Swedish design company Svenskt Tenn was founded by Estrid Ericsson in 1924. In the beginning Svenskt Tenn only sold products made out of pewter but the amount of products was increased in 1930 launching an interior department. During the years, the company has had many well known designers creating products for the Swedish and international market. The most well known of them are probably Josef Frank who started working for Svenskt Tenn in 1934. He is most known for his many textile pattern, for instance Teheran, Hawaii, Dehli, Brazil and Manhattan, but also the candle stick vänskapsknuten and his many sofas, chairs and tables in mahogany. Together with designers Björn Trägårdh, Uno Åhrén and Anna Petrus, Josef Frank created a rich range of products for Svenskt Tenn appreciated by customers from all over the world.
Little is known about Josef Frank's, one of Sweden’s most beloved textile and furniture designers, secret collection of aquarelles. This summer they’re on show at Millesgården, Stockholm and could then possibly travel to the U.K. The exhibition is in conjunction with a recently launched book about the artist, which explains the origins of these watercolours.