Furniture designer and architect from Vienna, Josef Frank spent the 1920s practicing (and teaching) architecture in Vienna. The wonderfully flashy, color-crazy prints he is most famous for, however, didn’t emerge in his repertoire until he moved to Sweden in order to flee from the Nazis. As architecture projects became hard to achieve in his new home as well as in the US, Frank began to work for Svenskt Tenn, a Swedish interior design company. And the rest is history. By the way, you can still buy his stuff. Really.
Frank’s wild work is getting its own exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London (28 January-7 May). Get a sneak peek in the gallery below.