Creative workplace by Svenskt Tenn

An environment for both absorbing and releasing inspiration

Creative workplace

Josef Frank devoted considerable attention to places for writing. Whether it was a magnificent mahogany desk or a creative writing space with smaller surfaces, he often chose to highlight the natural wood surface of the furniture. The emphasis was not on the size of the room, but rather on what the space was used for. While the library filled with furniture even the smallest space became interesting with carefully thought-out details. His own armchairs worked brilliantly as accompanying desk chairs.


Books can be stacked in piles and placed in long rows. The shelves can be filled with small vases, knickknacks, bookends and lighting. A bookshelf in disarray creates excitement and arouses the interest. The literature-interested Josef Frank took it for granted that books, preferably in some disarray, elevated a room’s interior.

Just like Josef Frank, Estrid Ericson was also inspired by ancient Rome and Greece. Etruscan bronze necklaces, Greek frescoes and Roman vases were placed in surprising contexts and became models for new creations. Estrid Ericson has taken the shapes of the heavy bookends in cast iron from the first and last letters in the classical Greek or Ionian alphabet.