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NEON DOCUMENTARY FILM

Jun 06, 2017

NEON: Brisbane premiere, secret screening of the NEON documentary film (Duration 84m).
Meet Veronica Fury the films producer, hear behind the scenes stories about the making of the film. Co-hosted by Michael Blazek from Neon Signs Australia.

NEON: Lawrence Johnston’s NEON is a brightly coloured journey through the American dream, exploring how neon became a beacon for the hopes of a country. NEON begins in Paris in the 1920s and moves across the Atlantic to America which became enthusiastic about the light as it spread across the neon hot spots of the U.S. - New York, Los Angeles and especially Las Vegas. Johnston has collected a group of neon enthusiasts: people who have opened museums to classic neon as well as modern electric neon art; and people who have made neon their life. NEON is a delightful spectacle of colour and light,…

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NEON DOCUMENTARY FILM

ANYWHERE THEATRE FESTIVAL 2017

Mar 27, 2017

The Anywhere Theatre Festival bookings are now available. Australian Modern presents a series of live performances in the house. The shows are hugely popular and feature some of Brisbane’s foremost singers, all of which have previously performed in Women in Voice.

These shows always sell out, so book early and don’t miss out. Please refer link and information below for performances in the house during May 2017. Bookings are via the Anywhere Theatre Festival, all tickets prices are $30 plus booking fee http://anywheretheatre.com

FRI 5 MAY: Queen of the Night, with Bethan Ellsmore (Cabaret)
SAT 6 MAY: The Trespassers, with Barbara Fordham (Blues/Country Gig)

FRI 12 MAY: Oh Lady Be Good, with Melissa Western (Jazz)
SAT 13 MAY: Oh Lady Be Good, with Melissa Western (Jazz)

FRI 19 MAY: Bossa Nova Sunset Club, with Anje West (Bossa Nova)
SAT 20 MAY:…

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ANYWHERE THEATRE FESTIVAL 2017

AUSTRALIAN MODERN 2016 REVIEW

Nov 15, 2016

Thankyou to all the MAD group for another great year of Modernist Architecture + Design themed events. A quick review of the diary shows an amazing selection of interesting and entertaining social activities that have taken place throughout this year:
   
Anywhere Festival Carina
Gin & Sin Jazz Cabaret
Bossa Nova Sunset Club
Angel Strings
Art Deco & Modernism Society Brisbane Branch
ADMS Film Night
MAD Weekend Brisbane
MAD Melbourne & Walking Tour
Trevor Hart Quartet
Art & Design Film Nights
Walter Burley Griffin Houses Open Day
Brisbane Open House
Albert Smith Signs Tour
Neon Signs Australia Studio Tour
Topology Up Close
Women in Voice Concert
Elvis Outdoor Movie Night
Regatta Neon Sign Restoration

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year, I look forward to seeing everyone…

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AUSTRALIAN MODERN 2016 REVIEW

TOPOLOGY UP CLOSE: SESSION #1

Aug 17, 2016

The first in a new series of intimate music encounters with Topology. Kicking off the series at a beautiful mid-century modern home, audiences will enjoy a twisted trip down memory lane and be the first to hear some of the quintet’s most recent experiments.

EVENT: 7pm Sat 22 October 2016
ADDRESS: 9 Burchell St, Carina QLD 4152
TICKETS: $20 Bookings Essential
BOOKINGS: Click Here to Book Now

In the 1990s, Brisbane first came to know ARIA nominated Topology for their distinct flair in re-imagining popular music for strings, piano and saxophone. Performing in small bars, backyards and lounge rooms, Topology left no pop star “uncovered” with popular anthems stretched, twisted and tortured beyond recognition.

