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.

Mogg – blurring art & design – plus a special introductory offer

Italian design has always pushed the boundaries – across fashion, art, architecture… it whole-heartedly embraces the avant-garde.  Think of the theatricality of Versace, the revolutionary Renaissance architecture of 15th century Florence or the rebellious drama of Caravaggio.

So when we  found brand new Italian furniture and accessories company Mogg, a company representing the best of this Italian tradition, we were more than a little excited!  Mogg (MObilli = furniture & OGGetti = objects) was founded by architect Nicola Galbiati in 2012, and his company works with a range of award-winning designers – many established names in their own fields of art, architecture or furniture design – or as Galbiati puts it “partners of vision – crazy dreamers”.  Their idea is to “limit the boundaries between art and design” and the result – a collection of exciting new furniture and accessories that we think are not only stunning designs for the home, but true investment pieces for tomorrow.

And as an introduction to this amazing brand we’re offering a special 20% discount on ALL Mogg designs up until December 20th.  Just quote MGBG20 when ordering.

The Botero dining table is the sort of brilliant idea that leaves us puzzled as to why no one ever thought of it before (like all the best ideas)! Designed by Alessandro Masurzo, it includes an incredibly useful storage cupboard in the base. Two sizes and three finishes – including one with a beautiful Carrera white marble top.  Bellissimo!

Mogg Botero dining table
Mogg Botero dining table

The Ordinary Day (in the woodshed) sideboards by Raphael Charles, must have the most poetic title we’ve ever come across, and we’re so impressed with this design that there will be one on display in our showroom very soon!   This great sideboard, made from solid fir, looks just like a pallet stacked with freshly cut timber, but the clever illusion incorporates a very practical four-drawer sideboard, with a black lacquered interior.

Ordinary Day
Mogg Ordinary Day (in a woodshed) sideboards

Remember ‘Being John Malkovich’ (one of our favourite films!) ..?  Well the Rooms cabinet (there’s also a sideboard) was the filmic inspiration behind this stand-out design! Created by award-winning designer Diego Grandi it has 50s style door handles on the cupboards, four gorgeous RAL colours, and sits on an American solid ash wood base.  Yes! Yes! Yes! (and that’s our inspiration from another iconic American movie!).

Rooms Cabinet
Mogg Rooms Cabinet

Many more Mogg designs to choose from … but the magical Casetta in Canada four poster bed is a particular favourite…

Casseta in Canada four poster
Mogg Casseta in Canada four poster bed

Designed by Nathan Yong (named Most Promising Young Designer on the International Scene by Interni Magazine in 2011 and then going on to also bag himself a coveted Red Dot Award) the Casetta is made from solid Ash in pure white, with an open-pore finish so that you can still see the beautiful texture of the wood.  A simply beautiful, clean, and geometrically pleasing contemporary version of the original.

We know you’ll love this brand as much as we do.  So take advantage of our special introductory offer, and quote MGBG20 when ordering.  To see the full Mogg collection click here.


6 ways to decorate a small bedroom

Many bedrooms these days are much smaller than we would like, especially in major cities like London, New York, Tokyo & Paris – & its not likely that this will change at any time in the near future! So, it’s time to get inventive when it comes to modern bedroom furniture, & fortunately with the advent of the internet we have plenty of options.

1. Get a Storage Bed.

These days it is possible to buy a bed with mattress slats that lift up at one end a little like lifting up a car bonnet (using gas lift pistons to lift the heavy mattress up & hold it up). This then opens up the bed base (which also has a sealed bottom so dust can’t get in) & the inside of the base is used for storage of sheets, blankets, clothing, or anything really. As the space is the whole size of the bed that means a LOT of extra storage, at least 150cm x 200cm x 30cm + for a UK king size bed. Storage beds are easy to use as well, & take up no more room than an ordinary bed.

storage bed

2. Make sure your bedside cabinet has drawers.

Beautiful bedside tables can be elegant, but if you have a small bedroom you will need a bedside cabinet with drawers all the way up, not a lovely table with no storage space in it. Bedside cabinets with two or three drawers are incredibly useful for holding small objects, books, magazines etc.

3. Don’t forget about the walls

Use walls above chests of drawers & beds to put shelves or wall units on. As long as you keep the design of the shelves & wall units consistent with the furniture this will not only look great but give you a place to put books, candles & smaller items. Wall units can be anything from a single box to a magnificent composition incorporating shelves, TV units, drawers & cupboards & although they are usually used in a living room there is no reason why you would not also use them in your bedroom.

4. Swap your bedside lamps for pendant lights.

This will take a little organising but if you are a home owner you can have pendant lights wired in to hang down on each side of your bed to give you light where you might usually have bedside lamps. Not only will this save space on your bedside cabinets it gives your bedroom some added design flair.

5. Consider a customised fitted wardrobe.

While a wardrobe is a very large item a properly planned fitted wardrobe can be like a Tardis, holding not just your clothing but also shoes, bags, ties, belts & jewellery on special fittings like pull out shoe racks as well as spare blankets, books & more. A fitted wardrobe will be tall too, & that extra height means plenty of extra space at the top to keep possessions you don’t otherwise have a home for & don’t use every day.

A good wardrobe (especially an Italian wardrobe) should be meticulously planned, with plenty of pull out drawers, shelves & baskets so you will never again find yourself peering in wondering just where that new top you bought has got to, while making the most of absolutely every inch of the cupboards.

6. Think about using tall chests instead of low chests.

Two tall chests of drawers side by side can look fantastic, but also have quite a lot more storage, especially if you are buying contemporary chests of drawers which can be quite low. A tall chest of drawers can fit nicely in a small gap too, & if you use the top to display flowers, or a bowl, or decorative objects it can enhance the decor.

A small bedroom doesn’t have to mean no where to keep your belongings & clothing as long as you select the best bedroom furniture for making most of the space you do have.