Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Josef Frank Exhibit in DC

Do you love the textile designs of Josef Frank? Bold color, whimsical patterns and Swedish Modern style are all hallmarks of his work.

Photo from Svenkst Tenn via here

Sofa photo from Anthropologie via here

 Home of Lisa Grue via Design*Sponge

Photo by Julian Wass, Design by David Netto via House Beautiful

 Photo via here

If you're a fan and you live in DC, the Swedish Embassy is hosting an exhibition of his work from February 19 - March 17. The exhibition is titled "The Enduring Designs of Josef Frank":

"Designer and architect Josef Frank, 1885-1967, was a leading pioneer in modern Swedish design. He left behind more than 200 textile and 2000 furniture designs, which he donated to the interior decoration and design firm Svenskt Tenn in honor of three decades of long and fruitful collaboration between him and its founder, Estrid Ericson. Josef Frank is famous for creating the interior design philosophy that became known as "Swedish Modern" in the late 1930s and is current to this day.
As an interior designer, Frank was a firm believer in the importance of both comfort and whimsy. He eschewed the radical minimalism of Bauhaus furniture in favor of curves and color, saying in a lecture, “No hard corners: humans are soft and shapes should be too.”

A selection of textile and furniture designs of Josef Frank is displayed in the exhibition "The Enduring Designs of Josef Frank". The exhibition is supported by Svenskt Tenn, which have lent all objects on display."

If you've ever walked into an IKEA, you've seen the influence of Josef Frank on design. Definitely seems like a cool event to check out if you are local!


  1. Oh, thank you! I will try to make it up there for this...

  2. I'm going to the opening -- I hope to see you there, it's been a long time! -- Jen Sergent

  3. Anonymous2/14/2013

    What a genius. He took the 'Tree of Life' designs and made it his own!

  4. Wow, love Josef Frank. His work looks great to enhance and liven up a room with class and taste.


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