Josef Frank

Josef Frank

School for Applied Arts in Vienna

Josef Frank taught from 1919 to 1925 at the School for Applied Arts in Vienna, in 1925 he founded together with Oskar Wlach the “Haus und Garten” (House and Garden) company in Vienna and from 1930 until 1932 he was the director of the construction of the Vienna Werkbund settlement. He took over the entire management, including choosing which architects to invite, among them Adolf Loos, Josef Hoffmann, Oskar Strnad, Clemens Holzmeister, Oswald Haerdtl, Gerrit T. Rietveld.

Model Josef Frank

Model Josef Frank

Emigration and Influence

In 1934 Frank emigrated to Sweden, after 1938 he could not return to Vienna because of Austria’s “Anschluss” with the German Empire. Frank had a substantial influence on Swedish post-war design.