Be Modern is a group of companies dedicated to the manufacture of high quality fire surrounds, fires and heating equipment to a wide and diverse range of industries across the public and private sector.
Excellence in innovation, service and product quality has been
constantly recognised by theirr customers and are tried, tested and
trusted by major organisations.
With over 500,000 square foot of manufacturing and warehousing
space, Bemodern employ the same meticulous eye for detail and the highest
standards of manufacture throughout.
In December 2008 Be Modern was awarded with ‘Eco Product of the
Year’ for its flueless gas range of fires – further demonstrating its
commitment to the environment.
Continually building on 40 years of experience, Be Modern Group is
one of the leading manufacturers of fires and fireplaces and Bathroom
furniture in the UK. Our market share, product range and quality of
service set the standards that others follow.
1963 – Business started as Modern Trends manufacturing Fire Surrounds in Hendon, Sunderland from a 5000sq.ft factory.
1964 – Business incorporated as Be Modern Limited and moves to larger premises in Nile Street, South Shields.
1970 – Continued expansion leads to purpose built premises in Western Approach, South Shields (the current Group Office).
1974 - Be Modern starts to
manufacture kitchen furniture from additional premises in Jarrow (later
extended to include bathroom vanity and fitted bedroom furniture).
1982 – Be Modern moves into retail sector with acquisition of Academy Crafts selling Kitchen furniture
1996 – Be Modern acquires Period Surrounds in Glasgow manufacturing Marble & Stone fireplaces.
2000 – Assembly of electric and gas fires commences to compliment its Surrounds business as manufacture of kitchen furniture ceases
2001 – Company acquires current Shaftsbury Avenue Site and commences manufacture of Marble Surrounds (later extended in 2004)
2006 – Design and product rights of Elgin & Hall acquired by Be Modern – manufacturing hand painted, individually crafted Fire Surrounds.
With over 500,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehousing
space, Be Modern continues to deliver high quality product to meet the
needs of an extremely diverse range of customers. Offering incredibly popular fires such as the Bemodern Orlando in Flat or Curved.
You’ve found the perfect mirror, painting, quilt, or element to center above your fireplace mantel. But how will you decorate the fireplace mantel itself to get that “decorator look”?
One trick decorators use on fireplace mantels is “Three Plus
One.” Here’s how it works: For the “Three” part of the “Three Plus One”
scheme, select three related, similar objects and place them on one side
of your fireplace mantel. The three objects should not be of identical
height, but, then again, they shouldn’t vary too much in size.
You might choose three objects to decorate your fireplace mantel that
reflect your interests or things you collect. Keep in mind the colors
and style of the room the fireplace mantel is in.
For a living room, perhaps three candles or three framed pictures or
three decorative plates would be just the thing. For a den you might try
three different beer steins or three pottery pots or three antique
clocks. A dining room mantel might contain three decorative teapots or
three glass sculptures or three different lanterns.
When you group your three selected object on one side of the fireplace mantel, don’t line them up like soldiers. Think in terms of
layering. Experiment with bringing one forward, one visually overlapping
another, or tucking one a bit behind another.
Instead of having the three objects face straight into the room,
experiment with having them face a bit toward the center of the
fireplace mantle. Don’t cram the three objects all the way to the left
or right end of the fireplace mantel. Leave a bit of space after the
last object so the end of the fireplace mantel serves as an edging for
The one large object may have something in common with the three
objects on the other end of the fireplace mantel. Maybe it echoes a
color or a texture or a shape or a theme found in one or more of the
objects at the other end of the mantel.
The “Three Plus One” fireplace mantel decorating trick works with
almost all decorating styles. Experiment and have fun with it, trying
different “Three Plus One” mantel arrangements throughout the year, even
for seasonal displays.