Josef Frank Walnut and Burl Table
Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, coffee table model 2139, walnut legs and rim, amboyna burl top, design 1948, production later, Sweden.
This Classic coffee table is designed by Josef Frank, circa 1948. The table features a burl amboyna top and walnut cabriole legs. The table features distinct Classic elements such as the legs. The table is executed in all wood and the main feature is the richly patterned burl wood top. The table features three legs that support the table in a stabile, functional manner.
Josef Frank (1885-1967) was an Austrian architect. He studied architecture at the Konstgewerbeschule. 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.
- Ott-Wodni, Marlene, Josef Frank 1885-1967 - Raumgestaltung und Möbeldesign, Vienna: Böhlau, 2015, p. 355.