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.

A New Year, with some exciting new brands

As anyone who is familiar with us knows, we like to keep moving! 2013 saw the introduction of several exciting new brands, Brittos (well made, great value Portuguese lacquered & wooden furniture), Mogg (cutting edge designer furniture) & Michael Tyler Quadro (brilliant UK made sofas) as well as the introduction of a range of hand made box spring luxury mattresses to fit our European bed sizes.  But its a new year, and we have several exciting new brands lined up for 2014.

First up, Ozzio Design. Masters of the transformable table, Italian company Ozzio use the very best German mechanisms to create tables that start out as console tables or coffee tables, & transform into stylish full size dining tables. No one has a larger collection of these than Ozzio, who also have a great range of extending dining tables & non extending coffee/dining tables, & their quality is superb, with everything designed to withstand plenty of use & to last for years.  Its a large collection, so we will be introducing it gradually – but we have two of Ozzio’s most popular pieces in our showroom, the Metro extending dining table in tobacco oak & anthracite, & the Box transformable coffee table. With homes in London shrinking we think these versatile tables will have plenty of interest.

Ozzio Box Transformable Table

We are also thrilled to announce the addition of top Italian manufacturer Lema to our stable. Lema are one of Italy’s most prestigious brands & will complement our collections from Jesse, Novamobili, 8emezzo & SMA Mobili perfectly. A luxury brand, Lema wont be right for all of our customers, but their combination of flawless quality, stunning design & incredible flexibility mean that they are already very well known to Designer/Architects & specifiers, & we look forward to introducing them. Lema specialise in high end wardrobes & bookcases/wall units & are the go-to brand for luxury, contemporary home offices/libraries. They also have a brilliant range of bedroom furniture, as well as sofas, coffee tables & smaller stand alone pieces.

Another big collection, we will probably introduce Lema online slowly. The product is too technical to put on the website properly, so we will be quoting this on request to start with. Great for both contract & private clients, our wonderful installation team are already familiar with their products & we will shortly have a large bookcase/wall unit & wardrobe in the showroom, as well as one of their fabulous sofas & their latest home office desk.

Lema Selecta Bookcase

Finally, we have 8emezzo, a Pianca brand. We started introducing 8emezzo late last year, but have only a fraction of their fabulous collection online. Designed to be a fresher, younger take on the very well established Pianca range, 8emezzo have some original walk in wardrobes (some which dont require back panels, a first for us), standard wardrobes, wall units & bookcases as well as much sought after UK King size beds with matching bedroom furniture. Great for both the private & contract markets 8emezzo combine the design & responsiveness of a new brand with the huge resources of their parent brand.

8emezzo Wonder Bed

So, just like 2013, 2014 promises to be another great year for Go Modern, as well as for our lovely customers – both existing & new!

New design – from German cockerels to Italian graphics…

London is bursting at the seams with new art and design ideas: fashion, product technology, architecture and, of course, some of the best contemporary furniture around. Whenever the subject of art is discussed it always throws up those endless ‘but what is art?’ type questions.  We’re not sure how to answer that – we know good design when we see it but art is …whatever you want it to be isn’t it?

From our showroom on the Kings Road, we’re about four miles from Trafalgar Square, and recent visitors will have seen the latest piece of art to sit on the Fourth Plinth.  It’s a gorgeous powder blue sculpture of a cockerel entitled Cock by Katharina Fritsch.  Fantastic (although we’re not sure what Nelson would have made of it!).  What do you think?  Love it, hate it, just not sure?

Blue Cockerel Trafalgar Square
Blue Cockerel Trafalgar Square

Amongst some of the other most creative design we’ve seen recently at Go Modern is from the team at Novamobili who’ve come up with a solution to that perennial problem of space, or rather lack of it.  And if the topic of ‘wall units’ normally induces a trance like state in you -think again! Wave is their fantastic new wall unit structure, with a look that is based on Italian graphics!   It combines curves and straight lines, horizontals and verticals, cabinet doors that open upwards or downwards – endless possibilities that make this an incredibly creative but eminently practical piece of furniture.

Novamobili Wave Wall Unit 218
Novamobili Wave Wall Unit 218

You can choose as many shelves, cupboards, sizes, heights, lengths as you want to suit the space you have.

Novamobili Wave Wall Unit 219
Novamobili Wave Wall Unit 219

So if it’s space you’re short of and you have an eye for something a little different, ultra cool and very clever, Wave definitely deserves your attention.

Or how about Next, from Portuguese manufacturer Brittos, a collection of wall hung cupboards and open units that can make up a structure as large or as small as you want it to be.

Brittos Next Wall Unit
Brittos Next Wall Unit

Very clever. Very creative.  We’re just wondering if Boris might accept something from us next time the Fourth Plinth has a space…