An Award winning, record breaking summer!

Wow – what a summer! According to the Met Office, summer 2018 could rank as one of the 10 hottest summers on record.  We can believe that!

Our pretty roof terrace at the Kings Road showroom is home to Manutti’s Zendo corner garden sofa  – and it’s been receiving plenty of visits! We lost it for a few days however as the garden design team behind a Show Garden at the recent RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show asked if they could borrow it.  We were delighted and, guess what, the garden won a Gold Award!

Breckland Beauty Garden RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Breckland Beauty Garden
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

The prestigious show is held in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace every year and, if you’ve never been, make a note in next year’s diary. If you have visited – lucky you!

Breckland Beauty Garden was designed and built by Jody Lidgard, Nicholas Fryer and Tim Lidgard at Bespoke Outdoor Spaces. And it really was a beauty. Breckland is an area in Norfolk and the garden was designed to capture a snapshot in time of the interchangeable Norfolk landscape.  It also included a pretty pond, inspired by a ‘Pingo’s’ post-glaciation kettle pond, one of many found in this area of Norfolk and home to lots of native wildlife. ‘Pingo’ (in case you’re wondering) is apparently an Eskimo word for hill.  We’re not sure how this ties in with ponds… or how Eskimos got involved, but these ponds are quite rare – created at the end of the last ice-age and, in this part of the world, largely left untouched since then.

Inspired by one of the many 'Pingo's' post-glaciation kettle ponds found in this area of Norfolk
Inspired by one of the many ‘Pingo’s’ post-glaciation kettle ponds found in this area of Norfolk

The team set the garden within the grounds of an ‘old farmhouse on the edge of a village’,  surrounded by scrubby, sparse woodland. It was incredibly tranquil with lots of stunning planting, including aromatics, with contrasting textures and forms. To find out more about the garden you can check it out here.

As for our Manutti Zendo corner sofa – it looked just fab.

Manutti Zendo corner garden sofa
Manutti Zendo corner garden sofa

We think this shows just how versatile the Zendo is.  Perfectly at home in a Norfolk ‘wildlife garden’ in a rustic farmhouse, or sitting on the terrace of a Chelsea townhouse.  With credentials to suit both: completely modular (create your own shape to fit the space you have) weather-proof and covered in the same high tech fabric as used on smart yachts, with quick-dry, fast-draining cushions. And as comfortable as any indoor sofa we know of.

Manutti Zendo garden sofa
Manutti Zendo garden sofa

Manutti are world experts in the design of outdoor furniture and they use only materials that are built to last… for years; seams that are welded as well as sewn for extra durability; cushions that are specially designed so that any water will simply drain straight through.

Manutti's Zendo modular garden sofa
Manutti’s Zendo modular garden sofa

Another of our outdoor sofas also went out to the team over at Romo Fabrics for a shoot earlier in the year.

Point Weave Garden Sofa
Point Weave Garden Sofa

They chose the new Weave Sofa by our Spanish manufacturer Point for a shoot for their summer 2018 catalogue. Weave, which romantically takes its name from the Baya Weaver birds who build their nests by precise weaving and knotting, was designed by Vicent Martinez, and the look was part of a big trend this year for hand-woven designs. It has a rust proof aluminium frame and is woven with a strong 8mm thick polyester rope which is sunlight and weather resistant, as well as being colour fast.

Romo’s imaginative location for their shoot was a disused swimming pool and they covered the Weave sofa with one of their new outdoor fabrics called Pergola, in teal.  As well as being incredibly practical and durable, the fabric range has a mix of  geometrics, plain and semi-plain weaves.  You can see some of the colours and patterns on offer with the scatter cushions used to style the sofa – beautiful peridot yellows and azure blues. And a testament to how soft the material is – it can be used indoors and out. Check out the full Point Weave range here.

So, what a summer.  Long may it last… and if you nip over to our site now you can take advantage of our 15% off summer sale, including all garden ranges.

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!

From Hollywood glamour to industrial chic – brand new garden furniture!

Well, aren’t you just loving the sunshine today.  Blue skies, a hint of bird song… wow… steady, we’re feeling almost spring like!

So what better time than now to introduce our brand new 2017 outdoor garden furniture collections from specialists Manutti, TribùPoint and Missoni Home!

Manutti is the the award-winning, luxury go to brand for superyachts, Hollywood villas and chic townhouses, and headlining its new line-up is  San by French designer Lionel Doyen.  Lionel previewed his wonderful new design with us during the London Design Festival last September.

Manutti San
Manutti San

San is inspired by Japanese art and design and pretty much masters the art of Zen.  Made from sustainable Iroko wood, this low, sleek piece is the epitome of minimalism.  It’s modular which means there are numerous configurations – from a simple bench to sunlounger to two-seater sofa with the addition of backrests, cushions and small but beautiful tables in Carrara White or Portoro Black marble.

Manutti San
Manutti San

Cascade is Manutti’s other brand new design for summer. And in true Manutti style it’s a design that would look just as good indoors as it does out.  With weather-proof fabric, clever fast-drying foam cushions, and a strong, rust proof aluminium powder-coated frame, you can also choose it in a light or dark weave, and add a range of outdoor scatter cushions to complete the ‘inside out’ look!

Manutti Cascade
Manutti Cascade

We were lucky enough to pop over to Belgium last month to celebrate Tribù’s 50th anniversary!  And we’re still recovering.  What a day/night – with a tour of its wonderful, newly opened and extended showroom alongside the magnificent party celebrations.  This family run company were early pioneers of the idea that patios and gardens can be an extension of the house. Another room – just outside.

Tribù has produced four fantastic new designs and additions to ranges for this year, including the magnificent Pavilion Day Bed by the highly talented designer Monica Armani (who we were delighted to meet at the anniversary celebrations).

