During World War II, Josef Frank went into exile and travelled from Sweden to New York together with his wife Anna. At the height of the war he created some of his most admirable textile prints, with freely growing trees of life’s, flowers and fruits always on the verge between fantasy and reality.
With pencils, brushes, gouache and watercolours, he sat in a corner of the two-room apartment in Manhattan and created what turned out to be an outstanding collection of prints, inspired by American field guides on trees, herbs, birds and insects. When Svenskt Tenn’s founder Estrid Ericson turned 50 in September 1944, he gave her 50 of these exquisite prints. A remarkable gift that to this day continues to bring joy and inspiration to people worldwide.