After extensive national touring, Topology is going back to their roots with a series of intimate performances – sifting through 20…

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TOPOLOGY UP CLOSE: SESSION #1

MAD WEEKEND BRISBANE

Jun 03, 2016

SATURDAY 25 JUNE 2016

You’re invited to be inspired by modernist architecture + design
Bookings are essential as there are strictly limited spaces
*Due to popular demand this event is now SOLD OUT*

PART 1: SELF-DRIVE HOMES & INTERIORS TOUR
The home tours include an introduction with each owner and interior viewing
A light lunch will be provided at a mid-century home on route

PART 2: MID MOD MAD PARTY  
The evening program includes guest speakers and a theatre performance
Sarah Barron presents, Colour: Merv Moriarty, a Retrospective Exhibition
Michael Blazek presents, Neon Signs in the USA: A Recent American Tour
Dawn Albinger presents Ruthless, written and performed by Dawn Albinger



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MAD WEEKEND BRISBANE

The Team Behind Our Web Design

Jun 01, 2016

The Australian Modern and Brisbane Modern websites have been online for a while now, performing an invaluable job of promoting our publications and events. We thought it was high time we let you know about the team behind designing and updating these great sites.

BA Creative is a web design business in East Brisbane. They are a small team of talented designers and developers who just so happen to be extremely friendly and helpful too.

We first started working with BA years ago when we needed to promote the Brisbane Modern publications. Since then they have helped us create a new website as well as performing regular maintenance and updates. They have also helped us out with other things such as branding and email set up.

We’re super-happy that we chose such a great team to work with all those years ago…

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The Team Behind Our Web Design

Anywhere Festival May 2016

Apr 12, 2016

The Anywhere Festival is theatre anywhere but traditional theatre spaces. Experience art, culture and unique performances in your local community. Australian Modern, a private mid-century modern home in Carina, is the venue for the following performances


SAT 7 MAY
Angel Strings, CD Launch, string quartet


FRI 13 MAY & SAT 14 MAY
Bossa Nova Sunset Club, Samba Tropicalia


FRI 20 & SAT 21 MAY
Gin & Sin Jazz Salon, a suburban speakeasy


Tickets sales are limited and online bookings are essential, please refer to the Anywhere Festival www.anywherefest.com



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Anywhere Festival May 2016

MAD WEEKEND CANBERRA

Sep 30, 2015

You’re invited to attend a MAD Weekend in Canberra
Friday 16, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 October 2015
Note: This is a self driving tour

- Friday 16: Evening 4.30pm - 5.30pm, special guided tour
- Saturday 17: Full day of mid-century home tours, evening BBQ
- Sunday 18: Free day to explore Canberra architecture and design

Bookings are essential: chris@australianmodern.com.au Please RSVP as soon as possible for catering purposes. The full program will be supplied to confirmed attendees.



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MAD WEEKEND CANBERRA

NEON SIGN TOUR & SLIDE SHOW

Aug 25, 2015

When: SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2015

You’re invited to a self-drive tour of local neon signs in Brisbane on Saturday 12 September, followed by a casual dinner and slide show by Michael Blazek from Neon Signs Australia. Bookings are essential, please email for more details chris@australianmodern.com.au

The recent MAD Saturday in Brisbane was a huge success, MAD Central at Carina was bulging at the seams with mid-century enthusiasts. One presentation deservedly rates a special mention. Neon signs have a long and colourful history, and Michael Blazek from Neon Signs Australia is the last remaining Neon sign manufacturer in Brisbane. His delightful presentation and wonderful images showed us the past, present and hopeful future of Neon, through vintage and new signs, artist projects, architecture and installations. Those lucky enough to attend the recent MAD Saturday event were given…

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NEON SIGN TOUR & SLIDE SHOW

MAD WEEKEND BRISBANE

Jun 11, 2015

You’re invited to be inspired by modernist architecture + design with a MAD Saturday of activities

When:
SATURDAY 27 JUNE 2015

Your ticket includes both the self-drive home tours and the MAD Party
The home tours includes an introduction with each owner and interior viewing
The MAD Party features guest speakers on the themes of Vintage Fashion, Neon Signs and Iconic Houses

Bookings are essential, book early to avoid disappointment

Due to popular demand this event is now SOLD OUT



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MAD WEEKEND BRISBANE

CAROL LLOYD MEGA TREASURE SALE

May 05, 2015

The legendary Carol Lloyd (Railroad Gin) has opened up her treasure trove (2 whole storage units!) full of memories, and is in search of new homes for her very special collectibles.

