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 

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.”

Pretty and practical: Our latest design-led garden furniture

We’re still deep in garden furniture mode at Go Modern.  As the weather begins to improve (ahem) and the days certainly are longer it’s all about getting back outside, keeping the borders watered and that first cut of the lawn.

We’ve more new outdoor designs to show you here and some of the prettiest furniture we’ve seen in a while, starting with one of our newest partners Saba Italia.  But it’s not just about the aesthetics, striking as they are, as with all our outdoor designs they have to meet our strict criteria for robust materials and advanced technology.

Saba Italia are a young Venetian brand where fashion meets furniture meets – exceedingly good design.  They have produced two new outdoor chairs that are beautifully decorative and quite different from the norm.

Saba Italia Grace
Saba Italia Grace

Grace is designed by Paolo Grasselli and is an irresistibly dainty design.  It’s created by fusing different sizes of metal rings together so that empty circles clasp cushioned spheres, creating a frame of coloured and transparent ‘bubbles’. The frame and rings are made from lacquered iron, which can be finished in either white or grey, and Grace can also be used inside as well as out.

Saba Italia New York
Saba Italia New York

The beautifully vibrant colours of the New York garden armchairs, designed by Sergio Bicego for Saba Italia, are produced in water-proof quick-drying non-absorbent technical fabric (with an excellent performance in the Martindale test of up to 90,000 cycles – for those of you who like the full tech stuff!) which guarantees abrasion resistance as well as hygienic ‘breathability’. And there are 13 different  outdoor fabrics to choose from, or you can supply your own. Incredibly comfortable (trust us – we sat for a long time at the recent Milan show on one of these!) the white-painted tubular metal frame is specifically treated for outdoor use.

Missoni Home are lauded the world over for their beautiful fabrics and they’re now producing striking outdoor furniture too.  As you’d expect from this award-winning fashion and accessories company their designs are eye-wateringly good and, of course, instantly recognisable.

Missoni Home Jalamar
Missoni Home Jalamar

The Jalamar sunlounger will attract more than a few admiring glances around the pool. The covers are removable with a huge choice of Missoni fabrics to choose from. And for sun lovers, the Jalamar has a fully adjustable frame (due to its clever internal mechanism) allowing you to capture those rays from any angle.

Tribu Nomad velvet outdoor pouf
Tribu Nomad velvet outdoor pouf

There are an incredible number of stunning outdoor fabrics to choose from this summer. During last year’s London Design Festival, we were joined by Melanie Bernard from the outdoor fabric company Sunbrella for a Q & A session about the latest trends in furniture and fabrics.  Sunbrella began by producing fabrics for yacht sails – so they know a thing or two about all-weather material!  They’re now international specialist in fabrics for garden furniture and work with all the leading companies in this area.

For the most luxurious, sumptuous outdoor fabric, how about velvet (yes, you read that correctly – velvet!). Belgian specialists Tribù have used velvet for their Nomad garden poufs and they really caught our eye when we saw them at the last Milan show.  One word: Stunning!  And they come in seven delicious colours including marine blue, oyster, acqua and the moss colour seen above.

So practical, pretty design-led garden furniture.  Who needs sunshine when you can create your own!  Check out all of our latest garden designs here.

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.  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.

Materials and craftsmanship were the buzz-words, with heaps of individuality thrown in for good measure.  Glass, wood, metals and beautiful finishes including hand-painted touches.

Extra special was the 80th anniversary of Bonaldo, one of our long-term partners, who work with some incredible, award-winning designers, and who this year had created a series of pieces to commemorate the big birthday.

Bonaldo's 80th Anniversary
Bonaldo’s 80th Anniversary

Designer Alain Gilles (he of the iconic, best selling Big Table) produced a number of new designs including the New Perspectives mirrors.  The oval shaped mirrors are designed to look as if they are reflecting another room, with the illusion cleverly created using hand-drawn lines in a cartoon/graphic style.

Bonaldo New Perspectives Mirror
Bonaldo New Perspectives Mirror

Gilles also created the Mass Table, with an unusual ‘light’ and ‘delicate’ base – a move away from the traditional table with its sturdy, solid frame.  Gilles says it’s also a ‘fun reference to hooped skirts of the 19th century, and the wireframe designers use in creating 3D designs’.  The Mass table (below) has a beautiful copper base – a metal still very much in evidence at this year’s show.

