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 popped along to the Grand Designs Live exhibition at the weekend, as top interiors stylist Lizzie Chambers had borrowed our Modulo sideboard (the white matt lacquer with the oak top) to use in one of her interiors sets. It was a very buzzy show with some interesting exhibitors but the interiors sets were the highlight for us. Lizzie had gone for a white, turquoise and beige colour palette in the dining room piece, creating a calming effect, using muted background tones and colourful highlights in pattern and some of the smaller details. She’d also mixed contemporary furnishings (our sideboard!) with vintage pieces creating a relaxed feel. Superb.