It’s Christmas and our winter sale is almost here. From December 29th until January 23rd, we will be offering 15% off all orders over £1,000. Just quote coupon code JAN when placing an order.
The fabulous sofa you can see in our Christmas window is the Marc-U and we’ve had this one covered in a luxuriously rich velvety red fabric as befitting the season. Standing alongside the Marc-U is the stylish Mogg TRI.BE.CA. floor lamp, designed by Marzia & Leonardo Dainelli, with it’s clever USB dock built into the bottom shelf. This one’s in matt black but it’s also available in white. And to ward off the winter cold, our eco-friendly bio-ethanol fire from Cocoon is keeping the showroom nice and toasty. Continue reading “Go Modern’s Winter Sale”
If you dip into our blog on occasion you’ll know we’re very fond of anything our friends at Bonaldo produce. This creative Italian company has been in the furniture business since 1936 and we have always championed them right from the beginning of our own business.
We obviously love what they do; their furniture is beautifully made and they’re never afraid to push design boundaries. The company works with award-winning international designers and if ever you want to spot design tends in the furniture world, Bonaldo is the one to watch, offering colours, shapes and materials that also make you fall in love with them time and time again. Continue reading “Bonaldo – fabulous updates for 2015”
The fabulous Salone del Mobile last month, one of the world’s most exciting furniture fairs, attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors through its doors and had some truly amazing new designs on offer. We spotted so many superb pieces that we can’t wait to show you … so here’s a little taster of just a few of the great designs we spotted from two of our favourite brands.
Bonaldo is always ahead of the design field and never fails to impress us with its inspirational pieces. They also make incredible sofa beds … and what puts them ahead of the game is … that their sofa beds don’t LOOK like sofa beds – that’s the last thing you want in your living room! The new Bandy sofa bed, designed by Vittorio Prevedello, is no exception. It’s got a great modern-retro look to it along with removable fabric or leather covers, and edged stitching in the same or contrasting colours. It’s also a cinch to operate with an easy, manual mechanism designed to move the seat forward and simultaneously lower the backrest (because when you’re tired and you want to go to bed you really don’t want to be having a fight with a sofa bed!).
It’s the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness – if that isn’t just too romantic (and OK a bit over-used we know – but hey, it’s still lovely!). There’s quite a nip in the air and the clocks go back in a couple of weeks – definitely time to think about changing a few things for winter. And, according to some new research from the Sleep Council (spotted via the BBC news site) the average Brit at the moment is getting just six-and-a-half hours’ sleep a night. As usual, that’s down to a whole host of things but what the researchers could definitely say is: if you can increase your nightly sleep by even a bit (to over seven hours) you’ll be a lot healthier.
So, onto beds, our beds (a good bed has got to make a difference, right?) and Grand Designs Magazine, the November issue, is featuring one of ours big time. The new Bonaldo Eureka bed gets a fab write up and the GD team also highlight the autumnal mustard and anthracite accessories used alongside the Eureka’s fresh white headboard and base, with its super-sized anthracite grey stitching. Feeling sleepy anyone?
We’ve always been very press friendly at Go Modern. Our showroom isn’t huge but we have a number of stand-out pieces from our top manufacturers, along with fabric samples, wood, glass, lacquers and weaves if it’s garden furniture. So, when the team at House & Garden asked if they could borrow our Big Table from Bonaldo for a shoot we were happy to oblige. The Big Table by ultra talented designer Alain Gilles is a favourite, so we’re always ready to do a little showing off with it! This one is in canaletto walnut with striking coral red, orange, green and lilac lacquered metal legs – a real show-stopper. And the talented styling team at House & Garden included it in their great July feature ‘Block works’, using abstract prints and primary colours , mixing mid-century design with contemporary. It looks terrific – what do you think?
We’re still buzzing from our trip to Milan’s Salone del Mobile and all the incredibly inspiring new designs … lot’s of striking exhibition sets and new products – including Italian furniture-maker supreme Bonaldo. And one of the things that we love about Bonaldo (we know, we know – we’ve mentioned ‘love/Bonaldo’ in the same sentence before) is that there’s always an interesting little back story to everything they do.
Their Octa table (Octa’s Greek for eight… but you knew that…) is also the number of legs supporting this fabulous new table, with a look, we’re told, inspired by the traditional game of Mikado or pick-up sticks! Definitely a major game player as far as we’re concerned.
Summer is on it’s way – well it was the other day – we were the height of daring in the showroom and some of us ventured out without coats! And it will be summer again in a few months … definitely … it really will arrive at some point, which is why we don’t think it’s too early to talk about our latest collection from Spain.
With a few new concepts and a few additions to an existing range, designs take their cues from Japan and Africa, and include distinctive origami inspirations to stunning, colourful tribal patterns. Of course everything is made to order, and whilst lead times on garden furniture are slightly shorter you will still need to allow a good four weeks – and with summer starting in May (it really will!) nowadays ordering soon is probably a wise decision. Continue reading “Summer is coming – our first batch of new garden furniture releases”
As soon as we saw these beautiful liquid bio ethanol fires from Cocoon fires Spain we fell in love. Curvy lines, designer looks & an open fire warmth, all for surprisingly reasonable prices. The collection is small – just three designs in two finishes, but work beautifully with our contemporary furniture. The two finishes are black, or stainless steel, & the steel is a marine grade stainless steel so all three can be used outdoors too.
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.
One thing we are constantly asked by our customers is how child friendly various items of dining furniture are. No one wants a dining table that will break or have too many sharp edges, which usually rules out glass dining tables – but they also want something that isn’t possible to scratch/leave marks on, which rules out many of our lacquer & wood dining tables!
So when someone showed me a new collection of beautifully designed contemporary dining tables that use a brand new indestructible material that looks a lot like stone/slate/wood I snapped them up! Made in Italy, these table are extending (a big plus), very reasonably priced, & available in great designs & colours with matching child proof, affordable dining chairs.
We have one in our showroom so you can see for yourself how tough this material is. Here are three of my favourite dining tables from this collection, which can be seen here.