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‟I’ve always liked wrought-iron furniture since it’s slender but also neutral. That’s particularly the case with furniture designed in France at the beginning and during the middle of the 1900s by architects and architects such as Jean Mickel Frank, Giacometti and Jaques Adnet,” he explains.
The actual shape of the table top is inspired by steel trays from the 1800s, with their turned-up edges and separately produced, foldable frame which makes the table easy to transport.
‟The table should make its own statement, while time blending in with an eclectic environment. I chose an old technique called metal spinning in order to make a round disc with an edge, which is produced in a small edition. The technique involves the metal disc being placed against a frame which rotates, while a ‟ball” with a lever presses the metal down against the mould. It’s a bit like throwing pottery. An artisan, small-scale industrial process which is still used.
Classic pewter, silvery details and green elements provide a light and warm impression. The six-arm candlestick was designed by Josef Frank in 1934. It was his first attempt at modernising the classic candelabra, and since then has become something of a classic at Svenskt Tenn.
Around the world there are innumerable variations on the Barber Chair– also known as the ‟Klismos Chair” – which originates from ancient Greece. Almost all designers have created their own variation on the chair, whose shape was intended to make it simple for barbers to reach and cut the hair on all sides of the head. This type of chair came to Sweden at the end of the 1700s and, among other places, can be seen at Gustaf III’s Haga Palace in Stockholm.
Josef Frank’s interpretation was designed in 1925 för Haus und garten. In it, the legs are slightly turned outwards in classic French style. The semicircular back enhances the beauty of the chair when placed next to a round dining table . Almost the same design from the Haus und garten era was taken up by Svenskt Tenn immediately after Josef Frank joined the firm in 1934. It was then given the number 300, which is the lowest model number for a piece of Frank furniture at Svenskt Tenn.