SOURCE: The Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco

The Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco

June 21, 2011 14:30 ET

The Enduring Designs of Josef Frank

Swedish Ambassador Opens New Exhibition of Josef Frank's Timeless Textile and Furniture Designs at San Francisco International Airport Through October 9, 2011; Gala Event on June 16 Featured Performance by Rebecca Rasmussen, Soprano, and Daniel Hormazabal Cortes, Pianist: Recipients of the Jenny Lind and the Swedish Royal Academy of Music Awards 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 21, 2011) - You've probably enjoyed a piece of his furniture, or smiled at one of his designs or perhaps even on his 125th birthday last year, saw his fanciful work home-paged around the world as the official "Google Doodle of the Day." The artist in question: Sweden's Josef Frank, whose high-flying art is now even more high flying as the subject of a spectacular retrospective at the San Francisco International Airport Museum sponsored by the Consulate of Sweden and Stockholm's Svenskt Tenn. The new exhibit, The Enduring Designs of Josef Frank, presents a remarkable array of textiles and furnishings that Frank produced throughout the course of his long career, many of which remain in production today.

"Josef Frank's work is the epitome of classic Swedish design, with an international flair," said Barbro Osher, Swedish Consul General in San Francisco. "Often, the concept of Scandinavian design is somewhat Spartan, but Frank brought color and joy to the Swedish palate, redefined our national style and then exported it to the world."

The exhibit, which continues through October 9, was the subject of a Gala evening on June 16th featuring a tribute from His Excellency Ambassador Jonas Hafström (Embassy of Sweden, Washington D.C.) and a presentation by Thommy Bindefeld of Svenskt Tenn, considered one of the world's foremost authorities on Frank's legacy. During an elegant reception hosted by San Francisco's Swedish Consulate, guests were treated to a performance by Swedish soprano Rebecca Rasmussen and Daniel Hormazábal Cortés, pianist: recipients of the Jenny Lind and the Swedish Royal Academy of Music Awards 2011.

The Austrian-born Frank (July 15, 1885-January 8, 1967) was equally acclaimed as a designer and architect. Acknowledged as a pioneer of Swedish modern design, Frank emphasized comfort and informality, using bright, bold colors and floral patterns to produce whimsical designs inspired by nature while many of his contemporaries took a severe approach to modernism.

The objects on exhibition in The Enduring Designs of Josef Frank include: Primavera, a pattern designed for his home furnishings business in Vienna in the 1920s; an asymmetrical nineteen-drawer cabinet-on-stand designed in 1938 for Svenskt Tenn, one of the foremost design centers in Sweden; and numerous New York-inspired patterns such as Green Birds and US Tree created during his stay in Manhattan in the 1940s.

Objects are exhibited courtesy of Svenskt Tenn, Stockholm, Sweden.

The Enduring Designs of Josef Frank is located pre-security in the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby, San Francisco International Airport. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, is on view to all Airport visitors through October 9, 2011.

The Honorary Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco represents Sweden in California. Its mission is to provide assistance to Swedes and to promote Swedish interests in the Bay Area. In addition to handling passport and consular issues, the Consulate facilitates exchange between Sweden and the U.S., organizes and promotes events and provides information about Sweden and Swedish activities in California.

Later in the year, San Francisco's Consulate General of Sweden will be promoting the honoring of the Bay Area's Kronos Quartet, who will receive the internationally renowned Polar Prize from His Majesty, the King of Sweden, at a ceremony in Stockholm. In November, the Consulate will sponsor a celebration marking the 110th birthday of Sweden's Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize, honoring the Nobel Laureates of California.

About San Francisco International Airport& Museum
The SFO Museum program was established by the Airport Commission in 1980 for the purposes of humanizing the Airport environment, providing visibility for the unique cultural life of San Francisco, and providing educational services for the traveling public. The Museum was granted initial accreditation from the American Association of Museums in 1999, reaccredited in 2005, and has the distinction of being the only accredited museum in an airport. Today, SFO Museum features approximately twenty galleries throughout the Airport terminals displaying a rotating schedule of art, history, science, and cultural exhibitions, as well as the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, a permanent collection dedicated to the history of commercial aviation. For more information, please visit

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop links with more than 31 international points on 29 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport connects non-stop with more than 69 cities in the U.S. on 20 domestic airlines. SFO was voted "North America's Best Airport" in 2010 by passengers for its modern and efficient facilities and its multi-modal transportation systems.

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