If our customers are happy – so are we!

It kind of goes without saying doesn’t it (but we will): If our customers are happy – so are we! And we really love to get feedback… but then to receive photographs of furniture in its new home is the icing on the cake.

So we were delighted when clients from Sevenoaks in Kent contacted us to say how pleased they were with their recent purchases.  So pleased that they wanted to share the results! So we thought we’d share them with you too… and we think you’ll agree the results are just fab.  But, no more from us… here’s what they had to say (and we’ll sit here quietly blushing):

“We were looking for some statement pieces to use in our home, as we’d just undertaken a huge re-refurbishment. We’d waited many years for the moment when we could finally buy some beautiful furniture! We luckily came across Go Modern and were immediately struck by the stunning designs and large range of choice – many unique pieces caught our attention.

We knew from the outset that we were going to use large format tiles as the canvas for the room, and we needed furniture that was going to work with that style and our kitchen.  We chose some beautiful, large limestone effect porcelain tiles, Orion, from The Little Tile Company which look fabulous and were used throughout the whole area.

Our first search was for a dining table, and we absolutely loved Go Modern’s Bonaldo Big Table. Not only is it topped by a gorgeous, heavy piece of oak, but the legs and overall design are beautiful – it’s the real talking point of the whole dining area.

Bonaldo Big Table
Bonaldo Big Table

Then there was the sideboard.  When we saw the Jesse Plateau sideboard we knew it would work perfectly. It’s a large piece but has a great sleek look, and the internal red detailing is something you just don’t find ordinarily.

Jesse Plateau Sideboard
Jesse Plateau Sideboard
Jesse Plateau sideboard
Jesse Plateau sideboard

We also wanted to have a TV in the room, but not all the horrible hardware that goes with it, and we spotted the Avante TV unit.  Perfect. Stylish, sleek but practical too – it neatly hides all the cables, has small glass legs, a push-open door and high gloss finish.  It really becomes a part of the design, whereas most cabinets of this type are normally just practical and that wasn’t enough for us.

Avante TV Unit
Avante TV Unit

We finished with some great bar stools, the Bontempi Nata. We wanted stools that were stylish, luxurious and yet comfortable, that our family could sit around on for hours and these fitted the design perfectly, especially with the high backs.

Bontempi Nata Bar Stools
Bontempi Nata Bar Stools

We initially saw the Go Modern furniture online but also visited the London showroom. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and took their time with us during the whole process.”

How fantastic.  Thank you. We are really chuffed to get such great feedback and, although we love what we do, it made our day to get such praise.

And if anyone else would like to share their happy purchases we’d love to show them off for you. Hop over to the Go Modern site now (and we’ve also got a Summer Sale!).

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.”

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.

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.

And as an introduction to this amazing brand we’re offering a special 20% discount on ALL Mogg designs up until December 20th.  Just quote MGBG20 when ordering.

The Botero dining table is the sort of brilliant idea that leaves us puzzled as to why no one ever thought of it before (like all the best ideas)! Designed by Alessandro Masurzo, it includes an incredibly useful storage cupboard in the base. Two sizes and three finishes – including one with a beautiful Carrera white marble top.  Bellissimo!

Mogg Botero dining table
Mogg Botero dining table

The Ordinary Day (in the woodshed) sideboards by Raphael Charles, must have the most poetic title we’ve ever come across, and we’re so impressed with this design that there will be one on display in our showroom very soon!   This great sideboard, made from solid fir, looks just like a pallet stacked with freshly cut timber, but the clever illusion incorporates a very practical four-drawer sideboard, with a black lacquered interior.

Ordinary Day
Mogg Ordinary Day (in a woodshed) sideboards

Remember ‘Being John Malkovich’ (one of our favourite films!) ..?  Well the Rooms cabinet (there’s also a sideboard) was the filmic inspiration behind this stand-out design! Created by award-winning designer Diego Grandi it has 50s style door handles on the cupboards, four gorgeous RAL colours, and sits on an American solid ash wood base.  Yes! Yes! Yes! (and that’s our inspiration from another iconic American movie!).

Rooms Cabinet
Mogg Rooms Cabinet

Many more Mogg designs to choose from … but the magical Casetta in Canada four poster bed is a particular favourite…

Casseta in Canada four poster
Mogg Casseta in Canada four poster bed

Designed by Nathan Yong (named Most Promising Young Designer on the International Scene by Interni Magazine in 2011 and then going on to also bag himself a coveted Red Dot Award) the Casetta is made from solid Ash in pure white, with an open-pore finish so that you can still see the beautiful texture of the wood.  A simply beautiful, clean, and geometrically pleasing contemporary version of the original.

We know you’ll love this brand as much as we do.  So take advantage of our special introductory offer, and quote MGBG20 when ordering.  To see the full Mogg collection click here.

 

Grand Designs Live and our Modulo sideboard!