You won’t believe what’s up for grabs: Vintage clothes, band memorabilia, iconic stage wear, designer gowns, retro homeware, hard-to-find CDs/records and so much more.

EVENT DETAILS:
Carol Lloyd: Mega Treasure Sale
Sunday 24 May: 10am-2pm

VENUE:
Australian Modern
9 Burchell St Carina, QLD 4152

Want first dibs on Carol’s amazing stock?
Register for the VIP Preview and get EXCLUSIVE access 1 hour before everyone else!
VIP Preview Bookings: http://www.trybooking.com/HMQP (limited spaces available)



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CAROL LLOYD MEGA TREASURE SALE

ANYWHERE FESTIVAL 2015

Mar 30, 2015

The Anywhere Festival is performance at its best and most intimate, but not in theatres. Over eighteen days in May you will be able to find drama, music, comedy, and cabaret events throughout Brisbane in unique venues.

Australian Modern invites you to the following performances in our 1961 architect designed modernist home in Carina, refer links below for performance information and booking.

THE PERFORMING NURSE:

Presented by The Performing Nurse. Thu 7 to Sat 9 May @ 7:30pm. Lisa Smith is a multi-talented comedy performer who really is a nurse and a midwife. Her one woman show fuses comedy, song, memoir and live projection to create a gallery of quirky, outrageous colourful characters.
http://anywherefest.com/buy-tickets/the-performing-nurse/

THE BOSSA NOVA SUNSET CLUB:

Presented by The View From Madeleines Couch. Fri 15 & Sat 16 May @ 7:3…

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ANYWHERE FESTIVAL 2015

NEW AUSTRALIAN MODERN DESIGN TABLE

Dec 08, 2014

I have researched some of the best elements of 1950s furniture and designed an attractive, useful mid-century style side table.

This classic table design will compliment any mid-century interior decor, is perfect as a drinks table, or as a partner for butterfly chairs, alternatively it can be used for café style seating.

My tables are hand made with all new materials, and available in a choice of classic tops, either white laminate or plywood.

Available to order and exclusively from Australian Modern Design for $350 each (plus freight)

For more information please contact Chris Osborne
E: chris@australianmodern.com.au
T: 3395 4571



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NEW AUSTRALIAN MODERN DESIGN TABLE

GENTLE MODERNIST: THE NINE LIVES OF ANATOL KAGAN BY SIMON REEVES

Nov 04, 2014

Drawing from Kagan’s own reminiscences and extensive personal archive, and interviews with family, colleagues and clients, architectural historian Simon Reeves vividly reconstructs the multi-layered life journey of a man who has been described both as ‘the enigmatic Anatol Kagan’ and ‘the gentle socialist who dreamt of a better world’.

Mid-century modernist architect Anatol Kagan (1913-2009) began his childhood in Revolutionary Russia, his young adulthood in Nazi Germany and his architectural career in London. Arriving in Melbourne in 1939, he had already crowded the experience of three lifetimes into his first 25 years. Jewish by race, agnostic by faith and Socialist by politics, this distinctive New Australian spent a decade establishing himself in his adopted homeland, working for leading architects and government departments before starting his own practice in 1949. Kagan rose to become the pre-eminent architect to Melbourne’s thriving post-war migrant community, well-known for luxurious modernist houses for…

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MINI MAD WEEKEND

Oct 10, 2014

MINI MAD WEEKEND
BLUE MOUNTAINS
25-26 OCTOBER 2014


The latest modernist architecture and design inspired event is a Mini MAD Weekend in the Blue Mountains NSW, Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014

