1 of 2 images

Vintage 1950s Josef Frank "Nordens Flora" Cabinet


The most amazing Swedish 1950s cabinet designed by Josef Frank. Mahogany and interior of birch. Adjustable shelves. Decorated with illustrations from the book "Nordens Flora" by C. A. M. Lindman. Produced by Svensk Tenn.


  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 55.12 in. x W 46.26 in. x D 16.93 in.

    H 140 cm x W 117.5 cm x D 43 cm

  • Seller location
    Copenhagen K, DK
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Josef Frank (Designer)

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.

About the Seller

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2013
Typical response time: 5 hrs
Located in Copenhagen K, DK
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller

1950s Chest of Drawers

French Commodes and Chests of Drawers


Lovely chest of drawers in golden herringbone inlaid wood.


Vintage Swedish Chest of Drawers

Swedish Commodes and Chests of Drawers


Swedish chest of drawers in pine wood.

You May Also Like

Showcase Cabinet on Stand by Josef Frank

Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn

Swedish Cabinets

Glass, Mirror, Mahogany

This beautiful display cabinet, model 2077, is one of Josef Franks most remarkable designs. It is made of solid mahogany, with glass sides and doors. Base and back in mirror glass. D...


1950s Botanical Print Swedish Cabinet

Josef Frank

Swedish Cabinets

1950s Swedish cabinet papered with botanical prints by C.A.M. Lindman.


Josef Frank Cabinet for Svenskt Tenn

Josef Frank

Swedish Cabinets

Brass, Mahogany

Beautiful, elegant and large sideboard designed by Josef Frank. Manufactured by Svenskt Tenn, circa 1940s. Cabinet features four doors concealing one adjustable shelf per compartment...


Josef Frank Cabinet with 13 Drawers

Josef Frank

Swedish Cabinets

Mahogany, Oak, Walnut, Amboyna

Model 2237, 13 different sized drawers of oak, walnut and mahogany. Sides and top veneered with amboyna root, legs of walnut, pull handles and knobs of brass. Frank designed many v...

NaN / set

Josef Frank 1940s Tall Mahogany Drinks Cabinet ...

Svenskt Tenn

Swedish Cabinets

Brass, Glass, Mirror, Mahogany

Tall, two part, drinks cabinet in light mahogany designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn in the 1940s. The shelves in the top and bottom sections are adjustable/removable. The vitri...


Josef Frank Cabinet for Haus und Garten circa ...

Josef Frank

Austrian Cabinets

Cherry, Maple

Bergemöbel (Cabinet) Josef Frank for Haus & Garten Vienna c.1925 Solid and veneered cherry wood hand-polished Inside the cabinet is maple veneered and equipped with three shelv...

NaN / set

Set of Four Josef Frank-style Swedish Cabinets

Josef Frank

Swedish Cabinets

Brass, Mahogany

This gorgeous set of four mid-century modern Swedish cabinets in the style of Josef Frank were recently refinished and their original brass hardware restored. The small scale makes ...

NaN / item

Josef Frank, Pair of Magazine Racks

Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn

Swedish Shelves

Pair of magazine racks designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn. Produced by Firma Svenskt Tenn (Estrid Ericson & Josef Frank), Sweden, 1940-1950. Very good original vintag...