Josef Frank was an Austrian designer who moved to Sweden in the 1930s to escape the rise of fascism and anti-semitic feeling. He began working for Svenskt Tenn who still produce his designs today.

This exhibition at the Fashion and Textiles Museum provided an insight into his design process, exhibiting his painted designs alongside large hanging repeats.

A few of the designs had been upholstered on to furniture you could actually sit on! It was a really well displayed exhibition, in a space that often struggles with its curation.

His colours are bright and bold, with many of his designs featuring 6+ colours, which would have each needed a separate screen for printing. His motifs are frequently floral, but are contemporary, perhaps because of saturated hues he uses. Strong greens, yellows, blues and purples with block backgrounds. The geometric and abstract designs have an appearance of more modern designs from the 1970s and 80s despite being much older.

The show continued upstairs with examples of Frank’s paintings which had a similar style to his designs but really weren’t as interesting. This exhibition represented a very iconic and much replicated designer’s inspiring portfolio.

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