Australian Modern, a new mid-century design magazine, is being launched across the country this month and it's something I've been waiting for with great anticipation! The publication is the brain-child of Chris Osborne, a Brisbane-based photographer well known for his enthusiastic local architectural tours. Chris’s previous venture, Brisbane Modern, ran for three issues and achieved cult status among Queensland’s design savvy set. Although the magazine is expanding onto the national stage it remains independent and self-published. The 66-page first issue has great production value and contains contributions from architects, artists, academics and collectors on topics ranging from Googi architecture to Clement Meadmore’s iconic corded furniture and the arrival of Parisian fashions in post-war Australia. Together, they form a picture of the projects, people, and styles of Australian design at mid-century. Modernism as an aesthetic is for anyone to love or loathe, but what it means to be modernist in the broadest design sense is a desire to refresh our spaces and break away from inherited historical styles in favour of something that reflects our own place and time. In this sense, a sophisticated publication like AustralianModern that not only celebrates the things but also the spirit of the things has something to offer everyone.
Australia Modern is already available in Brisbane and launches this April in Sydney. Click here for stocklists. But if you'd like to check it out for free... The Spring has two copies for the first issue of Australian Modern to give away - so leave as many comments as you like below, and I'll draw a winner from the pool in a week! This give away is open to everyone, where ever you are!