Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Let's Be Frank
Josef Frank, Swedish textile and furniture designer, partnered with Svenskt Tenn founder Estrid Ericson throughout the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, basically defining the modern, colorful Swedish design as we know it today.
Frank believed the home should be a refuge from the hectic city life, and was inspired by all things botanical. As a plant-deprived city dweller, this philosophy rings true with me. His laid-back, humanist approach to interior design is summed up in the quote below:
"There’s nothing wrong with mixing old and new, with combining different furniture styles, colours and patterns... A home does not need to be planned down to the smallest detail or contrived; it should be an amalgamation of the things that its owner loves and feels at home with."
Continuing with the Frank tradition, Svenstk Tenn also produces this great textile pattern, below, by Therese Öberg.