Erik Gunnar Asplund

Erik Gunnar Asplund, Sketch for the Ashland summer house in Stennas, Sweden, 1937, DM 1251 – Drawing Matter

Erik Gunnar Asplund (1885–1940), Stennäs (Asplund Summer House), Sarunda, Sweden, 1937. Pencil on tracing paper mounted on board, 229 × 376 mm.

Erik Gunnar Asplund’s son Ingemar told me that their father would pick him and his brother Hans up on Sundays to take them to the summer house. (He was then living with a woman other than their mother.) Father would make a little conversation as they made their way to the jetty; hand over the oars of the boat to the boys to row to the house, stay there a little while, and then get back in the boat for the boys to row back. ​From the moment he and Hans first got on the dinghy until the moment they got out of it at the end of the day, his father’s head, hands, and attention never turned away from his sketchbook. ‘I can remember nothing about my father,’ he told me, ‘except him drawing.’

— Nicholas Olsberg


On other works by Asplund, including the Crematorium for the Woodland Cemetery; on works by his long-time collaborator Sigurd Lewerentz; on other obsessive drawers, including Adolfo Natalini and Álvaro Siza; and on other articles by Nicholas Olsberg, including his thoughts on Sheds.