Storage – some well ordered ideas!

As you may have noticed, we’re very big on storage ideas at Go Modern. And the trickier the space presented to us the more we love it.  There is a great feature in the March 2018 issue of Essential Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom Magazine about this very thing… featuring a Q&A with … US! So here are a few tips and ideas below based on what we shared with EKBB (although do go out and buy the magazine – it’s always a very good read!).

Getting the right balance between storage and space in a bedroom is crucial. We often find clients need more storage than they have space for so we play around with ideas, trying to incorporate storage wherever we can.  Building wardrobes right up to the ceiling, using storage beds and tall chests of drawers in smaller spaces. We combine this sometimes with decorative hanging shelves or slimmer wall units.  A bridged wardrobe around the head of a bed can also be a great use of space.  The result should always work aesthetically as well as leaving you with plenty of space to move around.

Jesse Plana Wardrobe M05
Jesse Plana Wardrobe M05

If a client is thinking of a fitted wardrobe system, we start with the doors; hanging door wardrobes have smaller cabinets which can also be divided inside, so if a client has a lot of different storage needs we would normally recommend those. Sliding doors on the other hand have a cleaner look for small spaces but are actually less flexible in terms of their inside storage.

Novamobili Bronze Wardrobe
Novamobili Bronze Wardrobe

Smaller accessories such as dressing tables are really important.  You can also get creative with a hanging desk with a fold down-top and interior LED lit mirror, or a small wall-hung shelving unit.  Remember to look at the space between wardrobe cabinets too, as this can often accommodate a table as well as shelves, cupboards and a small chest of drawers, with fitted doors to hide things away when they’re not in use.

Praga tall Chest of Drawers
Praga Tall Chest of Drawers
Schoenbuch Collect Dressing Table
Schoenbuch Collect Dressing Table

Our brands are a great and equal measure of aesthetics and practicality.  The days of having to completely sacrifice style to get the best fitted storage are well and truly over.  It’s often more economical to invest in beautiful semi-fitted designer storage than it is to get alternatives.  And there are so many gorgeous designs to choose from – we are seeing everything including textured doors with leather, gloss or matt finises, or a mixture of the two, and lots of unique finishing touches such as statement handles.

Take a look around our site or pop into our Kings Road showroom and have a chat – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what we can offer.

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!

CREATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR OUR SPACE-HUNGRY LIVES

There’s something about the post Christmas period and start of a New Year that prompts, in most of us at least (quick straw poll of the Go Modern team), a desperate feeling of needing more space. Or at least a big declutter. Or maybe we should have just got out more over the holiday!

The great thing is that there’s no need to compromise on style to achieve more space. Lots of the brands we work with have used their creative energy to come up with some very clever and stylish products that will maximise your existing space and give you the cool, sleek, uncluttered look you dream of.

To kick-start your search we’ve pulled together just a few ideas that might help…

Mogg DPI wall units
Mogg DPI wall units

Quirky Italian brand Mogg creates lots of great furniture that makes us think differently about conventional design. These fab wall units (above), called DPI, have a slightly industrial look, which we love, and they’re modular/varying sizes.  The styling here shows them used very creatively as a wall hung bedside table and book storage.

Novamobili Wall Unit/Bookcase
Novamobili Wall Unit/Bookcase

And talking of books, we’ve got tons of them (even more since Christmas!).  Like good friends you never want to part with… kind of.  But what to do with them all if you don’t operate the ‘one in/one out’ system?  Novamobili are the people to ask – specialising in wall units (and some great wardrobes) that ooze Italian style.  The Wall Unit/Bookcase 08 (above) has a very ordered, contemporary look with bookshelves split into individual compartments to help with the sorting, along with sleek, complementing drawers. Plus…all your TV cables, DVD systems, audio equipment, the whole lot, can be hidden away neatly in specially created channels and behind panels, so the dreadful electronic spaghetti cable mess need never haunt you again.

Novamobili Wall Unit/Bookcase 04
Novamobili Wall Unit/Bookcase 04

Here’s another smaller version of the Wall Unit/Bookcase above, showing just how versatile this great system is.

And dont under-estimate the amount of storage a good storage bed will give you.

