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Sketch Manhattan designed by Josef Frank. Image: Svenskt Tenn archives and collections

Josef Frank – Architect and Designer at Design Museum until 17 March 2019

Josef Frank – Architect and Designer
12 Oct. 2018 – 17 March 2019
Design Museum
Korkeavuorenkatu 23


Architect and designer Josef Frank was born in Baden, Austria in 1885 and studied architecture in Vienna. His doctoral dissertation from 1910 was on the church architecture of Leon Battista Alberti. As an architect he focused on comfortable and adaptable houses and social housing. The rising antisemitism in Austria in the 1930s made Frank flee to Sweden where he took Swedish citizenship and became an influential textile and furniture designer. His design thinking emphasised the importance of chance and the influence of history and different cultures. Frank died in 1967 in Stockholm.

Josef Frank. photo: Lennart Nilsson / Svenskt Tenn

Produced by MAK, the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, the exhibition is the largest overview of Frank’s work that has ever been produced. The exhibition is curated by architect Hermann Czech and curator Sebastian Hackenschmidt. The adaptation for Design Museum was curated by Anna Vihma and the exhibition architecture is by Hanni Koroma.

The opening of the exhibition is on Thursday 11th of October.
Invitation to the opening

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