Saturday’s self-driving tour will include interior and exterior visits to many significant mid-century homes in the Blue Mountains. The day will finish with a dinner party at a Nino Sydney designed ‘Beachcomber House’, including slide shows and talks on related themes, stay overnight Saturday in the Blue Mountains area. On Sunday morning we will visit a special Art Deco house, plus the opportunity to explore the Katoomba area, sightseeing, shopping, antique centres and galleries

BOOKINGS & INFORMATION
Contact: Chris Osborne E:  chris@australianmodern.com.au
The weekend is a self-driving tour in the Blue Mountains area
The schedule and addresses are only supplied to confirmed…

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MINI MAD WEEKEND

TIM ROSS: MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE

Jul 04, 2014

COMEDY SHOW: SATURDAY 16 AUGUST

Comedian Tim Ross returns to Brisbane to present his ground-breaking show Man About The House, where design, comedy and music collide, with music by Kit Warhurst. Experience this show in the unique setting of the mid-century modernist Eisenmenger House (c1961), designed by architect Barry Walduck.

“Tim’s, Man About The House is a different type of stand-up show for fans – not only fans of Rosso but also fans of Architecture.”

This is a State Library of Queensland Hot Modernism event, for one night only, Saturday 16 August
http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/calevents/general/performances/man-about-the-house
Refreshments will be provided, all bookings via the SLQ website, seating is strictly limited



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TIM ROSS: MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE

HOT MODERNISM – BUILDING MODERN QUEENSLAND 1945-75

Jul 04, 2014

1957 Jacobi House, interactive future cityscapes, 3D models, and historical drawings. From the rolling expanse of the Riverside Expressway, to soaring concrete structures like the Torbreck apartment building, and houses explicitly tailored to our unique climate and lifestyle, this period of development paved the way for modern Queensland.

Venue: SLQ Gallery, Level 2, State Library, Stanley Place, South Bank
Dates: 9 July until 12 Oct 2014



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HOT MODERNISM – BUILDING MODERN QUEENSLAND 1945-75

MAD WEEKEND BRISBANE 27-29 JUNE 2014

Jun 02, 2014

The modernist architecture + design inspired MAD Weekend is a unique Brisbane event

The new Saturday evening program also features some exciting live performances

Book early to avoid disappointment, bookings are essential for all sessions, seating and spaces are strictly limited

RSVP:  Chris+Susan T: (07) 3395 4571   E: chris@brisbanemodern.com.au

QUICK PROGRAM GUIDE
For more details please email to request a full program guide

7PM FRIDAY 27 JUNE
Tickets: $30 includes a light supper and drinks
- Hot Modernism: Presented by the State Library of Queensland
- Atomic Martini: Presents a Vintage Fashion Slide Show
- Film: People in Glass Houses: Eichler Homes (USA)

5PM SATURDAY 28 JUNE
Tickets: $60 includes drinks, dinner and entertainment
- Dad & Dave, Live Radio Show: Presented by The Forgetting of Wisdom Group
-…

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MAD WEEKEND BRISBANE 27-29 JUNE 2014

ANYWHERE THEATRE FESTIVAL: MAY 2014

Apr 04, 2014

Empress: Barb Fordham in Concert
In the 1920’s Bessie Smith was known as the ‘Empress of the Blues’. ‘Empress’ is a cabaret concert experience featuring the music of the late great African American Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith.  The concert is a celebration of her life and music. Barb weaves through her own stories of life as a young woman growing up in the suburbs of Brisbane who loved to sing the blues. “It’s the kind of music that takes no prisoners. Theatrical and cheeky, packing a punch with its’ protest of love lost, love made and love shot to hell!

