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Josef Frank Cabinets

Austrian, 1885-1967
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 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.

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Creator: Josef Frank
Danish Art Deco Stools, Reupholstered in Josef Frank Fabric from Svenskt Tenn
By Josef Frank
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Cool mahogany chest of drawers by Josef Frank, with an amazing, playful silhouette. Elegant brass handles.
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Cabinet on Stand Model 2135 Designed, Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn Sweden, 1950s
By Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
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Josef Frank 'Gustav V' Cabinet in Rosewood, Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s
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Josef Frank cabinets for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs Josef Frank cabinets are available for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Josef Frank collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 8 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Josef Frank's original cabinets were created in the 20th century in Scandinavian modern style in Europe. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider cabinets by Otto Schultz, Svenskt Tenn and Carl Malmsten. Prices for Josef Frank cabinets can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $12,026 and tops out at $109,831, while pieces like these can sell for on average $49,695.

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