Beginning as a series of pop-up shops in 2010, Modern Times became a pillar of the Melbourne design community when it opened the doors to its Smith Street showroom in 2012. Behind the crisp white walls and striking blue branding of the shopfront is a destination for original modernist furniture and colour-heavy artworks you won’t fine anywhere else in Melbourne.
Husband-and-wife team Joel and Amy Malin source vintage furniture from Denmark, and increasingly, from other parts of Europe. These rare pieces – often originating from the 1950s and 1960s – are carefully restored in-house and displayed alongside contemporary Australian furniture from the likes of
Complementing those are a range of ceramics, jewellery, textiles and prints by Australian makers and artists: sculptures from the likes of Bettina Willner, glass objects by Liam Fleming and original artwork by Melbourne-based NZ artist, Mark Alsweiler.
The cavernous space also regularly hosts exhibitions of local artists’ work, and conversations about architecture, interiors and art.