Time & Dates: 7.30pm Wednesday 7 May to Saturday 10 May
All Tickets: $22.00
Bookings: www.anywherefest.com/empress
Duration: 60 minutes
Location: 9 Burchell St, Carina

Topology: Share House Party<…

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ANYWHERE THEATRE FESTIVAL: MAY 2014

AUSTRALIAN MODERN DESIGN Mid-20th Century Architecture & Design

Oct 31, 2013


NEW BOOK LAUNCH: NOVEMBER 2013

Australian Modern Design is a unique publication providing an insight into Australian mid-20th century architecture, design, and cultural history.
Featuring contributions from local architects, writers, collectors and designers, Australian Modern Design celebrates the diversity of ideas in post-war Australia.
Discover mid-20th century architecture, design, art, fashion, furniture, caravans, and more in this eclectic journey into Australian design. 

Publisher: Chris Osborne Publishing
Title: Australian Modern Design: Mid-20th Century Architecture & Design
ISBN: 9780980476736 (hardcover)
Format: 160 Pages, A4 Landscape
Print Run: Limited Edition, 1000 Numbered Copies
Recommended Retail Price: $80
Availability: Late November 2013: Advance Orders Accepted Now
Distribution: Select Independent Bookshops, Vintage Stores, Gallery Shops

What do the terms modern and modernism, vintage and retro really mean?
Modern can be defined in many ways: avant-garde, experimental, or simply representative…

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AUSTRALIAN MODERN DESIGN Mid-20th Century Architecture & Design

TIM ROSS: MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE

Oct 08, 2013

BRISBANE COMEDY SHOW: SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER

Comedian, broadcaster and architecture tragic. Tim Ross has recently been bringing his two passions - comedy and architecture - together, in a stand-up series called Man About The House. The concept invites small audiences into historic or iconic houses around Australia. The show has already had sell out seasons at Rose Seidler House (NSW), Walsh Street House (VIC), and numerous architecture festivals.

“Tim’s, Man About The House is a different type of stand-up show for fans – not only fans of Rosso but also fans of Architecture.”

Tim Ross is a comedian, radio host and television presenter, who became a household name as one half of comic duo ‘Merrick and Rosso’.

This is your only opportunity to see Man About The House performed in Brisbane, for one night only!

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL…

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TIM ROSS: MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE

Mid-century Modernist Houses - Brisbane Open House 12-13 October 2013

Sep 18, 2013

Brisbane locals will have the rare opportunity to explore 71 of the city’s most historic and architecturally unique buildings when they open their doors for the fourth annual Brisbane Open House. Held over two days on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October 2013, Brisbane Open House promises to build on the success of last year’s event, with 35 new buildings of historic and modern architectural importance added to the must-see list.

For the first time three post-war modernist residential homes in Brisbane are included. Due to restricted numbers it’s necessary to enter the ballot to tour these houses, please visit the website www.brisbaneopenhouse.com.au and register.

You can visit both the Eisenmenger House (1961 Architect Barry Walduck) and the Chater Street Residence (1966 Architects Donald Spencer & Spencer) on Saturday 12 October, only one ballot required.  The Jacobi House (1957…

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Mid-century Modernist Houses - Brisbane Open House 12-13 October 2013

MAD MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHTS

Jul 22, 2013

Are you interested in watching those elusive architecture and design films that only appear at film festivals or architecture conferences?
You’re invited to attend our new MAD monthly movie nights to view some of our collection of architecture and design documentary films.
Starting in August 2013, on the 2nd Friday night of each month at 7pm, our lounge room will be open for free movie nights.
BYO drinks and snacks, and a suggested $10 contribution (for take away food) for a casual dinner.
Please RSVP if you would like to attend any of the films nights listed below.
T: 07 3395 4571   E: chris@brisbanemodern.com.au  www.australianmodern.com.au

Friday 09 August 7pm
Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (83min)
The life…

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MAD MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHTS

MODERNIST ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN - M.A.D. WEEKEND 28 – 30 JUNE 2013

May 07, 2013

You’re invited to a weekend of mid-century modern inspired architecture and design.
The Modernist Architecture + Design (M.A.D) Weekend is a unique Brisbane event, this
Year’s program will include all the popular happenings plus some new activities.