Bonaldo Mass Table
Bonaldo Mass Table

Como based Mogg, one of the newer companies to join the Go Modern stable, excited us with some truly great, innovative new designs, including the amazing Stucchi rug designed by Cristino Celestino for the company. A carpet imagined as a ceiling! Inspired by ancient classical ceilings, decorated with mouldings and traditional stucco, using flowers, fruit and little birds.  Too good for the floor?

Mogg Stucchi Rug
Mogg Stucchi Rug

We also LOVED their Crytsal lamps... echoing the packaging used for antique chandeliers. They’re made from solid wood with a steel frame and cable, and can be used as a pendant or table lamp. Designed by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerbra.  Definitely a light-bulb moment spotting these!

Mogg Crystal Lamps
Mogg Crystal Lamps

A brand new supplier for us and one that we are enormously pleased to welcome on board is Miniforms. Lots of  great pieces with designs for every room in the house and lots of stylish, colourful accessories too.  But their absolute piece de resistance has got to be Caruso – the ‘musical’ sideboard.  It’s actually a sideboard with a speaker and Bluetooth 4.0 connection offering excellent sound quality, designed by Paolo Cappello.  The large ceramic trumpet is its ‘standout’ feature and it comes in lots of bright colours or a limited edition 24 carat gold-plated version with vintage oak. It’s this one that will be gracing our Kings Road showroom soon!

Miniforms Caruso Sideboard
Miniforms Caruso Sideboard

 So just a few of the new designs from Milan that will be coming our/your way very soon – keep an ear out and make sure you don’t miss anything.

Marvellous Marble!

Anyone pounding the vast exhibition halls of the international furniture show Salone Del Mobile, earlier this year (sore feet?  Yes!), will have noticed that one of the themes shouting very loudly was MARBLE. The marble trend has been creeping back for a while, in all its glorious forms, with even more gloriously exotic names:  Calcatta Gold, Emperador, Marquina black and Carrara white.  And it was everywhere at the prestigious Milan show.

Luxury brand Vibieffe have used it (below) on their Opera dining table – incredibly glamorous (and we really do like a bit of glamour at Go Modern!)

Vibieffe Opera dining table
Vibieffe Opera dining table

Stonemasons and architects have used it for centuries and British designers too have had an enduring love affair with it –  it pops up in almost every room of the house, adding a luxurious feel to bathrooms and kitchens, fireplaces and hallways. The use of marble in furniture isn’t something new but over the last few decades its popularity had definitely waned.  It had started to look, well, a bit overly-fussy and outdated (or simply ludicrously expensive!). But as we saw in Milan, it’s resurfaced as one of the hottest materials in contemporary furniture, with designers using modern digital technology to create wonderful 21st century products.

Porada’s  new and very beautiful Maskara dressing table was designed by Emmanuel Gallina and we’ve fallen head-over-heals for it, with its sophisticated marble top in dark brown Emperador or white Calacatta.

Porada Maskara dressing table
Porada Maskara dressing table

The new marble furniture shapes emerging have been kept fairly simple: the beauty of marble, with its characteristic swirls and veins, means that there’s already quite a lot of busy stuff going on within a design, so keeping the overall look fairly minimal allows the material itself to take centre stage.

Porada Ziggy dining table
Porada Ziggy dining table

Carlo Ballabio’s  Ziggy dining table is another great example of a simple, contemporary design that’s use of marble adds elegance.  With tops in black Marquina, white Calacatta or dark brown Emperador marble, combined here with a solid canaletta walnut frame. Marble will always evoke a feeling of tradition buts its current use with lots of contemporary twists such as combining it with real wood or strengthened glass etc brings it bang up to date.

One of our favourite designs of all time is Eero Saarinen’s ground breaking Tulip Table (originally made in fiberglass and later in marble) totally beautiful and utterly awe-inspiring when it was launched back in the 50s, and some of the current designs we’re seeing are continuing to excite us and break new boundaries in much the same way.

Milan Design Week – international furniture event of the year!

In the line of duty a small team from Go Modern pounded the 24 exhibition halls of Salone Del Mobile last week – Italy’s stylish, hot furniture event.  It’s the centre of international design in the furniture world, where emerging designers plus some of the biggest names around (with stands the size of Italian football pitches) exhibit their latest creations.  We came back to London with notebooks brimming with ideas and tons of exciting new furniture pieces to share (plus extremely sore feet.. which we wont share!).

