Modern Design /28 March 2004

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Josef Frank

Vitrine-on-stand, model #2077
Svenskt Tenn
Austria / Sweden, 1946
walnut, glass
13 w × 36½ d × 66¾ h in (33 × 93 × 170 cm)

Literature: Josef Frank-Life and Work, Long, 2002; pg 236 Svenska Mobler 1890-1990, Bowman et al, pg. 263

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $15,340

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Josef Frank 1885–1967

Josef Frank was one of the most prolific designers of the 20th century known for his work in the fields of furniture, textiles, and architecture. Frank was born in the town Baden near Vienna where he grew up in a tactile household with his father, a textile merchant, and his mother, a skilled sewer. In 1903, Frank attended the Technische Hochschule in Vienna, where he studied architecture under Karl König. In his teaching, König placed an emphasis on the quality of material, design, and planning rather than a strict adherence to style. Frank took the philosophy of König to heart and found inspiration in both the past and present to create designs with quality in mind. In 1925, Frank founded the firm Haus und Garten with fellow architects Oskar Wlach and Walter Sobotka. Unlike the Wiener Werstatte which lauded Gesamtkunstwerks, the three architects believed in creating livable spaces. 

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