MOMOWO: Women Designers, Craftswomen, Architects and Engineers between 1918 and 1945


Marjan Groot
Helena Seražin
Caterina Franchini
Emilia Garda


Knjiga vsebuje šest poglavij, ki z različnih vidikov predstavljajo dosežke evropskih ustvarjalk – pionirk na področju arhitekture, gradbeništva, notranjega in industrijskega oblikovanja ter umetne obrti, ki so ustvarjale v obdobju od 1918 do 1945. Poglavje Crossing Geographies obravnava pomen migrantk in migracij za globalno širjenje modernizma in pojava avantgardnih umetnostnih gibanj; Pioneers and Organisations predstavlja nekatere pionirke in njihovo vključevanje v stanovske organizacije; The Home govori o položaju žensk med obema vojnama in načinih, kako so skušale preseči družbene omejitve preko notranjega oblikovanja; Representation je posvečen zastopanosti in obravnavi ustvarjalk v publicistiki; Cases from Ireland to Finland prinaša primere uveljavitve ustvarjalk v izrazito moških poklicih; Examining Drawings as Practices of Architectural Design pa z novimi metodološkimi pristopi prinaša vpogled v arhitekturne projekte žensk.

Osnova knjige so prispevki, predstavljeni na prvi mednarodni MoMoWo konferenci septembra 2015 na Univerzi v Leidnu, njen namen pa je strokovni in širši javnosti predstaviti pomemben del »anonimne« in zamolčane evropske kulturne dediščine.


The book consists of six chapters, which present achievements by European women – pioneers in the fields of architecture, civil engineering, interior and industrial design and arts and crafts, who were active in the period between 1918 and 1945. The chapter Crossing Geographies deals with the importance of migrants and migrations for the global expansion of modernism and for development of avant-garde artistic currents; Pioneers and Organisations presents cases of selected women pioneers and their involvement with peer organisations; The Home contributes studies of women creators’ position in the inter-war period and the different ways in which they attempted to overcome societal barriers through interior design; Representation deals with representation of women creators' achievements in publications; Cases from Ireland to Finland brings case studies of women designers active in typically male professions; Examining Drawings as Practices of Architectural Design contributes insight into women architects' projects through new methodological approaches.

The book is based on papers, presented at the first international MoMoWo conference in September 2015 at Leiden University. It aims to present an important part of the 'anonymous' and overlooked European cultural heritage. 


  • Preface
  • Foreword to Women Designers, Craftswomen, Architects and Engineers between 1918 and 1945
  • Making Women’s Works Visible: The MoMoWo Project
  • Women as Patrons and Intermediaries: A Footnote Introducing the Articles of the First MoMoWo E-book
  • Introduction
  • How a Young Girl Went to Wales during the Great War, to Become the Leading Lady at ‘La Cambre’ Institut supérieur des arts décoratifs
  • Dahl Collings (1909-1988) and her Itinerary: Australia, England, and Back
  • ‘Creating Order amid Chaos’: Architect Lotte Beese in the Soviet Union, 1932–35
  • Introduction
  • Women Pioneers in Civil Engineering and Architecture in Italy: Emma Strada and Ada Bursi
  • Lost in the History of Modernism: Magnificent Embroiderers
  • Women and Their Professional Activities in Architecture, France, 1918–1945
  • Women and Power in the History of Modern Architecture: The Case of the CIAM Women
  • Planning Education by Post: Jaqueline Tyrwhitt's War Correspondence Course
  • Introduction
  • De Werkende Vrouw: in Huis en Maatschappij - Dutch Feminism, Fashion and Design 1930–1931
  • Slovenian Women’s Magazines and the Development of the Modern Home Concept in the Thirties
  • The Role of Spanish Women in the Household and Craftwork in the First Years of the Regime of General Franco: The Women´s Section
  • A Documentary about the Life and Work of Dutch Graphic Designer and Teacher Tine Baanders (1890–1971)
  • Introduction
  • Modern Women in (Modern) Architecture: Some Cases (Genesis of a Modern Lifestyle)
  • How Wide is the Gap? Evaluating Current Documentation of Women Architects in Modern Architecture History Books (2004–2014)
  • Women behind Swedish Grace – Success and Neglect
  • Anni Albers and Lilly Reich in Barcelona 1929: Weavings and Exhibition Spaces
  • Introduction
  • Architecture as Method of Self-Realisation: The Belfast Architect Florence Fulton Hobson
  • Mary Crowley: Beginnings of the Career of a Pioneering Modern Movement Architect in Britain before 1945
  • Women Architects in the Shadow: Aino Marsio-Aalto
  • The Case of Corona Krause: Textiles as a Spatial Apparatus
  • The Pliable Plane: Textiles, Space, and the Work of Anni Albers
  • Introduction
  • Eileen Gray’s Architecture of Relationships: Materiality and Spatial Layering
  • Helena Niemirowska Syrkus: Graphic analysis of the ‘House of Dr Nelken in Warsaw’
  • Charlotte Perriand: Graphic analysis of the “Maison du week-end”
  • Redrawing as Key to the Spatial Thought of Hana Kučerová Zaveská
  • Lina Bo Bardi: Unbuilt in Sicily
  • Interventions at the 1st MoMoWo Conference-workshop at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands: Four Practices, Four Women: Interviews with a Textile Designer, a Scholar of City Planning, an Industrial Designer-Engineer and an Architect


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January 24, 2018
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