Currently on display at London’s Fashion and Textile museum is: JOSEF FRANK Patterns-Furniture-Paintings Displaying an array of Josef Frank’s textile and furniture designs, sketches and paintings; this exhibition is a must see for anyone with an interest in interiors, textiles, pattern, painting and colour.
In 1933, after Austrian-born Josef Frank decided to leave his home country in the wake of the war and naziism, he moved to Sweden where he was recruited by Estrid Ericson, founder of renowned Swedish design company, Svenskt Tenn.
“There’s nothing wrong with mixing old and new, with combining different furniture styles, colours and patterns. Things that you like will automatically fuse to form a relaxing entity.”- Josef Frank“Standardised interiors would make people all too uniform.”- Josef Frank
I am currently enjoying helping out one day a week at the exhibition, where I am fortunate to get lots of time to study the creation and design process of each print. As an aspiring textile designer, I find the vibrant and unabashed work of Josef Frank extremely inspiring. My duties include assisting in the gallery and manning the gift shop. This gives me the opportunity to really take a close look at his work and study the available related books. Our latest brief has an option to look to the current Josef Frank exhibition for inspiration to influence repeat prints, which makes the time I am spending here really valuable.