Master of Swedish Modernism: Josef Frank

23 Apr

After hearing my mom rave about a new exhibit at the American Swedish Institute (ASI), I decided that I had to run down there and check it out.  The ASI, by the way, is located in the stunning 1900s Turnblad Mansion on Park Avenue in Minneapolis – but more on that in a future post.

This exhibit was a show case of the late Swedish designer Josef Frank’s work.  Walking through the pieces on display, I could see:

1) the Swedish modern design that Ikea has made famous the world over

2) the Swedish design aesthetic that dictates extremely simple design in furniture combined with vibrant fabrics on chairs, couches, rugs and window treatments

Take a look:


A vibrant fabric on top, and a (truly) cruelty-free animal rug beneath.

Look familiar? You can see where Ikea finds its inspiration.

My FAVORITE fabric of the show! (Sorry about the plastic stand in the photo.)

A stylish chair at its most refined.


The design is plain and purely functional, highly the beautiful form and the striations in the wood.



Common in French fabrics, this sunflower has a real "pow" factor. (Sorry about the hand!)

A basic chair design jazzed up with sassy fabric.

Ah, the simplicity

I love this cabinet - the handles remind me of Central Asian jewelry!

Square handles.

And rounded ones.

And perhaps the wildest piece of all - check out this sofa!

Happily, you can buy many of the textiles, as well as fabulous furniture pieces at Just Scandanavian.

Happy Monday!

À bientôt,



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