Brant Publications, which is responsible for “The Magazine Antiques,” has just launched a new magazine simply called “Modern Magazine.” The first issue, published this past spring, is a mix of articles on historical as well as contemporary design. What makes this publication different from “Art +Auction” is that it does not address the subject of design as a marketplace pawn. While this issue does examine recent auction news it also focuses on objects that are not for sale but are prized possessions of museum collections worldwide. Most impressively, in its first issue, it tackles icons of modern design with articles about Mies van der Rohe’s “Barcelona” Chair (1929) and Harley Earl’s impact on automobile design at General Motors beginning in the 1930s. Two of my favorite sections, so far, are “Designer Spotlight” which features “It-Designer” Paul Evans and also, “Voices” an interview with collector John C. Wadell.
A magazine such as this is long overdue because it examines the world of architecture, design and the decorative arts and presents it in a way that is accessible to the general public but can also be interesting and informative for design historians. Which according to Gregory Cerio, the “Modern” Editor is the goal. Job well done!