Josef Frank Furniture

Josef Frank (Austria, 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 Polytechnic, 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.

Josef Frank Mirror in Patinated Brass by Svenskt Tenn in Sweden
Josef Frank Mirror in Patinated Brass by Svensk...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Mirrors
Brass
Rare mirror designed by Josef Frank. Produced by Svenskt Tenn in Sweden.
Josef Frank Art Deco Era Coffee Table for Haus & Garten Vienna, circa 1925
Josef Frank Art Deco Era Coffee Table for Haus ...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1920s Austrian Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
This delightful coffee table was designed by Josef Frank for Haus & Garten, circa 1925. The coffee table was made of solid walnut and was newly shellac hand-polished. Please note t...
Occasional Table with marble top by Josef Frank, ca. 1940
Occasional Table with marble top by Josef Frank...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Side Tables
Marble
Beautiful occasional table by Josef Frank. Marble top with beveled edge. Josef Frank (1889-1961). Occasional table. Svenskt Tenn. Sweden, circa 1940. Beech, marble. Measures: 34.5” ...
Josef Frank Candlestick in Brass by Svenskt Tenn in Sweden
Josef Frank Candlestick in Brass by Svenskt Ten...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks
Brass
Candlestick (the knot of friendship) in brass designed by Josef Frank. Produced by Svenskt Tenn in Sweden.
Josef Frank Daybed Model 775
Josef Frank Daybed Model 775
Josef Frank
Vintage 1930s Swedish Daybeds
Cotton
Lovely Svenskt Tenn daybed model 775 designed by Josef Frank in 1938. Upholstered with Josef Frank textile for Svenskt Tenn - Hawai Linen 315 in brown.
Mirror by Josef Frank, Sweden, circa 1950
Mirror by Josef Frank, Sweden, circa 1950
Josef Frank
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Mirrors
Mirror with beautiful brass edging by Josef Frank, circa 1950. Measures: 31.75" square in excellent condition.
Set of Four Chairs by Josef Frank
Set of Four Chairs by Josef Frank
Josef Frank
20th Century Austrian Side Chairs
Chairs by Josef Frank for Haus und Garten, Austria, circa 1930 in walnut and new upholstery. Measures: 18.5" D x 18" W Back 31" H Seat 17" H.
Rare Model 1844 Ceiling Lamp by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, 1950s
Rare Model 1844 Ceiling Lamp by Josef Frank for...
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Fabric
Rare height adjustable ceiling lamp in brass, model 1844, by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn. This is an early production, all original parts including the double layered fabric witch i...
Occasional Table Designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1939
Occasional Table Designed by Josef Frank for Sv...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Marble, Mahogany
Occasional table marble and mahogany.  
Pair of Occasional Stools Model 967 by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn
Pair of Occasional Stools Model 967 by Josef Fr...
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Footstools
Cane, Mahogany
Solid mahogany stools with wonderfully sculpted legs and new cane seating. Sold individually.
Armchair by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn
Armchair by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Vintage 1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Leather, Mahogany
Beautiful armchair, model 652, designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn. Frame in mahogany. Upholstered with wine red leather. This elegant armchair was designed by Josef Frank in...
Mahogany and Ambiona Burl Table by Josef Frank
Mahogany and Ambiona Burl Table by Josef Frank
Josef Frank, Karl Holmberg
Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofa Tables
Mahogany
A unique and beautiful round table, model no. 560. Table, octagonal pedestal and three feet, made of solid mahogany. Round top with ambiona burl veneer. Designed in 1932 by Josef ...
Mahogany and Ambiona Burl Table by Josef Frank
Josef Frank, Karl Holmberg
Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofa Tables
Mahogany
A unique and beautiful round table, model no. 560. Table, octagonal pedestal and three feet, made of solid mahogany. Round top with ambiona burl veneer. Designed in 1932 by Josef ...
Two Josef Hoffmann Chairs 20th Century fabric ...
Josef Frank, Oswald Haerdtl, Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1930s Austrian Art Deco Chairs
Fabric
Created by Josef Hoffmann and Oswald Haerdtl for the Otto Beyer fashion style pattern store in Vienna, Singerstrasse 14 which is shown on one of the images. Fabric "Notturno," design...
Pair of Wall Lights Model G 2141 Designed by Jo...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Cotton
Sweden, 1950s. Brass and cotton.
Floor Lamp ‘Small Camel’ Designed Josef Frank f...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps
Brass
Brass.
Serving Trolley by Josef Frank
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Serving Tables
Mahogany
Elegant mahogany serving trolley by Josef Frank, Model 470, for Svenskt Tenn. Designed in 1932, Sweden. Can be used as a side table or bar trolley as well. Measures: Length 80, w...
Coffee Table by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Solid walnut legs with elm burl (root) veneer top. Made by Svenskt Tenn, after 1985. Signed on the bottom. Glass top included.
1960s Metal and Teak Mirror Designed by Josef F...
