JOSEF FRANK. Against Design
The Architect’s Anti-Formalist Oeuvre

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This publication for the exhibition catalog for JOSEF FRANK: Against Design focuses on one of the most important Austrian architects of the 20th century. Beyond his pioneering architectural work, Josef Frank (1885–1967) is highlighted in particular as a designer whose influence continues to be felt around the world today: as an architect and designer who remains “contemporary” to this day, he represented a pragmatic approach to design that emphasized not so much formal qualities as those of social experience. Especially today, Josef Frank’s ideas about an uncontrived and unpretentious functionality, whose aim is an independent, free, and enlightened bourgeois domestic culture far from stylistic dogmas and fashionable conventions, seem more relevant than ever.

Published for the exhibition of the same title (16.12.2015–12.6.2016) at the MAK.

Edited by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Hermann Czech, and Sebastian Hackenschmidt.

German/English
368 pages, numerous color illustrations
31 x 23,5 cm, hardcover
MAK, Vienna / Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2016