Fall 2010 —

Ettore Sottsass, the legendary Italian architect and designer, seems to hover like a subtle aura over the Fall issue of Modern, present through his tangential connections to those profiled in feature articles in a way that only underscores the impact of this larger-than-life figure on the design culture of the post-WWII period. For example, there is Brent Lewis’ interview with architect and designer Michele De Lucchi. And, although the interview very much brings us up to date with De Lucchi’s more recent work –such as designs for lauded public buildings- we are, of course, reminded of De Lucchi’s seminal and groundbreaking design work as on of Sottsass’ co-conspirators in the famous Memphis movement.

Further on in the issue, in Gregory Cerio’s article on Johanna Grawunder’s eclectic designs for a Hong Kong executive’s home, we discover that Johanna herself spent a number of years honing her skills in the Milan studio of Ettore Sottssas Jr. The legacy of the great man always seems less than six degrees of separation away from some of the most exciting practitioners of today profiled in this issue.

Naturally, Modern is a magazine that always offers a lot relating to its field of expertise. Though there’s always too much choice to do justice in highlighting but a few articles, Amy Silver’s article on the SS Rotterdam, once a cruise liner and now reinvented as a hotel and conference centre with a distinct whiff of retro glamour in the port that gives the ship her name is a pleasing read.

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    Gregory Cerio
    Editorial Director –
    Elizabeth Pochoda
    Art Director –
    Trip Emerson
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Our Take —

It had to happen sooner or later and there must be a lot of publishers kicking themselves for not having got there first. Modern is a perfectly simple and simply perfect concept. The world is full of people who love old things that haven’t quite reached the official definition of an antique. Rather conveniently, that alleged 100 years that defines an antique also currently roughly corresponds to the period that design culture considers the Modern period.

Focusing on furniture, objets d’art, applied arts and architecture, Modern is a magazine that is an obvious resource for the collector of ‘the modern’; from the perfect chair to the ultimate modernist ceramics. But the great thing about this title is that it’s a good read and eye candy for even those who, though vehemently interested in the styles of yesteryear, might unfortunately be outside of the shopping bracket of much of the work covered. On the whole, Modern focuses on the high-achievers of the past; those whose designs were always within the luxury end of the market, even in their own time. With a new generation of collectors for whom frou-frou styles of the nineteenth century strike less of a chord than sleek lines, it’s easy to see why the title has got off to a booming start.

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