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Renowned Austrian-born architect, artist, and designer Josef Frank, perhaps the premier influential figure in contemporary Scandinavian design, has given the world vibrant textile patterns with which to beautify our homes. To be able to decorate with lavish amounts of Josef Frank textiles would be fabulous, but there is much to be said for just a touch of Frank‘s iconic patterns. As Frank stated, “The home does not have to be planned out in detail, just put together by pieces its inhabitants love.”

By a stroke of unbelievable good fortune I have been able to acquire a modest amount of genuine Josef Frank silkscreened textile in the "Notturno" pattern, first introduced in 1947, and have fashioned some throw pillows. The pillow measures 15”x15”x4” with a one-inch flange, and is backed with solid black upholstery fabric with an envelope closure lapover through which the fiberfill insert can be removed for laundering. The polyester insert can easily be swapped out by the buyer for down, feather, or kapok.

Born in Austria of Hungarian-Jewish ancestry, Frank co-founded the Vienna School of Architecture. He made Sweden his second home in 1933, refusing repatriation to Austria, and lived in Stockholm until his passing in 1967. He is known as Sweden’s foremost architect, but was amazingly prolific in textile design through his adaptations of nineteenth century Asian and European styles and forms. He designed over 200 textile patterns between 1909 and 1950; 34 of these are currently in production in the very same mill in which they were originally produced. This is to say nothing of his body of work in timeless and classic furniture design; also furnishings, glassware, wallpaper and carpet. Perhaps last summer you noticed the Google doodle in honor of Frank’s 125th birthday.

The price is for one pillow. Because this fabric has a wide pattern repeat, each pillow is unique as to the placement of the motif. The photos are representative of finished pillows made from this fabulous fabric. Yours may look just like one in the photos or be slightly different in the placement of the pattern. Each is beautiful and arrives in its own cello bag, shipped inside a durable polypropylene mailing envelope.

This fabric is challenging to acquire unless you’re fortunate enough to visit the source in Stockholm. Available with knife edge (no flange) upon request; convo the artist. Enjoy! (And Ikea, eat your heart out!)

PLEASE NOTE: Due to high shipping costs, customers outside of North America will receive COVERS ONLY.

© Copyright 2011 by C. Chennault. All rights reserved.

Frequently asked questions about crabbychris

Crabby Chris™ is pleased to render almost any of her designs in almost any color on almost any shape of pillow. If you would like to discuss your ideas or request adding a name or text to your order, please convo the artist.
Pillows can usually be made smaller or larger to fit your needs. Please feel free to inquire of the artist to work out the details.
Every handcrafted Crabby Chris™ textile item has a sewn-in care label for easy reference.
All items are enclosed in a sealed cello bag and shipped in a sturdy recylable polypropylene mailing bag. A matching wide grosgrain ribbon and bow can be added to your purchase at your request. If you would like a short personal message hand-lettered in a greeting card, make your request in "Note from Buyer".
Please feel free to inquire through Etsy convos as to whether your order can be customized to your specifications. Once details are worked out, Chris can create a custom listing, the purchase of which starts the project. Customized and personalized items are non-returnable and non-refundable as they are not marketable to others.
All designs, photographs, descriptions, images and other contents of this shop are protected by copyrights of the designer/shop owner under U.S. and international law. For licensing information please contact the artist.
Your information will not be shared with anyone, or used for any purpose other than to complete your Etsy transaction. Crabby Chris is a confirmed anti-Spamite.
No; the nickname started as a joke. Like many things, it simply got out of hand.

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Genuine Josef Frank "NOTTURNO" fabric silkscreened textile Swedish throw pillow 15" Svenskt Tenn interior fabric to die for



  • Handmade item
  • Materials: polyester fiberfill insert, attention to detail, solid fabric backing, authentic Josef Frank fabric
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
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