Garden furniture trends – spring/summer 2019

The first day of spring has sprung and the nights are getting lighter… at last. If your garden is anything like ours it’s definitively in need of some big TLC. On the list are tidying flower beds, sowing seeds for later in the year,  mowing/rescuing the lawn and… sorting out the garden furniture.  With summer 2019 promising to be another scorcher, we have some fabulous new outdoor designs to help you make the most of it.

RECLINE IN STYLE

The traditional seaside deck chair has come along way and is making a big comeback. Forget knotted hankies and rolled up trousers.  The latest designs ooze contemporary style. They can also stay outdoors for longer, won’t collapse on you and are luxuriously comfortable as well as easy on the eye. Many have metal frames which are a lot lighter than the old wood variety, and both the fabric and the frames are specially treated for resistance to UV light, stains (here’s looking at you ice-cream) and humidity.

EMU Snooze deckchairs

Amongst our favourite are these EMU Snooze deckchairs. They’re designed by Chiaramonte & Marin for Italian brand EMU, and are just a joy to look at.  If your garden flowers aren’t supplying enough colour these certainly will.  There are eight different colourways – with juicy combinations including orange/peach, mint green/lemongrass and Indian brown/beige.  The fabric is Emu Tex, made to withstand the harshest outdoor elements.

THE LONG SNOOZE

The literal translation of chaise longue is ‘long chair’.  And that’s exactly what part of the brand new Tribu Senja range is – a beautiful long and elegant day bed for the garden.  Designed for those lazy afternoons where all you want to do is lie back with a good book and a glass of something cold.

Tribu Senja chaise longue

Tribu is one of the world’s leading specialists in outdoor furniture. It was also one of the early pioneers in making the garden and terrace an extension of the living area, and the company is highly regarded for its extensive research and development into the best materials for outdoor use. Along with the highest quality materials is also their excellent ability to translate indoor design to outdoor furniture.  The Senja range is a great example of this. Its minimalist good looks, deep comfortable cushions and slimline silhouette hit exactly the current design sweet spot.

ILLUMINATING DESIGN

Looking for some truly distinctive garden lighting?  It’s here! The new Monsieur Tricot lamps from Tribu, designed by Ilia Eckardt, are not only unique but also highly practical and stylish.

The Monsieur Tricot collection is a tribute to the designer’s mother, Hilde Frunt.  Eckardt grew up in their family-owned knitting studio where knitting and creativity was the day to day business.

Monsieur Tricot are the world’s first knitted, weatherproof outdoor lights. To achieve the finished result Eckardt used authentic crochet and knitting, including polypropylene cord. This yarn is both weather and extreme temperature resistant. The inner globe part of the lamp is a transparent, weather-resistant thermoplastic, which manufacturers often use as a glass substitute.

Tribu Monsieur Tricot lamps

The pretty shadows and patterns cast by the yarn are sublime and the design is another great example of something that would work equally well inside or out.

MEDITERRANEAN SUMMERS    

Spanish manufacturer Point wanted to capture summers by the Adriatic Sea with their latest garden collection.  Which is fine by us! The elegant new Dalmatia collection, by Nika Zupanc, was inspired by “the whiteness of beach stones and the dark purple shadows of pine trees”.  Again, it strikes the perfect balance between innovation, technology and design.  We can almost hear the lapping of the waves on the pebbles…

Point Dalmatia collection

Zupanc’s other collaborations include distinguished companies such as Moooi, Se and Dior. Since emerging at Milan Design Week she has been closely watched by the industry.  Her work has been described as everything from “punk elegance” (Elle USA) and “techno chic” (BusinessWeek) to “larger than life” (Clear magazine). We’ll go along with all of that.

DINING OUT

The phrase al fresco is borrowed from Italian for “in the cool (air)” (although apparently Italians don’t use that phrase for dining out – in Italian it means “spending time in jail” (who knew?!). Whatever you call it and whether it’s an impromptu picnic or a formal dinner on the terrace on a gloriously warm evening there’s nothing better.

Finding the right dining table is key to making it work. Look for designs specially created for outdoor use. Those featuring hard-wearing porcelain tops are some of our best sellers.  They’re waterproof, resistant to spills, scratches and abrasions, chemicals and fires.  They’re also fade proof as well as extremely strong – in fact practically bomb proof. The Manutti Torsa table (below) is a great example and one of the best designs around.

Manutti Torsa dining table

PATIO PERFECT

After last year’s glorious summer we’ve seen a big demand in furniture for small patios and roof terraces. Designs suitable for these areas include light, hand-woven materials, which are ‘airy’ in appearance, helping to create a greater sense of space. Large, lumpy furniture simply doesn’t work on a small patio.  Colour seems to be important too, maybe because room for growing plants in these areas can be limited.

Another great introduction and proving popular are ‘space dividers’ or ‘concealers’ which are fantastic for hiding a less than perfect view, providing privacy, or separating a barbecue area from a seating area, which is useful if you’re transitioning from afternoon lunch to early evening drinks.

Saba Italia – Shades of Venice space divider/concealer & New York Soleil furniture

The Saba Italia range above is ideal for smaller spaces.  Designer Marco Zito’s Shades of Venice  include bright horizontal and vertical graphic lines to create a peek-a-boo effect, subtly revealing or hiding the spaces beyond.

The innovative design features colours from some of the Venetian islands: Murano has the blues and greens of the world famous Murano glass, Burano the colourful oranges and blues of the houses, Giudecca’s white stone, and Sant’Erasmo its abundance of dusty greens, purples and brown vegetables.

The pretty New York Soleil furniture by Sergio Bicego is made entirely by hand in inter-woven polyurethane.  There are 13 different tones, blends or solid colours for the fabric, which also scores extremely highly on the international  Martindale test (guaranteeing excellent abrasion resistance).

So, are you ‘garden ready’? We are…. and it’s all there waiting for you.  Hop over to our site and take a look at whats new for this season (sun cream not included).

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. Continue reading “Go Modern’s outdoor furniture X Urban Roof Gardens”

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 garden 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. Continue reading “Outdoor garden furniture for summer 2018”

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. Continue reading “Outdoor furniture spring/summer 2016 from Tribù”

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! Continue reading “Outdoor Rooms – Homes & Gardens”

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

Continue reading “Bonaldo Big Table strikes again!”

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

Continue reading “Manutti at Salone Internazionale del Mobile”

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”

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.