CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE GOES GRAPHIC

How furniture this year is going graphic

Happy New Year! We hope you had a good break and that the house is now back in order with a sense of calm.  Good luck with that one!

If it’s minimalism you are trying to achieve one of this year’s furniture trends might just appeal.  The big one that struck a chord with us is the use of simple, graphic lines.  Look out for a fabulous fusion of minimalist design and illustrative style. Strong graphic silhouettes, sharp lines and plenty of drama.

MOGG SOTT’ARCHI FLOOR LAMP

The Sott’Archi floor lamp (above) is a perfect example of what we’re all talking about.  Standing at 240cm high, this witty design features perfect graphic lines in silhouette. The adjustable frame is also incredibly practical as it will stretch from a neat 140 cm to almost three metres wide.  This means you can adjust it to provide light wherever you want it. And if you’re looking for a lighting design to also raise a smile, try these:

MOGG BLA BLA LIGHTS

Mogg’s Bla Bla lights by Emanuele Magini provide great ambient light… and a great talking piece! We absolutely love them.  Drawn as large speech bubbles you can have them made with or without the words.

Graphic lines as decoration

Graphic lines or patterns are also turning up as popular decorative finishes.  A number of sideboards this year feature some striking repeat graphics. We have all fallen for Miniform’s new Celia sideboard.

MINIFORMS CELIA SIDEBOARD

The style takes its inspiration from the Art Deco movement of the 1920s.  Its beautiful lacquered wood frame has been finished with a silk-screen graphic pattern.  A repeat crescent moon features across the doors which open like a book. For a touch of decadence choose handles in copper or lacquered metal. The sideboard above is in anthracite ash but you can choose from nine other colours including Apricot, Veronese Green, Intense Blue, or Masala Red.

Graphic lines meet stylish storage

At Go Modern we choose pieces where there is often a fine line between art and furniture.  Although every design always has to be highly practical.  Our customers are also often on the hunt for arty, stylish storage ideas and the Musa from Mogg fits the bill perfectly.

Mogg Musa shelving

With its highly defined lines the Musa shelf, by Alessandro D’Angeli for Mogg, is part graphic wall art and part practical shelving. It’s a modular design which means that you can group each section together however you want to. To make a real statement there is a version of the Musa with a gold lacquer finish or choose the matt black shown here for added drama. Each module measures 60.5cm wide x 26cm deep x 60.5cm high.

Graphic floor coverings

If you want to introduce some graphic style to your flooring we have the ideal suggestion. Rug maker Nani Marquina started making rugs back in 1987. She creates the most wonderful and extremely high quality designs.  Each  rug is made by hand in India by master crafts people using the finest New Zealand wool.  Nani’s rugs are not only beautiful but are also investment pieces which will last for generations. Amongst some of her latest collections is a range called Rabari.  

Rug from the Rabari Collection by Nani Marquina

The Rabari collection was designed by Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien for the Nani Marquina company.  The designers’ intention was to create a series of rugs that evoke the ‘sensual and shiny world’ of Indian tribal folk embroidery. Each of the three designs in the Rabari collection are different but each rug shares a strong graphic style. The hand-knotted and hand-woven designs uses the traditional Sumak tecnique. Each rug has a density of 124,000 knots per meter squared with a total pile height of 13mm.

Put graphic lines on the table

The very nature of table design means that incorporating a graphic look is pretty much a given.  But high-end Italian manufacturer Lema has taken this to another level with one of its latest tables.  The Alamo dining table, designed by David Lopez Quincoces, has a very strong minimalist style with an overall  theme of lightness. The essential, graphic outline create a timeless look which is added to by the use of combining different materials. The table structure is in bronze coated painted metal, while the top is in a reconstructed marble material in three colours inspired by natural stone: Blue Lapislazzuli, green Malachite, Belgian blue/black, along with heat treated oak.  And there are four different sizes to choose from.

Lema Alamo dining table

Taking graphic lines outside

It’s not all about the indoors when it comes to graphic design. Add some beautiful and striking structural elements to your garden or patio area with Saba Italia’s highly innovative Shades of Venice space dividers/screens.

Saba Italia’s Shades of Venice dividers/screens

The new design features bright horizontal and vertical graphic lines to create a peek-a-boo effect, which subtly reveals or hides the space beyond. The flexible Shades of Venice also provide infinite styling possibilities and as well as well as being a great idea for the garden they can be used indoors too.

Plus there’s a lovely story attached to the colours/shades (the clue’s in the title!). Designer Marco Zito has used colours associated with different Venetian islands for his inspiration. Murano reflects the blue and green of the world famous Murano glass it produces.  Burano is known for the colourful oranges and blues as used on the island’s houses. Giudecca is an island with many white stone buildings. While Sant’Erasmo grows an abundance of vegetables, such as artichokes, with their beautiful dusty greens, purples and browns. So there’s a bit of detail to share on a sunny afternoon on the patio.

Graphic lines and our January sale

You can find all of these products on the Go modern site.  And if what you’ve seen hasn’t tempted you enough, we now have our January sale up and running.  Use coupon code JANUARY when you check out (or speak to one of the showroom team) and receive a wonderful 15% off all orders where you spend over £1,000.  If that doesn’t help to make a happy new year we’re not sure what will.

Go Modern’s Winter Sale

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.

Christmas at Go Modern
Christmas at Go Modern

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”

Bonaldo – fabulous updates for 2015

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”

Milan – bringing home all the fun of the fair

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!).

Bonaldo Sofa Bed
Bonaldo Sofa Bed

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Top trends for autumn

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?

Eureka bed, Grand Designs, November
Grand Designs Magazine, November, & our Eureka bed

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Bonaldo Big Table strikes again!

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?

Bonaldo Big Table
House & Garden Bonaldo Big Table

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Great new designs from Bonaldo – and always a good back story

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.

Octa dining table
Bonaldo Octa dining table

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Summer is coming – our first batch of new garden furniture releases

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”

Cocoon Fires, Our Stunning New Bioethanol Fires

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.

Aeris hanging Bioethanol fire
Aeris hanging Bioethanol fire

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Sideboards, The Perfect Combination of Style & Substance

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.

Lucido gloss lacquer sideboard from Casabella Furniture
The original & still great Lucido gloss lacquer sideboard by Casabella Furniture

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