Vintage Cotton Italian Dinner Textile by Josef Frank 48206
An exciting work, this vintage piece features the sort of design that makes Italian dinner textiles so unique: a fun and boisterous depiction of traditional Italian ingredients in their natural habitat.
Vintage Cotton Italian Dinner Textile by Josef Frank, Scandinavia, circa Mid-Twentieth Century – Here is a unique and intriguing vintage carpet – a cotton Italian dinner textile, featuring a bright and colorful design by legendary Swedish designer and artist Josef Frank. An Austrian emigre to Sweden, Josef Frank is renowned as one of the most influential designers of the twentieth century, especially in mid-century aesthetics. An architect by formal training, Frank is responsible for much of the thinking behind certain trends in mid-century home construction. Like many of his peers, Frank celebrated functional forms, a concept that is evident in his architecture as well in his other works – such as this harming Italian dinner textile. An exciting work, this piece features the sort of design that makes Italian dinner textiles so unique: a fun and boisterous depiction of traditional Italian ingredients in their natural habitat. Here, a pair of fecund trees overflowing with tomatoes, peppers, grapes and spices are situated on a pair of narrow islands that rest in a river of purple that is rich with fruit of the sea: fish, octopus, mussels and lobster. The design beautifully communicates the Italian dinner concept in an effortless manner, while maintaining a unique quality. A beautiful work, this mid-century Italian dinner textile by Josef Frank is an intriguing and alluring example.