Luxury upholstered beds – the latest Italian designs

At Go Modern we get very excited when Novamobili Italy launches a new collection. They make the kind of furniture we love: stylish and modern, big on function and swoon-worthy on the looks front.  And they’re especially good at bedroom furniture. Their beds always include great ideas such as clever storage, beautifully upholstered finishes, generous padding and elegant detailing.

So, we’re thrilled to announce the UK launch of some of Novamobili’s latest upholstered beds, including Modo, Brick, and Margot.  And you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to fabrics – there’s a choice of 120, including 24 in leather or eco-leather.

Novamobili Margot
Novamobili Margot

The very handsome Margot, above, was designed in-house by the Novamobili Studio team. What we love most is its low-key, elegance – a kind of ‘Kate Moss’ of the bed world. And, as well as the generously padded frame and headboard (OK – so after low-key elegance, the resemblance to Kate Moss goes no further) look at the extra design details such as some slightly quirky, angled metal legs. Fab! There are also two different heights to choose from for the mattress: flush with the bed or set 7cm below the top of the base frame. Did we mention that it’s all in the detail!

Novamobili Brick
Novamobili Brick

Studio Gherardi are the designers behind Brick, with its luxurious and deep upholstered headboard and frame.  Look out for the tailor-quality stitching too, which can be chosen in pinch or standard style to match the fabric, or blanket stitching in contrasting shades if you want to add a personal touch or your own quirky finish. As with Margot, there’s a choice of two heights for the mattress, flush or set 10cm below the frame, and it’s also available as a storage bed with a wonderfully roomy base.

Novamobili Modo
Novamobili Modo

Designed in-house by the Novamobili Studio team, Modo is the quietly chic member of the collection. The stand-out feature for us is its deeply padded headboard with some very neat, central, buttonless top-stitching, creating an air of relaxed sophistication. The generously upholstered, curved base is also available with two types of storage: ‘simple’ which allows the whole base to be lifted, giving you easy access from three sides, or ‘standard’ which lifts from the end of the bed. Which style you chose obviously depends on the size of your bedroom and what other furniture you have around the bed.

So, we hope you like Novamobili’s latest designs as much as we do. And borrowing from one of our greatest plays about the world of slumber: “Take pains. Be perfect.” We think Novamobili have done just that! Pop over to the Go Modern site and take a look at all of our upholstered bed collection… Sweet Dreams!

PS – and of course we also have a great mid-summer sale on at the moment!

SCHOENBUCH: PERFECTING THE ART OF HALLWAY FURNITURE

‘Feel welcome’ is Schoenbuch’s guiding principle and this superb, luxury German brand is very welcome as part of the newest line-up at Go Modern. We got to know these masters of hallway furniture earlier in the year on a trip to Cologne and we were instantly blown-away by what they produce.  If you haven’t come across them before, be prepared to be impressed!  The company specialises in uber stylish, modular designs for the hall area, in unique widths and heights, with depths starting from just 20cm, all designed to fit the narrowest of spaces.

Schoenbuch’s designers begin with the knowledge that no two hallways are the same, from city lofts to commercial buildings or the smallest of domestic hallways.  The strive to produce perfect capsule furniture collections to suit individual locations. The result: outstanding hallway clothes storage and system furniture alongside smaller accessories such as clever shoe boxes and unusual mirrors.

And if you’re looking for innovative colours you’ll be spoilt for choice!  Most items are offered in around 26 matt or gloss lacquer colours from the fashionable Dusky Rose (fab against a darker painted wall – try it with Farrow & Ball’s Downpipe or Little Greene’s Royal Navy) and shades such as Steel Blue or the subtle Vanilla to complete the design statement.

SCHOENBUCH HESPERIDE COAT RACK, MIRROR & SHELF
SCHOENBUCH HESPERIDE COAT RACK, MIRROR & SHELF

The beautifully minimalist Hesperide collection (above) is designed by Carsten Gollnick for Schoenbuch, and in this styled set up (dont forget its modular) there’s a five-hook coat rack, tall framed mirror, and two wall mounted shelves, all in an ivory matt lacquer finish. We’re secretly coveting this hallway!

And just to show how versatile this system is, here it is again (below) in a high gloss black lacquer. This combination shows a slimline shoe box with an upholstered seat/lid in leather, and a narrow sideboard.  There’s also another version of the Hesperide mirror, this one has a square frame including oval and round smaller mirrors.

SCHOENBUCH HESPERIDE ENTRANCE HALL COMBINATION 1
SCHOENBUCH HESPERIDE ENTRANCE HALL COMBINATION 1

Confession. We love shoes. And we LOVE this Basic Shoe Cupboard.  It epitomises what Schoenbuch does best – simple, stylish, clever design.  It’s offered with a depth of just 20cm and cupboard doors that open/close using a beautifully smooth, quiet gas-filled spring. Plus, you can customise it by chosing designs such as a tray top or tempered glass. This version, below, in a glamorous high gloss white definitely gets our vote!

