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Josef Frank (1885-1967) by Svenskt Tenn "Model 2077" Vitrine on Stand, Sweden, designed 1946, manufactured late 20th century, mahogany, glass sides and doors, back and base plate in mirror glass, with maker's brand under stand, ht. 67, wd. 36, dp. 13 in.
Literature: Josef Frank-Life and Work, Long, 2002.
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.' (Svenskt Tenn)
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