Wood and Warm Tones in the Dining Room

A round dining table, beautifully composed with elm root, walnut, mahogany and birch. The mixture of the different types of wood is a typical feature of Josef Frank's classic design, and he created both the column base and the checkered intarsia edging based on an English model. In this dining room, the table is combined with a number of other wooden furniture pieces: Cabinet 2215, Chair 970 and Display Cabinet 649. These pieces are accompanied by elements of brass, among other things, in the form of the wall lamp, designed by Josef Frank in the late 1920th for his own company "Haus & Garten" in Austria.

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Wood and warm tones in the dining room Svenskt Tenn

Designer Eva Schildt’s woven “Vienna” rug was influenced by Josef Frank’s home town Vienna and the city’s blossoming cultural life around the turn of the last century. The artist Gustav Klimt often painted flat backgrounds with seemingly two-dimensional chess squares and circles. The double weave technique made the carpet’s random expression, with miscellaneous squares in different sizes, possible. The colours are taken from Josef Frank’s Aralia print.

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Perfection in birch, elm and padauk

Cabinet 2215 is a classic piece of furniture which was reintroduced into Svenskt Tenn’s range in 2018. The cabinet was designed in 1957 and the design provides an exquisite balance between horizontal and vertical lines, as well as a sharp contrast between light and dark. This is reflected not least in the combined materials – curly birch, elm and padauk. The high legs reflect Josef Frank’s ideas regarding the importance of distinguishing the meeting of floor and wall in a room. A rule of thumb was that the skirting board should always be visible under the cabinet.

This cabinet has ten pull-out drawers, and the round section in the middle can be regarded as his way of introducing a baroque element into the design. The cabinet is nowadays produced by the firm of master carpenters Eriksson och Söner outside Nyköping.

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