Spring 2010 —

Modern covers the design, decorative arts and architecture cultures of approximately the last 100 years and continues to address enthusiasts and serious collectors alike.

Our favourites in the Spring issue…

Though Mexican modernist architecture is more frequently covered territory, Jorge S. Arango’s article turns its gaze on modernist tendencies in the areas of furniture and design. In its selective view it provides us with a snapshot of the main tendencies in Mexican modernist traditions. As such, it is a wonderful primer on the topic, offering informative treats for both the newbie and well versed. From the advocates of the International Style to seminal national movements seeking to incorporate Mexican pre-Columbian traditions into the vernacular, the article only underscores the wealth of modernist traditions emanating from Mexico.

Equally insightful is Josephine Shea’s article on the modernist spaces created by Walter Dorwin Teague within Edsel Ford’s sprawling facsimile of an English country house outside Detroit. It’s only fitting that the heir to the auto empire whose cars of the period were admired for their streamlining would want some good American moderne in amongst the baronial splendour.

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    Mexican Uprising Under The Hood Glass Ceiling Broken P.J.'s First Foray Smooth Operator Suspension Bridge Behind The Numbers Voices Designer Spotlight New Sensations Going Forward Curators Eye Current Thinking
    Editorial Director –
    Elizabeth Pochoda
    Editor –
    Gregory Cerio
    Art Director –
    Kay Douglas & Tom Voss
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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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