The Crayfish party is a Swedish tradition celebrated in August. For this year’s celebration, the table is set as a colourful feast, where Josef Frank’s Italian Dinner fabric sets the tone for the flowers as well as table-setting details.
Vegetable plants from Italy were clearly Josef Frank’s inspiration for the print, which he designed during his time in New York in 1943-45. Stems, leaves and fruit form vertical strokes with a decorative olive branch in the centre, and the horizontal streams with striped red mullet, squid, mussels and lobster balance this thoughtful composition.
In the same decade, Josef Frank also created the oval glass plate, thinking that it would be a good seafood platter. The oval plate’s deep blue colour beautifully captures and complements the deep blue tones in the textiles.
The colourful table setting is balanced with details in clear glass and Kay Bojesen’s classic cutlery in polished, stainless steel. The cutlery set was designed in 1938, with a focus on minimalistic design and functionality. It was based on the premise that a line of cutlery should not be influenced by trends. The design should be timeless and able to live on in future generations. In 1951 the cutlery set won the prestigious first prize in the Trinnale di Milano, and was named accordingly as the “Grand Prix”.
In the centre of the table is a piece that at Svenskt Tenn has become synonymous with crayfish parties. A fish for snaps lies on a large pewter platter, surrounded by ice cubes – exactly as envisioned by Estrid Ericson when she designed the fish in the 1920s.
After studying Peruvian pottery from the late Chimu period (1150-1460) at the Ethnographic Museum, she was inspired to create the “snaps fish” – a classic flask in pewter that makes for a beautiful table decoration on all festive occasions.