Non colour lovers look away now. A treat for the eyes and for the mind, the designs of Josef Frank look as contemporary and as relevant as if they had been designed today, with room sets (courtesy of Svenskt Tenn) filled with indoor foliage, Pantone shades and repeat patterns, so on point as we 21st century kids like to call it. To discover that he was producing the bulk of his work during the 1930's and 1940's when life was striped of colour, is for me where the true beauty lies and to quote from Svenskt Tenn: "Josef Frank made his entry on the Swedish design scene in 1934. And it was an entrance with a vengeance."
His fusion of colours, of patterns, of movement is breathtaking and reminds me of my own joy of the colour wheel.
Explore the work of designer and artist Josef Frank (1885-1967) in the first-ever UK exhibition of his textiles. The Austrian-born architect moved to Sweden in 1933, where he developed his colourful brand of modernism, working with Estrid Ericson on furniture, glassware, lighting and interior design ideas. Together they redefined what is regarded as Swedish Modern. This exhibition in association with Millesgården, Stockholm highlights Frank’s vibrant fabric designs for Svenskt Tenn alongside a number of his previously unknown watercolours.
Exhibition Dates: 28 January – 7 May 2017
£9.90 adults / £7.70 concessions / £6 students
Children under 12 are free
Images: Josef Frank © Svenskt Tenn