Friday evening will include Twenty-20 Vision. A diversity of presenters, such as architects,
designers and collectors with stories of their individual interests and passions.

Now for something completely different, the exciting new Saturday evening program,
Cool Caravans & Cocktails. Step back in time, and experience vintage caravans with a twist.
Featuring book readings, a View-master lounge, also special guest speakers and films.
Dress in your funky vintage outfits and have fun.

Sunday morning will be the much anticipated Interior House Tours, this will now include
homes from 1890 to 2010, five homes across more than a century of…

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MODERNIST ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN - M.A.D. WEEKEND  28 – 30 JUNE 2013

Over The Border Vintage

Nov 30, 2012

I recently went on a road trip to northern New South Wales, visiting the small townships of Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads. These country towns are a step back in time, with speciality shops and grand old hotels lining the main street, they’re also a vintage shopping secret.  My first destination was Re-Sould, 48 Tweed Street Brunswick Heads, where I met the delightful owner Louise. The Re-Sould showroom offers an excellent range of quality vintage goods, from homewares to furniture, and fabulous custom lampshades using vintages fabrics. Louise takes great pride in her shop with classic vintage items for all tastes and budgets, a must visit when you’re in the area.  www.resould.com.au 

Ten minutes down the road is Cloudland 20th Century, 45 Burringbar Street Mullumbimby, which stocks interesting mid-century designer items and furniture. The…

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Over The Border Vintage

M.A.D. Hawaiian Christmas Party at Jacobi House

Nov 08, 2012

Fifty five years young might be how you would describe the Jacobi House, a unique 1 bedroom modernist house, designed by architects Hayes & Scott in 1957. The current owners have been busy in ‘restoration mode’ for the last two years. Last Saturday night the Australian Modern MAD (modernist architecture & design) group were invited to attend an Hawaiian themed Christmas party at Jacobi House, for a colourful celebration of mid-century architecture. The house has been widely published during its history, including a cover story in the mid 1960s for Australian House & Garden magazine, also a recent article in Brisbane Modern magazine.

The special guest on the night was the original home owner,  Joan Jacobi. Everyone wanted to talk to Joan and she was happy to chat about the features of the house, and her experiences working with the original architects. A special thankyou to our hosts…

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M.A.D. Hawaiian Christmas Party at Jacobi House

Collusion House Concert: Review by Alan Lawrence - Saturday 8 September 2012

Sep 19, 2012

I went to a concert of contemporary art music last Saturday.  Collusion, a leading modern music ensemble, was performing a programme entirely consisting of 20th and 21st century music.  You are probably now imagining a concert hall or a theatre of some kind and in a funny way you’d be right, except that this performance venue was some one’s living room.  Okay – so I must be writing from Paris or some other European capital where the traditions of the 18th century salon still survive among certain of the rich, famous, and culturally inclined members of society.  Well actually…

Chris Osborne and Susan Bennett of Brisbane suburb, Carina, have a somewhat unusual habit of putting on first class cultural events in their own house and then inviting all their friends.  I’ve been lucky enough to hear jazz, watch plays, attend…

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Collusion House Concert: Review by Alan Lawrence - Saturday 8 September 2012

Vintage Caravan Magazine meets Australian Modern

Aug 10, 2012

The sun was shining on Greazefest 2012 for their annual event on Sunday 5 August at the Rocklea Showgrounds. The crowds flocked to enjoy a day of rockabilly bands, vintage fashion, car show, and collectable shopping at the 100 plus stalls. It’s also a good opportunity to catch up with old and new friends.

Australian Modern is a big fan of Vintage Caravan Magazine, and you’ll find the lovely Lisa and her caravan, both colour co-ordinated in pink, at a lot of shows around Australia. You can also pick up a funky Vintage Caravan Magazine tee shirt, or any back copies that you might have missed. Do yourself a favour and subscribe to Vintage Caravan Magazine www.vintagecaravan.com and support a local independent publication, or visit Lisa on the road.

