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Monday, January 16, 2012
Josef Frank's ripe celebration of nature
Austrian-born architect, artist, and designer Josef Frank (1885-1967) adopted Swedish citizenship ~ and his celebratory and vibrant textile designs redefined Swedish modernism. Producing over 200 patterns between 1909 and 1950, Frank's fabric designs—a mad celebration of the natural world at its most ripe—hardly seemed in the Swedish modernist taste. But given the happy and comfortable Scandinavian style, AND that Sweden can be plunged in gray winter for over six months, these vibrant designs made total sense. Today, companies such as IKEA and Pottery Barn have fabrics that are clearly inspired by his work. Frank's esthetic approach still holds true today.... "The home does not have to be planned out in detail, just put together by pieces it's inhabitants love".... and I have fallen in love with his work.