Josef Frank’s role in shaping Swedish design

Josef Frank has made a huge imprint on Swedish design history. He was almost 50 years old when he fled from Austria to Sweden in 1933. In Sweden he became chief designer for Svenskt Tenn and collaborated with Estrid Ericson to establish a particular style of Swedish modern design. Frank’s talent was quickly spotted and he became one of Sweden’s most important designers throughout history.

Throughout Frank’s extraordinary career in architecture and interior design he charted an original and complex version of Modernism that expressed a distinctive view of the modern home, the family house and its furnishings. Josef Frank was crucial in shaping the Scandinavian Modern Design Movement.

Finally, we now have a majority of Josef Frank’s writings available in English. The book Josef Frank Schriften/Writings gives very important insights to Frank’s life and legacy. I was delighted to host an event at the Swedish residence where the co-editors Tano Bojankin and Iris Meder told us about Frank’s work within the setting of European Modernism. I am most grateful to Johanna Agerman-Ross, founder of Disegno Magazine who was the person that took the initiative to bring us all together.

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