A nearly complete run in 19 variously paginated volumes (lacking volumes XVIII and XIX) of the Czech journal edited consecutively by Zden k Wirth, Otakar Novotý, Vilèm Dvo ak, Max Urban, and Bohumil Hübschmann, devoted to Czech and international modern architecture, city planning, and applied arts including sculpture, textiles, and tableware, with contributions from a number of noted architects and designers including Pavel Janák, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Jean Lurcat, Mies Van der Rohe, Auguste Perret, Henry Van de Velde, Walter Behrendt, Hendrik Berlage, and others. Indices. Profusely illustrated throughout the text and on plates (many in color) showing plans, architectural photographs and renderings, utilitarian items, crafts, etc. 4to. Various bindings including cloth-backed boards, cloth, and original wrpps. Some scattered wear, abrasions, and minor scuffing, minor soiling or staining to some volumes. Prague (Manes/Spolecnost Architektu) 1909-1938.
At the time of STYL's publication, Czech modernism was moving from a rational style to a new radical and constantly evolving Cubist-based one. In breaking with the early modernist style of architect Jan Kot ra, a group of members of the Mánes Artists' Association, co-founded by Kot ra, decided to form their own Association of Architects, led by Pavel Janák. STYL became the magazine of the Association of Architects of the Mánes group. In describing this new movement, Janák wrote in STYL in 1908, "The spirit of the new style is already defined, and the road to its plastic means by penetration to the very nature of matter is clear: it includes geometric forms, prismatic and cubic, the most intrinsic essentials of all forms, purged of everything secondary; the natural constructive arrangements are the new compositional principles, with the function of decoration transposed to only accentuating." Publication of STYL was interrupted between 1914 and 1919. In this collection, the year 1913 ends with issue no. 10. Scarce institutionally. Book ID: 48935