By Tabitha Teuma
And so we’re back with another print issue – the long-anticipated MidCentury 08! This issue has once again been a joy to put together. It gave us the opportunity to visit a lovingly renovated Grade II listed Span house in Blackheath and a 1966 bungalow on the innovative Scandinavian-inspired Ryde Estate in Hatfield, each one providing insight into 1960s ideals on living.
Photograph Marcus Peel
Following the recent reissue of Robert Stewart’s 1950s Liberty’s textiles, as featured on this site last year, we wanted to delve a little deeper and tracked down the family of this long overlooked Scottish designer for an interview. The more we see of this designer’s work, the more excited we get about the patterns he created, and we hope that more of them become available once again!
Photograph courtesy Sheila Stewart
In Issue 08, RIBA curator Justine Sambrook explores a lesser-known aspect of post-war Modernism in Britain – the architect-designed playground – revealing some evocative photographs from the archive. We really value Justine’s contribution, as she always approaches the subject of Modernist architecture from a fresh angle.
Photograph RIBA Library Photographs Collection
And we talk to contemporary ceramic artist Lubna Chowdhary about the way she uses colour and pattern to enhance public urban spaces.
Photograph Jeremy Jeffs
Plus there are our ever-popular Buyer’s Guides – this time focusing on mid-century travel posters and Georg Jensen jewellery – and renowned author Lesley Jackson shares her insights into Danish furniture through the collection in her own home.
Yes, it’s another goodie and we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it!
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