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Josef Frank Armchairs

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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Creator: Josef Frank
Josef Frank easy chair 891 for Firma Svenskt Tenn, Sweden
By Svenskt Tenn, Josef Frank
Located in Forserum, SE
Easy chair 891 designed by Josef Frank for Firma Svenskt Tenn in 1937. Made from solid mahogany, reupholstered in a striking zebra-striped textile. The Austrian architect Josef Frank...
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1930s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Josef Frank Armchairs

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Original Vintage Josef Frank Josef Hoffmann Bentwood Beech Prague Armchair
By Josef Hoffmann, Josef Frank
Located in Basel, BS
Mid-Century original bentwood beech Prague Armchair model 811 designed in the 1920's by Austrian architect Josef Frank and Josef Hoffman for Thonet. The chair is stamped made in Pola...
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20th Century Polish Josef Frank Armchairs

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Pair of Josef Frank Armchairs A 752, Wood Cane, Thonet, Austria, 1930s
By Josef Frank, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A set of two chairs model 'Kaminfauteuil A 752' (engl. fireplace armchair) designed by Josef Frank and manufactured by Thonet, Vienna, Austria, circ...
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1930s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Josef Frank Armchairs

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Pair of armchairs model 789B ‘Captain’s Chair’ designed by Josef Frank
By Josef Frank
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of armchairs model 789B ‘Captain’s Chair’ designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden. 1938. Mahogany, leather and brass. Dimensions: H: 76.5 cm / 2' 6" W: 58 cm / 1' 10 ...
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Pair of Armchairs Model 789b ‘Captain’s Chair’ Designed by Josef Frank
By Josef Frank
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of armchairs model 789B ‘Captain’s Chair’ designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden. 1930s. Mahogany, leather and brass. Measures: H: 76.5 cm W: 58 cm D: 65 cm SH: 48 ...
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Thonet Armchair No. 752 by Josef Frank
By Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH, Josef Frank
Located in Vienna, AT
Beach bentwood fully restored with new caning. Made in the 1920s, price per chair 2 pieces available.
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1920s Austrian Bauhaus Vintage Josef Frank Armchairs

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Cane, Beech

Josef Frank Armchair Nutwood Fabric Original Haus Und Garten Austria 1930´s
By Josef Frank, Haus und Garten
Located in Vienna, AT
Josef Frank designed this chair circa 1925 in a smaller version and 1930 in a larger, more comfortable one. He used it for the Villa Beer in Vienna, but also for the flat Blitz also....
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Armchair A63/F by Josef Frank for Thonet Mundus
By Josef Frank
Located in Banská Štiavnica, SK
Armchair A63/F by Josef Frank for Thonet Mundus. Professionally stained and repolished with new seat.
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1930s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Josef Frank Armchairs

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Bentwood

Pair of armchairs model A413F by Josef Frank for Thonet-Mundus
By Josef Frank
Located in Banská Štiavnica, SK
Pair of armchairs model A413F by Josef Frank for Thonet-Mundus with bamboo backrest. Professionally stained and repolished.
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1930s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Josef Frank Armchairs

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Bamboo, Beech

Antique Armchair No. 752 by Josef Frank for Thonet, 1920s
By Thonet, Josef Frank
Located in Praha, CZ
This antique armchair, model no. 752, was designed in the 1920s by Josef Frank for Thonet and originates from Austria. It is made from beech and features an upholstery seat. This pie...
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1920s Austrian Vienna Secession Vintage Josef Frank Armchairs

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Beech, Bentwood, Upholstery

Art Deco Vintage Brown Beech Armchair Windsor Chair Josef Frank, Austria
By Josef Frank
Located in Vienna, AT
Art Deco vintage brown beech armchair or Windsor chair, which was designed by Josef Frank, circa 1925, Austria. The armchair was made from solid beech, cherry stained and natural lac...
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1920s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Josef Frank Armchairs

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Beech

Art Deco Two Vintage Ash Viennese Mesh Armchairs Josef Frank Vienna, circa 1928
By Josef Frank
Located in Vienna, AT
Art Deco two armchairs from ash wood and Viennese mesh by Josef Frank, Vienna circa 1928. The armchairs show a Viennese mesh structure at the back. Furth...
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1920s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Josef Frank Armchairs

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Bauhaus Armchair ("Kaminstuhl") from Josef Frank, 1930
By Josef Frank
Located in Wien, AT
Objekt: Armlehnstuhl / Kaminstuhl Entwurf: Josef Frank (Wien, um 1930) Modell-Nummer: A 752 Ausführung: unbekannte Kunstmöbeltischlerei (Polen oder CZK, um 1930/40) Maße in cm (H x ...
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Josef Frank armchairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Josef Frank armchairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Josef Frank armchairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original armchairs by Josef Frank were created in the Art Deco style in europe during the 20th century. Prices for Josef Frank armchairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $995 and can go as high as $13,596, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,967.

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