Swedish Grace: The Forgotten Modern


Swedish Grace

Edited by: Peter Elmlund & Johan Martelius
November 2015
Axel and Margaret Ax
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9789189672666
256 Pages, Illustrated
$97.50 Hardcover


Swedish grace was coined as a term for Swedish neoclassical architecture and design mainly of the late 1910s and the 1920s. This period was in many regards a culmination where Swedish professionals also came to contribute to international architecture, design and urban planning. Classical inspiration was combined with social responsibility and a rising professional self-awareness by architects and designers. The most representative buildings, such as Gunnar Asplund’s Stockholm City Library, the Chapel of the Resurrection at the Woodland Cemetery by Sigurd Lewerentz or the Stockholm Concert Hall by Ivar Tengbom, are all world-famous, and the majority of what was built at that period is among the most highly appreciated architecture in Sweden. In this anthology eleven scholars of various nationalities discuss Swedish Grace from different angles, largely displaying its contemporary relevance.