Bonaldo Cuff storage bed
Bonaldo Cuff storage bed

Bonaldo’s Cuff bed (above) is an uber stylish storage bed (with some very neat leather inserts on its headboard) and has what’s called a ‘Comodo’ storage base.  This is where the whole of the top lifts up with the help of gas pistons.  This means that not only will your bed stay made, always a big plus in our book, but you won’t have to shift any bedside furniture around before you can retrieve whatever it is you’ve stored. Anything to make life a tad easier!

Ozzio are a young Italian brand who major in space saving, transformable furniture.  From wall units that hide dining tables for eight (seriously) to cute coffee tables that have hidden storage and transform, like the one below, Bellagio, into a desk or something called a ‘dinette’ table. Great for TV dinners or a bit of sofa home-office working.

Ozzio Bellagio coffee table
Ozzio Bellagio coffee table

So, there you have it.  Five interesting, stylish designs from us that will help with our space-hungry lives – and maybe even restore a bit of sanity, who knows!  Lots more on the Go Modern site so do check them out! www.gomodern.co.uk

PS – We’ve also got a winter sale on at the moment – so hop over and make the most of it!

Parental warning – this furniture might seriously improve your children’s tidiness

So week two of the UK spring/school holidays and we’ve noticed a marked interest in children’s bedroom furniture… with a big emphasis on storage.  There’s nothing like a holiday combined with cold weather to make you realise that your house is pulsating with a lot of small people and just too much stuff!  Well, we can’t offer Narnia but we can solve the problem of where to store everything.

Our Italian partner Battistella has come over all Mary Poppins like and created Nidi, a wonderful new range of children’s bedroom furniture, that includes everything from ‘hidden’ extra beds, to walk-in wardrobes, fitted cupboards, pull-down desks and incredibly neat storage ideas.

Nidi children's bedroom furniture
Nidi children’s bedroom furniture

It’s all completely modular so you can chose as much or as little of it as you want. With modifiable sizes, and tailor-made extras that will be unique to you – so, an extra cupboard, bunk bed steps arranged on the other side, pull-out toy boxes; they’ve thought of everything.  We’ve featured some room set images here to give you an idea of what can be achieved (and they also do rugs and wallpaper too).

Gino bunk bed
Gino bunk bed

The Gino bunk bed (above) has two beds, with a clever pull-out bed below that’s great for extra guests, or you can use the space for storage.  The top bunk can also be chosen as a ‘tipping bunk’ which will fold down neatly when it’s not in use. The wardrobe in this composition has been fitted at the side of the bunk and it’s a ‘walk-in’, with shelves and pull-down rails (so no excuses for a floordrobe!) and optional internal lighting.  And don’t worry about the graffiti – the finish of the wardrobe here is a rewriteable whiteboard surface (and it’s dry wipeable in case the artwork turns out to be a little too inspired!).

Tippy bunk bed
Tippy bunk bed

The Tippy bunk bed and desk is an incredible piece of design which incorporates two beds, storage space and a desk all in one unit. The desk is pulled down (by mechanised gas pump) to reveal the hidden second bed behind the desk. When the desk is needed, it simply pulls up, and the mechanism folds the bed neatly behind it. And, a good one this for teenagers, you don’t even have to move anything off the desk! There are also wheeled storage boxes available which will fit tidily under the second bed/desk.

Woody children's wardrobe & Hug children's storage bed
Woody children’s wardrobe & Hug children’s storage bed

Let’s talk colour – we’ve got a rainbow’s worth of them – from moody mauve to raucous red – with over 15 different lacquers to choose from. The design team at Battistella has also created a superb selection of finishing touches: the wardrobe door knobs come in 14 different colours, four sizes and can be placed in three different positions – so how cool is that. And there are lots of really ‘grown up’ details too – have a closer look at the Hug bed in the shot above and you’ll notice the ultra-stylish blanket stitching around the headboard, which can be done in matching or complementing colours.  And there’s more storage with an optional storage base.

Happy spring holidays!

(N.B. – Parental warning – the child in the above shot is a model and we’re assured that, even with our great Nidi furniture, his room isn’t normally this tidy!).

All about the kids – ciao bella!

Italians, it’s always said, love babies and children, and nothing proves this more than the latest designs from Italian brand Battistella and their Nidi range of children’s furniture. We’re so impressed with their latest original, contemporary designs which combine style, imagination and tons of practical ideas.  There are three collections to choose from based around the themes of art, nature …. and fun!

