Thursday, July 15, 2010
Josef Frank and those damn Swedes
When I cranked up la computadora this morning, I thought, "Huh, that Google logo looks like Josef Frank fabric!"
Well, I guess I know my unaffordable Swedish design history because it was indeed a tribute to the designer.
A while back I designed a little fantasy nursery around one of Josef Frank's best-known textile designs.
I had read that he designed over 200 textile patterns, and a little research led me here.
Oh dang. He designed a heckuvalot more than textiles. Here are some highlights from the website (which handles the licensed reproductions), but you should really grab a cuppa and head over yourself. It's amazing.
Designer's challenge: can you find the things that influenced Peter Dunham, Orla Kiely, Lotta Jansdotter, and even IKEA?
Some furniture highlights (this is where I see Frank's influence on Peter Dunham's interior designs; the fig trees, the wicker, the classic-meets-organic style):
Two new favorite textile designs:
How is it that these bags aren't EVERYWHERE (oh, maybe it's the pricetag)??
The wallet is made from his "Manhattan" print...I would love to carry one:
Stunning lighting, which looks to have influenced Tommi Parzinger pretty heavily:
A number of delicious design books, with lots of potential for cutting and framing:
A full line of vases, planters, and other botanical supplies:
Plates, trays, children's dishes, sculpture:
What's your favorite piece? I dare you not to want it all!