Lampshades by Josef Frank

A unique lampshade for every lamp

There should be at least five light sources in every room. The light from a ceiling lamp is best used for cleaning and doing housework. The rest of the time, the light ought to be lower down, and at several different heights. 

Josef Frank was very precise with every detail in his designs. For each lamp model he created, and there were quite a few, he simultaneously designed a unique lamp shade to go with it. Originally all were made in white fabric, but Svenskt Tenn's founder, Estrid Ericson, soon began producing them in Josef Frank’s many colorful prints.

Josef Frank’s lampshades

When the lighting is varied, and lamps are placed in different levels, an appealing dynamic is created in the interior. A significant detail in Josef Frank's lighting design, was that he always created his fixtures with the idea that the light bulb holder would be visible, and not covered by an overly large lampshade.

Lighting has been an important part of Svenskt Tenn's range since the 1920s. You can find drawings of pewter lamps in our first catalogue from 1925, and that same year, Svenskt Tenn showed several lamp designs in an exhibition at Liljevalchs Museum in Stockholm. In 1931, our founder Estrid Ericson rented a space at Gallerie Moderne in the Royal Dramatic Theatre to display entire interiors with lighting, and in 1934, she opened the first lighting department in the store at Strandvägen 5.

The seemingly simple but refined table lamp 2332 with accompanying lampshade, was designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn in 1932. Today it is available in both solid and nickel-plated brass, with the lampshade available in different fabrics and patterns. One of them is Josef Frank’s Mirakel, created during the latter half of the 1920s. It is adorned with large-scale fantasy flowers, winding lianas and a sea of dots.

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