Nidi Soft Collection
Nidi Soft Collection

The Soft Collection (above) includes this amazingly versatile loft bed, with a matching ladder that can be positioned at the front or side, and the option of fitting a desk below the bed.  There’s even a handy ‘toy organiser’ between the soft padded frame and the mattress.

Nidi Soft loft bed - toy organiser
Nidi Soft loft bed – toy organiser

Or introduce the idea of creating your own art with the Graphic Collection (below)

Nidi Graphic Collection
Nidi Graphic Collection

Designed to encourage the budding Banksys out there, the Graphic collection features white-board surfaces on desks and wardrobes.  They even include the pens along with a handy pen holder (probably not very Banksy that bit – but we think it’s a nice touch) which doubles up as a door handle.  And while artistic skills are being honed, you’ll be pleased to know that the white-boards are completely re-writeable/cleanable with dry-wipe surfaces.

Keeping in touch with nature is also a theme and the Woody Collection (below) features lots of natural finishes, while still allowing for pops of bright colours along with more muted shades for the older crowd.

Nidi Woody Collection
Nidi Woody Collection

Woody, like the other two ranges is modular, and contains storage beds, with deep under drawers, wardrobes, desks, wall units, shelves – everything in fact to start a children’s room from scratch and create something really stylish and unique.

There’s also tons of accessories too, from rugs and wall stickers to toy boxes, side tables and felt poufs. Makes you want to be 10 again doesn’t it!

 

 

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.

Starting with 8emezzo’s Wonder bed – one of our new, luxuriously upholstered beds with a thickly padded, textile covered base and headboard, the Wonder bed has a huge storage base with gas powered lift-up-slats over a sealed area approximately the size of the mattress – and the other surprising bit is it really, really doesn’t look like a bed with a storage base! Great sizes too from Euro King through to Super King with a headboard 83cm high.

Wonder bed
Wonder bed

The Carree coffee table we promise you is just the table you’ve been looking for to help keep your living room tidy. Created with two large storage spaces under the table top and some very practical drawers, you’ll be able to banish clutter in an instant (admittedly this isn’t a long term solution to the clutter problem – but it sure helps!). It’s available in two sizes, and in wood, matt or gloss lacquer, with or without plain or patterned glass, and a wide range of colours.  It’s really such a versatile, attractive coffee table you’ll wonder how you lived without it.

Carree coffee table
Carree coffee table

The glamorous Kaddy coatstand/mirror is designed by the multi-talented Karim Rashid and those Italian masters of glass wizardry, Tonelli. We love this design – a full length mirror, double backed, on a revolving chrome base. Simply swivel it around to reveal an interior cupboard with a high shelf and three hanging hooks.  Great for hiding bulky winter coats and jackets – it makes a superb statement piece and a great storage addition to any room.

Kaddy coatstand
Kaddy coatstand

As you know, one of the latest brands to join our Go Modern family is Mogg.  This young Italian company is full of energy and surprises with lots of quirky and unusual pieces. Mogg’s designers are accomplished artists, designers and architects, and many are award-winning – as is Matteo Ragni (Ragni means ‘spiders’ in Italian by the way… but don’t let that put you off!!) and his very clever Doppia Fila shelves.   Larger than you might think, at a metre wide and 22cm high, the shelves also have ‘hidden’ storage at either end, allowing you to store extra books – or just create a very unusual design statement.  The shelves are sold in pairs, with extra shelves available as single shelves, and they’re made in a lacquered metal with a number of different finishes.

Doppia Fila shelves
Doppia Fila shelves

What to do with cables, power sockets and all your favourite DVD’s?  Ta-dah…we’ve found the answer… Bonaldo’s futuristic looking Vision TV stand.  It’s a circular stand that can incorporate a flat screen up to 102cm wide.  It’s also got a clever little cupboard at the rear for hiding those pesky cables and plugs that always spoil the look of any room. And as for those DVD’s that you cant bear to give away because they’re someone’s favourite movie… well the outer edge of the circular frame has a neat shelf designed to store them all until that rainy Sunday afternoon when you’re searching for something to watch.

