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Genre Blending

Genre Blending

So if you look at the music charts today, the amount of rock songs which are present are zero. It is merely a sign of the times, tastes and society has changes where people will no longer head home with their new AC/DC or Black Sabbath Records.

It seems somewhat sad that a lot of these bands will never get the exposure their talent really deserves. However this does not mean that the rock genre itself is dead, as in many countries it still continues to be a popular and profitable genre.

One such example is J-rock, a genre of rock music in Japan which showcases that rock music can still be a popular and exhilarating genre. It achieves this through blending different genres of rock music including punk, metal, post grunge, thrash along with fat tempos and their own musical influences.

The result is a sound that is unmatched today in terms of pure energy and sonic fulfilment.

This however got me thinking, can furniture also benefit from a bit of genre blending?

One such example can be found in our range of Solid Wood Coffee Tables.

Coffee tables themselves are the centrepiece of any living room design, becoming the spoke in the wheel if you will. However what if you could blend it with the storage potential that comes with a sideboard. Of course this is not practical yet you can integrate a shelf and a couple of drawers into the design.

The result is one of our Dakota Coffee Tables, offering traditional designs with modern amenities.

Another example if furniture genre mashing is our Cuba Sheesham Wine Rack. These wine racks offer a built in wine rack, along with 3 shelves and 2 storage drawers, allowing it to offer versatile living room and dining room storage.

Such a genre blend can also be found in our Jali Sheesham collection. This collection blends traditional Sheeshsam Wood design with cast iron detailing inspired by Indian Jali design.

This blending of style genres creates an unmistakable look and feel, delivering a satisfying and uplifting feeling within the home.

Such are the benefits of genre blending.

The Happier Side Of The Web

The Happier Side Of The Web

It must be hard to imagine a retail world without the internet today. Before we got trolls, toxic web forums and idiots on YouTube, the internet was a simple and wondrous beast.

It’s hard to imagine as we were using dial up connections that one day the World Wide Web would become the backbone of our retail experience.

From buying to delivery and even community reviews, the choices are plenty and the information provided is clear. Any of you who have ordered from our catalogue of Mango Furniture can agree with this.

However this was not always the case. Take your mind back to a pre web age, where retail stores had a much more limited radius.

Without the internet as a tool, each of these stores could only take advantage of their limited radius, with advertising being much more expensive and risky than what it is today.

This also had an impact on the customer too. Unlike today where we are bombarded with information and can purchase items from across the globe in a mere few clicks, things were very different back then.

Due to the limited reach retail stores could offer, it required a lot of research and a lot of good fortune to find exactly what you were looking for.

This goes double for furniture shopping as you were even more limited as somewhere there may have been a stunning Mango Sideboard just waiting for you. Yet because it was halfway across the country (or even world) you will have had to settle for an alternative, unless you had incredible good fortune.

Thankfully today it is easier than ever to browse and shop, with many companies like ourselves providing endless customisation and flexibility with your home shopping experience. Your want this Mango Coffee Table in a light finish, done. You want delivery or collection, it can be arranged. You want more images of the product, and then we will send you an email.

All of this thanks to the nicer side for the web.

No Fool

No Fool

Welcome back everybody to the Trade Furniture blog, our extended weekend is over and now its back to all the joys of Solid Wood Furniture here in the office.

Of course in our 4 days off we passed through both Easter and April fool’s day. So while digging into those delicious chocolate eggs on your Mango Coffee Table, were guessing your Facebook notifications will have been going crazy with constant April Fools jokes.

Honestly we wouldn’t be surprised if you fell for a few either, given that a lot of the posts that I saw online were so straight faced that on any other day they would have sent the internet into ablaze (of course what doesn’t these days?).

Thankfully our range of Natural Wood Furniture is certainly no fool, with a vast and expanding collection based on what you find to your liking.

For example we have recently expanded 2 of our wood ranges to incorporate more designs.

The first of these is the Jali Furniture range.

In the next few weeks we will be launching 4 brand new Jali pieces, with a theme of home storage. Each of these new pieces will feature a stunning Indian Sheesham Wood Frame, with cast iron detailing infused into each design.

This detailing are all inspired by traditional Indian Jali design, giving each piece a unique international look and feel.

Alongside these new additions we also have the expanding Mango Furniture family with the Retro Mango collection.

This range takes our popular designs including our Mango Coffee Tables and Mango Bookcases and infuses them with a touch of late 20th century design. All of this leads to a stunning collection which blends retro themes that meets the needs of the modern home.

All pieces in this collection are available in both a light and a striking dark wood finish.

Thankfully today you’re not falling for any fools, as these pieces are available to browse at your leisure here at

Universal Language

Not So Identical Twins

You know the other day I was traveling to work on the bus with my playlist going full blast to drown out the fact that I am surrounded by people I don’t know.

So during my playlist I decided to switch to auto play and see what I ended up on. Suddenly I ended up listening to songs whose lyrics were not in my language.

Yet despite this I was there quietly content with what my playlist had selected for me, which got me thinking? Music is a universal language, even if we cannot understand the lyrics to the song, we can still feel the emotion and feeling that the artist is conveying.

