Josef Frank – PATTERNS-FURNITURE-PAINTING at the Fashion and Textile Museum – until 7 May 2017
Last weekend, we visited the current exhibition (until May 2017), the work of Josef Frank, the Austrian-born architect, print designer for furniture, furnishings, fabrics, wallpaper and carpets, and also a watercolour artist to boot. It is well worth a visit. What an explosion of crisp, vibrant, zesty colourful pattern, as fresh now as it was when it was first created in the 40s and 50s.

The fabric ‘Vegetable Tree’, designed by Josef Frank in New York for Svenskt Tenn features the tree of life motif with all kinds of flowers, fruit and vegetables hanging from the same tree.
The fabric ‘Mirakel’ (Miracle), designed by Josef Frank in Vienna for Haus & Garten, and later produced by Svenskt Tenn was created in 1920 and references patterns designed by William Morris and the English Arts and Crafts MovementFrank’s fabric design has a looser feel with bolder, highly contrasting colours.
Josef Frank (July 15, 1885 – 1967) helped to create the Vienna School of Architecture and also taught at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts. In 1933, he emigrated to Sweden, where he gained citizenship. He was the most prestigious designer in the Stockholm design company Svenskt Tenn (Swedish Pewter). His brightly coloured watercolour paintings reflect his architectural career.
Fashion and Textile Museum
Founded in 2003 by the fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, the Fashion and Textile Museum based in Bermondsey, London,
The museum is housed in a converted warehouse which was redesigned by the Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta in collaboration with Rhodes. Sitting on Bermondsey Street, within a designated conservation area, retaining much of its architectural character, the building stands out with its vibrant colour scheme (of hot pink, burnt orange, yellow, and blue) Now operated by Newham College it also runs a series of courses from to Art and Design Foundation to Fashion illustration.
£9.90 entry

Fashion and Textile Museum

Bermondsey Street

London SE1 3XF