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Oak
Article: mirror Origin: Sweden Design: Josef Frank Producer: Svenskt Tenn Age: 1960s Description: This original vintage teak wood mirror was de...
Round Wall Mirror in Brass with Decorative Surr...
Josef Frank
Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Mirrors
Brass, Mirror
Round brass wall mirror with decorative corona-effect surround by Josef Frank (circa 1950s - 1960s). Original styling and elegant presence, this mirror is the centre of attention in ...
Vanity Mirror by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, ...
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Table Mirrors
Brass, Mirror, Mahogany
Vanity mirror model no 2214 designed by Josef Frank. Produced in Sweden by Firma Svenskt Tenn. Designed in 1934, this example, circa 1940s-1950s. Made from solid brass with mahogny w...
Exceptional Mid-Century Burl Wood Coffee Table ...
Josef Frank, Eriksson & Soner AB
Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood, Burl
Exceptional Mid-Century burl wood coffee or low table by Josef Frank. Featuring highly figured burl wood. Impeccable workmanship and the finest materials make this perfectly designe...
Elegant Two-Arms Mid-Century Brass Floor Lamp b...
Josef Frank
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Fabric
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. ...
Floor Lamp Designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt ...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps
Brass
Polished and lacquered brass with black textile shade. Very rare model.
Early 20th Century Modern Coffee Table by Josef...
Josef Frank
Early 20th Century Swedish Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany
A 1930s Josef Frank coffee table model 974 in a light Cuban mahogany wood finish. Literature Josef Frank: 1885-1967 – Minnesutställning, exh., cat, National museum of Stockholm, 1...
Mid-Century Modern Josef Frank Gueridon Table
Josef Frank
Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Gueridon
Maple
20th century Josef Frank Gueridon table with round top. Josef Frank, model 560, Firma Svenskt Tenn. Shellac polished, beautiful bird's-eye of maple wood on three legs (claw foot), ci...
Josef Frank and Svenskt Tenn, Pair of Magazine ...
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Shelves
Beech
JOSEF FRANK & SVENSKT TENN - SCANDINAVIAN MODERN. This is an early edition of magazine racks designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn. Produced by Firma Svenskt Tenn (Estrid Erics...
Adjustable Floor Lamp by Josef Frank for Svensk...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Fabric
Adjustable floor lamp by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s Original condition The shade has a demage inside (outside not visible) See last two Images. Measures: H 142cm ...
Josef Frank Dining Table Model 1020 by Svenskt ...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Tables
Cherry
Rare dining table model 1020 designed by Josef Frank. Produced by Svenskt Tenn in Sweden.
Table Lamp by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Swe...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1930s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Fabric
Wonderful and sublime table lamp designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn. This is model 2434-2, designed in 1939. The lamp is fully working in very good vintage condition.
Josef Frank Art Deco Brass Table Lamp for J. T....
Josef Frank
Vintage 1930s Art Deco Table Lamps
Brass, Leather, Fabric, Iron
This table lamp by Josef Frank and executed by J. T. Kalmar Vienna has an adjustable flexible arm and a leather handle. The renewed lampshade is covered with Josef Frank design text...
Pair of Wall Lamps Designed by Josef Frank for ...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass
Pair of wall lamps designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s. Brass. Sold as a pair.
Josef Frank Stool, Model 1063 by Svenskt Tenn 1...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Brass, Leather, Mahogany
Stool model no.1063 by Josef Frank,  Sweden, circa 1950s-1960s. Manufactured by Svenskt Tenn, Sweden. Frank originally designed the model in 1941 for the Svenskt Tenn’s spring...
Adjustable Standing Lamp with Tailored Silhouet...
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Enamel
Standing lamp with telescoping height and tripod base, model number 22597, by Josef Frank (1885-1967) for Svenskt Tenn, Stockholm, executed in enameled metal and brass, Sweden, mid-2...
Josef Frank Art Deco Cherrywood Cabinet for Hau...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1920s Austrian Art Deco Cabinets
Cherry, Maple
Bergemöbel (Cabinet) Josef Frank for Haus & Garten, Vienna, circa 1925 This cabinet was made of solid and veneered cherrywood - carefully cleaned and hand-polished The inside in...
Rare Thonet Armchair Designed by Josef Frank
Thonet, Josef Frank
Early 20th Century Austrian Art Deco Chairs
Leather, Wood
Rare armchair designed by Josef Frank and manufactured by Thonet. Model no. A-666 registered in the Thonet's catalogue in 1937. Seat upholstered in brown leather.
Josef Frank Armchair No.508
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Vintage 1930s Swedish Modern Armchairs
Beech
A No.508 spindle back armchair designed by Josef Frank in the 1930s and made by the Swedish manufacture Svenks Tenn in the 1950s. This little chair characterized by a low seat heigh...
Sconces in Brass by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass
Stunning wall sconces model 2389 by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn. The lamps are in excellent restored condition. An opening has been made for the wiring on one of the lamps. One of t...
