Modern Times, a Modern Melbourne love story between European design furniture and contemporary Australian art, is a showroom, gallery, and restoration service. Like many true Melbournians, Joel and Amy Malin, the owners of this splendid establishment, wish to share with Aussies their passion for the world’s best designers and Australia’s best artists. It is their mission to honour designers and preserve history by extending the life of furniture.
Their showroom/gallery is a space filled with beauty and integrity and curates furniture, sofa & armchairs, lighting, art, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, and photography. For furniture and design whores like myself, this place is a dream! They offer designer brands like Johannes Andersen, Dáša, and Paulo Piva just to name a few.
In conversation with Amy, I asked her about her curating process regarding showcasing Australian artists?
She said, “Our curating process is always evolving, but the bedrock is quite simple. I seek artistic works of substance that will bring joy to the viewer and can translate that feel-good experience into an interior. Whilst the process and concept often comes first in art-speak, we hope to put the raw emotional response of the viewer first. Work that come from a place of rich inspiration, meaning and technical skill will inevitably evoke a strong response.”
What makes it unique?
Not only is Modern Times a showroom and gallery, but they are also thought leaders in their vast realm of Dutch design, mid-century modernism, Australian art, and workshops, just to name a few! A platform for culture and knowledge, Modern Times’ online journal shares educational articles, interviews with designers/artists, and recaps about opening nights.
How do I get it into my life?!
Modern Times is nestled in the heart of Melbourne’s bohemian and eclectic suburb of Fitzroy. You can also purchase furniture, art, lighting, and everything else this store gallery has to offer online! And don’t worry if you fall in love with a sofa but live across the country. Modern Times ships nationwide and internationally with one of their trusted couriers!
What’s the #insidertip?
This space hosts regular exhibitions with local artists.You can check out Modern Time’s exhibition schedule here! This gives you the opportunity to talk with some of your favourites about their work and community. If you asked what I wanted to do this weekend, I couldn’t think of anything better than to immerse myself in the mood of mid-century modern furniture and visit one of Modern Times exhibitions!
*all images via Modern Times.