JOSEF FRANK: Patterns – Furniture – Painting

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 11

LUNCHTIME LECTURE 12:30–13:00 Wednesday 18 January 2017

Josef Frank
© Svenskt Tenn

Explore the work of designer, artist and architect Josef Frank (1885–1967) in relation to Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778). Widely considered to be one of Sweden’s most important 20th-century designers, Frank’s vibrant textile designs are synonymous with Swedish Modernism.

His collaboration with Estrid Ericson and the Swedish interiors firm Svenskt Tenn introduced bold colour and pattern to mid-century design. Yet both looked to Carl Linnaeus for inspiration and his use of botanical illustrations as interior decoration. In 1930, Ericson furnished her bedroom with a similar scheme, and Frank frequently used hand-coloured botany engravings as well as popular stylised images of plants as source material. Learn more about their designs at this lunchtime lecture ahead of a major exhibition of Frank’s textiles and furniture at the Fashion and Textile Museum later this year (28 January–7 May).

Celia Joicey is Head of the Fashion and Textile Museum London. She began her career in teaching, writing and publishing at The Royal College of Art and The University for the Creative Arts. Celia has subsequently worked for the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is not necessary. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Tea and coffee will be served in the Library following the event.