Archive | Josef Frank

Colour me happy!

Stockholm Design Week is up-and-running and during its first day I was delighted to meet with four longtime favourites dressed up in lots and lots and lots of colour! Bolon, ever so fun and stylish! Montana, the very essence of sophisticated Scandi colour schemes. TAF, as orange and conceptual as ever. And Svenskt Tenn, where maximalism rules and you’re welcome to loose yourself in the eclectic world of Estrid Ericson and Josef Frank. It makes me happy to find contemporary interpretations of colour applied with such love and great skill!

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Bolon do not present news this year. Instead they’ve digged into their existing collection and played with it, trying out new ”outfits” and stepping up on an imaginary stage. ”The Art of Performance” (2020) is a magical trip into the curious minds of sisters/third generation owners Annica and Marie Eklund. Inspiration is drawn from fashion, art as well as photography. And the result is an inspiring new take on sustainable flooring. Take a look:

”The Art of Performance” by Bolon (2020). Bolon flooring in new combinations, CO2 neutral production, certified by several environmental standards. Photo and video copyright Bolon.

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At the launch at Montana, CEO Joakim Lassen presented Mini, created in collaboration with his father, the late Peter Lassen. With Mini the fab danes make room not only for personality but for accessability to qualitative design. Montana Mini comes with smaller proportions as the regular modular system, and not as many alternative units and colours. ”Today there’s already so many choices to face in our daily life”, says Joakim Lassen. And explains how Montana deals with new customer habits, like online shopping. ”When you’re buying furniture online it is not suitable with, let’s say, several shades of white to choose between”, says Joakim Lassen. ”To make it easier for our clients we’ve created a system of moduls with fewer parts, fewer colours, fewer choices”. Even so, less is as much Montana as ever and Mini cover most needs for storage in a home.

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Montana Mini, by Peter and Joakim Lassen (2020). Available in 3 versions (open, closed, shelved), in 10 matching colours. The modules snap together with strong magnets securing that the storage i aligned, and maintaining the sleek, clean lines that is the trademark style of Montana. Photo copyright Montana.

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TAF design studio, with founders Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom, has made a strong interpretation of Svenskt Tenn and the premium segment of handmade furniture from Sweden. The sofa Famna (”Embrace”) is huge and heavy, stands steady on the floor and is a given ”piece of conversation”: Inspired by a generous comfy bed or classic bath-tub, and the feel when you slowly let yourself into the warm and comforting… to relax.

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Famna, sofa by TAF for Svenskt Tenn (2020). Handmade construction and upholstering by O.H Sjögrens Furniture Factory in Tranås, Sweden. Comes in several textiles, from classic Brazil by Josef Frank to a luxurious orange velvet. Photo copyright Svenskt Tenn.

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Ten Textile Talents

The exhibition ”Ten Textile Talents” runs between 6 Februari – 13 March, 2018 at Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm. Students from five international design schools has been invited to show their interpretations of classic Josef Frank designs. The result is amazing!

The talented designers are Amanda Andersson and Lisa Englund and from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design (Stockholm, Sweden), Chloe Flint and Sam Wilde from Royal College of Art (London, UK), Haruka Udo and Kotone Utsunomiya from Tama Art University (Tokyo, Japan), Julia Svantesson and Malin Westman from The Swedish School of Textiles (Borås, Sweden) ad Cassie McGettigan and Charlotte Fairless from Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, USA).

Svenskt Tenn have chosen three patterns to be part of their collection:

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Chintz by Lisa Englund for Svenskt Tenn (2018). Cotton. This well drawn pattern comes in black/white or white/black. It is beautiful not only as table cloth or curtain…I’d love to see this pattern as a bed spread or huge cushion! Photo copyright Svenskt Tenn.

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Chintz by Lisa Englund for Svenskt Tenn (2018). Cotton. The designer was inspired by Joseph Frank’s pattern US Tree (1943–1945) which is based on a straight, continuous stem with the repeat moving only upwards, not sideways. Frank added organic shapes on a linear basis. Lisa Englund combine the form idea of Frank with experiences from a stay in India where she studied India’s chintz tradition and its hand-painted or block-printed fabric which was exported to Europe during the 1600-1700s and become an important part of the Swedish textile heritage. Photo copyright Svenskt Tenn.

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The Story of Flowers by Kotone Utsunomiya for Svenskt Tenn (2018). Velvet. Photo copyright Svenskt Tenn.

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Dear Josef Frank, by Haruka Udo for Svenskt Tenn (2018). Linen. In a gifted and inspired way Haruka Udo transform the ”spark of life” she experience with Frank’s designs into an organic pattern with a strong graphic feel. Photo copyright Svenskt Tenn.

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Baranquilla by Josef Frank

From the very cool contemporary Scandi to the vivid colour scheme of Josef Frank! When Norway and Denmark got occupied by Germany during the 2nd World War, Josef Frank and his wife Anna left Stockholm to seek safety in New York. They travelled by boat to Colombia and the city Barranquilla and reached their destination in december 1941. During his exile Frank designed several iconic patterns. Gorgeous Baranquilla (1943–1945) is now in production by Svenskt Tenn.

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Baranquilla, textile pattern by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn (1943–1945) now in production by Svenskt Tenn (2017).

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Det finns inga skuggor i svart

If in Stockholm this weekend don’t miss out the unique opportunity to experience three very different but somehow strangely connected artists from different ages and disciplines and in different exhibition sites but now within only a few steps from each other! Make the Tour of the year: It is deeply moving to consider what an artist (or architect) may achieve in a lifetime or in a few months at art school…And how very humanistic the experience of their sharing! Three favourites in one afternoon!

Det finns inga skuggor i svart (There are no shadows in black)

Paintings/objects by Inez Jönsson, student at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm

Galleri Mejan, Exercisplan 3, until 19 March 2017

 

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Det finns inga skuggor i svart, (huge) objects/paintings by Inez Jönsson (2017). Photo copyright Inez Jönsson, Royal Institute of Art.

 

The Cleaner (2017)

Marina Abramovic

Modern museum, Stockholm, until 21 May 2017

 

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Cabinet 2191 by Josef Frank and his textilepattern ”Manhattan”. Photo copyright Svenskt Tenn.

Against Design

Josef Frank

ArkDes, Stockholm, until 27 August 2017

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Monstera reinstalled…

Who but Harri Koskinen would embark on a design journey in the company of Josef Frank’s iconic patterns for premium brand Svenskt Tenn. And come up with a stylized monstera leaf ! Let be handmade in glistening brass but nevertheless monstera, this ever present plant in interior pics from modernism ’til today…But with Koskinen the monstera bring about a poetic quality which is surprisingly fresh.
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The Shadow Play lamp with its strict ”leaf” on a likewise strict ”stem”, ”planted” in a simplistic ”pot” may look bold and conceptual in a way we’re not used to with Svenskt Tenn. But how well it goes with the playful colour magic of Josef Frank! For the exhibition at Svenskt Tenn during Stockholm Design Week Koskinen also upholstered some pieces of furniture from his own brand Harri Koskinen Works in Josef Frank fabrics. Lovely!
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As a designer Harri Koskinen is known for reducing his design until there’s only the essence of form left for us to respond to. With the Shadow Play lamp Harri Koskinen let us experience a subtle play of light & shadow: as light spills throught slits in the leaf a play of shadows start on your wall and ceiling. Thus you’ll have huge, soft leaves floating around and above you. Add some real plants too and the effecct is fab!

Shadow Play, lamp by Harri Koskinen for Svenskt Tenn (2017). Brass. Comes with one or three leaves. Photo copyright Svenskt Tenn.

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