The first-ever UK exhibition of the Austrian's vivid textiles, furniture design and watercolours.

Josef Frank's early career was spent in Vienna, where his abilities as both an architect and designer led him to become a partner at a successful interiors firm. But it wasn't until moving to Sweden in 1933 and meeting fellow designer and entrepreneur Estrid Ericson that he produced his finest work. Together the pair created 2,000 furniture sketches and 160 textile prints, glassware, metalwork and interior design ideas that helped define Swedish Modernism.

In the face of the bleakness that defined the interwar and Second World War years, Frank created dazzling, optimistic designs filled with birds, butterflies and flowers, all living in harmony side by side. He was a functionalist, but he also believed that a home should feel cosy and comfortable and always be adapted to meet the wishes of its residents.

On display at the museum are examples of his work in textile, wallpaper, carpet and furniture, as well as the lesser-known watercolours he produced in the later part of his life.

Fashion and Textile Museum

83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF

020 7407 8664

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Tues, 11am - 6pm
Weds, 11am - 6pm
Thurs, 11am - 8pm
Fri, 11am - 6pm
Sat, 11am - 6pm
Sun, 11am - 5pm
Mon, Closed

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