Winter whites and a touch of glamour

Our Kings Road showroom plays host to a regularly changing display of modern art, beautifully curated by our friends over at Tag Fine Arts.  One particular piece, ‘Balloon’ by Dede Johnston, is over a meter wide and one of five signed editions.  It’s from a series entitled ‘The New Wilderness’ and is a C-type print of a scene from Courcheval, France.  It’s wonderfully ethereal piece and captures the perfect stillness that a fall of snow always brings.  Look carefully and you’ll see a tiny hot air balloon floating above the clouds, creating a complete sense of awe at the scale and beauty of our natural world.

Balloon by Dede Johnston

We always associate white with winter, whether it snows or not (increasingly not in London).  It’s a colour that provides a sense of calm and order, and it’s beautifully versatile.  It’s obviously used a lot in Scandi interior design, paired with natural woods and neutral shades to create a stylish, laid back look.  We love it and it’s perfect for that minimalist, contemporary look.

Bonaldo’s award-winning Octa extending dining table (below) is a magnificent piece of design by Bartoli Design for the stylish Italian brand. The table base is made from eight, white metal legs, like the old-fashioned game of pick-up-sticks.  They look incredibly light in appearance but, and as you would expect, are actually very strong and stable.

Bonaldo Octa extending dining table

The Octa also comes in four sizes and the table top can be finished in white acid treated glass, as seen here, or ceramic. The steel legs as mentioned have been lacquered in white here but you can choose from lots of other colours including anthracite grey, bordeaux, chromed or black nickel. The stylist has used Bonaldo’s My Time dining chairs, upholstered in a white Skay ecoleather, which is a high quality faux leather. The overall look, set on a deep pile grey carpet and using over-sized white lampshades, ticks all our winter wonderland boxes.

Decoflame Ascot bioethanol fire

The colder winter days also mean turning the heating up/on, and a real fire, we have to confess, cannot be beaten.  But we think our bioethanol fires come pretty close to the real thing – without all the hard work of buying/collecting firewood and cleaning up the ashes the next day. They also spring to life at the touch of a button and are pleasingly eco-friendly.

Bioethanol fires use high grade liquid bioethanol, a green fuel, which doesn’t generate any harmful gases, sparks or soot.  They are very simple to install (hurray!) and you don’t need to have a chimney, flue or gas supply to use them. They have a superb heat output too, as well as long burning times – up to eight hours – which should keep you toasty all evening.  We have a wide range of designs, including those from Danish Decoflame and Spanish brand Cocoon.  As the temperature tumbles we use a couple in our own showroom; one suspended from a pole in the window, which can be angled to heat the front part of the showroom and which invariably gets lots of attention, and one down in our office area to keep us nice and cosy.

The  Ascot Lux bioethanol fire (above) from Decoflame is a fully portable, freestanding fire, designed to sit in an existing fireplace or it can even be used as a freestanding piece. It’s available in three sizes, with three different burners depending on the amount of heat you like and your available space. The burn time for this one is around six hours. The Ascot design also includes toughened glass screens to shield the front or back of the fire.

Miniforms Soko sideboard

There’s nothing like white for adding a touch of glamour. Minforms  Soko sideboard (above) is a great addition to their new collection and we’ve picked out the white lacquered finish here to fit our theme, but it comes in bolder versions such as Veronese green, Intense blue, or Masala red.  To add to the glamour, the Soko doors feature laser cut decoration and, for additional luxury, bright copper handles. There are two different sizes to choose from and the internal shelves are lacquered wood or glass. Optional extras include an internal air filter and an integrated vase.

Tonelli Design City Life mirror

Over-size mirrors are used by stylists and interior designers the world over as a great way of introducing extra light into a dark winter room.  Italian glass wizards Tonellli Design have produced a truly impressive new mirror this year called City Life.  Designed by Francesca Arrighi, the City Life mirror is an impressive 120cm or 180cm in diameter.  A fantastic statement piece, its scale is hard to admire from the image alone (check out the corner left of the image above, where you can just about see an armchair and then really appreciate how large this mirror is).  The edge and the centre of the mirror feature intricate geometrical  patterns – small rhombus crowns – and the various layers of the design are created using a water-cutting process.  We’ve used a picture of the smoked version here but it’s also available in very striking bronze and gold finishes.

Cinquenta Sotto fitted wardrobe

Creating a sense of space is always something that we are all constantly trying to improve on and storage is a large part of this quest.  The Sotto design (above) is our idea of how to get it right and how to keep it stylish.  Finished in off-white and styled with a pale grey floor and rug, plus natural wood accessories, the design has used that awkward under stairs space very efficiently, with doors tailored to fit with the slope of the stairs.  We have fitted something very similar in the Go Modern office and it looks soooooo smart!

