Shadowing other Vienna-based designers like Josef Hoffman, Josef Frank is frequently counted among the early advocates of Modernism. Yet the stark, unadorned forms of his peers felt somewhat exclusionary to him at times. A home needn’t feel like a museum, he mused, but a refuge, filled with layers of meaning. Likewise, Josef Frank pieces exhibit the same mentality. From his vibrant textiles for Svenskt Tenn to pieces designed for Haus & Garten, his work exudes modernistic principles, yet maintains a decisive feeling of intimacy.