Josef Frank, ‘Large extendable dining table’, designed ca. 1940-produced 1950s, Phillips

72.3 x 390.6 x 110.2 cm (28 1/2 x 153 3/4 x 43 3/8 in.) fully extended
Produced by Svenskt Tenn, Stockholm, Sweden.

Christopher Long, Josef Frank: Life and Work, Chicago, 2002, p. 146, fig. 137
Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Hermann Czech and Sebartian Hackenschmidt, Josef Frank Against Design, exh. cat., MAK, Vienna, 2015, pp. 135, 140

Phillips, London, 'Nordic', 1 October 2015, lot 259
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Josef Frank

A key figure in European modernism, Austrian-born architect, artist, and designer Josef Frank’s design ideology and practice embodied a break from traditional forms of modernism pioneered during the 1930s. Adamantly believing in pluralism over conformity, Frank upheld designs and ideologies not always welcomed in his native Austria. Leaving Austria for Sweden in 1933 where he’d work as the chief designer for the Stockholm furnishings firm Svenskt Team, his work came to define Scandinavian modern design. Known for his colorful, whimsical floral patterned designs along with his creation of the Vienna School of Architecture, and its ideas on modern housing and interiors, Frank called for a more humane practice that responded to people’s everyday needs.

Austrian, 1885-1967, Baden bei Wien, Austria, based in Stockholm, Sweden