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Issue 03 has now gone to print and will be distributed within the next couple of weeks. In this issue we tip our hat to the 2012 Games, with V&A expert Margaret Timmers showcasing some posters from the modern Olympic era; Architect Cat Martin takes a look at the redevelopment of Sheffield's Park Hill Estate, originally the largest public housing project in Europe; Print-maker Beth Evans talks about the contemporary renovation of a rather special family heirloom, her four-bedroom home on the Dulwich Estate; Designer Zoe Murphy gives her take on upcycling; Dealer Ben Adams reveals his Buyer's Guide to the Hans Wegner Sawback chair and Miller's 20th century specialist Mark Hill discusses the progressive glassware of Fulvio Bianconi and its value at auction. In the year of the Jubilee, Queen of British fashion Zandra Rhodes tells us about her favourite pieces of modern design, plus there's a travel profile for those who fancy staying in a rare Robin Spence steel house on the Norfolk coast.
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We'll be at the Midcentury Show at Lord's Cricket Ground, London, on Sunday 27 May, so do come and say hello if you're there. With 50 top dealers and a Titanic haul of 1950s Italian furniture straight out of an ocean liner, this is definitely one for the diary!
Photo courtesy of Olivia Woodhouse
We recently met with Bristol collector and lifelong Modern design enthusiast, Ken Stradling, who has spent much of his life championing the work of designers. Now Chairman of the Bristol Guild of Arts and Crafts, where he has worked since 1948, Ken was one of the first people in the UK to sell Scandinavian glassware by Erik Hoglund and exhibit works by the British ceramicist Dan Arbeid.
Some of the most interesting items in Ken's collection are the unique Marcel Breuer pieces designed for local furniture manufacturer PE Gane. We were fascinated to find out more about how this collaboration came about.
The progressive Modernism of Bauhaus, the design movement founded by Walter Gropius in 1919, continues to trickle its 'less is more' philosophy into today's interior and industrial design, Apple being the most famous contemporary example. It was with some surprise then to find that Marcel Breuer, one of the movement's central figures, had spent a significant period working in the West Country city of Bristol during his time in in the UK between 1935-37.
Breuer joined Bauhaus as a student in 1920, becoming 'Master' of the furniture workshop in 1925 and pioneering the use of tubular metal to create minimal, lightweight structures such as the famous 'Wassily' and S32 chairs. These designs complemented the sparse, functional living spaces designed by Breuer and Bauhaus peers Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe.
How did Breuer come to design furniture for a Bristol furniture manufacturer?
In 1933 Crofton Gane inherited PE Gane, his father's traditional furniture manufacturing business. He had been exposed to Modern design through travel in Europe and was keen to take the company in a new direction. His aspirations were already being reflected through the work of in-house designer JP Tully but when Gane learnt that Breuer was in London, he engineered an introduction.
What work did Breuer design for the company?
Breuer designed the interior and furniture for Gane's own home, an Edwardian house in Clifton, as a showcase for the company and went on to design the Gane Pavillion, their exhibition display space for the Royal Show in Bristol in 1936. This was a very modern structure, built from local stone with a flat roof and glass front, and in an interview in 1954 Breuer named it as one of his two favourite buildings from his career.
How did the Breuer furniture come into your own collection?
I'm chairman of the Gane Trust and in 1976, after Gane's house was sold, I was asked to dispose of the furniture. Some went to his family, some to the Bristol Museum and some sold to the V&A. I had always admired Breuer's simple Modernist designs and bought two easy chairs and a coffee table for my own collection, along with a curious drawer unit. There had always been a piece absent from the drawer unit, which meant I'd never managed to assemble it properly and last year when some Breuer pieces came up for auction, I realised that a black ebonised shelf formed the missing part. I had to have it and it's now all on permanent display here in Bristol.
The Ken Stradling Collection can be viewed by appointment by calling 0117 926 5548 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Our thanks go to Collections Curator Chris Yeo of Chris Yeo Antiques.
You can read a more extensive interview with Ken in Issue 03 of Midcentury Magazine.
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Shepton Mallett IACF International Antique & Collectors Fair
Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, BA4, 11-13 May
Newbury IACF International Antique & Collectors Fair
Newbury Racecourse, Newbury, RG14 - 11 June
Newark IACF International Antique & Collectors Fair
Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Winthorpe, NG24, 21-22 June
Large antique and collectors fairs with everything from paintings and antique furniture to vintage teddies and luxury leather luggage.
Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts & Early Post-War Design Fair
Queens Hotel, Bournemouth, BH1
Specialist fair incorporating Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts Periods and Early Post War design.
