Josef Frank

Today's Google logo, at least in European countries, commemorates the 125 birthday of the Austrian-Swedish architect, interior designer and writer Josef Frank, (1885 - 1967).

He collaborated in the Viennese garden city movement and took a leading role in the construction of cooperatively run garden suburbs and several residential buildings for Vienna's communal housing scheme.

In 1933 he was forced to leave Vienna for Sweden where he soon started to define Scandinavian modern design. He became the chief designer for the Stockholm furnishings company Svenskt Tenn. He's best known for his colorful and vibrant patterns, fabrics and wallpapers.

Here you can see tables and seatings by Josef Frank.

Here's an interview with Christopher Long, Professor for Architectural History who wrote Frank's biography.

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