New Textile Lampshades by Svenskt Tenn

New Textile Lampshades by Svenskt Tenn

One of the best things about 3Rings is that we are not shy about exposing you to designers and manufacturers from around the world. You can become acquainted with styles and locations not always (or easily) found in the U.S. Here is one brand and an architect that will excite your sensibilities and perhaps encourage you to plan a trip to Stockholm.  

Josef Frank in 1956
Josef Frank in his Stockholm apartment in 1956 [Lennart Nilsson/Svenskt Tenn]

Svensk Tenn is a store like a cabinet of curiosities. Located in Stockholm, Svenskt Tenn is celebrating its centenary this year. Svenskt Tenn was the vision of Astrid Erickson, who loved pewter. She collaborated with famed Austrian architect and designer Josef Frank for thirty years. Together, they created a remarkable store whose products bring unrestrained delight to the home, including textiles, table settings, accessories, wallpaper, lighting, pewter, furniture, and fashion. There is even a restaurant on the premises, whose menu varies with the seasons.

Mille Fleurs textile

Josef Frank created a luscious pattern in the 1930s called Mille Fleurs or one thousand flowers. This pattern has been altered, but is still reminiscent of verdant gardens bursting with spring flowers and leaves of all sorts in vibrant colors against a white background. Now the well-known textile is available in a collection of lampshades.

Mille Fleurs lampshade

Varying the lighting through different lamps makes a big difference to an interior. Optimize the lighting by combining small and big lamps, floor lamps and table lamps to achieve a well-balanced ensemble. Different types of lamps can be combined and varied endlessly to create the perfect lighting in your home. Svenskt Tenn’s line of new arrivals come in a few sizes and there are many variants of his designs available at their website.  

Mille Fleurs lampshade detail

Josef Frank, with his maximalist patterns, was a rebel in 1930s Scandinavian design, which emphasized simplicity. His Italian Dinner textile is more proof of his exuberant style.

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