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Nice

In 1878 Queen Victoria, the woman dubbed “Grandmother of Europe” for making her children marry into almost every country on the continent, visited the capital of the French Riviera, Nice. To help her manage the hardship of being away, local business types ran up a home away from home evoking as much Victorian pomp and…

Midcentury Travel Book

We launched Destination Modernism after years of doing all our own research before embarking on a tour of Midcentury Modern architecture. Not all that long ago us lovers of Miesan steel frames, concrete buttresses and geodesic domes had to look at each and every website, check opening times, suss out if they were public-friendly and then print a mass of…

Jacobsen’s London

While it is unusual for us to post a piece about a place where tours are few and far between, we thought you might like to hear about our latest trip to the Danish Embassy. As founding partners of Modern Shows® we put on four shows where dealers and designers gather to sell beautiful wares to an…

Silver Lake

You may know Silver Lake for its natural habitat, its sordid past as scene to the Manson murders or for its thriving Indie music and arts scene. Situated five miles North West of downtown LA, Silver Lake is often referred to as “the other LA” , LA hipster’s creative ghetto, but more importantly for us…

Tokyo Suburbs

If you are ever in Tokyo, whether for a business trip or holiday, make sure you book ahead before making a beeline for Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan, The House of Tomorrow. When you see the looming skyscrapers impinging on its residential quarter from the city it is hard to believe that schoolgirls beetled about this tiny…

Barcelona

Barcelona has such a rich history of Modernism it is difficult to know where to start. But without Gaudi and Miro, ‘Barca’ would not have the colours and sinuey shapes it has become so famous for in everything from the local Graffiti to its architecture. And Spain’s El Bulli would not have its extraordinary food. The…

Miami

If you look at postcards of South Beach Miami, you may be forgiven for thinking that you were in some sort of Deco Disneyland, all dazzling neon and day-glo palm trees. But once you are away from Ocean Drive, the main drag, you will find streets behind, like Collins and Washington Avenues, that are part…

Manchester

There’s always a particular satisfaction you get from having a sneaky peep into places that might not technically be thought of as ‘public’. I’m not condoning trespassing – just a mild case of modernist curiosity. But if you don’t know a city like the back of your hand, how are you supposed to know what…

London

Everyone loves a baddie, especially a tall striking one like Budapest-born Erno Goldfinger. But this man who made his name as the inspiration behind one of Ian Fleming’s Bond villains for upsetting a few of his Hampstead neighbours with his thoroughly modern Willow Road townhouses is having quite a renaissance these days. In celebration of…

Palm Springs

We knew it was going to be good but never in our wildest mid-century modern loving dreams did we expect Palm Springs to be such a Mecca for vintage loveliness. This architect-created oasis in the middle of the desert between Los Angeles and Joshua Tree National Park may have a reputation as the place the…