Running off the wardrobe space are a series of built in shelves of different shapes, heights and sizes.  It’s incredibly practical, with lots of internal accessories, and very pleasing on the eye.  The Sotto collection can be installed as a built-in design or made totally free standing.  You tell us what you want and our team of designers will measure up and work it out for you. We’ve also got a first-rate team of installers to complete whatever project you have in mind. The design uses a high quality melamine and there are two categories available for the finish.  Colour samples can be seen in our showroom or on the website.

If you’re sad that the garden is becoming increasingly out of bounds as the nights get longer and the winter chill gets sharper, don’t forget our amazing range of high tech outdoor furniture.  Many pieces can be left out all year round and are specially made to withstand the harsh weather of our northern climate. We have some great outdoor lighting too.

Contardi is a brand we have long admired and their lighting ranges are very impressive.  They can supply schemes for whole room lighting through to small accessories that will certainly lift the winter gloom.

Contardi Muse outdoor lamp

Created especially for the garden, the pretty Muse outdoor lamp  will look fabulous anywhere – on a garden table, on the terrace, or placed simply on the ground.  It was designed by Tristan Auer and  comes in two sizes.  The design also has a plaited leather, waterproof handle, making it easy to move around. You can choose from versions in white pearl or matt black, which both have a satin acrylic shade, or bronze which has a smoked plexi-glass shade with a brown leather handle.

So create your own winter wonderland this year with stylish designs that will add a little glamour and carry you through the dark days of winter and beyond.

We’ve also currently got our winter sale… 15% off all purchases over £1,000 – just use the coupon code WINTER.

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 

Winter Glamour. Metallic Style.

The Kings Road always looks quite magical at this time of year.  Shop windows come alive, trees are festooned with lights and there’s a general air of bonhomie. London is the very best place to be (OK we’re a little biased) with so many great events.  Kew Gardens is always worth a trip, transformed as it is after dark with more than a million fairy lights.  Could you ever tire of productions of the The Nutcracker, while The Old Vic has a new version of A Christmas Carol.  There are lots of Christmas Markets too including the Nordic inspired event at the South Bank, where the Thames riverside is also transformed with 1000’s of twinkling, glittering lights and a huge tree.

So to add to the general glamour of the winter season, here are some of our newest designs, with a touch of metallic style to add to the shininess of the season.

Bonaldo Big Table
Bonaldo Big Table

The award-winning Big Table is back – as the ‘small’ Big Table. Bonaldo have relaunched Alain Gilles’ amazing design in a smaller, more compact version and with the addition of some stunning metallic finishes to the legs.

Cop Dining Table
Cop Dining Table

Also new from Bonaldo, Roberto Paoli’s Cop table.  The fun, innovative table legs are shaped like bottles and glasses and here you can see them in a beautiful burnished metal finish. How glamorous is that? Lots of other colours on offer for anyone not brave enough to buy into the metallic trend.

Ozma Wall Mirror
Ozma Wall Mirror

The beautiful Ozma Wall Mirror was created by Viola Tonucci for luxury glass furniture specialists Tonelli Design. It’s a large round and concentric shape, with a central rim in gilded metal, which can be removed and used as a table centerpiece.  The lights are the Madama pendant lights by Mogg, the quirky Como based brand that produces innovative designs that are always a little outside of the norm.

Eris Pendant Light
Eris Pendant Light

For sheer style, elegance and more than a touch of glamour whatever the season, you really don’t need to look much further than the wonderful Galotti&Radice. The exquisite Eris Ceiling Light is designed by Massimo Castagna for them, and as it’s hand-finished each piece is unique. The impressive 210 cm tall structure is painted in black bronze, with bright satin hand-burnished brass and black chrome components.

So, here’s to a wonderful festive, shiny season with you and yours from all at Go Modern.

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.”

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!

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…

Mac & Mac ceased trading…

Sad to hear about Mac & Mac (& see their statement on their website saying they had ceased trading), we may have lost a competitor but it will rock the confidence of both customers & suppliers in everyone else now too.

How can this happen? Its simple. Discount everything heavily, all the time, & you become a no profit but high turnover operation. Compete against other companies who do the same, but who are based in much less expensive parts of Britain & you have a recipe for disaster. Not, of course thats what Im saying happened here, it may well not be the case at all, its just a possibility.