Tribu Pavilion Day Bed
Tribu Pavilion Day Bed

Tribù’s beautiful Tosca Collection, also by Monica Armani, has been extended to include the colour Wenge, which is a rich, warm shade of brown. Tosca is made using extra-large textured braiding, something that’s all the rage at the moment, from interiors to fashion – think over large knitting needles! It’s an amazing weather-proof material and incredibly soft to to the touch.

Tribu Tosca
Tribu Tosca

Tribu’s  Mood Collection also has some new additions, with a Day Bed and Club Chair and, if you’re looking for the ultimate, sleek Beach Chair, take a look at the new addition to the Branch Collection with beautifully flowing, fluid lines and elegant tapered legs (we’ll just have to remember not to stand too close to it at the pool!).

Tribu Branch Beach Chairs
Tribu Branch Beach Chairs

Point has been producing stunning hand-made outdoor furniture in Spain since 1920. It is another close-knit, family run company and its newest collections have blown us away. Fabulous contemporary designs including Weave which is a modern take on a traditional weave design.

Point Weave
Point Weave

Working alongside award-winning designers, Point’s other new designs include the strikingly contemporary Fennec and Tub Collections.  The Fennec Collection exudes Hollywood poolside glamour (La La Land we felt your pain!) and it also uses 100% recyclable material (that’s Fennec – not La La Land!).

Point Fennec
Point Fennec

While Tub has a stylish, industrial feel with a lacquered, aluminium frame displaying gloriously straight lines, cleverly interwoven with subtle curves.

Point Tub
Point Tub

Last summer you probably remember that we were jumping up and down to announce our partnership with Missoni Home Furniture and we’re now even more excited to show you this incredible brand’s new outdoor furniture collection.  Featuring lots of colourful zigzags, florals and stripes, the trade mark look from this iconic design house, and its outdoor collection doesn’t disappoint.

The Missoni Home Virgola Garden Chair is a striking piece of modern design, a real garden showstopper, and it’s available in a huge range of Missoni’s stunning outdoor fabrics.

Missoni Home Furniture Virgola
Missoni Home Furniture Virgola

For a nod to 1960s style the Cordula Garden Chair with a woven rope design will tick all the right boxes…

Missoni Home Furniture Cordula
Missoni Home Furniture Cordula

while the versatile Nap Collection is a simple, customisable modular design which includes a chaise longue, sofa and a large pouf.  The covers are removable and you can choose from a large range of Missoni’s fabulous weatherproof fabrics.

Missoni Home Furniture Nap
Missoni Home Furniture Nap

So, enjoy the sunshine while we have it and explore our new garden collections for a bit of 2017 summer dreaming.

‘A list’ outdoor furniture for spring/summer 2015

So, how’s your garden looking?  In need of a little TLC like ours?  For inspiration, there are lots of garden shows in the pipeline, including our neighbours the Chelsea Flower Show 19-23rd May, so book your tickets now.  Or if you don’t manage a trip to Chelsea, the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is also a good visit and (dare we say it) not quite as frenzied – 30 June-5th July.

We’re sadly not plant experts but we are experts in outdoor furniture, partnering with some of the top, outdoor furniture specialists in Europe, with some fantastic designs for spring/summer this year.  No one takes bets on what our summer weather will be like, and even the experts at the UK Met Office don’t seem to chance a forecast more than 30 days ahead!  Manutti, Belgian experts in luxury outdoor furniture, and Point, Spanish specialists, just don’t care what it’s like! Bring it on! Both brands invest heavily in research and technology to create some of the most stylish, weatherproof outdoor furniture in the world.

Manutti creates stunning, modern, outdoor furniture using their own special Nautic fabrics; materials designed to look and feel like interior fabric but perform on yachts.  In fact, their designs can be seen in use on some of the world’s super yachts and in the finest, most exclusive hotels, as well as a number of Hollywood stars’ gardens (our lips are sealed!).

Manutti Air Collection
Manutti Air Collection

The Manutti Air Collection above is completely modular and as comfortable as any indoor design you’ll find.   Lots of colours to choose from including this beautiful ice-blue, new for 2015, with cushions that are filled with quick-dry foam. Choose from sofas, corner chairs, L-shaped designs etc. Bases are powder coated aluminium, with top plates in lava aluminium or a beautiful Iroko hardwood as seen here. There’s also the option of LED lighting, if required, to add a glamorous A-list finishing touch!

Manutti Air table
Manutti Air table

If you’re fond of outdoor dining, the Air dining table could be the design you’re looking for. Two designs available, seen here with a saw-cut Iroko hardwood table top (the way the wood is cut helps with rain drainage) and an aluminium frame.  There’s also a version with a ceramic top (a mixture of sand, clay and natural stone) creating an incredibly strong, durable surface.

Spanish experts Point, create beautiful outdoor furniture that has a more traditional feel but harnessing up-to-the-minute technology.  Much of their designs use a high-quality synthetic rattan, Shinotex, that is resistant to weather changes, abrasive chemicals, wear-and-tear and is also fully recyclable!   It also looks warm and natural and is pleasant to touch… what’s not to like!

Point Armadillo Garden Swing Sofa
Point Armadillo Garden Swing Sofa

And if you’re looking for the ultimate show-stopping piece for your garden – we’ve got it!! The Armadillo swinging garden sofa has got to be the most fun design we’ve come across this year.  It’s designed by Joaquin Homs for Point and, as you might guess, its ‘armadillo’ name is derived from the curved hood design.  The swing comes with strong nylon ropes for attaching to a garden tree or, if you don’t have a tree, there’s an anodized aluminium base available.

To see all of Go Modern’s new season outdoor designs click here

Roll on summer 2015…whatever the weather!