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Vintage Caravan Magazine meets Australian Modern

MAD Weekend: Fun For Everyone

Jul 06, 2012

Our modernist architecture and design MAD Weekend was a huge success, including many new faces in the crowd. It was a stellar line-up on Friday night for 20/20 Vision, including local award winning architects Stuart Vokes,  Bud Brannigan and Brian Steendyk. Our hostess Susan led off the proceedings with a unique Go-Go routine and slide show of Pucci fashion for Branniff Airlines c1960s. Some of the other highlights were: Judy showed us the recent past with images of Gold Coast motels. Two very different jewellery designers, Robyn (QLD) and Genevieve (NSW), featured funky examples of their work. Marcus (Tiki Beat) presented the evolution of Tiki bars in the USA, with a sneak preview of his new Tiki Bar design in WA. Paul illustrated the glamour of travel with a colourful selection of early Australian travel posters. Marg shared her experiences of Japanese culture. Annalisa proudly showed us images…

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MAD Weekend: Fun For Everyone

Modernist Architecture + Design (M.A.D) Weekend in Brisbane: Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July

Jun 18, 2012

Australian Modern presents a weekend of mid-century modern inspired architecture and design, it’s all happening in Brisbane from Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July 2012. Following on from last year’s popular Architecture + Design series, this unique event has expanded to become a Modernist Architecture + Design (M.A.D) Weekend.

This year’s program will include new events, starting with a slide show which we’re calling Twenty-20 Vision. This provides a forum for a variety of presenters, including significant Brisbane architects, designers and collectors. They will each show images and speak about their specific topic of interest, but they only have 20 slides and a limited time. There will also be documentary films, a twilight cocktail party and dinner, a guest speaker, and the much anticipated modern house interiors tour.

Be inspired by modernist architecture and design, come for an evening or two, bookings are essential…

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Modernist Architecture + Design (M.A.D) Weekend in Brisbane: Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July

Brisbane Indesign Review: Saturday 26 May

May 30, 2012

The Australian Modern team started at the ILVE showroom at Coorparoo for Brisbane Indesign. A special thankyou to the delightful ILVE staff for their hospitality, and a wonderful breakfast and coffee selection. We decided to park and take the free shuttle bus into Fortitude Valley, and then continue with a walking tour of the showrooms. Living Edge had a stylish display of new and classic designs, and the dispensing machine with ‘ Keep it Real’ badges speaks volumes about supporting original design. A novelty display was the mini cork chair competiton, constructed from Chandon champagne corks, some of our team were thirsty just thinking about it.

Luckily the next stop wasn’t far away, Smeg had set up a bar in the Coco Republic showroom, complete with an array of dishwashers and ovens, and funky Smeg fridges full of ice cold bubbly, which was flowing freely. Our next…

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Brisbane Indesign Review: Saturday 26 May

Sydney Launch, and the Beachcomber

May 16, 2012

Thankyou to all the Sydney-siders for supporting the recent Australian Modern launch events. Billy and Sarah’s Beachcomber event in the Blue Mountains attracted a big crowd, and also the chance for everyone to meet the original architect Nino Sydney.

Our friend Helen also launched her new website www.beachcomberhouse.com.au a must for fans of mid-century architecture. Check out the photos and history, join in the search to find the lost and missing Beachcombers.

A big thankyou to Object Gallery in Surry Hills, a wonderful venue for our official Sydney launch. I was joined on the night by fellow presenters, Annalisa, Billy, Margot and Nino, along with Susan, Alex and Sarah our fabulous support team. Everyone was interested to hear the stories behind some of the articles in Australian Modern, and to meet the NSW participants.

The following day I was…

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Sydney Launch, and the Beachcomber

Special Sydney Launch Events

Apr 19, 2012

On Wednesday 25 April from 2pm-6pm I will be in the Blue Mountains to launch Australian Modern. This is a combined event which will also be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Beachcomber house, designed by architect Nino Sydney. But wait there’s more! It will also be the official launch of a new website devoted to the history and research of the Beachcomber. If you would like to attend this special event you will need to email Billy your RSVP E: pflamingo@bigpond.com The added bonus is that this will all take place at an actual Beachcomber in Faulconbridge, it’s also a public holiday, so go for a drive in the Blue mountains and I’ll see you there.

