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Josef Frank

Austrian, 1885-1967

Austrian architect and furniture and fabric designer Josef Frank was a leading voice for a gentle, humane modernism. His advocacy of warm, comfortable, eclectically styled environments was highly influential in his adopted country of Sweden, and it’s now widely regarded as a harbinger of the backlash against doctrinaire modernism and the embrace of the homespun that occurred in the late 1960s.

The son of a successful Viennese textile manufacturer, Frank studied architecture at Vienna University of Technology, graduating in 1910. From the first years of his practice, he marched counter to the orderly, symmetrical architectural layouts and decors prescribed by contemporaries such as Adolf Loos.

Frank drafted rooms of varying shapes and called for flexible interior-design arrangements. His furniture pieces are light and easy to move — and his chairs are always made of wood, most often with lushly curved steam-bent arms and slatted backs. Frank openly loathed the tubular steel furnishings and “machine for living” aesthetic promoted by Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and other Bauhaus principals. “The home must not be a mere efficient machine,” Frank once said. “It must offer comfort, rest and coziness…. There are no puritan principles in good interior decoration.”

Frank — who was Jewish — sensed the dire implications of the rise of Nazism in Germany and Austria, and in 1933 he moved to Stockholm with his Swedish wife, Anna. He became the design chief for the furnishings maker Svenskt Tenn and found a perfect match culturally for his brand of simple, relaxed and bright creations. Like many modernists — notably Charles and Ray Eames and Alexander Girard — Frank had a deep love of folk art, which influenced his designs for a wide array of colorful, richly patterned upholstery fabrics, many based on the classic “Tree of Life” motif.

In all his designs, Frank took inspiration from a broad variety of sources. In his furniture, one can discern traces of Asian patterns, Rococo, Italian Renaissance, Scandinavian handicrafts and even Chippendale pieces. As such, the work of Frank — the friendly modernist — is at home in any type of décor.

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Floor Lamp Model 1842
Floor Lamp Model 1842
Floor Lamp Model 2148
Floor Lamp Model 2148
Table Lamp Model 2388
Table Lamp Model 2388
Josef Frank Chaise Longue '775' Reupholstered in Burgundy Fabric
By Josef Frank
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Josef Frank, daybed '775', fabric, wood, Sweden, 1938. Completely restored and reupholstered chaise lounge designed by Josef Frank in 1938. The piece has been reupholstered in a b...
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1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Josef Frank

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Fabric, Wood

Elegant Two-Arms Mid-Century Brass Floor Lamp by Josef Frank, Austria, 1950
By Josef Frank
Located in Vienna, AT
A very beautiful and unusual Viennese brass floor lamp, designed by Josef Frank in the early 1950s. A charming lamp with two rotatable and height-adjustable arms and lovely details. ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Josef Frank

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Brass

Table Lamp Model 2434 Designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1939
By Josef Frank
Located in Stockholm, SE
Table lamp model 2434 designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1939. Polished and lacquered brass with fabric shade. Measures: H: 58 cm / 1' 10 1/2" W: 50 cm / 1' 7 1/2".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Josef Frank

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Brass

Pair of Floor Lamps Model 2326 Designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden
By Josef Frank
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of floor lamps model 2326 designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden. 1934. Brass with fabric shade. Adjustable stem height. Measures: height: 153 cm / 5' 1/4'' ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Josef Frank

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Brass

Table Lamp Model 2466 Designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s
By Josef Frank
Located in Stockholm, SE
Table lamp model 2466 designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden. 1950s. Brass and silk shade. An understated and timeless design, the model 2466 by Josef Frank is found i...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Josef Frank

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Brass

Schumacher Citrus Garden 22" Pillow
By Josef Frank
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Citrus Garden with a self-welt finish. This archival Josef Frank print, created in 1947, bears the signature whimsy, color and personality for which the designer...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American French Provincial Josef Frank

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Linen

  • Schumacher Citrus Garden 22" Pillow
  • Schumacher Citrus Garden 22" Pillow
  • Schumacher Citrus Garden 22" Pillow
  • Schumacher Citrus Garden 22" Pillow
H 22 in. W 22 in. D 5 in.
White Painted Stool, Josef Frank Upholstery
By Josef Frank
Located in New York, NY
White painted stool with upholstery by Josef Frank, Svensk Tenn length 44, width 36, height 44 cm. Cording is loose but we can replace cording if requested.
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20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Josef Frank

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Upholstery, Wood, Paint

  • White Painted Stool, Josef Frank Upholstery
  • White Painted Stool, Josef Frank Upholstery
  • White Painted Stool, Josef Frank Upholstery
  • White Painted Stool, Josef Frank Upholstery
H 17.5 in. W 17.5 in. D 14 in.
1950s, White Fabric Shade and Brass Stem Floor Lamp by Josef Frank
By Svenskt Tenn, Carl Malmsten, Josef Frank
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Floor lamp by Josef Frank, brass stem and off white fabric shadow, Sweden, 1950s. Lovely floor lamp with a sturdy yet elegant brass rod, whose neck elegantly disappears into the l...
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Josef Frank

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Brass

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Josef Frank furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Frank furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Josef Frank collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 234 vintage editions of these items, while there are 9 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Josef Frank were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Scandinavian modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Hans Bergström, Svenskt Tenn and Bergboms. Prices for Josef Frank furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $490 and tops out at $109,843, while pieces like these can sell for on average $4,764.

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