But it’s why we avoid the usual, ubiquitous brands with everyone fighting for market share & selling on price alone & prefer to spend lots of time on complicated & tricky things like wardrobes, home offices & fitted wall units. If you cant add value with great service &/or lots of expertise you will find it difficult to survive in this market. As a result of trying our best to add value while avoiding mistakes like this we have grown every year since we started (in 2006), have kept THE SAME company name & number. Theres been no need to close down Go Modern Limited & start up Go Modern Trading (or whatever). We might well be only of the only ones though, which is a pretty scary thought.

So how can we help? We cant make any guarantees but if you have ordered with one of the brands we also deal with (Tonelli Design, Contardi, Bontempi Casa or Lema) we can talk to the factory & see if your order is there ready to go. If Mac and Mac ordered it from them it will be (hopefully) sitting there, & can be resurrected. We have an excellent track record with our suppliers, so can get it on the next lorry & to you before you know it – though unfortunately no matter who you re order with you will need to pay for it again. But for Mac & Mac orders we are happy to wait until it arrived, & ready to send to you before we take payment.

Working from home…on the up & up

This week we thought we’d take a look at the cultural phenomenon known as ‘working from home’. And our ulterior motive?  Well, contemporary furniture of course – we have some amazing, brand new home-office furniture that we can’t wait to share with you! Like this new desk from Tema, with a handy cupboard on the side as well as a drawer.

Metro Home Office Desk
Metro Home Office Desk

Lots of us work from home now but does it still have an image problem?  Wasn’t it London’s colourful mayor who once joked: “We all know that it’s basically sitting wondering whether to go down to the fridge to hack off a bit of cheese before checking your emails again.”  Well Boris, no, you’re wrong.  And Virgin entrepreneur Richard Branson, who apparently spends a lot of his time working from his Caribbean island, takes the opposite stand, saying that “remote working is easier and more effective than ever”.  We’re with Richard. Especially if there’s any chance of working from his Caribbean island.

But if we have to work from our actual homes, not our fantasy ones, these fab new glass desks from Tonelli Design might help make working from the spare bedroom a little more palatable..

Tonelli Server Glass Desk
Tonelli Server Glass Desk
Tonelli Penrose Glass Desk
Tonelli Penrose Glass Desk

Most of us now have fast broadband, webcams, smartphones, laptops … and certainly in London and most major cities, getting rid of the daily commute would be a godsend, freeing you up to actually do more work. In the UK at least, it’s on the increase too. According to the CBI, a total of 59% of employers who responded to a survey in 2011 were offering remote working, up from 13% in 2006.   And the pros and cons, all laid out neatly in the Government’s National Careers Service advice page (go on, we know you’re keen to read it!).  But with contemporary technology in place – we think all you’ve got to worry about is the right contemporary furniture.  Which is where we come in! From affordable shelving and desks like the Paris desk below from Tema Home, to custom designed Italian home office solutions by Battistella or Jesse, or just statement desks – we have plenty to choose from. See all of our home office solutions in our dedicated Home Office Furniture section HERE.

Paris Home Office Desk
Paris Home Office Desk

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. 

New Showroom Arrivals

We have just added three of our most popular items to our showroom. Here they are –

Cocoon Aeris Fire in Polished steel
Cocoon Aeris Fire in Polished steel

The Coocon Aeris Fire in polished steel. We have ours hanging in the window, but it can go anywhere.  As long as most of the screws in the bracket go into a beam it’s fine.  Steel is £770 more than black, but it’s Marine Grade polished steel & can be used outdoors – & will look amazing next to our Christmas tree when we put it up. We have it lit most of the time (afternoons & evening). The first thing we noticed is how long the burner lasts – about 6 hours! It really warms up the showroom as well. Delivery on these bioethanol fires is fast too. See the Cocoon Fires collection here.

Bonaldo Big Table
Bonaldo Big Table

After pressure from John, Claudio & Franco we have finally put the ever popular Bonaldo Big table in the showroom. We have the version with a solid walnut top & the classic red/green/lilac/orange legs & it looks amazing. I remember seeing it in Milan when it was first released & loving it, & it seems our customers also love it. We are showing our table with Bonaldo’s clear Poly chairs, but definitely need to choose some new ones. See Bonaldo’s collection here.

Tonelli Gulliver Console Table
Tonelli Gulliver Console Table

The Gulliver 2 console table from Tonelli Design. An all time classic, ours is being used as a desk & has white drawers (which must be a new thing as they arent an option on our website at the moment – which will be changed).  When you see this console table ‘in the flesh’ you can see why an Italian made glass console table is worth investing in. Toneli Design produce amazing quality glass furniture, & weirdly, we have far, far fewer breakages/damages than we do with other (non glass) collections. See the Tonelli range here.