Friday, April 23, 2010

ART STYLE: Swedish-Modern (1957-1968) button

Swedish-Modern was primarily a decorative-arts style--only to a much smaller degree a fine-arts style...which is associated with Swedish furniture design. It epitomized minimalistic sophistication, and for several years the entire home-decor industry was under its influence. Various graphic arts were also widely involved.
Representational art from this period was drawn in a simple, clean-lined, almost child-like manner and color was kept to a minimum. But whether a conventional design, or pictorial theme, the look was rather stark.
During the late 1950's and early 60's, when the influence of this style monopolized the decorative arts, buttons were not in fashion and manufacturers produced few of interest. Nevertheless, a dedicated collector will be able to find buttons from this era that reflect the Swedish-Modern style.
THE BUTTON: A modernistic button design of aluminum
Above information is from the About Buttons book by Peggy Ann Osborne


  1. Hi, Peg! I really like your examples and the information included here on your blog. Very nice, indeed.