Modern Swedish Design

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Although modern Swedish design has exercised an extraordinary influence on international architecture and interior furnishings since the early twentieth century, some of the crucial generative writings on the subject have not been widely translated, and the movement's intellectual background is not well known. Modern Swedish Design collects three of Swedish design's founding texts for the first time in English. In Beauty in the Home (1899), philosopher and critic Ellen Key (1849-1926) promotes simplicity and clarity of purpose with the goal of social reform. Art historian Gregor Paulsson (1889-1977) was instrumental in the spread of ideas such as Key's; in Better Things for Everyday Life(1919) he contends that design should be true to its time and available to all, and calls for a modern design language reflecting new materials and methods. Finally, acceptera (1931), cowritten by Paulsson and architects featured in the famous Stockholm Exhibition of 1930, engages in a debate between the proponents of handicraft and those of design idioms emerging from industrial mass production. Lively illustrations and near-facsimiles of the texts' original publications, scholarly introductions by the editors, and an essay by architectural historian Kenneth Frampton, accompany the translations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870707223
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 10.52 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface Peter Reed Reed, Peter 7

Acknowledgments 9

General Introduction Lucy Creagh Creagh, Lucy Helena Kaberg Kaberg, Helena Barbara Miller Lane Lane, Barbara Miller 11

The Untimely Timeliness of Swedish Modernism Kenneth Frampton Frampton, Kenneth 15

An Introduction to Ellen Key's "Beauty in the Home" Barbara Miller Lane Lane, Barbara Miller 18

"Beauty in the Home" Ellen Key Key, Ellen 32

An Introduction to Gregor Paulsson's Better Things for Everyday Life Helena Kaberq Kaberq, Helena 58

Better Things for Everyday Life Gregor Paulsson Paulsson, Gregor 72

An Introduction to acceptera Lucy Creagh Creagh, Lucy 126

Acceptera Uno Ahren Ahren, Uno Gunnar Asplund Asplund, Gunnar Wolter Gahn Gahn, Wolter Sven Markelius Markelius, Sven Gregor Pauisson Pauisson, Gregor Eskil Sundahl Sundahl, Eskil 140

Selected Bibliography 348

Index of Names 350

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