So, what are the hot trends for the next furniture season..?

Masses of beautiful, sumptuous, luxurious velvet is the hot ticket – in a kaleidoscopic array of colours from the subtle and classic to the rich and juicy.

Velvet armchairs
Velvet armchairs

Lots of passion for mixing different materials including leather, fabric and painted metal, plus clever, over-sized accessories like the stylish standard lamp below, reinvented from it’s original concept as a stool/lamp.

Leather & painted metal plus oversize accessories
Leather & painted metal plus oversize accessories

And some incredibly innovative new surface design.  One here that we absolutely loved, a tabletop that allows you to iron away any surface scratches – how neat is that! Form an orderly queue…

New surface design
New surface design

Plus tons of gorgeous, timelessly elegant marble.  Everywhere.  It’s got to be one of the most noble of materials, and we saw it in dozens of different colours with its characteristic swirls and veins, combined with glass and wood – always a great combination of the traditional with the contemporary.  Echoes of 50s style we thought here too…

Marble tabletops
Marble tabletops

And lots of fun pieces , including Karim Rashid’s Kart, designed especially for Tonellidesign, the Italian glass specialist  – a real show-stealer (a bit like the award-winning, prolific Karim!). Kart is actually a stylish mobile bar, with large glass wheels and two opaque glass side pieces, which create clever silhouettes of the bottles and glasses within.  Neat.

Karim Rashid - Kart
Karim Rashid – Kart

And more clever design including a piece of ingenious technology in the shape of  smoked glass coffee and console tables that can also include invisible, inbuilt chargers for phones etc. Ingenious.  No more excuses for having your phone run out of battery then!

Coffee table & console table with inbuilt charger
Coffee table & console table with inbuilt charger

So, all the fun of the Milan fair… and more coming to a website (Go Modern) near you shortly. Watch this space.  Ciao!

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!

 

 

Great new designs from Bonaldo – and always a good back story

We’re still buzzing from our trip to Milan’s Salone del Mobile and all the incredibly inspiring new designs … lot’s of striking exhibition sets and new products – including Italian furniture-maker supreme Bonaldo.  And one of the things that we love about Bonaldo (we know, we know – we’ve mentioned ‘love/Bonaldo’ in the same sentence before) is that there’s always an interesting little back story to everything they do.

Their Octa table (Octa’s Greek for eight… but you knew that…) is also the number of  legs supporting this fabulous new table, with a look, we’re told, inspired by the traditional game of Mikado or pick-up sticks!  Definitely a major game player as far as we’re concerned.

Octa dining table
Bonaldo Octa dining table

We see no ships… well we do with the Prora table!  A great re-working of Maurio Lipparini’s classic for Bonaldo with a metal base, curved to look like the bow of a ship! This version has a fixed top with a new finish in beautiful natural walnut or greige walnut. Totally inspired, slightly mad but we love it and it’s a real show-stopper!

Prora dining table from Bonaldo
Bonaldo Prora dining table

In the bed department… designer Alain Gilles (remember the great Welded table from him – Red Dot Award/Best of the Best?) has come up with Contrast.  And we think he’s got yet another award-winner with this incredible ‘Alice-in-Wonderland’ style super-sized headboard – and very, very cleverly designed so that you can change the headboard cover whenever you like. What a great idea … a bed with multiple personalities. Now that’s different!

Contrast bed from Bonaldo
Bonaldo Contrast bed

And then there’s Joe.  Simply Joe.  A beautiful bed designed using one perfectly calibrated curve, connecting the headboard with the base.  So simple, and according to the designer (clever old Lipparni again) “without ostentation or over-design”. We like it – although being Italian there’s always room for a little bit of ostentation, and Joe has a piped perimeter border which ever-so discreetly says: “hey, take a look at my curves!”

Joe bed from Bonaldo
Bonaldo Joe bed

Wondering if ‘sartorial stitching’ has had it’s day?  Absolutely not.   We spotted it in Milan a couple of years ago and it’s still going strong and used beautifully here on the Eureka bed.  Great big, over-sized zig-zag stitches run around the perimeter of the headboard adding a touch of colour (or just great detail if you go for a matching colour) and enhancing the luxurious quilted effect.  Gorgeous!

