Early Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn 'Model 2139' Coffee Table in Walnut Burl
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Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, early edition coffee table, model 2139, walnut legs and rim, walnut burl top, Sweden, design 1948, manufactured ca. 1952
This classic coffee table is designed by Josef Frank, circa 1948. This specific coffee table is a very early edition, created ca. 1952. The table features a walnut burl top and classic walnut cabriole legs. The most striking feature is the richly patterned burl wood top. The three legs create a playful yet classic appearance.
Josef Frank (1885-1967) was an Austrian architect. He studied architecture at the Kunstgewerbeschule. He started out by designing public housing and social architecture. Although at the beginning of his career he was one of the frontrunners of the Vienna modern school, he soon turned away from the modernist, purist dogmas and instead pursued a more free, creative and human style ideal. He developed his own path of modernism in which a sense of home, vibrant colors and comfortable usage were at the core. Frank was already 50 years old when he fled Nazi Germany for Sweden. Here, he started to collaborate with Svenskt Tenn and designed fabrics and furniture amongst other and became one of the leading designers in Sweden.
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