Svenskt Tenns Dining Room

Christmas in the dining room

The prepared dining room awaits the approaching Christmas festival with deep red hues, lovely green details and warm textile features. The designer Eva Schildt’s rug "Vienna" is inspired by Vienna, the city of Josef Frank’s birth, and that city’s cultural flowering around the beginning of the 20th century. The colours are derived from Josef Frank’s Aralia textile pattern.

Carpet Vienna

The same colours are taken up in the small hangings which, for Christmas, decorate Svenskt Tenn’s wishing tree, designed by Carina Seth Andersson and Jakob Solgren. For each little hanging that is placed on the tree, a wish may be expressed. In producing the Wishing Tree for Christmas 2016, the designer duo were inspired by Estrid Ericson’s classical decoration tree. The carefully hand-wrapped pewter thread around the trunk endows each tree with a unique expression. The decoration can remain as it is or be provided by Svenskt Tenn’s classic pewter Hortus pot, designed by Josef Frank in 1938.

It was during the war years of the 1940s, when all metal was difficult to come by, that Estrid Ericson allowed the Hortus pot to be produced in glass. It was blown at the Gullaskruf glassworks and exhibited in deep ruby red, emerald green and cobalt blue at Svenskt Tenn’s spring exhibition in 1942. These colours are available in the range even today, together with an additional variant in clear glass.

Josef Frank and Estrid Ericson designed the “Plexi” candleholder sometime during the 1940s-1950s. It was illustrated in brass and glass in the original drawings but was changed to pewter and plexiglass prior to being produced.

Hortus 1942