Josef Frank: Life and Work

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University of Chicago Press, 2002 - Architecture - 384 pages
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Architect, designer, and theorist Josef Frank (1885-1967) was known throughout Europe in the 1920s as one of the continent's leading modernists. Yet despite his important contributions to the development of modernism, Frank has been largely excluded from histories of the movement. Josef Frank: Life and Work is the first study that comprehensively explores the life, ideas, and designs of this complex and controversial figure.

Educated in Vienna just after the turn of the century, Frank became the leader of the younger generation of architects in Austria after the First World War. But Frank fell from grace when he emerged as a forceful critic of the extremes of modern architecture and design during the early 1930s. Dismissing the demands for a unified modern style, Frank insisted that it was pluralism, not uniformity, that most characterized life in the new machine age. He called instead for a more humane modernism, one that responded to people's everyday needs and left room for sentimentality and historical influences. He was able to put these ideas into practice when, in 1933, he was forced to leave Vienna for Sweden. There his work came to define Swedish (or Scandinavian) modern design. For more than thirty years he was the chief designer for the Stockholm furnishings firm Svenskt Tenn, producing colorful, cozy, and eclectic designs that provided a refreshing alternative to the architectural mainstream of the day and presaged the coming revolt against modernism in the 1960s.

In this sensitive study of one of the twentieth century's seminal architects and thinkers, Christopher Long offers new insight into Josef Frank's work and ideas and provides an important contribution to the understanding of modernist culture and its history.
  

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Contents

Section 1
8
Section 2
13
Section 3
25
Section 4
26
Section 5
35
Section 6
64
Section 7
72
Section 8
78
Section 15
150
Section 16
158
Section 17
160
Section 18
162
Section 19
206
Section 20
210
Section 21
236
Section 22
245

Section 9
83
Section 10
101
Section 11
102
Section 12
106
Section 13
145
Section 14
147
Section 23
257
Section 24
260
Section 25
310
Section 26
311
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Christopher Long is an assistant professor of architectural history and theory at the University of Texas at Austin.

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