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Wells Coates – Barbara Hepworth – Colin Lucas – Henry Moore – Paul Nash –
Ben Nicholson – Herbert Read – Edward Wadsworth

In 1933 a group of avant-garde architects, sculptors and painters formed Unit One. According to Paul Nash, they stood for ‘the expression of a truly contemporary spirit’. Wells Coates formulated a credo for Unit One in which he called for the economic and social problems of the day, and not the styles of the past, to guide the architect in his attempts to produce ‘a formal aspect of order and significance’. *

* Unit One – The Modern Movement in English Architecture, Painting and Sculpture, edited by Herbert Read, 1934