I keep seeing his prints everywhere and I gotta admit…
I LOVE IT!
His past is almost as colorful as the prints he designed. Frank was born an Austrian but fled to Sweden to escape the Nazis. He was an architect, artist and designer. You might recognize his designs which were recently seen in a limited addition furniture collection at Anthropologie. Frank’s designs were actually produced from 1909 to 1950. It is amazing that the organic oversized flora and fauna and wildlife that Frank created almost 100 years ago is still coveted in the design world today but it is and in a big way!
The pattern he sent to Estrid Ericson, head of the Svenskt Tenn design team, who gave Frank shelter and a place to work when he fled Austria to Sweden. This was designed during the time he lived in NYC. He sent it to Estrid for her 50th birthday.
Just as “at home” in todays interiors as during
the time he designed them 62 plus years ago!
We’ve all had a love affair with the astrid chair, right? Did you know it was a Josef Frank design? I can’t find proof, but I’ll bet Anthropologie changed the spelling to Astrid to make it a little more American cause I’m guessing it was named to pay homage to Estrid Ericson.. I wish Anthropologie still offered it!
The black background represents the sea..
Hawaii in brown is one of the most popular of all the fabrics.
It is my favorite! I can think of a hundred ways to use this fabric!
Frank designed his fabrics so you could layer the various patterns together as shown in the room below with the Hawaii fabric as drapery and the celotocaulis fabric on the sofa. He coined the phrase “accidentism”. He thought the randomness provided a “necessary feeling of variety that a planned space could not provide”.
personally I prefer it with the patterned sofa, how bout you?
The windows pattern is a great way to bring nature inside…
See how updated and current this wing chair looks in green birds?
If you aren’t afraid of pattern and color…
wallpaper a wall and add some pillows for fun!
Lampshades are available…
Wallpaper at $150.00 per roll…
Just Scandinavian shop is located in New York City in Tribeca. All the items shown in this post are available there and they ship!
you could buy some knockoffs like these….