Go Modern’s outdoor furniture X Urban Roof Gardens

Some late summer outdoor furniture news from us (yes folks… summer’s not over yet!).

We are delighted to be helping the talented crew over at Urban Roof Gardens, Europe’s leading roof terrace designers, with their forthcoming show garden at Design Junction 2018. 

Design Junction is a curated exhibition of the latest cutting-edge design. The event is part of the London Design Festival and takes place across three venues on the South Bank.  We absolutely love the South Bank – it’s a fabulous part of our exciting city, with hundreds of international brands, boutique shops, tons of outdoor installations, as well as delicious pop-up eateries and bars – and it’s got one of the best views up and down the River Thames that you’ll find anywhere in this part of town. There’s also the Globe Theatre within spitting distance, along with Tate Modern and, just over the Millennium Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral. It’s definitely a place where you feel history is slap bang up against modern, urban living.

Urban Roof Gardens approached us a few weeks ago about using some of our outdoor furniture as part of their Design Junction project.  The team felt it would fit perfectly with their contemporary designs, which will showcase a series of their modern roof terrace gardens.

The URG roof gardens will be arranged across a series of hexagon shapes, with each space demonstrating different combinations of flooring, furniture and fittings, plus the company’s unique LiveProduct range – a ‘best-in-class’ collection of LiveWall, LiveRoof and LivePicture.

Urban Roof Gardens Plan
Urban Roof Gardens Plan

We obviously don’t have any images yet (watch this space) but the plan above gives you an idea of what to expect.  There will be spaces for ‘Urban Greening’, a ‘Creative’ space, a space for ‘Cooking and Eating’ and an intriguingly entitled ‘Tropical Bubble’. Hawaiian shirts not compulsory!

The installation will be located in the Coin Street Builders Court Yard behind the South Bank’s famous OXO Tower.  For those of you who don’t know it, this great building has been a riverside landmark since the 1930s, obviously owned in its prime by the makers of OXO, but its uses have been quite varied since then. It was majorly done up in the 1990s and is now home to a great mixture of flats, design studios, galleries, specialist shops, restaurants cafes and bars. Well worth a visit at any time of year just to mooch around the shops or simply soak up the fantastic atmosphere.

Go Modern’s outdoor furniture includes pieces from internationally renowned outdoor furniture designers Manutti and Tribu, two of our go-to specialists in some of the world’s best outdoor design. Many of their designs are made for super-yachts and top hotels as well as gardens and terraces around the world.

Tribu Nodi Outdoor Chairs
Tribu Nodi Outdoor Chairs

Look out for some of their incredible designs including:

The Nodi garden armchair, designed by the highly regarded Canadian creatives, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, for leading Belgian outdoor specialists Tribu.

The Nodi chairs are supremely light and comfortable with seats and backrests in hand-woven, stain-repellent, frost, UV and mould resistant CanaxÆ rope, which is stretched across a powder-coated stainless steel frame. The slim profile of the chair’s arm is angled slightly inward as the designers wanted to create a design with a ‘welcoming gesture’.

From our other Belgian specialists Manutti, the elegant Napoli garden bar table will be put to good use.  It’s sturdy enough for commercial and domestic use, and comes in two sizes with a wide range of finishes for both the top and the base, including a wonderful, hard-wearing, scratch-proof ceramic.  And if a round rathre than square top is what you’re looking for it comes in that too.

Manutti Napoli Bar Table
Manutti Napoli Bar Table

Look out too for the Tosca garden dining chairs,  designed by the hugely talented Monica Armani for Tribu.  The Tosca chairs feature super soft but firm over-sized braiding that wraps around the powder-coated stainless steel frame. It’s an eye-catching look and for those interested in the techy stuff, that clever shape is achieved by using a new foam mousse, contained in a seamless sheath of knitted textilene and polyolefine for greater weather resistance. The cushions can be covered in a variety of water and stain repellent fabrics, which now includes garden suitable velvet.

Tribu Tosca outdoor dining chairs
Tribu Tosca outdoor dining chairs

Also look out for Tribu’s Branch round bistro dining table, designed by Altherr Lievore Molina.  The shape was inspired by the form of tree branches, beautifully fluid and organic, created to reflect our natural environment. But behind the elegant and simple table is a complex combination of materials: The frame is made from die cast aluminium, powder-coated twice to create a scratch and UV resistant finish. Aluminium is a superb material for outdoor designs; easy to clean and weather resistant.  The Branch design also comes in three colours: white, linen, or wenge.