So somehow after returning home, sitting down at my Dakota Coffee Table with my evening drink firmly in hand, I got to wondering; could furniture have a universal language as well.

For example TV Units may come in many different sizes and shapes yet despite this, we still immediately recognise a TV unit when we see one.

Another example could be one of the selections from our Sideboards collection. Our collection features highlights from all of our major ranges, including Dakota, Mango, Cuba Sheesham and Jali.

Along with this each of these ranges have their own unique wood finishes further diversifying their look and feel. With our Mango Wood ranges featuring and vibrant light and striking dark wood finish. On the other end the Sheesham pieces are available in 3 finishes, the light, the rich honey and the rustic natural wood finish. The latter retaining the natural tone and texture of the wood itself.

Yet despite this whenever you see a bookcase whether it be the Mango or the stunning Jali Bookcase, it is an instantly recognisable and even iconic feature that you would imagine in our living room and study.

Such is the universal language of furniture.

Not A Good Fit

Not A Good Fit

Good morning readers, how was your travel to work or school this morning? After all there was a lot of ice and snow about so we hope that you all took care this morning.

As you can see I made it to my Natural Wood Desk safe and sound ready to write this week’s blog. Read more…

The Shade Which Works For You

The Shade Which Works For You

So your home design is meant to be a representation of what works for you and your home life. This means some homes you will see packed with elegant and detailed features. Yet on the other side of things you may see a room with a clean crisp and strictly functional design. Read more…

Compilation Sensation

Complation Sensation

So I was reading through rolling stones list of 500 greatest albums of all time the other night and as expected the obvious faces. You know the Beatles, Chuck Berry, Elvis and the like, making me head to the Dakota Sideboard to check if I had many of these incredible and iconic albums. Read more…

British Weather

British Weather

Good afternoon, readers I hope that everyone is doing okay today. Hasn’t this weekend been eventful? Having none stop snow stranding people on their travels or forcing them to stay indoors, has certainly shaken us all up.

I mean, by now you think that us Brits would be used to this weather. Well… I suppose it’s just the normal over here; as we can have snow, hail, rain, sun and a thunderstorm all in the same day. Waking up on Sunday morning and picking up my phone off of my Mango desk, noticed a message had been sent, stating that my Rugby game was off. Read more…

Follow The Leader

Role Models

Good morning readers, I hope that everyone is doing okay this morning and has made it to work safe. I’ve just checked the latest weather forecast and apparently it’s just going to get worse. Read more…

Happy With Your Choice

Happy With Your Choice

Choices are always a factor within our lives. From the times you used to buy sweets from the corner shop, agonising over a Twix or a Kit-Kat, to choices that could change the course of your life forever. Read more…

Not Long Now

Keep Calm Not Long Now

Well, good afternoon readers and to answer that question ticking away in your mind, yes the weekend has arrived! Is there really anything better than that weekend feeling ? Read more…

Needing a Breather

Needing a Breather

Unleashing out inner potential is a fantastic feeling, weather its finishing your first model aircraft, clearing a hard boss on a game, powering through your exams or maybe just putting up the new wallpaper. Read more…

Waiting and Anticipating


Good morning readers, Tuesday has begun and I’m kicking things off with a blog. Of course there is a reason that I’m happy about it being Tuesday, as I am one day closer to getting my brand new pair of glasses. Read more…

The Tapping of Raindrops

Trade Furniture Company Blog

Good morning readers, it’s Monday and that means it is time for this week’s Indian Wood Furniture themed blog.

In fact it’s hard to think that literally one week ago a lot of us were caught up in a surprise snowstorm, which given we are in the UK means one thing. Read more…

Quality Lasts

Quality Lasts

Hello there readers, how was your weekend? Hopefully you’re refreshed and relaxed and ready for the week ahead (ready for the school run hopefully).

Over the weekend I decided that for the first time in a long while, I would just stay in and have a lazy weekend. That means planting myself on the couch and doing one of 3 things. Read more…

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Okay well this may be a couple of days late but, Happy New Year Readers!

Yes we are now officially into 2018 readers; in fact it’s hard to imagine that I have been writing these articles for the past 2 years. Read more…

Switching Around


Some of us prefer to stay in a nice and stable environment where if something works why change it, from your favourite cooking recipes to your dress sense, if it works and you’re comfortable with it why should you go out of your way to disturb the status quo. Read more…

The Living Room Triangle

The Living Room Triangle

The living room is one of the most important features in any home design. Not only does this room represent the main recreational area of the home, but is also the showcase of what your own home design.

Frequently the living room design from décor to furniture choice extends through the household, setting the tone that you wish to achieve, be it modern and sleek or strictly traditional.

Yet the living room must also strike the perfect balance between style and practicality, after all unless you live in a home with a spare living space this room will be used more than any other in the home.
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Custom to You

Custom to You

Take a look at the picture you see above, this is from a website that sells custom t shirts and other items where you can chose either a pre-existing design or upload your own customised design which they will print and ship out to you.

So what exactly does this have to do with this week’s blog? Well from a certain perspective Solid Wood Furniture is custom to you as well.

Now we don’t mean that we offer custom designs or anything like that.

However with a wide range of brands available Read more…