Interior design today, is usually sleek and minimalist. Worktops are made from granite, walls are washed in neutral colours, and furniture – is functional. But the work of Austrian architect and designer Josef Frank (1885-1967), is exotic by comparison. Living and working in Sweden for most of his life, Frank created vibrant coloured paintings inspired by nature. Now, whilst I personally love a stripped back colour palette, I was intrigued by the showcase currently on display at London’s Fashion & Textile museum. I was curious about Frank’s work because, having spent most of his working life in Sweden, his work is particularly at odds with the minimalist aesthetic of many Swedish designers. I also love flowers, and as you gaze upon Frank’s prints, you slip into a weird world of swirling colours. You imagine you are at a dinner party in the swinging’60s. The bright colours of the prints are reminiscent of the retro geometric and block print patterns that are the trademark of the times. Frank’s art reminds us of the vibrancy of this period, and made me want to add a splash of his magic to my own home.
See the exhibition’s best bits here, and some photos of 60’s style inspiration. Crazily bright summer prints are key for the festival season or the beach – so scroll down for some serious 60’s flower-power.
Exhibition images – credit wire-hanger.