Spring 2011 —

Modern is very good at plotting a careful course between edification and entertainment. Perhaps the best example of this in the Spring 2011 issue is Bella Neyman’s article on modernism on the Orient Express. We have come to expect well-written and painstakingly researched articles from Modern; informed and informative. In this respect, it entirely fits the bill. But, of course, it’s also an excellent editorial choice providing a satisfyingly voyeuristic glimpse into an age of bygone luxury and grandeur. René Prou’s exquisite interiors and cabins of the world’s most luxurious train are a delight without equal and all the more so for the light that Bella Neyman sheds on Prou’s equally esteemed collaborators such as René Lalique who designed a number of special fittings for the famed train.

The balance between the more academic and the more playful has become something of a feature of Modern. For example, Danielle Devine’s overview of the collection of vintage industrial design donated by George R. Kravis II to the Philbrook Museum, Tulsa is laid out in a more traditional curatorial style. This hardly makes it dull. On the contrary, it only underscores that the new satellite site that will house the collection in its entirety is a new great reason to visit Tulsa. Equally engaging but far more intuitive in its approach is architect Richard Meier’s freeform musing on the use of the colour white in architecture.

And, naturally, all the standing features on trends in the world of collecting modern design and decorative arts and snack-sized articles on the best from all embraced disciplines.

    Spring 2011 –
    April 2011 148 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    Mr. Modernism Builds His Dream House The White Album Modernism On The Orient Express Beat Box Self-Taught Chic Industrial Artworks Tales From The Front Going Forward
    Editor –
    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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