Vision TV Stand
Vision TV Stand

So, there you have it.  Just a few of our amazing storage designs.  Lots more on the site… so come on in and take a look…

Mr Penrose and his Alpacas!

We sell incredible beds here at Go Modern … in fact incredible everything really.  And last week we came across some more incredible designs that would go very nicely with our incredible beds!

Penrose Products  is a family run business that hand-makes luxury bedding using British alpaca fibre (alpacas look a bit like sheep with long necks in case you’re wondering, and the funkier, rarer ones even have what appear to be dreadlocks!).  It’s all sustainably sourced and very, very comfortable.  Mr Penrose describes alpaca wool as the ‘fibre of the gods’ for its extraordinary qualities.  It’s softer than cashmere while at the same time allowing you to keep a perfect body heat, all year round (even on sultry nights like we’re having now). It’s also breathable, absorbs moisture, deters dust mites, chemical free, non allergenic and totally eco-friendly.  What’s not to like?  And having tried their gorgeous pillows for ourselves we can honestly say WOW! they really do provide a superb night’s sleep!  They feel quite weighty but as soon as your head touches base … you’re away!  Definitely no more counting sheep (or alpacas in this case!).

And introducing some of the alpaca gang….

Penrose alpacas - The Gang

with our favourite – meet Tigger …

Penrose alpaca - Tigger

and some of the end results…

Penrose alpaca bedding range shot 2

 

Stylish Singles – Beds That Is!

Whether you are part of a couple that simply prefers separate beds, or looking for something great for a spare room that isn’t quite large enough for a double/king size bed we have some fantastic single beds. It is quite difficult to find high quality single beds, especially in modern designs, so we think our collection is one of the best. They are all 200cm long, so more than suitable for adults too.

We have a range of upholstered single beds from Bonaldo, a high end Italian manufacturer, that are both contemporary & practical. The range started out as a children’s bed collection, but we are also selling these in grown up colours. As the covers are removable and can be replaced you could buy one for a child & then when your child wants something a bit more grown up just swap the covers over, instead of having to buy them a new bed! The Candy bed below is a great example, it looks great in a children’s bedroom but looks very grown up in different colours – the buttons are optional too.

Candy Single Bed
Candy Single Bed

But the best thing about Bonaldo’s single beds is that they have tons of options, & can be set up in different ways, with just a headboard, a headboard & a base board, & a back board as well (or instead of) the headboard. Add matching bolsters & mattress cover & your single bed becomes a sofa, great for a spare room where a pull out double sofa bed isn’t an option.

Centouno Single Bed
Centouno Single Bed set up as a sofa bed

Most of Bonaldo’s single beds can have storage in their bases too, either a lift up mattress support, or drawers, so whether you are using the single bed for adults or children you have got plenty of room to store toys, extra blankets, pillows, spare clothing & more.

Finally, many of them can have a second bed in the base (instead of a storage base), a metal framed bed which folds up & is almost a full single size.

Candy second bed
Candy second bed

Our other collection of single beds is also made in Italy & was originally designed for teens & children. But as the mattresses they use are either full UK singles, or long European singles they are also equally suitable for adults. These are made in very modern designs, in wood, lacquer or laminate finishes, & are available in a huge range of colours, from baby blue & pink to several shades of very tasteful neutrals. They also have a fantastic matching range of bedroom furniture, designed as systems to provide everything you need in a bedroom – from shelving, desks, spare beds underneath (truckle beds), wardrobes as well as bedside cabinets & chests of drawers.

Fold Single Bed
Fold Single Bed

We have put our single beds in their own section – if fact we have sections of king size & super king size beds too, as well as sorting the beds my material (wood, lacquer, upholstered). See our single beds here.

New Storage Beds From Bonaldo & Europeo

We LOVE storage beds. They are so easy to use (our Italian ones with the fancy German gas powered mechanism are anyway), you can use them when the bed is fully made up & they provide a (on average) a 150/160/180cm x 200cm x 25cm storage space, which is a LOT more than a couple of drawers in a divan base. If you are a Londoner the idea of so much extra storage is extremely tempting. Which is why we have a good choice of different storage beds here, & have just added 2 new storage beds from Bonaldo’s new collection & two new from Europeo’s range. Here they are…

Bonaldo Campo Storage Bed
Campo Storage Bed

The Campo storage bed from Bonaldo is brand new for 2012, & has really interesting stitching around the edges. Also available without storage here.

