Contemporary furniture goes graphic

How furniture this year is going graphic

Happy New Year! We hope you had a good break and that the house is now back in order with a sense of calm.  Good luck with that one!

If it’s minimalism you are trying to achieve one of this year’s furniture trends might just appeal.  The big one that struck a cord with us is the use of simple, graphic lines.  Look out for a fabulous fusion of minimalist design and illustrative style. Strong graphic silhouettes, sharp lines and plenty of drama.

MOGG SOTT’ARCHI FLOOR LAMP

The Sott’Archi floor lamp (above) is a perfect example of what we’re all talking about.  Standing at 240cm high, this witty design features perfect graphic lines in silhouette. The adjustable frame is also incredibly practical as it will stretch from a neat 140 cm to almost three metres wide.  This means you can adjust it to provide light wherever you want it. And if you’re looking for a lighting design to also raise a smile, try these:

MOGG BLA BLA LIGHTS

Mogg’s Bla Bla lights by Emanuele Magini provide great ambient light… and a great talking piece! We absolutely love them.  Drawn as large speech bubbles you can have them made with or without the words.

Graphic lines as decoration

Graphic lines or patterns are also turning up as popular decorative finishes.  A number of sideboards this year feature some striking repeat graphics. We have all fallen for Miniform’s new Celia sideboard.

MINIFORMS CELIA SIDEBOARD

The style takes its inspiration from the Art Deco movement of the 1920s.  Its beautiful lacquered wood frame has been finished with a silk-screen graphic pattern.  A repeat crescent moon features across the doors which open like a book. For a touch of decadence choose handles in copper or lacquered metal. The sideboard above is in anthracite ash but you can choose from nine other colours including Apricot, Veronese Green, Intense Blue, or Masala Red.

Graphic lines meet stylish storage

At Go Modern we choose pieces where there is often a fine line between art and furniture.  Although every design always has to be highly practical.  Our customers are also often on the hunt for arty, stylish storage ideas and the Musa from Mogg fits the bill perfectly.

Mogg Musa shelving

With its highly defined lines the Musa shelf, by Alessandro D’Angeli for Mogg, is part graphic wall art and part practical shelving. It’s a modular design which means that you can group each section together however you want to. To make a real statement there is a version of the Musa with a gold lacquer finish or choose the matt black shown here for added drama. Each module measures 60.5cm wide x 26cm deep x 60.5cm high.

Graphic floor coverings

If you want to introduce some graphic style to your flooring we have the ideal suggestion. Rug maker Nani Marquina started making rugs back in 1987. She creates the most wonderful and extremely high quality designs.  Each  rug is made by hand in India by master crafts people using the finest New Zealand wool.  Nani’s rugs are not only beautiful but are also investment pieces which will last for generations. Amongst some of her latest collections is a range called Rabari.  

Rug from the Rabari Collection by Nani Marquina

The Rabari collection was designed by Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien for the Nani Marquina company.  The designers’ intention was to create a series of rugs that evoke the ‘sensual and shiny world’ of Indian tribal folk embroidery. Each of the three designs in the Rabari collection are different but each rug shares a strong graphic style. The hand-knotted and hand-woven designs uses the traditional Sumak tecnique. Each rug has a density of 124,000 knots per meter squared with a total pile height of 13mm.

Put graphic lines on the table

The very nature of table design means that incorporating a graphic look is pretty much a given.  But high-end Italian manufacturer Lema has taken this to another level with one of its latest tables.  The Alamo dining table, designed by David Lopez Quincoces, has a very strong minimalist style with an overall  theme of lightness. The essential, graphic outline create a timeless look which is added to by the use of combining different materials. The table structure is in bronze coated painted metal, while the top is in a reconstructed marble material in three colours inspired by natural stone: Blue Lapislazzuli, green Malachite, Belgian blue/black, along with heat treated oak.  And there are four different sizes to choose from.

Lema Alamo dining table

Taking graphic lines outside

It’s not all about the indoors when it comes to graphic design. Add some beautiful and striking structural elements to your garden or patio area with Saba Italia’s highly innovative Shades of Venice space dividers/screens.

Saba Italia’s Shades of Venice dividers/screens

The new design features bright horizontal and vertical graphic lines to create a peek-a-boo effect, which subtly reveals or hides the space beyond. The flexible Shades of Venice also provide infinite styling possibilities and as well as well as being a great idea for the garden they can be used indoors too.

Plus there’s a lovely story attached to the colours/shades (the clue’s in the title!). Designer Marco Zito has used colours associated with different Venetian islands for his inspiration. Murano reflects the blue and green of the world famous Murano glass it produces.  Burano is known for the colourful oranges and blues as used on the island’s houses. Giudecca is an island with many white stone buildings. While Sant’Erasmo grows an abundance of vegetables, such as artichokes, with their beautiful dusty greens, purples and browns. So there’s a bit of detail to share on a sunny afternoon on the patio.

Graphic lines and our January sale

You can find all of these products on the Go modern site.  And if what you’ve seen hasn’t tempted you enough, we now have our January sale up and running.  Use coupon code JANUARY when you check out (or speak to one of the showroom team) and receive a wonderful 15% off all orders where you spend over £1,000.  If that doesn’t help to make a happy new year we’re not sure what will.

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 IN 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

Pretty and practical: Our latest design-led garden furniture

We’re still deep in garden furniture mode at Go Modern.  As the weather begins to improve (ahem) and the days certainly are longer it’s all about getting back outside, keeping the borders watered and that first cut of the lawn.

We’ve more new outdoor designs to show you here and some of the prettiest furniture we’ve seen in a while, starting with one of our newest partners Saba Italia.  But it’s not just about the aesthetics, striking as they are, as with all our outdoor designs they have to meet our strict criteria for robust materials and advanced technology.

Saba Italia are a young Venetian brand where fashion meets furniture meets – exceedingly good design.  They have produced two new outdoor chairs that are beautifully decorative and quite different from the norm.

Saba Italia Grace
Saba Italia Grace

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