Parisian auction house PIASA presents its first design sale of the season, devoted to Scandinavian Design. What I found particularly interesting about this sale, setting it apart from others of the same theme, is the wealth of material by Josef Frank, celebrating another important event, a retrospective of the modernist master at the Vienna MAK. PIASA offers the work the Frank, which he did while living in Sweden, spanning his second career. The exhibition Josef Frank Architect and Designer at my alma mater, BGC twenty years ago, was the first attempt to academically investigate the multifaceted career of Frank. Born in Vienna in 1885 to a textiles manufacturer, he had developed the taste and love for textiles from a very early age. Before moving to Stockholm in 1933 with the rise of the Nazis, Frank had a rich and successful career in Vienna and he established with his colleague Oscar Wlach the company Haus & Garten, which came to provide a new interpretation, more traditional, casual, ‘styleless,’ and linked to the past of the modern home, known today as ‘Alternative Modernism.’ Frank immigrated to Sweden with his Swedish wife when offered a position of chief designers of Estrid Ericson, a decorating company.
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