The following evening, Thursday 26 April from 6pm-8pm, I will be the Sydney launch of Australian Modern at Object Gallery in Surry Hills. Please contact…

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Special Sydney Launch Events

Marvelous Melbourne

Mar 30, 2012

My recent trip down south started with a private slide show at Outre Gallery on Friday night for a group of selected guests, followed by the official Melbourne launch for Australian Modern.

It was a great opportunity to meet more mid century architecture and design enthusiasts, Martin and all the team at Outre Gallery sure know how to put on a good night. The next morning I met with Dean at Angelucci 20th Century in Fitzroy for an Australian Modern instore promotion. Dean created a lounge room in the showroom, so visitors could chat and stay awhile in a relaxed environment, and be inspired by all the amazing furniture on offer. Thankyou to Dean and his helpful staff on the day.

Sunday provided a chance to attend a vintage swap meet, organised by Tony and Janet at Kustom Lane Gallery in Hawthorn, we joined the…

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Marvelous Melbourne

Launch & In-Store Promotions

Feb 07, 2012

Brisbane Launch & In-Store

The recent heavy rain didn’t deter a huge crowd from attending the recent Brisbane launch party. The original launch on the lawn plan was revised to be a house party at Brisbane Modern central. Thankyou to everyone who came to support Australian Modern, and welcome to all the new faces. Spotted in the crowd were architect Geoffrey Pie, Marcus Thorn (Tiki Beat), Collette (Rewind Mid Century) and her Gold Coast entourage, and lots of other architecture and design enthusiasts. Folio Books (Brisbane) are the online supplier of Australian Modern, Angelos and Jenny were happy to receive their initial stock as orders were already coming in. Please come and have a chat, and pick up a copy of Australian Modern, at some in-store promotions for Australian Modern in coming weeks.

Brisbane In-Store Dates & Times

Saturday 11 February 1…

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Launch & In-Store Promotions

Australian Modern Launch Updates

Jan 20, 2012

You’re invited: Come and celebrate the launch of Australian Modern. Meet the
Australian Modern design team and the contributors at the various launch
events around the country, and get your very own copy of Australian Modern
‘hot off the press’. If you can’t make it along to a launch event you can
also buy online www.australianmodern.com.au

Adelaide Launch: Friday 27 January
Willunga Art Space, High Street, Willunga SA Ludwik & Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz
Exhibition
Contact: Adam Dutkiewicz for details
E: adam@moonarrow.com

Brisbane Launch: 8pm Saturday 28 January
9 Burchell St, Carina QLD
Tickets and bookings, T: 07 3395 4571
E: chris@brisbanemodern.com.au

Brisbane In-Store: Saturdays to be confirmed Folio Books 80 Albert St,
Brisbane QLD
T: 07 3221 1368 www.foliobooks.com.au


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Australian Modern Launch Updates

Greetings Australian Modernists

Dec 22, 2011

A few weeks ago I met Professor Adrian Franklin, popular ABC Collectors panelist and author. He recently released his latest book, Retro, which I can highly recommend for all you collectors out there. Adrian offered to participate in Australian Modern, so with some last minute re-arranging he now has his own column, offering a unique viewpoint on modernist design.

Australian Modern will be announced soon, including a half page ad in the January issue of Vintage Caravan Magazine, and a full page ad in the February issue of Fuel Magazine. Look out for both of these independent publications, which are also inspired by mid 20th century design and culture.

It’s been a hectic last couple of months completing Australian Modern, and when you read this it will be finally be at the printers. Australian Modern is an independent publication, proudly designed, edited and printed…

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Greetings Australian Modernists

Did you know that we also publish Brisbane Modern?