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Josef Frank
'FLORA' BUREAU, MODEL NO. 2131
with paper label Josef Frank / Svenskt Tenn / 1952
mahogany-veneered wood, mahogany, brass, printed paper
127.5 x 113 x 38 cm (50  1/4  x 44  1/2  x 15 in.)
designed circa 1950 - 1951, executed 1952
produced by Svenskt Tenn, Stockholm, Sweden
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Catalogue Note

Together with Estrid Ericson and her furnishing company, Svenskt Tenn, Josef Frank developed his highly personal style with elements of Viennese elegance and Swedish functionalism. He wanted to incorporate natural forms and colours into his interiors, so that the inhabitants could breathe freely in the enclosed spaces. He believed that “ornament and complexity create peacefulness and get rid of the disturbing aspect of pure functional form.”
A perfect example of this ideology is presented Flora bureau. For this project Frank used hand-coloured botanical paper prints from Carl Lindman’s book Bilder ur Nordens Flora, which he then delicately applied onto the mahogany front of the piece. Contrast between the delicate floral patterns and heavy wooden form instils the cabinet with light, playful and organic sense. Contrasting materials bring the echo of the past, but create incredibly modern piece.

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