One way to tackle the living room interior is to let go of both trends and rules. Decorate with items you love: big and small pieces of furniture, textiles, flower arrangements and personal souvenirs. Play with shapes, materials, colours and patterns – in the same way as in Estrid Ericson’s famous interiors and Josef Frank’s well-known designs. His versatility is shown in the two-seat sofa "678" from the mid-1930s, which gives the impression of comfortable weight and solidity, in contrast to his often light and sleek chairs and cabinets.
Create beautiful still lifes with the clear jardinière – a further development of Josef Frank’s classic Hortus pot. He designed the original pot in brass in 1938. It was only later, during the war years when all metal was hard currency, that Estrid Ericson had the Gullaskruv Glassworks make a variation of it in glass. Today the entire Hortus glass series is produced by the Reijmyre Glassworks.
Josef Frank’s Sofa table 965, with its mahogany frame and top in granite or travertine, holds more of the designer’s typical hallmarks. In addition to the meeting of different natural materials are the tapered legs and rounded feet, details so often repeated in his tables as well as seating – as in the classic 2156 mahogany stool, which was inspired by the 1700s English style.
The stool is small, compact and light and can therefore be easily moved to different places in the home. The round seat has an opening that can be grasped, which together with the raised table edging makes it possible to use the stool as a side table as well – a fine example of how small furniture can make a big difference.
Even the Nr 2 carpet, designed by Josef Frank, includes a broad blend of different elements. It is made according to his philosophy that carpets should show a real, preferably decorated surface, that gives a feeling of solid ground under your feet. Josef Frank’s carpets often had abstract motifs, since he resented the fact that one should walk upon flowers and animals.