Eureka bed by Bonaldo
Bonaldo Eureka bed

Click here to see more of Bonaldo’s great designs. And keep an eye out for our newsletter, coming soon, which will have a special 10% off all Bonaldo voucher in it.

Tonelli Design 2013 News – glass furniture wizardry

Stand out gorgeous at the Milan furniture fair was Italian designer/manufacturer Tonelli, who make superb high quality glass furniture.  World famous for their research and experimentation, Tonelli are way ahead of the field with innovative glass design.

These masterpieces in ‘glass art’ (they really are!) not only look stunning but feature perfectly mitred joins, seamless glass panels and shatterproof glass – and in the five years we’ve worked with them we have never had a breakage!

Among the Milan highlights for us were the eye-catching Bakkarat glass side tables  designed by D’Urbino for Tonelli, with a thick central twisted glass post and mirrored base. And when you look at them from above you get the amazing illusion of looking down at a crystal.  Pretty cool!

Bakkarat glass side tables
Bakkarat side tables

Also pretty cool was the Penrose glass console table by Isao Hosoe – a fabulously angled asymmetric table that comes in a clear or extra-clear (with less of a green tinge) glass.

Penrose glass console table from Tonelli
Penrose console table

And from the European king of design Karim Rashid (anyone catch his talk at the May design Series last weekend?) the Veer coffee table.  It’s got a perfectly shaped oval glass top and a really unique design feature to the base – a choice of plain edges or lacquered white or yellow highlights, which very cleverly picks out the shape.

Veer glass coffee table from Tonelli by Karim Rashid
Veer coffee table

Looking for a pretty sideboard?  Then the  Liber glass sideboard should do it!  With a smart T shape, the coloured drawers are optional and come in white matt lacquer or name your RAL colour (we’re quite partial to the pink). And cleverly, this sideboard has no ‘back’ or ‘front’ so the drawers can open on either side.  There are also some great Liber storage units available with the same clever styling.

Liber glass sideboard from Tonelli
Liber sideboard

And…. we’re very excited about this.  The showpiece of Tonelli’s stand at Milan and designed to commemorate their 25 years in business (*small drum roll*) VU 200.  A fabulous mirror/stunning piece of wall art by Giovanni Tommaso Garattoni.  If you’re looking to creates the illusion of more space or reflect tons of light in a cunning way, this is a great piece of design.  It’s made of extra clear strips of glass welded and positioned by hand, side-on to a mirror back.  Love it! And if this size isn’t quite right for you there are lots of different size options to choose from.

Tonelli Vu 200 mirror
VU 200 mirror

To see the 2013 collection click here. 

Manutti at Salone Internazionale del Mobile

We love the Milan Furniture Fair – its absolutely enormous, & right at the cutting edge of the market. If its going to happen, it will happen here. We visited all of our wonderful contemporary furniture suppliers, several of whom presented shiny new collections that are actually ready to buy now! First up is Manutti Outdoor Furniture. We sell an awful lot of Manutti furniture (we are their largest UK dealer) & have been working with them for a few years now. New for 2013 are several collections.

First up is Elements, a sleek white modular collection with option LED lighting. The top plate is quartz composite, the cushions are magnetically attached to the backrests, & the backrests can be adjusted.

Manutti Elements Sofa
Manutti Elements Sofa

Next is Loop. Covered in Nautic Alcantara (as used by BMW) or Nautic Terry (as in terry towelling!) Loop is comfortable as well as beautiful, & of course fully weatherproof/waterproof.

Manutti Loop chair
Manutti Loop chair

Then there is Helios. A full collection of chairs, sun loungers & bar stools Helios is a new version of Enyo, in slightly different colourways with a few extra pieces added. This style never goes out of fashion, & quality like this is always worth having.

Manutti Helios Chair
Manutti Helios Chair

Finally, the beautiful Squat collection is available in a new colourway, with dark powder-coated metal frame & taupe/grey fabric. This fabric is incredible, we sat on it at the show & none of us could believe how soft it was – exactly like indoor fabric! Also new are the headrests shown here, perfect for a little extra comfort.

Manutti Squat Garden Sofa
Manutti Squat Garden Sofa

See the whole collection here. Manutti sell all over the world too, so if you are in Canada find it at our friends Jardin de Ville, in NZ at Dawsons.