We popped along to the Grand Designs Live exhibition at the weekend, as top interiors stylist Lizzie Chambers had borrowed our Modulo sideboard (the white matt lacquer with the oak top) to use in one of her interiors sets. It was a very buzzy show with some interesting exhibitors but the interiors sets were the highlight for us. Lizzie had gone for a white, turquoise and beige colour palette in the dining room piece, creating a calming effect, using muted background tones and colourful highlights in pattern and some of the smaller details.  She’d also mixed contemporary furnishings (our sideboard!) with vintage pieces creating a relaxed feel. Superb.

Modulo Sideboard, Grand Designs Live
Modulo Sideboard at Grand Designs Live Exhibition

As well as white matt lacquer, you can choose to have the top of the Modulo in walnut or keep to all matching matt white lacquer.

Modulo Sideboard
Modulo Sideboard

The Modulo sideboard is made by Tema Home, one of Portugal’s most popular contemporary furniture makers, who make a large range of furniture for dining rooms, living rooms and bedrooms.  Tema Home has plenty of matching designs, to see their entire collection click here, otherwise click here to see all of our sideboards.

Sideboards, The Perfect Combination of Style & Substance

No contemporary furniture collection is complete without sideboards, which have made a real comeback in the last few years. A great mix of the good looking & useful sideboards are great for virtually any room & are a fantastic way of adding extra storage while upping your interior style quotient. We have always had a large selection of modern, contemporary sideboards (we started with Casabella furniture’s high gloss Lucido collection, back in 2007 & kept going) – we now also have sideboards from Alivar, Bimax, Bonaldo, Europeo, Jesse Furniture, Tema Home & more. All except Tema Home (which is made in Portugal) are made in Italy.

We have a good range of finishes too, including the ever popular white gloss, as well as black sideboards, & sideboards in other matt & gloss lacquer colours, from bold red to the the new dove grey – a subtle alternative to white or cream. Quite a few of our sideboards come in wenge, which is a dark oak stained veneer & Canaletto walnut, a light Italian walnut that looks fantastic in a contemporary room. As there are so many choices our sideboards are usually made to order – so lead times are eight weeks or more.

Lucido gloss lacquer sideboard from Casabella Furniture
The original & still great Lucido gloss lacquer sideboard by Casabella Furniture

Sideboards in the Living Room. Sideboards are just perfect for TVs now that the plasma screen reigns supreme, whether the TV sits on top of it or hangs on the wall above it. They look great with a vase, lamp, sculpture etc on top as well, & are a useful place to store remote controls etc.  Some of our modern sideboards come as cupboards too, which can provide more storage, although of course are too high to display anything on top of, & most of them have other matching contemporary living room furniture – bookcases, coffee tables, wall units & TV units, so many of our customers get several pieces from the same collection at one time. Our living room sideboards can be found here.

Sideboards in the Dining Room. This sideboards & cupboards are especially useful in a dining area, providing storage for glasses, plates, cutlery, silverware & napkins. As we believe in presenting collections almost all of our sideboards have other dining room furniture to match, but if they don’t please pop into our showroom where we can get our samples out & put them side by side so you can find something that works from another collection. Several of our staff are trained interior designers so can give you great advice!

Sideboards are an attractive piece of dining room furniture too, & as they need to be put against a wall are fantastic under a lovely mirror (Casabella, Jesse & Bimax do mirrors too) or picture.  Several of the sideboards have matching cupboards too, which can provide more storage, & could free up some of your kitchen cupboards while keeping non every day crockery/crystal safe. Our dining room sideboards can be found here.

Bimax Diagonal Sideboard
The space saving Bimax Diagonal Sideboard has sliding doors & cutlery inserts.

More new Bonaldo!

We are just finishing putting Bonaldo’s 2012 Saloni Mobili designs on the website at the moment, & these last three items are definitely worth a mention!

The Sunrise sideboard is ultra sleek with push to open doors & an angled frame with the doors set back slightly. AND you can have a light in the base, which looks just great. Available in anthracite or quartz grey, or white (my favourite). Also available in a larger size. See both at the top of our sideboards section, here.

Bonaldo Sunrise Sideboard
Bonaldo Sunrise Sideboard

The Up and Down bookcase has a really interesting ‘twisted’ design with white lacquered extra white acid treated glass shelves. At £1460 its suprisingly affordable too, especially considering how well its made & what its made of (that glass is not cheap). You can also have LED lights in it – not 100 sure as its so new, but it looks like they are where the glass shelves meets the bookcase. See the Up and Down bookcase at the top of our bookcases section here.

Bonaldo Up and Down Bookcase
Bonaldo Up and Down Bookcase

Finally, there is a new Eos coat stand with a light in it – like the Tree coat stand. Available only in white, it looks STUNNING, especially when grouped together. Surreal & quite beautiful, like a giant bunch of flowers. Available here. I wanted the Bonaldo XXL light, but actually I think I might get this instead.

Bonaldo Eos Light Coat Stand
Bonaldo Eos Light Coat Stand

Well, I thinks thats just about it for Bonaldo’s new offerings. One of my favourite manufacturers they built an incredible (and huge) new showroom in Italy last year & we were lucky enough to go to the opening party, ‘Switch On’ which was fabulous (a big Thank You to Alberto & all of his team!)
They have just won a Good Design award for their new showroom (well deserved). Read all about it on their website & see their products on our website.