Inspired by the quest to furnish and renovate my 1960s London apartment, I set up MidCentury magazine at the start of 2011, running it from G Plan table in my living room. I’d been working as the editor of an arts journal and had been toying with the idea of starting my own publication. Having been a fan of mid-century design for some years and having long bemoaned the omission of a publication on the topic here in the UK, I set out to create one myself. For people just like me!
As its following grew, so did the team of people running the magazine – the page count more than doubled in its first year and in 2013 we partnered with the renowned design agency Esterson Associates to create a product that beautifully represented our subject. Five years on, having published issue 10, produced an app and now with an active website, the business was fast outgrowing my kitchen table (my new ‘office’ – we had recently upped sticks, leaving London for greener pastures). It was crunch time. With a young family and a day job to contend with, I decided it was time to take a break and put MidCentury magazine to bed. It has always been something of a labour of love and, despite a couple of generous offers of investment, I felt I couldn’t devote enough of my time to expanding the business.
There’s certainly a lot of love for this little magazine though, and it’s my hope that someone some day may be able to continue what we started!
Tabitha Teuma, Founder and Editor-in-Chief