SCHOENBUCH BASIC SHOE CUPBOARD / SIDEBOARD
SCHOENBUCH BASIC SHOE CUPBOARD / SIDEBOARD

Confession Two.  Coats and bags.  We also like these (just a bit!) and the Line Coat Rackdesigned by Apartment 8 for Schoenbuch, is another example of a very clever design idea.  And as a system for hanging coats and bags, Line looks, and is, perfect.  It’s got an adjustable fold-out hook for hangers or you could pop your coat straight on.  In the example below, there are three bag hooks in polished chrome. Simple and fabulous, it’s also in a huge variety of coloured lacquers or wood finishes. The citrus yellow next to the pebble and ivory works really well don’t you think.

SCHOENBUCH LINE COAT RACK
SCHOENBUCH LINE COAT RACK

So, if your hallway needs some clever storage input but you don’t want to sacrifice your high design ideals Schoenbuch is the answer.  Take a look at their full collection here.

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.

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

And how about the April, May, June shelves (love the names …although they remind us a little of some great aunts that it was best never to cross…).  And like those great aunts, they’re a bold trio… striking and a little out of the ordinary.  June (below) is in the black , with May in white and April in yellow … but you can choose colours to suit you.. including mint green, anthracite grey and powder pink, in matt painted metal.

April May June Shelves
Bonaldo April May June Shelves

We love Alain Gilles work (his Contrast bed is a firm favourite with everyone here). The Tracks table is one of his latest creations – a great extending glass table with a beautifully simple silhouette.  And in case you’re wondering …the name comes from the two, visible parallel steel beams under the glass table top that make-up the extension. It’s fantastic to be able to see the working of the mechanism – really unusual (remember when the Pompidou Centre was built and we all got excited about seeing the energy pipes in different colours on the outside… it’s kind of similar.. and we’re just as excited).

Tracks Dining Table
Bonaldo Tracks Extending Dining table

Mogg is one of our newest brands – quirky, highly unusual pieces that we think are destined to become collector’s pieces of the future. We’re all about contemporary design at Go Modern but so much modern design also gives a little nod to tradition, and these beautiful Donut Stools from Mogg have definitely done that. The designer, Alessandra Baldereschi, has used the ancient art of rush weaving to create the seats of her striking new stools.  Reed fibres are extremely hard wearing and very practical (easy to clean) which is certainly why they were used for seating years ago.  The tripod bases are made in metal with a lacquered grey or white finish or in a beautiful copper.

Donut Stools
Mogg Donut Stools

If you know New York at all you’ll understand why designers Mazia & Leonardo Dainelli called their new floor lamps for Mogg Tribeca, because, as they say, they’re always inspired by the city’s energy and magic, along with the feeling that ‘anything is possible’.   And with the Tribeca lamps ‘anything is possible’ as the dynamic duo have added a cleverly concealed USB dock to the bottom shelf of this stylish floor lamp. Love them!

Tribeca Floor Lamps
Mogg Tribeca Floor Lamps
Tribeca Lamp with hidden USB dock
Tribeca Lamp with hidden USB dock

So, there’s a little taste of some of our ‘finds’ from Milan… hope you like them as much as we do!

 

 

Lema – the latest luxury brand to join Go Modern

We mentioned at the beginning of the year an exciting new name to join the Go Modern family, Lema, one of Italy’s most prestigous brands – and the perfect name to complement our other luxury brands.

If you know Lema at all you will know that its world famous name is synonymous with attention to detail, the highest quality materials and an ability to create unique pieces of furniture.  The company is based in the heart of the Northen Italian Brianza furniture making district and has been producing beautifully made furniture since the 1940s.

Lema is one of Europe’s best wardrobe and bookcase/wall unit specialists (their Elegant wardrobe is a best seller already!), and they also have a fantastic collection of sofas, beds, bedroom furntiture, and dining tables, as well as exquisite one-off pieces.

The Fina Sliding door wardrobe is a great example of the kind of design Lema is known for; a sleek, natual anodized aluminium frame surrounding matt or gloss lacquered door panels.  There’s also a huge choice of 40 colours in matt lacquer and four in the lacquered glass. Sizes too are varied, with three heights and several widths.  Superb!

Fina Sliding Door wardrobe
Lema Fina Sliding Door wardrobe

We love the Selecta bookcase system so much it’s being installed in our showroom as we type! Lema introduced their first free-standing bookcase system back in 1978, and Selecta is the bang-up-to-the-minute evolutionary result. With over 30 years of experience in creating these systems, Selecta incorporates the best of everything to date – and it’s one of the most versatile shelving systems around today. Pop in, have a look and be impressed!

