Storage – some well ordered ideas!

As you may have noticed, we’re very big on storage ideas at Go Modern. And the trickier the space presented to us the more we love it.  There is a great feature in the March 2018 issue of Essential Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom Magazine about this very thing… featuring a Q&A with … US! So here are a few tips and ideas below based on what we shared with EKBB (although do go out and buy the magazine – it’s always a very good read!).

Getting the right balance between storage and space in a bedroom is crucial. We often find clients need more storage than they have space for so we play around with ideas, trying to incorporate storage wherever we can.  Building wardrobes right up to the ceiling, using storage beds and tall chests of drawers in smaller spaces. We combine this sometimes with decorative hanging shelves or slimmer wall units.  A bridged wardrobe around the head of a bed can also be a great use of space.  The result should always work aesthetically as well as leaving you with plenty of space to move around.

Jesse Plana Wardrobe M05
Jesse Plana Wardrobe M05

If a client is thinking of a fitted wardrobe system, we start with the doors; hanging door wardrobes have smaller cabinets which can also be divided inside, so if a client has a lot of different storage needs we would normally recommend those. Sliding doors on the other hand have a cleaner look for small spaces but are actually less flexible in terms of their inside storage.

Novamobili Bronze Wardrobe
Novamobili Bronze Wardrobe

Smaller accessories such as dressing tables are really important.  You can also get creative with a hanging desk with a fold down-top and interior LED lit mirror, or a small wall-hung shelving unit.  Remember to look at the space between wardrobe cabinets too, as this can often accommodate a table as well as shelves, cupboards and a small chest of drawers, with fitted doors to hide things away when they’re not in use.

Praga tall Chest of Drawers
Praga Tall Chest of Drawers
Schoenbuch Collect Dressing Table
Schoenbuch Collect Dressing Table

Our brands are a great and equal measure of aesthetics and practicality.  The days of having to completely sacrifice style to get the best fitted storage are well and truly over.  It’s often more economical to invest in beautiful semi-fitted designer storage than it is to get alternatives.  And there are so many gorgeous designs to choose from – we are seeing everything including textured doors with leather, gloss or matt finises, or a mixture of the two, and lots of unique finishing touches such as statement handles.

Take a look around our site or pop into our Kings Road showroom and have a chat – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what we can offer.

Bonaldo – fabulous updates for 2015

If you dip into our blog on occasion you’ll know we’re very fond of anything our friends at Bonaldo produce.  This creative Italian company has been in the furniture business since 1936 and we have always championed them right from the beginning of our own business.

We obviously love what they do; their furniture is beautifully made and they’re never afraid to push design boundaries.  The company works with award-winning international designers and if ever you want to spot design tends in the furniture world, Bonaldo is the one to watch, offering colours, shapes and materials that also make you fall in love with them time and time again.

For spring 2015 they’ve just updated their latest collection, using new colours and introducing new finishes and shapes, as well as surprising us with some amazing accessories.  Their popular Hollywood Pouffes have been given a make-over that we think will become a sure-fire box-office hit!

Hollywood Limited Edition Pouffes
Hollywood Limited Edition Pouffes

Designer Gino Carollo has given his Hollywood Pouffes an exotic new look!  Originally offered in plain, bright primary colours or pastel shades, these Limited Edition versions have new covers featuring birds, butterflies and tear-drop motifs and we LOVE them. There’s definitely a touch of Versace about them – bravo Gino, fantastic!

Just when you thought a design couldn’t get any better, the stunning Big Table, by award-winning designer Alain Gilles, is also given a fresh look with tabletops in heat-treated oak and polished natural solid oak, along with new Corten steel legs. Corten steel is a dark, coppery-looking steel which goes beautifully with these new tabletop finishes.  In the picture below the Big Table has been partnered with Bonaldo’s stylish Filly Dining Chairs.

Big Table with Filly Dining Chairs
Big Table with Filly Dining Chairs

Again from Alain Gilles, new finishes for the Gap dining table with its blade-like legs and elegantly slim rectangular tabletop.  Gilles has created a new version in green painted oak with lacquered green metal legs, alongside a natural solid polished oak design using his favoured Corten steel for the legs.

