Frank, Josef

(1885 - 1967)

Josef Frank (1885 - 1967) was an Austrian-Swedish architect and designer. The Austrian-born Frank studied architecture in Vienna, the city where he designed several housing projects in the 1920s. In 1925 he started the Haus & Garten design company, together with architects Oskar Wlach and Walther Sobotka. He was a founding member of the Vienna Werkbund and was the artistic director of the Werkbundsiedlung in Vienna (1932), which was a housing project, as well as a showcase for Modern architecture of the time. In 1933 he moved to Sweden and started working as a designer at Svenskt Tenn the next year.