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The Modernist #22
Magazine of the week

The Modernist #22

For magCulture readers, it’s hard to go wrong with a magazine about 20th century modernist architecture and design. This small title from Manchester has been looking at just that for five years now: it’s grown surely and steadily over the time, sometimes missing a beat in terms of its own design but always offering a fresh perspective on a much-loved historical aesthetic. With supporters such as Johnny Marr and Jonathan Meades, it’s also a safe bet that The Modernist is always going to offer something interesting.

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We’re highlighting the newest issue 22 this week for it’s seamless pairing of content and design. In straightforward yet playful lime green and black, the issue takes Games as its theme: as well as inevitable exploration of the imagery around the Olympics (above), this also means a look at the toys of modernism, from products by Galt Toys to the Bauhaus (below).

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It’s a celebration of the whimsy of modernism, and a look at the period through the spectrum of childhood and sports. From the playful posters of Abram Games to hop-scotch (bloth below), The Modernist leaves no stone unturned.

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The title first emerged out of a desire to encourage an appreciation of the UK’s modernism beyond what’s found in London; the editors felt that a lot of attention was fixed on the capital and not enough beyond it. With issue 22, its original raison’d'être of celebrating the more overlooked aspects of modernism prevails: in luminous green the magazine highlights the movements penchant for play as well as stringent geometry and vigorous functionalism.

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Editors: Jack Hale, Emily Gee and Eddy Rhead
Design: Jonathan Hitchen

www.the-modernist.org

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