The Mustique sofa is one of Lemas newest designs, created for them by Gordon Guillaumier. And it’s gorgeous. Wide and elegant, with a slim, metal structure and slimline cushions that are so, so comfortable.  The leather version, seen here, also has raw ‘unfinished’ seams on the boxy arms giving it, we think, a really cool, urban look.

Mustique sofa
Lema Mustique sofa

We have quite simply fallen in love with Wing – an achingly beautiful piece of craftmanship.  Designed in 2012 by Werner Aisslinger all we can say is: stunning (and we try not to use that word too often!).  It’s made from light oak and has a beautifully sinuous petal shape, with the natural wood grain shown-off to its best within the curved sweep of the design. And if that isn’t enough, Aisslinger has created another treat for you – when you turn Wing around, a ‘spine’ of solid wood is revealed giving the whole piece a striking architectural feel… its a kind of ‘weak at the knees’ piece…

Wing chair
Lema Wing Chair

And if you’re looking for something a little bit different, a collector’s piece … then the one-of-a-kind Booken by Yael and Shay at Raw Edges for Lema will get your pulse racing.  They’ve taken the ‘concept of the book as an object, transformed its function, and reinvetned it’.  And thus you have Booken – a quirky and totally unique bookcase: storage for your favourite books (also allowing you to ‘mark’ your favourite pages), a side table and bookshelf in one.  And if it suits your room style more you can also wall hang Booken. It comes with 20 oak ‘book-marks’ and you can order extra if you need them.

Booken bookcase
Lema Booken bookcase

Taking pride of place in our Kings Road window at the moment is the Novelist writing desk by the internationally renowned Christophe Pillet.  It was one of Lema’s key pieces at the Milan show and so deserved its centre stage presence.  In rue Pillet style, it cleverly evokes a traditional writing desk with a great modernist-retro look.  It’s made in sold canaletto walnut with a coffee-coloured leather insert in the desk top, plus an exciting and very neat pop-up inlay for your pens and pencils.  A chrome-plated steel frame and two ultra slim side-drawers complete the look. Absolutely no excuses for not finishing that book now!

Novelist writing desk
Lema Novelist writing desk

 

 

 

A New Year, with some exciting new brands

As anyone who is familiar with us knows, we like to keep moving! 2013 saw the introduction of several exciting new brands, Brittos (well made, great value Portuguese lacquered & wooden furniture), Mogg (cutting edge designer furniture) & Michael Tyler Quadro (brilliant UK made sofas) as well as the introduction of a range of hand made box spring luxury mattresses to fit our European bed sizes.  But its a new year, and we have several exciting new brands lined up for 2014.

First up, Ozzio Design. Masters of the transformable table, Italian company Ozzio use the very best German mechanisms to create tables that start out as console tables or coffee tables, & transform into stylish full size dining tables. No one has a larger collection of these than Ozzio, who also have a great range of extending dining tables & non extending coffee/dining tables, & their quality is superb, with everything designed to withstand plenty of use & to last for years.  Its a large collection, so we will be introducing it gradually – but we have two of Ozzio’s most popular pieces in our showroom, the Metro extending dining table in tobacco oak & anthracite, & the Box transformable coffee table. With homes in London shrinking we think these versatile tables will have plenty of interest.

Ozzio Box Transformable Table

We are also thrilled to announce the addition of top Italian manufacturer Lema to our stable. Lema are one of Italy’s most prestigious brands & will complement our collections from Jesse, Novamobili, 8emezzo & SMA Mobili perfectly. A luxury brand, Lema wont be right for all of our customers, but their combination of flawless quality, stunning design & incredible flexibility mean that they are already very well known to Designer/Architects & specifiers, & we look forward to introducing them. Lema specialise in high end wardrobes & bookcases/wall units & are the go-to brand for luxury, contemporary home offices/libraries. They also have a brilliant range of bedroom furniture, as well as sofas, coffee tables & smaller stand alone pieces.

Another big collection, we will probably introduce Lema online slowly. The product is too technical to put on the website properly, so we will be quoting this on request to start with. Great for both contract & private clients, our wonderful installation team are already familiar with their products & we will shortly have a large bookcase/wall unit & wardrobe in the showroom, as well as one of their fabulous sofas & their latest home office desk.

Lema Selecta Bookcase

Finally, we have 8emezzo, a Pianca brand. We started introducing 8emezzo late last year, but have only a fraction of their fabulous collection online. Designed to be a fresher, younger take on the very well established Pianca range, 8emezzo have some original walk in wardrobes (some which dont require back panels, a first for us), standard wardrobes, wall units & bookcases as well as much sought after UK King size beds with matching bedroom furniture. Great for both the private & contract markets 8emezzo combine the design & responsiveness of a new brand with the huge resources of their parent brand.

8emezzo Wonder Bed

So, just like 2013, 2014 promises to be another great year for Go Modern, as well as for our lovely customers – both existing & new!