Gap Table with Junan Chairs
Gap Table with Junan Chairs

If bold colour and a show-stopping shape is what you’re after, the April, May, June shelves, appearing like giant silhouette perfume bottles, should do the trick. Gino Carollo’s eye for the unusual, and designs with a strong personality, come into play again here. April, May and June are shelves that could be used anywhere for anything. So clever, so inspiring… and we have a sneaky feeling that the world of shelving has just ‘upped its game’!  Sizzling new colours include turquoise, olive green and and azure blue. Which one’s your favourite?

April May June Shelves
April May June Shelves

And for a touch of absolute luxury you’d have to try hard to find something more deserving of that description than the Alfie Basket Alto bed by Mario Lipparani. This new version has a majestic 1.6 metre high headboard with gentle, wrap-around corners and a softly curved base. You can choose a wealth of different fabrics, or supply your own, for the upholstery. The version below is in a stunning indigo blue velvet and it comes in UK King through to US King sizes and there’s also a storage version.

Basket Bed & Alfie Chair
Basket Bed & Alfie Chair

So, form an orderly queue – 2015 looks like its going to be a very exciting year, and this is just for starters.

Surprising Storage

If there’s one thing that most of us agree on it’s that our homes never have enough space to store everything.  It’s a modern day curse but, as we always try to look for the positive in things, the upside is that contemporary designers produce furniture that creatively uses every last available inch of space, producing designs that, for us, tick all the boxes – beautiful to look at, high quality and very practical too.

So, we’ve pulled together a small selection of some of our latest designs, all of which deserve praise for their quality and creativity – while sharing that great ability to surprise us with their ingenious hidden storage.

Starting with 8emezzo’s Wonder bed – one of our new, luxuriously upholstered beds with a thickly padded, textile covered base and headboard, the Wonder bed has a huge storage base with gas powered lift-up-slats over a sealed area approximately the size of the mattress – and the other surprising bit is it really, really doesn’t look like a bed with a storage base! Great sizes too from Euro King through to Super King with a headboard 83cm high.

Wonder bed
Wonder bed

The Carree coffee table we promise you is just the table you’ve been looking for to help keep your living room tidy. Created with two large storage spaces under the table top and some very practical drawers, you’ll be able to banish clutter in an instant (admittedly this isn’t a long term solution to the clutter problem – but it sure helps!). It’s available in two sizes, and in wood, matt or gloss lacquer, with or without plain or patterned glass, and a wide range of colours.  It’s really such a versatile, attractive coffee table you’ll wonder how you lived without it.

Carree coffee table
Carree coffee table

The glamorous Kaddy coatstand/mirror is designed by the multi-talented Karim Rashid and those Italian masters of glass wizardry, Tonelli. We love this design – a full length mirror, double backed, on a revolving chrome base. Simply swivel it around to reveal an interior cupboard with a high shelf and three hanging hooks.  Great for hiding bulky winter coats and jackets – it makes a superb statement piece and a great storage addition to any room.

Kaddy coatstand
Kaddy coatstand

As you know, one of the latest brands to join our Go Modern family is Mogg.  This young Italian company is full of energy and surprises with lots of quirky and unusual pieces. Mogg’s designers are accomplished artists, designers and architects, and many are award-winning – as is Matteo Ragni (Ragni means ‘spiders’ in Italian by the way… but don’t let that put you off!!) and his very clever Doppia Fila shelves.   Larger than you might think, at a metre wide and 22cm high, the shelves also have ‘hidden’ storage at either end, allowing you to store extra books – or just create a very unusual design statement.  The shelves are sold in pairs, with extra shelves available as single shelves, and they’re made in a lacquered metal with a number of different finishes.

Doppia Fila shelves
Doppia Fila shelves

What to do with cables, power sockets and all your favourite DVD’s?  Ta-dah…we’ve found the answer… Bonaldo’s futuristic looking Vision TV stand.  It’s a circular stand that can incorporate a flat screen up to 102cm wide.  It’s also got a clever little cupboard at the rear for hiding those pesky cables and plugs that always spoil the look of any room. And as for those DVD’s that you cant bear to give away because they’re someone’s favourite movie… well the outer edge of the circular frame has a neat shelf designed to store them all until that rainy Sunday afternoon when you’re searching for something to watch.

