A selection of textile and furniture designs of Josef Frank is displayed in an exhibition at the San Francisco Airport Museum that goes on to October 2011. The exhibition will later tour the U.S. and will in December 2011 open at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle. In March 2012, it will move to the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis and next fall it will appear at the Swedish Embassy in Washington. The exhibition is supported by Svenskt Tenn, that has lent all objects on display.
Designer and architect Josef Frank (born 1885) was a leading pioneer in modern Swedish design. At this death in 1967, he left behind about 200 textile and 2000 furniture design, which he bequeathed to the interior decoration and design firm Svenskt Tenn, after three decades of long and fruitful collaboration between him and its founder Estrid Ericson. Together they created a new interior design philosophy, which became known as “Swedish Modern” at the end of 1930 and is current to this day.
Josef Frank and his wife Anna lived temporarily in New York during the years 1943-44. It was one of his most productive periods and he created a number of textile patterns such as Manhattan there. These he sent as a gift to Estrid Ericson for her fiftieth birthday.
Josef Frank would have been 125 years today if he had lived. It is fantastic to see that the interest in his design continues to grow. We get orders from customers all over the world and especially from the U.S., where Josef Frank created some of his most famous designs, says Thommy Bindefeld, Marketing Manager at Swedish Tenn.