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).
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.
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.
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. Continue reading “Milan Design Week – materials and craftmanship”
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!)
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.
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!).
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.
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!
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.