The colorful prints on textiles, wallpaper and carpets are for many people what first comes to mind when they hear the name Josef Frank, but above all he was a prominent furniture designer. This part of his life’s achievements is highlighted in the tribute exhibit now on display at Svenskt Tenn.
Josef Frank was born in Austria in 1885, and came to Sweden with his Swedish wife Anna in 1933. The threat from the rising Nazi menace was becoming too real, so upon an invitation from Svenskt Tenn founder Estrid Ericson, he chose to leave his native country for good. In Sweden he started his collaboration with Estrid Ericson, that was so mutually fruitful and came to last until Josef Frank passed away in 1967.
Svenskt Tenn is now about to launch eight pieces of furniture by Josef Frank (see Appendix), some of which have never been manufactured before. They are displayed in an exhibition composed according to the designer’s interior philosophy – a representative Frank statement is that it does not matter if you mix styles, colors and prints; things that you like will still merge into one harmonious unit. The exhibition is titled A tribute to the furniture designer Josef Frank. The art in the exhibition comes from the art consultancy company Moderna Samlare.
The exhibition runs August 23 through September 27 at the Svenskt Tenn store in Stockholm, Sweden.
Svenskt Tenn was founded in 1924 by designer and drawing teacher Estrid Ericson (1894-1981). In 1934, she began her lifelong collaboration with Josef Frank, already an internationally well-known architect, urban planner and designer, who had recently left Austria to take up residence in Sweden.
Together, the two laid the foundations for the interior design philosophy that Svenskt Tenn has since come to represent, combining Estrid Ericson's artistic talent and entrepreneurial spirit with Josef Frank's inspired and timeless designs to form what was soon to become a highly successful concept. Svenskt Tenn is owned by the Kjell and Märta Beijer Foundation.