 

Bonaldo Too Late Storage Bed
Too Late Storage Bed

I love the loosely fitting linen covers on the Too Late storage bed. It is also available as a non storage bed here.

 

Europeo Atlante Storage Bed
Atlante Storage Bed

The Atlante storage bed from Europeo has an adjustable headrest, just the thing for sitting up in bed to watch TV/work/read. Also available with legs here.

 

Europeo Callia Storage Bed
Europeo Callia Storage Bed

Great value at just £1390 the Callia storage bed from Europeo has a nicely shaped headboard & a great choice of fabrics for the upholstery. There is also a Callia bed without storage here.

 

So how exactly do storage beds work? Annoyingly we have very few photos of the storage base/storage mechanism. This is an example of what the storage mechanism looks like, but the outside of the base may be different on different beds. For example the Campo storage bed looks exactly like the Campo upholstered bed, but has the lift up slats.

Storage Bed Base
Storage Bed Base

This is an example of a storage base, & each storage bed base will look different on the outside (the Campo storage bed is identical to the upholstered bed for example) but the mechanism will be almost exactly the same. The end can be lifted right up & there is a bottom on the base so things are not sitting on the floor.

 

6 ways to decorate a small bedroom

Many bedrooms these days are much smaller than we would like, especially in major cities like London, New York, Tokyo & Paris – & its not likely that this will change at any time in the near future! So, it’s time to get inventive when it comes to modern bedroom furniture, & fortunately with the advent of the internet we have plenty of options.

1. Get a Storage Bed.

These days it is possible to buy a bed with mattress slats that lift up at one end a little like lifting up a car bonnet (using gas lift pistons to lift the heavy mattress up & hold it up). This then opens up the bed base (which also has a sealed bottom so dust can’t get in) & the inside of the base is used for storage of sheets, blankets, clothing, or anything really. As the space is the whole size of the bed that means a LOT of extra storage, at least 150cm x 200cm x 30cm + for a UK king size bed. Storage beds are easy to use as well, & take up no more room than an ordinary bed.

storage bed

2. Make sure your bedside cabinet has drawers.

Beautiful bedside tables can be elegant, but if you have a small bedroom you will need a bedside cabinet with drawers all the way up, not a lovely table with no storage space in it. Bedside cabinets with two or three drawers are incredibly useful for holding small objects, books, magazines etc.

3. Don’t forget about the walls

Use walls above chests of drawers & beds to put shelves or wall units on. As long as you keep the design of the shelves & wall units consistent with the furniture this will not only look great but give you a place to put books, candles & smaller items. Wall units can be anything from a single box to a magnificent composition incorporating shelves, TV units, drawers & cupboards & although they are usually used in a living room there is no reason why you would not also use them in your bedroom.

4. Swap your bedside lamps for pendant lights.

This will take a little organising but if you are a home owner you can have pendant lights wired in to hang down on each side of your bed to give you light where you might usually have bedside lamps. Not only will this save space on your bedside cabinets it gives your bedroom some added design flair.

5. Consider a customised fitted wardrobe.

While a wardrobe is a very large item a properly planned fitted wardrobe can be like a Tardis, holding not just your clothing but also shoes, bags, ties, belts & jewellery on special fittings like pull out shoe racks as well as spare blankets, books & more. A fitted wardrobe will be tall too, & that extra height means plenty of extra space at the top to keep possessions you don’t otherwise have a home for & don’t use every day.

A good wardrobe (especially an Italian wardrobe) should be meticulously planned, with plenty of pull out drawers, shelves & baskets so you will never again find yourself peering in wondering just where that new top you bought has got to, while making the most of absolutely every inch of the cupboards.

6. Think about using tall chests instead of low chests.

Two tall chests of drawers side by side can look fantastic, but also have quite a lot more storage, especially if you are buying contemporary chests of drawers which can be quite low. A tall chest of drawers can fit nicely in a small gap too, & if you use the top to display flowers, or a bowl, or decorative objects it can enhance the decor.

A small bedroom doesn’t have to mean no where to keep your belongings & clothing as long as you select the best bedroom furniture for making most of the space you do have.