my latest acquisition:
i didn't know about olle eksell before coming across this book. i really love the playfulness of bold colouring and lining in his designs!
his work is an impressive example of how apparently "dated" vintage design becomes timeless precisely because it captures the spirit of an era, in this case, an era thrilled with the idea of progress, expansion, buying power, and the pursuit of witty and refined leisure.
there are so many basic elements in eksell's work that --when mixed together daringly, as he does-- show the perfect dose of style necessary to enhance the desirability of a commercial product as an equally pleasing work of art (something which comtemporary design and illustration seek so much nowadays, i think.).
i can look at each page of this book for hours! it's a visual knockout, definitely. check it out at PIE books.