Tribu Branch round bistro table
Tribu Branch round bistro table

For the Branch table top you can choose from a variety of weather resistant garden suitable materials including Aluminium, A-grade Teak, or Granite, and there are three different sizes available.

Also, and on it’s second ‘designer project’ outing of the year, is our Manutti Zendo modular corner sofa.  This is one of Go modern’s most popular outdoor designs because it’s just so versatile, easy on the eye and incredibly hard-wearing.  We have one on Go Modern’s small outdoor terrace at the Kings Road showroom and we find that once a customer sits down on it, they tend to stay for a while!

Manutti Zendo modular outdoor corner sofa
Manutti Zendo modular outdoor corner sofa

So do pop along to the show.  It’s on from the 20th to the 23rd September.  Architects, designers and product specialists from Urban Roof Gardens will be on hand to answer any questions – and maybe this will be the start of your own urban ‘green space in the sky’ dream!

You can register to attend here (simply because the URG crew would quite like to know who they might meet and when!) :

https://www.thedesignjunction.co.uk/en/tickets.html

Or just pop along… the show garden is in a public open space.  One of the Go Modern team will also be on hand some of the time too and happy to answer any questions you might have about outdoor furniture (or you could try them on other topics… they’re a super friendly bunch!).  Happy green dreaming!

Outdoor garden furniture for summer 2018

Easter has been and gone… is summer on its way?  We hope so. It’s definitely the time to think about outdoor furniture and making the most of the warmer, lighter days. Our contemporary garden furniture is hand-chosen by us and made in Europe.  We work with the very best names in the business; family run companies who have been making garden furniture for a long time.  Their designs are created by named and award-winning designers, with an expert knowledge about construction and materials that can’t be beaten.

Manuti and Tribù are based in Belgium, Point and Calma in Spain, Smania hails from Italy and specialist parasol makers Sywawa are also from Belgium.  Between them we are confident they offer the very best designs on the market today.

How To Choose? Outdoor furniture obviously needs to be incredibly robust, using the highest quality materials; cheap designs may seem a bargain but simply wont last and will look sad and worn before the season is out. Along with choosing a style that will complement your indoor look, there is also a decision on what kind of material to choose.

Teak is ideal for outdoor use, hard-wearing and natural.  It’s a tropical hard-wood, sourced from managed plantations, and contains lots of natural oils making it durable enough to remain outdoors all year round. It will also weather beautifully with age.

Manutti Chairs & Torsa Dining table
Manutti Chairs & Torsa Dining table

The beautiful new Solid chairs by Lionel Doyen for Manutti are hand-carved in natural or brushed nero teak. Manutti’s Torsa table has a sleek ceramic table top and a smooth, curved teak base with adjustable feet.

Woven material is a very big trend this year with most specialists including it in their summer 2018 collections.

Point Weave outdoor collection
Point Weave outdoor collection

The Weave garden range by Vicent MartÌnez for Point, specialists in fibre woven-material.  Their contemporary outdoor designs are amongst some of the finest in the world. This beautiful new range is woven with 8mm polyester rope, and is sunlight and weather resistant as well as being completely colour fast.

Below is the new CTR  range from Tribù designed by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga. The weave  used here wraps around the seat back and is made from plaited Tricord (a polyolefin material) which is weather and mould proof and can be chosen in linen or wenge colours.

Tribu CTR Collection
Tribu CTR Collection

Rattan was traditionally made from woven palm, but is now created from synthetic material that has exactly the same look but is much, much more durable. Synthetic rattan will withstand the harshest of weather and it’s definitely moved away from the ‘echos of the 70s’ feel it’s long been associated with, now being used across some fabulous contemporary designs.

Ceramic is a wonderful material for outdoor tables. The Tosca dining table from Tribù is designed by the talented Monica Armani and its ceramic tabletop is completely scratch-proof, stain-proof, UV, water and weather-proof.

Tribu Tosca dining table
Tribu Tosca dining table

The ceramic is laminated on glass which is then water jetted into an oval shape and CNC-milled (‘computer aided milling’). The subtle cloudy pattern created is perfect for gardens and can be chosen in a linen or piombo colour as seen above.

Metal garden furniture and outdoor accessories are usually made from incredibly strong but lightweight aluminium which is then powder-coated for extra weather-proofing. Treated in this way it’s guaranteed to never rust, fade or rot.  It’s also scratch resistant and requires very little maintenance.