Mondrian, Nicholson: In Parallel
The Courtauld Gallery, London, WC2R
Until 20 May
This exhibition provides an insight into the relationship between these two great Modernist artists in the 1930s, with some of their greatest works on display.
Clerkenwell Design Week
Various venues in Clerkenwell, London, EC1
A three-day design festival showcasing the work of contemporary designers and architects. It takes the form of a series of exhibitions, workshops, product launches and presentations, livened up with street entertainment, music, food and parties.
The Midcentury Show
Lords Cricket Ground, London, NW8
The UK's premier 20th century design show comes to Lords, home of cricket. 50+ dealers bring out their best pieces to this classy setting, and of course your very own Midcentury Magazine will be launching Issue 03!
Bethnal Green Vintage Fair
York Hall, London, E2
A lively mix of vintage events including a 1940s tea party, circus acts and music as well as a furniture and homeware section.
Design Boerse Koeln
Coloneum, Cologne, Germany
The second outing for the Design Boerse in Cologne, this large 20th century design fair attracts 130 dealers and galleries from across Europe, presenting international design classics. Plus a section for one-off private sellers and also young new designers.
California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way
LACMA, Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, USA
Until 3 June
Need an excuse to take a holiday Stateside? The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents the first major exhibition of mid-century modern Californian design. The show examines the state's key role in shaping the material culture of the country, with more than 350 objects on display, including furniture, textiles, fashion, graphic and industrial design, as well as two period re-creations - most notably the living room of Charles and Ray Eames.
Tate Modern, London, SE1
Until 5 June
Yayoi Kusama's pioneering work spans over six decades and she is one of Japan's best-known living artists. Well-known for her repeating dot patterns, her art encompasses an astonishing variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance and immersive installation. This is the largest exhibition of her work in the UK to date.
Olympia International Fine Art and Antiques Fair
Olympia Exhibition Hall, London, W14
This year, with an increased focus on 20th century design, 200 exhibitors provide a huge selection at the Olympia exhibition space. Whether you are a dealer, seasoned collector, first time buyer or an interiors enthusiast, there is something for everyone.
TW Gaze Modern Design Auction
Diss Auction Rooms, Diss, IP22
The Norfolk-based auction house hosts an all-day auction of Modern design goods.
Brighton Racecourse, Brighton, BN2
An all-day event at Brighton Racecourse including a large vintage marketplace for furniture and clothing, live music acts, a man-made beach, food stalls and a vintage car show.
The Vintage Home Show
Victoria Baths, Manchester, M13
Discover Vintage presents The Vintage Home Show in Manchester, promising an event full of Mid-century, Retro & Kitsch rolled into one stylish show.
Designing Women: Post-War British Textiles
Fashion and Textile Museum, London, SE1
Until 16 June
Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler were at the forefront of international textile design in the 1950s and 60s. This exhibition explores these women's pioneering roles in combining art and manufacturing to change the direction of the modern design industry.
Tour: Collecting the Bauhaus
Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, London, EC2Y
21 June 2012
Alexander Payne, Worldwide Director of Design at Phillips de Pury & Company, leads a tour of Bauhaus: Art as Life
focusing on design pieces in the show and their place within the collector's market today.
Pop Up Designmarkt
NMBS Loods, Kortrijk, Belgium
30 June - 1 July
This is the summer edition of Designmarkt, gathering design galleries and dealers from across Europe with a cross-section of pieces to view and buy, from the affordable to the 'it's OK to dream'.
Designs of the Year 2012
Design Museum, London, SE1
Until 4 July
The Design Museum's Design Awards, 'the Oscars of the design world', showcase the most innovative and progressive designs from around the world, spanning seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport. Includes the recently announced winner, the London 2012 Olympic Torch by Barber Osgerby.
Bauhaus: Art as Life
Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, London, EC2Y
Until 12 August
The biggest Bauhaus exhibition in the UK in over 40 years presents the modern world's most famous art school. From Expressionist beginnings to a pioneering model uniting art and technology, the Bauhaus' utopian vision sought to change society in the aftermath of the First World War.
British Design 1948 - 2012: Innovation in the Modern Age
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, SW7
Until 12 August
The exhibition celebrates the best of British post-war art and design from the 1948 'Austerity Games' to the summer of 2012. Over 300 objects highlight significant moments in the history of British design and demonstrates how the country continues to nurture artistic talent.
That’s all from us until July - in the meantime, check out our updated Directory of where to source the best mid-century and mid-century influenced design. Oh, and please click on the banners on the right to check out this month's choice dealers!