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Two Josef Frank (1885-1967) by Svenskt Tenn "Liljevalchs Easy Chairs,"

Auction: 20th Century Design - 3400T Location: Online Date / Time: June 17, 2020 12:00PM


Two Josef Frank (1885-1967) by Svenskt Tenn "Liljevalchs Easy Chairs," Sweden, designed 1934, manufactured 2010, upholstered in Josef Frank "Vagen" linen fabric, with two Frank patterned pillows, ht. 29, wd. 49, dp. 45 in.

Note: Josef Frank grew up in Vienna in an assimilated Jewish family and studied architecture at Konstgewerbeschule. In the 1920s he designed housing estates and large residential blocks built around common courtyards in a Vienna, which had severe housing shortages. In 1925 he started the Haus & Garten interior firm together with architect colleagues Oskar Wlach and Walther Sobotka.

Frank began working at Svenskt Tenn in 1934 and just a few years later, the Frank-Ericson duo made their international breakthrough. Svenskt Tenn's exhibition room at the World Expositions in Paris in 1937 and New York in 1939 was completely contrary to the ideal of the time with its bold contrasts in materials, colours and prints. The duo received a great deal of attention and became, somewhat paradoxically, the model for the expression 'Swedish Modern.'

The Liljevalchs sofa was the first piece of furniture that Josef Frank designed for Svenskt Tenn. It was shown for the first time at the Liljevalch Art Gallery in Stockholm, hence the name. In a letter to Estrid Ericson, Frank wrote that he had designed this large and generous furniture in protest over the prevailing functionalism and boring Swedish handicrafts of the time. (Svenskt Tenn)
Estimate $4,000-6,000

Light staining to seat cushions.

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Estrid Ericson, Oskar Wlach, Walther Sobotka, Frank-Ericson, Paris, Stockholm