GO MODERN x BAUHAUS INFLUENCE

In Tribute to Bauhaus

The hugely influential Bauhaus movement celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019. It’s a style that has shaped everything that we now recognise as ‘modern design’. The Bauhaus influence is also what we think of as ‘good design’, although it’s sometimes hard to understand what all the fuss was about as the Bauhaus look is so popular and universal.

Contemporary design is at the heart of everything Go Modern represents. For us it’s the vital fusion of art and craft, plus practical design and strong functionality. It’s a rejection of the overly ostentatious in favour of clean lines and simple style. Without the Bauhaus influence there would be no Go Modern.

What was the Bauhaus Movement?

The Bauhaus was a fine arts and crafts institution founded in 1919 in Wiemar, Germany.  It kick-started an exciting new way of thinking that has gone on to influence the look of many things produced today.  It also created a new type of artist.  They were to be arts and crafts people, taught in workshops rather than classrooms, learning to turn their hands to anything.  The teaching philosophy broke down the barrier between fine art and applied arts.

The movement  strongly favoured a return to individual craftsmanship. It also rejected anything overly fancy, which was a style that had dominated earlier nineteenth and twentieth century design.   The style began to emerge across buildings, furniture and home accessories, and was recognised as something simple, rational, and functional.

The other signature look of The Bauhaus was circular shapes, angular frames and abstract blocks of primary colours.

Go Modern and the Bauhaus Influence

In tribute to the special Bauhaus 100th anniversary we’ve selected some of Go Modern’s latest launches, many of which represent the very best of this iconic style.

Miniforms Mula dining chairs

We love the beautiful Mula dining chairs, designed by E-ggs for quirky Italian brand Miniforms. The curved shape echoes the ground-breaking Series 7 and Swan chairs by the great Danish designer Arne Jacobson.

Born in Copenhagen, Arne Jacobsen trained as a mason before studying architecture. He worked independently as an architect, interior designer, furniture, fabric and ceramics designer.  We think Jacobsen would have liked the Mula chairs – high on design and equally high on comfort.

The chairs can be upholstered in a variety of fabrics, including eco-leather, a superior faux material that looks and feels like the real thing. The legs are in lacquered metal.

Miniforms Illo dining table

And staying with Miniforms, here’s the new Illo dining table which was designed by their in-house team.  For us, it’s the perfect fusion of art and craft.

The Illo’s smooth, round table top can be lacquered in seven bold, bright colours including white, dusty grey, silk grey, black, intense blue, Veronese green or Marsala red. The central column can also be lacquered in any of the same colours or, for a touch of un-Bauhaus ostentation, choose a striking, shiny copper finish.

There’s also an lllo coffee and side table to complete the look.

Miniforms Mastea coffee tables

Bauhaus + simple style

Well, we all fell in love with these Mastea tables when we saw them last month.  The simple curved bases are made from beautiful blown Murano glass, which we think is truly inspired.  As you can see from the image, there are a number of different colours to choose from – amber, blue-grey or smoked grey.  The design has been topped and bottomed with Canaletto walnut or ash. Please form an orderly queue!

Lema Taiki armchair

A brand we work a lot with is Lema; striking designs of the highest quality. New from them is the Taiki armchair, a reinterpretation of the classic 1928 modernist Le Corbusier design, with simple clear lines and beautiful, equal proportions. The Taiki was designed by Chiara Andreatti and is part of Lema’s 2018 ‘modern living room’ collection. The visible frame and legs are in heat-treated, oak tinted ash, and the deeply padded upholstery is carefully finished with hand-stitching.

Bauhaus + simple comfort

We thought it was time to feature something from our new bedroom collection.  So, taking things back to basics is Novamobii’s new Dedalo bed.  It’s simply a stylish ‘no frills’ but hugely comfortable bed with an understated contemporary elegance.

Novamobili Dedalo bed

The design has a clean lines, a tapered headboard and a frame in eco-wood, which is a stylish but practical, hard wearing matt laminate. The design is also available as a storage bed which lots of our customers love – storage space is something that’s always at a premium for everyone.  The storage version has an easy-to-use gas-lift mechanism (which we’re reliably informed allows you to lift the bed while keeping all the bedclothes in place…. a very pleasing attribute!).

Bauhaus + practical comfort

Back to the living room, the new Geo collection from the wonderful design team at Saba Italia feels like a perfect piece of Bauhaus influence.

Saba Italia Geo collection

Designed by Paolo Grasselli, the Geo range comprises a sofa, armchair and pouf.  Each piece has very deep proportions and Grasselli’s intention was for the shape to ‘hug’ the body. We can confirm that it does this so well that we developed a reluctance to move on to other exhibitor’s stands when we first tried it out in Milan! The slim line metal structure and legs also subvert the design norm by being placed visibly outside of the frame.  This idea gives the  appearance of  everything floating above the ground – and not a glass of Prosecco in sight!

And talking of Prosecco… Celebrate this great design phenomenon next year.  There are lots of events taking place around the world and here in the UK too.  Look out for them and enjoy finding out more – we’ll see you there!

Bauhaus events 2019

Some of the Bauhaus UK events we’ve found (let us know if you hear of more):

Victoria and Albert Museum

Tate Modern

London Borough of Culture

Nottingham Lakeside Arts

Stapleford Granary

Autumn: big comfy sofas and toasty (bio-ethanol) fires

Autumn’s well and truly here… crisp, misty mornings, skylines filled with beautiful burnished golds and bronzes… country walks and pub lunches in front of roaring fires…

The clocks go back on the 25th of this month; the end of official summer time, by way of an Act of Parliament which goes back to 1916 (although it still catches many of us out) and means our mornings will be lighter but the evenings darker… definitely time to make our homes our ‘winter nests’.

So… suggestions from us:  big, comfy, modular sofas are one of the things we’d recommend.  And, of course, we have a couple here to tempt you.

Cloud sofa by Lema
Cloud sofa by Lema

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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”

Lema – the latest luxury brand to join Go Modern

We mentioned at the beginning of the year an exciting new name to join the Go Modern family, Lema, one of Italy’s most prestigous brands – and the perfect name to complement our other luxury brands.

If you know Lema at all you will know that its world famous name is synonymous with attention to detail, the highest quality materials and an ability to create unique pieces of furniture.  The company is based in the heart of the Northen Italian Brianza furniture making district and has been producing beautifully made furniture since the 1940s.

Lema is one of Europe’s best wardrobe and bookcase/wall unit specialists (their Elegant wardrobe is a best seller already!), and they also have a fantastic collection of sofas, beds, bedroom furntiture, and dining tables, as well as exquisite one-off pieces. Continue reading “Lema – the latest luxury brand to join Go Modern”

Mac & Mac ceased trading…

Sad to hear about Mac & Mac (& see their statement on their website saying they had ceased trading), we may have lost a competitor but it will rock the confidence of both customers & suppliers in everyone else now too.

How can this happen? Its simple. Discount everything heavily, all the time, & you become a no profit but high turnover operation. Compete against other companies who do the same, but who are based in much less expensive parts of Britain & you have a recipe for disaster. Not, of course thats what Im saying happened here, it may well not be the case at all, its just a possibility. Continue reading “Mac & Mac ceased trading…”