The three texts that comprise Modern Swedish Design make the case for modernism in the home, for domestic products, and for architecture. While Gregor Paulsson's Better Things for Everyday Life and the jointly authored acceptera (always written with lower-case letters) have been available in facsimile reprints (1995, 1980 respectively), they have never before been translated into English. From time to time passages from acceptera have been cited by Anglophone scholars or filtered through Swedish authors——usually in reference to the work of the best known of the book's architect-writers, Gunnar Asplund. Modern Swedish Design helps fill that gap by presenting these three important writings, originally published in the first three decades of the twentieth century.

The short introductory essays by Barbara Miller Lane (on Ellen Key), Helena Kååberg (on Gregor Paulsson) and Lucy Creagh (on the acceptera team) adequately sketch out the...

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