But if the dramatic colour used here is a shade too bold for you, there’s a huge choice of fabrics and other colours to choose from.  The feet can also be finished in a wide range of lacquer colours, including stylish metallics.

Also brand new from Bonaldo is the Panorama collection.  In addition to the terracotta fabric used in the image below, there are up to 30 other fabrics and different colours to choose from, including supplying your own choice of fabric, and a great range of leathers.

Bonaldo Panorama

Designed by Fabrice Berrux, the Bonaldo Panorama sofa is beautifully made and luxuriously comfortable with modular options to create a much larger sofa. The upholstery features a criss-cross design on the seats and the sofa comes in three widths of 200cm, 230cm and 260cm.

So what’s the story behind Living Coral?

According to Pantone’s website,’ ‘Living Coral’ embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.’ Similarly, they tell us, it is a ‘reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life….’.

Well three cheers to that!  We think that is a wonderful reason for choosing this feel good colour.  Anything that helps us switch off from the digital onslaught (although do finish reading this first!) gets our vote.  In short it’s a wonderfully warm, optimistic shade – and we could all do with some of that at the moment.

Are you ready to dive in yet and take a chance with any of the wonderful shades of coral around?

If you are, now’s a good time to take the plunge as our January sale is still on for a few more days.  With 15% off any order over £1,000, it’s an offer that should definitely leave you feeling in the pink.

Top Tips: Interior Trends for 2019

INTERIOR TRENDS 2019

Sometimes it’s difficult to get a handle on emerging trends…are metallics STILL with us, will taupe ever go away? But this season we’ve had no problems spotting what’s going to be BIG in the world of interiors next year.  Think COLOUR.

Beautiful jewel tones: sapphire blues and yellows, garnet reds, emerald greens, aqua marine… wonderfully rich colours that will breathe life into a room, complement  existing schemes or add a striking pop of colour to a room (for those of us still in love with our Down Pipe Grey walls – you know who you are).

Bonaldo Panorama Collection
Bonaldo Panorama Collection

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Winter Glamour. Metallic Style.

The Kings Road always looks quite magical at this time of year.  Shop windows come alive, trees are festooned with lights and there’s a general air of bonhomie. London is the very best place to be (OK we’re a little biased) with so many great events.  Kew Gardens is always worth a trip, transformed as it is after dark with more than a million fairy lights.  Could you ever tire of productions of the The Nutcracker, while The Old Vic has a new version of A Christmas Carol.  There are lots of Christmas Markets too including the Nordic inspired event at the South Bank, where the Thames riverside is also transformed with 1000’s of twinkling, glittering lights and a huge tree.

So to add to the general glamour of the winter season, here are some of our newest designs, with a touch of metallic style to add to the shininess of the season.

Bonaldo Big Table
Bonaldo Big Table

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Milan Design Week – materials and craftmanship

Milan Design Week is one of the highlights of the year at Go Modern.  The international furniture show, Salone del Mobile, spread across 20 exhibition halls is packed with exciting new designs and stands that, in some cases, could be theatre sets.

The city of Milan comes alive with visitors (the official figure for the show alone is a staggering 372,151) with pop-up shops, street installations, show room openings and a few cocktail parties thrown in for good measure. Known for it’s food, fashion and museums in Milan – Italy is at the center of the socio-culture world of today.  And it’s where we see the latest designs from our partners and keep an eagle-eye out for new products that we know our customers will love. Continue reading “Milan Design Week – materials and craftmanship”

Lighting up time …

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

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

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

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Milan – bringing home all the fun of the fair

The fabulous Salone del Mobile last month, one of the world’s most exciting furniture fairs, attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors through its doors and had some truly amazing new designs on offer.  We spotted so many superb pieces that we can’t wait to show you … so here’s a little taster of just a few of the great designs we spotted from two of our favourite brands.

Bonaldo is always ahead of the design field and never fails to impress us with its inspirational pieces. They also make incredible sofa beds … and what puts them ahead of the game is … that their sofa beds don’t LOOK like sofa beds – that’s the last thing you want in your living room!  The new Bandy sofa bed, designed by Vittorio Prevedello, is no exception. It’s got a great modern-retro look to it along with removable fabric or leather covers, and edged stitching in the same or contrasting colours.  It’s also a cinch to operate with an easy, manual mechanism designed to move the seat forward and simultaneously lower the backrest (because when you’re tired and you want to go to bed you really don’t want to be having a fight with a sofa bed!).

Bonaldo Sofa Bed
Bonaldo Sofa Bed

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Surprising Storage

If there’s one thing that most of us agree on it’s that our homes never have enough space to store everything.  It’s a modern day curse but, as we always try to look for the positive in things, the upside is that contemporary designers produce furniture that creatively uses every last available inch of space, producing designs that, for us, tick all the boxes – beautiful to look at, high quality and very practical too.

So, we’ve pulled together a small selection of some of our latest designs, all of which deserve praise for their quality and creativity – while sharing that great ability to surprise us with their ingenious hidden storage. Continue reading “Surprising Storage”

Mogg – blurring art & design – plus a special introductory offer

Italian design has always pushed the boundaries – across fashion, art, architecture… it whole-heartedly embraces the avant-garde.  Think of the theatricality of Versace, the revolutionary Renaissance architecture of 15th century Florence or the rebellious drama of Caravaggio.

So when we  found brand new Italian furniture and accessories company Mogg, a company representing the best of this Italian tradition, we were more than a little excited!  Mogg (MObilli = furniture & OGGetti = objects) was founded by architect Nicola Galbiati in 2012, and his company works with a range of award-winning designers – many established names in their own fields of art, architecture or furniture design – or as Galbiati puts it “partners of vision – crazy dreamers”.  Their idea is to “limit the boundaries between art and design” and the result – a collection of exciting new furniture and accessories that we think are not only stunning designs for the home, but true investment pieces for tomorrow. Continue reading “Mogg – blurring art & design – plus a special introductory offer”