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 

Guaranteed beauty sleep for family & friends

Autumn is definitely in the air and we’ve also started thinking a little further ahead to Christmas.  The season of goodwill – and playing host to a myriad of family and friends. Which is great but, if you are anything like some of us at Go Modern, the perennial problem of where to put everyone/no room at the inn is, well, a perennial one.

So we got to thinking about how we could help and make everyone a little happier.  And thus the idea of a special sofabed, exclusive to Go Modern, was born.

The Happy Sofa Bed will, we’re hoping, be the bed of your dreams (and those of your guests).  Designed exclusively for us by Italian specialist Vibieffe, Happy is a stylish two-seater sofa that looks for all the world like the up-market, high quality, contemporary sofa that it is. But it’s also so much more.

Happy Sofa Bed
Happy Sofa Bed

Within its sturdy tubular steel frame, and deep sumptuous foam and feather cushions, lies the answer of where to put your wise men and ensure they have a good night’s sleep: A highly sophisticated bed mechanism with a comfortable 13cm sprung mattress ingeniously hidden inside the sofa base.

Happy

Happy is good looking enough to deserve taking centre-stage in your living room, spare bedroom or guest room. It’s also available in three sizes, with fully removable covers in cotton, linen, leather or own choice fabric. Its discrete angled feet are in chrome-plated aluminium. Made in Italy. Which all in all makes us very happy and we hope it will make you happy too.

We have a Happy on display in our Kings Road showroom at the moment so please pop in and try it for yourself.  We can’t promise angels, shepherds or wise men, just a very good, high-quality sofa bed that won’t disappoint.

Happy Sofa Bed on display in our Kings Road Showroom
Happy Sofa Bed on display in our Kings Road Showroom

And to add to the all round happiness factor… we’re offering a special 15% discount on ALL our sofa beds until the end of October. Simply use code HAPPY17 at the checkout, call us on 020 7731 9540, or talk to one of the team when you’re in the showroom. We’ll wake you with a lovely Italian coffee if we need to.

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.

Our Lovely Contemporary Sofa Beds From Italy

As we are London based we are well aware of the need to make the most of your space, & one of the best ways to do this is with a contemporary sofa bed. A room that would usually be kept as a guest room is often also used as a study, but many people in London don’t even have a spare room, which is where sofa beds really come into their own.

The problem with sofa beds has always been that they are not that comfortable either as a sofa or as a bed, with thin mattresses & cushions that don’t mask the fact that there is a metal mechanism just below them. They are usually available in a very limited number of styles, & getting one that sits off the ground on contemporary legs has been completely impossible.

It is actually quite difficult to find really high quality design led modern sofa beds from Italy too, because most Italian companies don’t make them, preferring to focus on what they see as more ‘important’ products. But we found a couple of excellent factories not long after we started, who make fantastic contemporary sofa beds that are both well designed AND comfortable. As the mattresses are separate they can be replaced when they eventually wear out too, & the fabric covers are usually removable for cleaning (do check with us first though).

Happy Sofa Bed From Vibieffe
Happy Sofa Bed From Vibieffe

Unlike the sofa beds you usually find in the UK these have sprung mattresses that are between 12cm & 15cm thick, which is comfortable enough to use every night. The manufacturers have also paid a lot of attention to the padding in the seats, ensuring that when the sofa bed is being used as a sofa you can not feel the mechanism. Made in ultra modern designs by Bonaldo, Jesse & Vibieffe our sofa beds are hand made in a fabric of your choosing, or in leather & have other matching contemporary furniture too, so can be part of your overall home design. Our leather sofa beds are not just available in black or brown either, there is almost every possible colour, including the latest colour from Italy (dove grey).

Queen Sofa Bed By Vibieffe
Queen Sofa Bed By Vibieffe

Some of our sofa beds are also available in corner compositions, & as we sell so many corner sofa beds we can only assume these are impossible to find. Our corner sofa beds are fully modular, & the sofa with bed can be on either the left or the right. The Bel Air sofa bed shown below has a lift up storage compartment too, great for bed linen, pillows etc.

Bel Air Corner Sofa Bed By Vibieffe
Bel Air Corner Sofa Bed By Vibieffe

We also have a range of single sofa beds from Bonaldo, as well as simple fold down sofa beds which are a little less comfortable, but perfect for occasional overnight guests. To see our whole collection click here or pop into our showroom to discuss your requirements & see samples (as well as the Ciak sofa bed we have here).