Mirakel (Miracle)

Mirakel (Miracle)

c. 1925-30

Josef Frank

(Swedish, born Austria, 1885-1967)

designer

Haus & Garten

(Austrian, est. 1925)

manufacturer

Plain weave bleached linen, loom width, block printed

Overall: 95.7 x 121.3 cm (37 11/16 x 47 3/4 in.)

Educational Purchase Fund 1937.183

Fun Fact

Josef Frank often layered patterns; the background uses a dotted pattern that could evoke a placid pond or a starry sky.

Description

Named for the technical “miracle” that is this textile’s stacked rotating design, Mirakel is still produced by the Stockholm-based interior design firm Svenkst Tenn. Though the design is now screenprinted in Sweden, this textile fragment was block printed by Josef Frank’s Austrian firm Haus & Garten, giving it an earlier production date. The design features imaginary flowers and sinuous vines, signature design elements of Frank’s textiles.

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