By using maps in her interiors Estrid Ericson wanted to invite the world to the home. Josef Frank designed the Stockholm motif in 1939 and the plate was custom ordered from the Italian company Fornasetti in 1946. Today, Fornasetti is still producing the Stockholm plate exclusively for Svenskt Tenn.
Josef Frank grew up in Vienna 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