Josef Frank | Patterns - Furniture - Painting explores the recognisable style of Austrian-born architect Josef Frank and the contributions he made to Swedish design. After moving to Sweden in 1933 Josef Frank worked alongside designer Estrid Ericson developing his own brand. The duo worked on a host of products including furniture, glassware and interior design ideas. This exciting exhibition looks at how his colourful brand developed into what we know today as 'Swedish Modern'.
I was delighted to attend the opening night at the Fashion and Textile Museum and be one of the first to walk amongst the joyful story tales suspended in vast drops of colourful fabric lengths throughout the display.
Created at a time when he experienced much heaviness in the world, you can see the escapism that Josef has worked into his playful and imaginative designs. Looking at nature and the world outside his window each are a fictional ponder of equality and idealism, addressing the need for people to have beautiful things to look at.
Image: Teheran 1943-45 ©Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Fashion and Textile Museum
Image: Mirakel 1925-30 ©Josef Frank for Haus&Garten, later produced by Svenskt Tenn, Fashion and Textile Museum
Image: Josef Frank, Butterfly, 1943–5 © Svenskt Tenn from Fashion and Textile Museum. www.ftmlondon.org
The new show is the first-ever UK exhibition of Josef Frank textiles. There is a wonderful selection of fabric designs, drawings and sketches, photographs as well as many newly discovered watercolours from the designer on display. I'm not one to take away the joy of discovery so this is just a sneak preview to give you a flavour of Josef Frank's work. If you'd like to see more I'd highly recommend going soon - I know I'll be back for a second visit!
'Josef Frank Patterns-Furniture-Painting' opens from 28th January - 7th May 2017 at Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF.
Enjoy the show!