1960s, Set of Four Teak Dining Chairs by Josef ...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1960s Danish Chairs
Fabric, Teak
Very nice set of four dining chairs, model Anakreon, by Josef Frank. These chairs are made of teak and reupholstered with a multi-colored Josef Frank fabric. They are in wonderful ...
Vintage Swedish Brass Trolley by Josef Frank fo...
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Vintage 1950s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts
Brass
This brass, wood, and hard rubber trolley features removable trays.
Vintage Serpentine Brass Candle Holder by Josef...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern More Candle Holders
Brass
Two tiered serpentine candle holder in wire brass designed by Josef Frank and manufactured by Svenskt Tenn in Sweden during the 1960s. Please notice that this version is for thin can...
Occasional Table Designed by Josef Frank for Sv...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Side Tables
Mahogany
Occasional table designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s. Mahogany.  
Desk Designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, ...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Mahogany, Walnut
Desk designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s.
Аrmchair Thonet Мodel A413 / 2F Designed by Jos...
Thonet, Josef Frank
Vintage 1930s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Cane, Beech
Rare armchair, model A 413 / 2 F, designed by Josef Frank 1930, for Thonet, four-legged construction bent from bent beech, stained brown, polished, armrests, seat and back braid expe...
Josef Frank Stream for House and Garden Vintage...
Josef Frank
Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavia...
Wool
Breathtaking And Highly Artistic Vintage Scandinavian Stream For House and Garden Josef Frank Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Scandinavia Rug, Circa Date: Mid – 20th Century – Th...
Josef Frank Walnut and Burl Table
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Tables
Walnut, Burl, Amboyna
Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, coffee table model 2139, walnut legs and rim, amboyna burl top, design 1948, production later, Sweden. This classic coffee table is designed by Josef...
Model 1020 Root Veneer Dining Table by Josef Fr...
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Tables
Mahogany
Dining table model 1020 designed by Josef Frank in the late 1930s for Svenskt Tenn. This example is from the 1960s and has, up until now, been in the same family since it was bought ...
Model 868, Easy Chair by Josef Frank for Svensk...
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Vintage 1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs
Brass, Cowhide, Mahogany
Early production Josef Frank easy chair model 868, produced by Svenskt Tenn. Frank was inspired by the lightness of some 18th century chairs when he designed this model in 1938. This...
1020 Pyramid Mahogany Sofa Table by Josef Frank...
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany
Round pyramid mahogany coffee table, model 1020, designed by Josef Frank in the mid-20th century for Svenskt Tenn. This example were made in the 1980s. Wonderful natural wood grain o...
Wall mirror by Josef Frank for Firma Svenskt Te...
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Mirrors
Brass, Mirror, Mahogany
Wall mirror designed by Josef Frank. Produced by Firma Svenskt Tenn during the 1950s. Made from brass with mahogany back part. Excellent condition with very light age related patina ...
Set of 12 Blue or Green Josef Frank Seafood or ...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Tableware
Glass
Set of 12 blue or green Josef Frank seafood/lobster finger bowls.
Set of 12 Josef Frank Blue, Green or Clear Seaf...
Josef Frank
20th Century Scandinavian Modern Glass
Set of 12 Josef Frank seafood or lobster plates in blue. Designed in the 1940s by the Swedish designer, Josef Frank, originally as a seafood or lobster plate, also suitable for fr...
Josef Frank Brass and Teak Mirror, circa 1960
Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Brass, Mirror, Teak
Rare version of Josef Frank's loop mirror with a teak backplate. Excellent condition with a nice patina on the brass.
Set of 12 Josef Frank Seafood/Lobster Plates in...
Josef Frank
Late 20th Century Swedish Art Deco Platters and Serveware
Glass
Set of 12 Josef Frank seafood/lobster plates in clear art glass Designed in the 1940s by the Swedish designer, Josef Frank, originally as a seafood/lobster plate, also suitable for ...
Josef Frank Stool Model 972 by Svenskt Tenn in ...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Leather, Mahogany
Rare stool model 972 designed by Josef Frank. Produced by Svenskt Tenn in Sweden.
Josef Frank Candlestick in Brass by Svenskt Ten...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks
Brass
Candlestick in brass designed by Josef Frank. Produced by Svenskt Tenn in Sweden.
Art Deco Walnut Side Table or Coffee Table by J...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1920s Austrian Art Deco Side Tables
Walnut
This charming Art Deco side table was designed by Josef Frank for Thonet Vienna. The name Thonet is branding underneath the top. This side table was made of solid walnut and walnut v...
Brown Beechwood Windsor Chairs by Josef Frank, ...
Josef Frank
Vintage 1930s Austrian Art Deco Windsor Chairs
Bentwood, Beech
Set of four windsor chairs designed for Haus & Garten circa 1930 in Vienna and executed by Thonet-Mundus. It features a branding iron. The chairs were made of beechwood and bentwood...
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