Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Josef Frank

Master Drawing

With Giles in Australia and Daisy on a sleepover party Iris and I were home alone. So her  film request for the evening was Rudolf followed by Mama Mia. Rudolf needs no further comment - except for why now- its the wrong time of year. Mama Mia is a great fun feel good film which is also rather corny. Set on an Island off Greece the scenes are beautiful. However I had forgotten about the fabric - almost in every interior shot there is a hint of Josef Frank (Swedish, as are Abba of course) I had forgotten how great his designs are, it reminded me that they were definitely worth a closer look. Above is my favourite.



'Green Birds'


'La Plata'




Textil Brazil 315 Lin'Hawaii'

"Josef Frank produced over 200 patterns between 1909 and 1950, Frank's designs defied contemporary sensibilities by offering a welcome contrast to the linear, grid-like restrictions that defined modernism, the Bauhaus and others. "Every human needs a certain degree of sentimentality to feel free," Frank said... "Away with the universal styles, away with the equalization of industry and art." And therein lies his magic--patterns that are almost architectural in their generous scale, that show an affection for craft and reconcile seemingly disparate historic traditions and modern invention."

For more designs by Josef Frank, visit http://www.svenskttenn.se/*

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