Both Josef Frank and Estrid Ericson advocated furnishings that were changeable with time, and Estrid Ericson was particularly meticulous when it came to her summerhouse “Tolvekarna”, on Tyresö outside of Stockholm. In the house, focus was placed on small, easily movable pieces of furniture and decorations, and great weight was attached to accentuating beloved personal effects. In order to take advantage of the light, among other things one of the windows was converted to a glass cabinet filled with souvenirs, corals and shells of snails and molluscs.
On the same theme, Sebastian Hedengrahn created the “Fönstergrönska” (Window Greenery) glass cabinet in connection with the “Ta om hand” (Take care of) exhibition at Svenskt Tenn in 2014. After having produced Josef Frank’s furniture for many years, the family-owned carpentry firm Eriksson & Söner had an entire building full of leftover veneer sheets from small offshoots of various roots. Nine students from the furniture design programme at Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies were tasked with taking care of the leftover sheets, and so the idea of a modern interpretation of the classic glass cabinet was born.
The light and elegant “841” tray table was designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn in around 1938. The black lacquered metal frame, together with the polished metal tray – or Svenskt Tenn’s classic larger size trays – makes an elegant statement in every interior, one which can easily be moved around the room.
A stool is also an ideal feature in every interior design, according to Josef Frank, since the furniture is both easily movable and multifunctional. Some stools can be used as both seating and as a coffee table, while others – such as the “2082 stool – can easily be converted into a sofa or seat. This austere, rectangular stool with a textile or leather seat was designed by Josef Frank in 1950. By combining two variants of the stool with different designs and by adding soft textiles, it can advantageously serve as an additional lounge suite in the living room.