Vision TV Stand
Vision TV Stand

So, there you have it.  Just a few of our amazing storage designs.  Lots more on the site… so come on in and take a look…

Stylish Singles – Beds That Is!

Whether you are part of a couple that simply prefers separate beds, or looking for something great for a spare room that isn’t quite large enough for a double/king size bed we have some fantastic single beds. It is quite difficult to find high quality single beds, especially in modern designs, so we think our collection is one of the best. They are all 200cm long, so more than suitable for adults too.

We have a range of upholstered single beds from Bonaldo, a high end Italian manufacturer, that are both contemporary & practical. The range started out as a children’s bed collection, but we are also selling these in grown up colours. As the covers are removable and can be replaced you could buy one for a child & then when your child wants something a bit more grown up just swap the covers over, instead of having to buy them a new bed! The Candy bed below is a great example, it looks great in a children’s bedroom but looks very grown up in different colours – the buttons are optional too.

Candy Single Bed
Candy Single Bed

But the best thing about Bonaldo’s single beds is that they have tons of options, & can be set up in different ways, with just a headboard, a headboard & a base board, & a back board as well (or instead of) the headboard. Add matching bolsters & mattress cover & your single bed becomes a sofa, great for a spare room where a pull out double sofa bed isn’t an option.

Centouno Single Bed
Centouno Single Bed set up as a sofa bed

Most of Bonaldo’s single beds can have storage in their bases too, either a lift up mattress support, or drawers, so whether you are using the single bed for adults or children you have got plenty of room to store toys, extra blankets, pillows, spare clothing & more.

Finally, many of them can have a second bed in the base (instead of a storage base), a metal framed bed which folds up & is almost a full single size.

Candy second bed
Candy second bed

Our other collection of single beds is also made in Italy & was originally designed for teens & children. But as the mattresses they use are either full UK singles, or long European singles they are also equally suitable for adults. These are made in very modern designs, in wood, lacquer or laminate finishes, & are available in a huge range of colours, from baby blue & pink to several shades of very tasteful neutrals. They also have a fantastic matching range of bedroom furniture, designed as systems to provide everything you need in a bedroom – from shelving, desks, spare beds underneath (truckle beds), wardrobes as well as bedside cabinets & chests of drawers.

Fold Single Bed
Fold Single Bed

We have put our single beds in their own section – if fact we have sections of king size & super king size beds too, as well as sorting the beds my material (wood, lacquer, upholstered). See our single beds here.

New Storage Beds From Bonaldo & Europeo

We LOVE storage beds. They are so easy to use (our Italian ones with the fancy German gas powered mechanism are anyway), you can use them when the bed is fully made up & they provide a (on average) a 150/160/180cm x 200cm x 25cm storage space, which is a LOT more than a couple of drawers in a divan base. If you are a Londoner the idea of so much extra storage is extremely tempting. Which is why we have a good choice of different storage beds here, & have just added 2 new storage beds from Bonaldo’s new collection & two new from Europeo’s range. Here they are…

Bonaldo Campo Storage Bed
Campo Storage Bed

The Campo storage bed from Bonaldo is brand new for 2012, & has really interesting stitching around the edges. Also available without storage here.

 

Bonaldo Too Late Storage Bed
Too Late Storage Bed

I love the loosely fitting linen covers on the Too Late storage bed. It is also available as a non storage bed here.

 

Europeo Atlante Storage Bed
Atlante Storage Bed

The Atlante storage bed from Europeo has an adjustable headrest, just the thing for sitting up in bed to watch TV/work/read. Also available with legs here.

 

Europeo Callia Storage Bed
Europeo Callia Storage Bed

Great value at just £1390 the Callia storage bed from Europeo has a nicely shaped headboard & a great choice of fabrics for the upholstery. There is also a Callia bed without storage here.

 

So how exactly do storage beds work? Annoyingly we have very few photos of the storage base/storage mechanism. This is an example of what the storage mechanism looks like, but the outside of the base may be different on different beds. For example the Campo storage bed looks exactly like the Campo upholstered bed, but has the lift up slats.

Storage Bed Base
Storage Bed Base

This is an example of a storage base, & each storage bed base will look different on the outside (the Campo storage bed is identical to the upholstered bed for example) but the mechanism will be almost exactly the same. The end can be lifted right up & there is a bottom on the base so things are not sitting on the floor.