Svenskt Tenn’s founder Estrid Ericson was fond of beautiful table settings. These napkins with the print Catleya, are suitable for both everyday use and special occasions.
Cattleya is an orchid that grows in the rainforests of South America. This decorative print’s “pointillistic” frames contain flower medallions depicting lilies, bluebells, cattleya, roses, carnations and pansies in a mix of colours. The Catleya print was designed in the mid 1930s.
Josef Frank/Svenskt Tenn
Svenskt Tenn developed this design using Josef Frank's print.
Josef Frank grew up in Vienna in an assimilated Jewish family and studied architecture at Konstgewerbeschule. In the 1920s he designed housing estates and large residential blocks built around common courtyards in a Vienna with severe housing shortages. In 1925 he started the Haus & Garten interior firm together with architect colleagues Oskar Wlach and Walther Sobotka. Svenskt Tenn hired Josef Frank in 1934 and just a few years later he and Estrid Ericson made their international breakthrough. Although he was already 50 when he left the burgeoning Nazism in Vienna for Sweden, Frank is considered one of Sweden’s most important designers. Read More