Very rare first edition of the most important manifesto of Swedish Functionalism. The manifesto was written in connection with, and published shortly after, the 1930 Stockholm Exhibition. The exhibition, which was directed in part by Asplund and featured contributions by each of the authors, offered a variety of structures representative of the functionalist and International styles. It took as its slogan the phrase Acceptera!—translatable into English as either the imperative “accept!” or the infinitive “to accept!” Together, the Stockholm Exhibition and publication of acceptera constitute a definitive moment in the development of Swedish modern architecture and urban planning, both of which would be influenced in the following decades by many of the ideas regarding industrial production, planning, standardization, and functionality promulgated by the manifesto’s authors.
Asplund, Gunnar. – Åhrén, Uno. – Gahn, Wolter. – Markelius, Sven. Sundahl, Eskil & Gregor Paulsson:. . Stockholm: Tiden / Tidens förlag, 1931. Large 8vo uncut in illustrated wraps as issued. 200 pages, illustrated with fine black and white photos, photo-collages, drawings etc. Name of Danish architect to titlepage, dated June 1931, else clean. Minor edgewear, mainly spine ends and corners. Overall a very attractive tight copy