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magRush2013: The Modernist #6
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magRush2013: The Modernist #6

The Modernist is a quarterly title about twentieth century architecture and design. Published from Manchester, it takes a northern view of (mainly) British municipal modernism: York’s Theatre Royal extension, Liverpool’s Lewis’s department store and a Nottinghamshire branch of Little Chef. A rare look abroad features the Czech pavilion from Expo ’58 (below). The 30-page issue also takes a look at Sheffield-born David Mellor’s ‘Thrift’ cutlery design.

The page design is a vital part of the project given its subject, and MMDC do a great job with a clean, modernist layout that makes the most of a different two-colours each issue, with all photography treated to become duotone graphic elements. This helps hold together the very different types of imagery – from original archive shots to contemporary photography via posters and other flat art.

The Modernist is a beautifully produced, perfectly pitched fanzine of modernism. Buy it here.

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