PLEASING PURITY
Svenskt Tenn Thursday 20 Jun 2013

Lamps are not only a way to illuminate a space, but should also feature as an architectural addition - a decorative object that lights up a room whether it is on or off.

Josef Frank drew inspiration from the British Arts & Crafts movement in addition to stimuli gleaned from far-flung voyages. Frank's lamps all bear his graceful and functional hallmark, adding a pleasing purity to a room's most important component; lighting.

Designer Michael Anastassiades was invited to do an exhibition and a series of products in February 2013 exclusively for Svenskt Tenn. As homage to Josef Frank, Anastassiades created a series of furniture where he plays with the concept of sincerity, through a reinterpretation of selected objects that Frank designed over the years, for Svenskt Tenn. Through a change in material, form or functionality, the pieces acquire a new identity, suggesting alternative stories over Frank´s original vision.

Flight
A take on the silk Chinese lantern as an elongated sculpture head or a hot air balloon. Table light Lantern in polished and transparent lacquer varnish brass. Lampshade in silk.
Height: 60 cm. Diameter lampshade: 27 cm. Diameter stand: 18 cm.

Hem light
The layering of a polished brass top over the pleated silk fabric, suggests a lace undergarment that gets highlighted by the light. Available with or without silk skirt. Hem light in polished and transparent lacquer varnish brass. Height: 125 cm. Diameter lampshade: 26 cm. Diameter stand: 26 cm.

Cylinder light
This layering of metals, a polished brass top over a white metal mesh, suggests a lace undergarment that gets highlighted by the light. Available with or without silk skirt. Table light Cylinder in polished and transparent lacquer varnish brass. Height: 34,5 cm. Diameter lampshade: 26 cm. Diameter stand: 20 cm.

designer biog

Svenskt Tenn

Svenskt Tenn was founded in 1924 by Estrid Ericson. Together with well-known Austrian architect Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn quickly gained recognition as an established brand of quality, timeless design and excellence. The cooperation between Estrid Ericson and Josef Frank remained not only lifelong but also one of Swedish design history’s most interesting partnerships. Together, the duo created a highly personal style with a combination of Viennese elegance and Swedish functionalism.