Smania Ios Garden Planters
Smania Ios Garden Planters

The magnificent Ios  garden planters above are part of an exclusive garden furniture collection from Italian manufacturer Smania. Their impressive heights (three sizes: 50cm, 76cm and 120cm high) will create a beautifully elegant statement piece that will probably outlast your plants!

To see all of our new garden furniture collections click here.  Happy summer dreaming!

Outdoor furniture spring/summer 2016 from Tribù

Nearly March and the weather IS slowly improving – there’s the odd chink of blue sky and the temperature’s heading in the right direction… not quite fast enough for those of us in the office who had been contemplating fingerless gloves… but in the meantime we’ve been drooling over some pretty cool new outdoor furniture designs from Tribù.

Tribù is an award-winning Belgian brand, although we’re hazarding a guess that their latest designs weren’t actually shot in Belgium but slightly further south – azure blue pools and verdant olive trees are not, as far as we know, a natural Poirot backdrop.

Belgium has pretty much the same weather as we do, so Tribù knows what it’s doing when it comes to designing outdoor furniture that’s completely weatherproof.  Their uber contemporary design will withstand anything the outer edges of the Northern hemisphere decides to throw at it – and given our average British summer who knows what that might be.

Tribu outdoor garden furniture
Tribu outdoor garden furniture

If you’re keen to get in on the ‘bring the indoors out’ trend (and who isn’t…)  and create that coveted extra garden room/extension to the house, then this is the answer.

Tribù’s fabrics are all extremely hard wearing and waterproof, and resistant to all those pesky outdoor weather hazards: mildew, rot, UV fading etc. Frames are also built with clever, hidden ‘water channels’ (a clever Poirot touch, n’est-ce pas?) and coated with special extra resilient finishes.

Tribu Natal Alu corner garden sofa
Tribu Natal Alu corner garden sofa

The other winning feature as far as we’re concerned is that all of Tribù’s designs look as though they could happily sit in the most stylish of sitting rooms.  Sleek, contemporary shapes, soft-to-the-touch fabric and clever finishing touches like the Ile side tables and Nomad poufs you can see in the picture above.

Tribu Vis à Vis garden dining table
Tribu Vis à Vis garden dining table

Planning a little alfresco dining?  Tribù’s Vis à Vis dining table, above, is designed by the renowned Piergiorgio Cazzaniga and we guarantee it will induce serious table envy amongst friends.

Rather than one large table top it’s cleverly made using individual square-shaped slats (perfect for water drainage) which can then be locked together to form 99cm x 99cm sections to create whatever size table you need – even as large as a whopping seven metres long.  We’ll be looking out for our invitation to that party!  It’s also made from beautiful East Java sustainable teak, so it ticks all our environmentally-friendly boxes, and it’s hand-picked to ensure the best quality.

Tribu Contour garden club chairs
Tribu Contour garden club chairs

There’s just one thing missing from the picture of the Contour garden club chairs – it’s crying out for that glass of crisp, cold white wine at the end of a lovely summer’s day. Or is that just us?

Luxuriously comfortable armchairs with lots of space to sit back and relax.  The woven backrests are incredibly supportive and made from plaited Tricord, a totally weatherproof material, which means that, as with all of Tribù’s furniture, you don’t constantly have to have one eye on the weather forecast.  They’re happy to sit on the terrace doing their own thing all year round.  Bit like most of us really.  And there’s some beautiful soothing colours to choose from like linen and wenge and you can also include the optional back cushions.

Tribu Neutra garden armchair
Tribu Neutra garden armchair

This is probably our favourite shot… no idea where it was taken (if you’re keen to know, let us know and we’ll have a word for you).  What’s not to like?  Shimmering blue skies, sparkling blue sea, a little heat haze – oh, and the striking Neutra chairs. Looks like something from a Warhol picture doesn’t it.

Tribù describes Neutra as having ‘elegance and simplicity’ and we love the triangular profile designer Vincent Van Duysen has created. They’re die-cast using an extremely high-pressure technique which results in a seamless, weldless frame that gives the illusion of an extra thin line totally belying how comfortable they really are.

We want to say “roll on summer” but of course we don’t have to!

Check out all of Go Modern’s outdoor garden furniture designs here. 

