Josef Frank - Against Design
Exhibition, MAK, Vienna, Austria.
Josef Frank is one of the most important Austrian architects of the 20th century, and also, with his designs for textiles and furniture, a modernist designer whose influence continues to be felt. The exhibition presents the full scope of Frank’s pioneering and diverse oeuvre. Through a prodigious output of furniture and textile designs and an intensive involvement with the possibilities of architecture in the modern era, Frank represented a pragmatic approach. He believed that existing elements should be taken into account as a matter of course and intuitively developed for practical use without striving toward representation and innovation. To Frank, social experience was most important; his interiors and household objects were not intended to be subjected to formalist concepts but placed at the service of convenience.