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Books and materials relating to the applied arts after WWI; their use in architecture & interior design; the design of handworked and manufactured objects including: ceramics, metalwork, wood, jewelry, textiles, glass, furniture, graphics, clocks & watches, toys, leather, etc.

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Det Moderna Hemmet, Stockholm, Sweden, Bokforlaget Natur Och Kultur, 1937, first edition, large thick 4to (11.75" x 8.5"), HB, Rebound ex-library copy in medium green buckram over boards with 1/4 dark green library cloth binding; white handwritten titles and call number on spine, marbled text block edges, rear hinge reinforced - no other library markings, VG-/ no dj. Corners / board edges badly worn, binding firm, school library bookplate on front paste-down, bookseller label (Julius Wisotzki) at lower left ffep, stamped "Printed in Sweden", some light age-toning to page edges.

Full title: Det Moderna Hemmet Inredningskonst I Sverige Och Andra Länder (The Modern Home, Interior Decoration in Sweden and other countries.) 344 pp., illustrated throughout, 518 b/w photographs, line drawings, floor plans and diagrams; 25 color plates; one leaf with 4 tipped-in wallpaper samples; text in Swedish. An interesting overview of recent developments in the architecture and interior design of "the modern dwelling" during the 1930's. Chapters examine history, color theory and planning, room layouts, furniture selections, lighting fixtures and placement and the use of textiles in interiors. The ensuing sections present contemporary interior design examples, arranged by country, each accompanied by numerous captioned photos and commentary by various experts in related fields: Sweden (Hans Rabén); Norway (Thor Kielland, Director, Kunstindustrimuseet / Danish Museum of Art and Design); Denmark (Kay Fisker, Danish architect ; Poul H. Mørck); Finland (Nils G.Hahl, art historian, writer and co-founder of Artek in partnership with Alvar and Aina Aalto); Germany (Ake Huldt); France (Tyra Lundgren, ceramics and glass artist); England (P.Morton Shand, architecture critic and food/wine writer); Austria (Professor Max Eisler, art critic, historian and Dagobert Peche's biographer); Switzerland (Dr. Siegfried Giedion, architecture historian and critic); Italy (Alberto Sartoris, architect and author); the United States (Erik Wettergren, art historian, Director Nationalmuseum in Stockholm); Japan (Tetsuro Yoshida, architect, professor and author).

Work by some of the following international designers and design firms are included: Alvar & Aino Aalto, G.A. Berg, Lund & Wahlund, Elsa Gullberg, Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Carl Malmsten, Axel Larsson, Elias Svedberg, Gunnar Pleijel, Arne Remlow,Josef Frank, AB-Svenskt Tenn, Karl H. Martin, Isidor Hörlin, Rolf Engströmer, Sven Markelious, Erik Friberger, David Blomberg, Holger Blom, Jan Wahlman, Munthe-Kaas, Aasland & Korsmo, H. Chr. Hansen & Viggo Jörgensen, Flemming Lassen, Houmöller Klemmensen, Mogens Lassen, Arne Jacobsen, Johan Pedersen, M.L. Stephensen, Kaare Klint, Mogens Koch, Anna Strengell, Marianne Strengell, Frans Jaud, Hans Müller, Mies van der Rohe, Adolf Schneck, André Arbus, E. Kohlmann, René Prou, Jacques Adnet, L. Nameix, R.Valance et Cie, Le Corbusier, Louis Sognot, Charlotte Perriand, René Herbst, Frederick Etchells, Guy Morgan, J. Duncan Miller, Erich Mendelsohn, Serge Chermayefff, Frederick Gibberd, Marcel Breuer, Robert Pommerenke, Karl Hofmann und Felix Augenfeld, Walther Loos, Walther Sobothka, Max Fellerer, Max Ernst Haefeli, Werner M. Moser, Rudolf Steiger, Alberto Sartoris, A.J. Nelson, Jane White Lonsdale, Richard H. Dana, Cambree & Heywirth, Elisabeth Parker, R. Strauss, G. MacStay Jackson among many others.

A comprehensive reference on the international state of interior design and decorative arts during the 1930's, unusual for its early emphasis on what today is often collectively referred to as "Scandinavian modern". Scarce.    [Book ID # 1244]


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