Outdoor Rooms – Homes & Gardens

The August issue of Homes & Garden’s (out now) is a special treat this month.  A whole section on ‘Outdoor Rooms’ with lots of superb styling tips from Kate French and Ali Brown.  They talked about multi-functional furniture and upholstered sofas, all designed for outdoor use but looking good enough to house inside.  Sofas layered with colourful cushions, made from all weather fabrics, and woven stools that can double as tables.

And across a double page spread (pgs 70/71)was our very own Manutti Flow sofa in pebble…

H&G jpg double page spread - blog

Doesn’t it look superb?!  Kate and Ali styled the shot using brightly coloured textured cushions, and placed the sofa in front of a terracotta fire pit, surrounding it with red textured stools.  Stunning!

One of our best selling brands, Belgian company Manutti specialise in exceptional contemporary outdoor furniture that looks like great quality indoor furniture. Fully covered in Nautic fabric, with special quick dry outdoor foam the Flow range has been a runaway success, but Manutti make several other fully upholstered outdoor sofa/chair collections too.

And our Japan planters got a look in on their Lifestyle news page. Trend Watch with ‘Lace Planters’: ‘designers are now transforming ever day products such as the humble garden planter into magical objects of delicate beauty’.  Well, we couldn’t agree more!

H&G August Japan planters - blog

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

Big Table gets around – it also made an appearance in a beautifully styled piece in April’s Living-etc.  This time the focus was bold, bright and beautiful, taking influence from patterns and hand-crafted treasures, and the styling team created a modern masterpiece (with Big Table’s help of course!).

Living-etc - Bonaldo Big Table
Living-etc – Bonaldo Big Table

Pop in and see Big Table for yourself – there aren’t may tables that can say they’ve achieved ‘celebrabrity status’!

But BT is not the only piece to have been stealing the limelight.  Our pretty Dentelle ‘lace’ parasol (it looks like lace but it’s actually tough outdoor fabric) from Belgium designers Sywawa was chosen by the Sunday Time’s Style magazine as one of its favouritesin their aptly named ‘shady business’ feature.  Great choice guys!

Garden parasol Dentelle
Dentelle parasol – Sunday Times Style

And July’s Grand Designs opted for our Manutti Mushroom Parasol in their ‘shady business’ feature.  They loved the wind-up mechanism, tilting pole, contrasting spokes and fantastic weatherproof fabric… Yay…so do we…that’s why we chose it!

Mushroom Parasol from Sywawa
Grand Designs – Manutti Mushroom Parasol

So, pop in, give us a ring… look out for us in the press … come and meet a few celebrities!

Manutti at Salone Internazionale del Mobile

We love the Milan Furniture Fair – its absolutely enormous, & right at the cutting edge of the market. If its going to happen, it will happen here. We visited all of our wonderful contemporary furniture suppliers, several of whom presented shiny new collections that are actually ready to buy now! First up is Manutti Outdoor Furniture. We sell an awful lot of Manutti furniture (we are their largest UK dealer) & have been working with them for a few years now. New for 2013 are several collections.

First up is Elements, a sleek white modular collection with option LED lighting. The top plate is quartz composite, the cushions are magnetically attached to the backrests, & the backrests can be adjusted.

Manutti Elements Sofa
Manutti Elements Sofa

Next is Loop. Covered in Nautic Alcantara (as used by BMW) or Nautic Terry (as in terry towelling!) Loop is comfortable as well as beautiful, & of course fully weatherproof/waterproof.

Manutti Loop chair
Manutti Loop chair

Then there is Helios. A full collection of chairs, sun loungers & bar stools Helios is a new version of Enyo, in slightly different colourways with a few extra pieces added. This style never goes out of fashion, & quality like this is always worth having.

Manutti Helios Chair
Manutti Helios Chair

Finally, the beautiful Squat collection is available in a new colourway, with dark powder-coated metal frame & taupe/grey fabric. This fabric is incredible, we sat on it at the show & none of us could believe how soft it was – exactly like indoor fabric! Also new are the headrests shown here, perfect for a little extra comfort.

Manutti Squat Garden Sofa
Manutti Squat Garden Sofa

See the whole collection here. Manutti sell all over the world too, so if you are in Canada find it at our friends Jardin de Ville, in NZ at Dawsons.

Not wishing to blow our own trumpet but..

Not wishing to blow our own trumpet, but go on we will …!

The fab Ideal Home Show (amazingly, 2013  is the 105th one!) is taking place at the moment and it’s a show we’ve partnered with a few times in the past.  This year we were asked to loan two of our designs for two separate features within the show.

Architect George Clarke’s ‘Elastic Living’ set featured one of our bio-ethanol fires.  The idea was to show how designs can have ‘elasticity’ and be portable from one room to another or even from indoors to outdoors.  Cue our bio-ethanol fires.  George borrowed the World Fire by Decoflame, ultra modern, totally portable, flueless and with real flames that give out heat equivalent to an open fire, burning for up to six hours.  As you know we love these fires and we’ve had one burning in the show room all winter, and a second one heating our office.  It was the one from the office that George borrowed so, as you can imagine, with temperatures the way they are at the moment, we’ll be keen to have it back as soon as the show is over! To see our stunning range of bioethanol fires click here.

Deco Flame World Fire
Deco Flame World Fire

On the garden front the clever horticultural team from Writtle Horticultural College in Essex won Silver for their entry into the ‘Young Gardner of the Year’ competition, supported by the Prince’s Foundation and visited by HRH Prince Charles no less.   The garden design was superb ‘bringing the tranquility of the countryside’s natural landscape into the city’.  The guys created a bespoke willow hedge and used some of our Selva chairs (you know the ones with the clever, sculpted, tree designs in the back-rests) to dress the set.   It looked stunning – well done team!

Selva garden arm chairs
Selva garden armchairs in the Silver award winning garden from Writtles College

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.

How about some garden origami – seriously…the striking crisp, sharp lines of the new Pinata range are incredible (although it goes without saying a lot heavier than the paper sort) as they’re made from weather resistant acrylic, and like all our garden furniture they can stay out in all weathers, they’re UV resistant and totally cleanable.

Pinata garden chairs
Pinata garden chairs

But if the grey of an English summer sky finally got to you last year, conjure up your own savannah  experience with the colourful  tribal inspired creations of Joaquinn Homs.  Hand-woven synthetic rattan across high-backed armchairs, side-tables and sun loungers. Go on, be daring… be queen of your own garden for a summer…

Iscpalli garden chairs
Iscpalli garden chairs

What can we say – Esther Campos’ new range cleverly entitled Nautic (because we think it summons up a bygone age of opulence, elegance and life on the ocean wave …but with our usual demand of a contemporary twist) has undulating tubular arms and is made from super long-lasting epoxy lacquered aluminium. Luxuriously comfortable and shown here in white ecoleather. There’s also a matching side table, coffee table, corner table, sofa and chair.  Keep it white or cover in a fabric of your choice (go on … be daring!)

Nautic sun loungers
Nautic sun loungers

We don’t have favourites…ok we do, sometimes, and the classic ‘U’ is probably one of them (well… until our next trip to Milan in a few weeks…).  The high-backed ‘U’ chair is just elegance personified (if a range of furniture can be personified!).  It’s pictured here indoors but… it loves being outdoors, any weather, anytime of year …so ha British summer …we don’t care – do your worst!  It loves the heat too and is cool and comfortable even in 40 degrees (well, we can dream).  Lots of lovely matching tables, side tables and a lovely sofa – have we said lovely enough yet?

'U' garden chair
'U' garden chair

So, all we need now are a few rays…

 

 

We are now on Pressloft

We have joined Pressloft, the go-to source for journalists, stylists & bloggers. We have loaded a selection of high res photos for download, & will be adding more/changing them constantly. At the moment we mostly have a selection of garden furniture, but are adding new images all the time. Our page is here.

Of course if you need photos of anything not on Pressloft for your paper, magazine or blog we are happy to help, & keep an extensive library of both cutouts & lifestyle shots, just email us at press at gomodern dot co dot uk.

We love sun loungers!

It might be grey outside, getting ready to rain but when the sun is shining there is no better place to be than on a comfortable sun lounger. My favourite? Also our most popular (& one of the most expensive) the Zendo sun lounger. Fully upholstered, all weather, ultra modern & easy to clean. Perfect. You can see the equally fab Zendo sofa in the background too.

Zendo sun lounger
Zendo sun lounger from Manutti

Another favourite of mine is Cane-Line’s Kingston One X Sun Lounger, I just love their white weave & it’s got a fantastic matching sunchair.

Caneline Kingston Sun Lounger

We have a good collection of sunloungers in our sunloungers section from £420 to £7660, by manufacturers including Smania, Manutti, Point, Calma, Cane-Line & more but if you are buying your sun lounger with other garden furniture its definitely best to talk to us on 020 7731 9540 as we can advise on what matches what!

We have even written an article – read our ode to sun loungers here.