JOSEF FRANK Patterns–Furniture–Painting


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Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF

Josef Frank (1885-1967)

The first exhibition dedicated to the work of Josef Frank is about to open at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Internationally renowned and influential, Frank is best known for his amazingly bright, bold fabric and wallpapers and his distinctive furniture designs. These iconic designs will be seen alongside previously unknown watercolour paintings.

The Austrian-born architect moved to Sweden in 1933 in the year that Adolf Hitler came to power and the rise on anti Semitism in his home nation. As a partner in a successful interior design firm in Vienna, he designed both houses, interiors and furniture as well as fabric patterns before moving to Sweden.

Despite prejudice at that time in Sweden his colourful brand of modernism caught the interest of the Swedish designer and entrepreneur Estrid Ericson of Svenskt Tenn.



Estrid Ericson begun her very successful business in Stockholm in 1924. Her partnership with Josef developed into a lifelong creative partnership despite him moving to New York for the duration of the war. During his stay he continued to design and sent Estrid 50 designs for her 50th birthday. In 1946 he returned and continued his collaboration with Svenskt Tenn until his death. The duo’s technical skills and artistic vision still influence the company’s styling today where the new blends harmoniously with the original designs.


In his textile patterns, Josef Frank creates worlds that stand in stark contrast to the reality of the interwar period and World War II. He has the ability to create complete visual worlds inspired by nature with designs that are dominated by beautifully coloured birds, butterflies, plants and floral shapes. Frank’s patterns are filled with an optimistic energy, even where highly abstracted and suggest the abundance of the world and human possibilities, a world of dreams where species intertwine and differing types of flowers grow side by side.

His watercolours are also being shown in the exhibition many that are equally accomplished and often document his travels.


Riviera Style



This week we are bringing you a swimwear special, thanks to the warm weather. We are throwing it back to last summer, with the Riviera Style: Resort & Swimwear Since 1900 exhibition which was shown at The Fashion & Textile Museum, London. So if you need some swimwear inspiration for next week in Ibiza, you have come to the right place!

“From the English seaside to the Côte d’Azur and California, Riviera Style celebrates fashion at its most fun.”

Covering everything for the beach from swimsuits, cover-ups, sarongs and even beach pyjamas, Riviera Style takes us through a timeline of 100 years of swimwear.



The exhibition first takes us time travelling back to Edwardian bathing dresses, designed to keep the wearer covered up and modest.

The 1920s and 30s saw a more relaxed attitude for swimwear, with more skin on show. As rules, such as the law that required men to cover their torsos, were relaxed, we saw two pieces become available for women and detachable torso pieces for men. Elastic based threads in the 1930s were introduced, replacing knitted wool based pieces.


In the late 1930s and 40s, beach pyjamas were loose and bright, keeping women stylish at the end of a long day on the sand.


Partnership with King & McGaw

“King & McGaw, the online art print store, has curated a display of Riviera-inspired prints to accompany the Riviera Style exhibition. Selected from the archives of British Vogue, P&O Heritage and National Railway Museum, the prints celebrate fashion and travel from the 1930s to 1960s.”

These photographs are by famous photographers for Vogue such as Henry Clarke, Don Honeyman and Laurence Le Guay in the 1950s and 60s.

You can see more amazing vintage posters with the book ‘Vintage Travel Posters: Going Places In Style’ by Patience Coster.



Thanks to the use of elastane in the 1960s, pieces became more structured and wide range of styles became available, suiting a wide range of sizes, in bright colours and vibrant prints.



“During the 1960s and 70s, pattern predominated with psychedelic prints in acid colours. Palazzo pants and other resort wear with designs by Emilio Pucci are particularly noteworthy.” – F&T Museum


Dress by Emilio Pucci and Samuel Sherman


1960s cotton trunks

The fabrics on show were beautiful, ranging from older, specially knitted pieces to more modern printed designs.





More January shows

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Alice Grosso –

The next show that I will be visiting this month after the London Textile Fair is;


This is where you will find new stylists and artists and fresh trends. What’s Next is a truly interesting and creative show for those looking for inspiration in a new and exciting direction.


Didier Parakian and Chie Mihara


Black Balloon | One Wolf | Amesoeur


7th – 9th February 2016, West Hall, Olympia Exhibition Centre, W14 8UX

Then there is EDGE London that I will pop into before our Private View. This is a very different kind of show covering all alternative fashions including Goths, Punks, 50’s Pin Up, Rockers, etc. There is also an EDGE show in Berlin, the other European home of alternative culture. Both H&M and New Look are now doing a range of grungy alternative looks and our Cartoon print started in this niche market before going viral through mainstream fashion. Our latest for this market have been our tattoo prints.





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Laura Newton –

Home Furnishings 2016


I’ll be going from the ‘City of Frankfurters‘ to the ‘City of love’: Paris in late January….not to meet my Mr Big unfortunately but to visit the ‘Maison & Objet’ Exhibition. I haven’t been there for a while, so I am interested in seeing what delights will be on show this year.

Historically it is the show that sets the Trends for the year across the board of Home furnishings.  Heimtex is the commercial backbone whereas ‘Maison’ is meant to add the sparkle!… let’s see if it does.

2015. MAISON&OBJET PARIS presentation from MAISON&OBJET on Vimeo.


Also, running parallel with Maison, more than 99 Brands & Fabric Editors such as Lelievre‘, Casamance, Missoni & ‘Zimmer & Rohde’ open up their showrooms to exhibit latest collections at ‘Deco-Off’. I hear that this is becoming quite a spectacle and people from all other world will be flocking to the ‘Rue du Mail’ to be inspired.


Exhibitions to kick off 2016

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Sarah Glyn-Woods –


13/14 JANUARY 2016

The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH (9am – 6pm)

This week Alice and I will be exhibiting at the London Textile Fair. We will be on the mezzanine in the Textile area in aisle M10. The show is made up of European and Turkish suppliers, exhibitors have tables and it is very easy to wander around and see what is on display. The show is relaxed and friendly and most attendees are from the UK so you land up bumping into lots of folk that you know. The building is bright and this is a pleasurable experience not being too big.




16-18 February 2016
Parc des Expositions

This is a large exhibition in Paris each February and September. The trend area is interesting but I find it difficult to wander around the main PV Fabric Halls as all the stands are enclosed. Sublitex will be exhibiting there, as usual, in Premiere Vision Designs area, formerly called Indigo, which is more open. Ettore Formento will be there from Sublitex.


Premiere Vision Fabric Hall

Sublitex Private Viewing
9 & 10th February
Dock, Leicester

Few of our fashion clients go to PV anymore so we have taken to doing collection launches in our design office and showroom in Leicester which has been a resounding success. Clients make appointments to view the collection over 2 – 3 days and enjoy the privacy and personal touch that this affords.



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Laura Newton –

For Home Furnishing the start of a new year means one thing: HEIMTEXTIL, in Frankfurt.

An experience somewhat like a Marathon race,  it requires stamina, strong shoes, regular caffeine shots and a stiff drink at the finish line. This enormous show allows you to view everything for the home from shower curtain rings to fabric.


If you arrive at Frankfurt airport you will already be acclimated to the environment of endless moving walk ways, up and down buildings surrounded by your brothers and sisters from all over the world.

The show is so vast and diverse that it is just what is needed to get the creative juices flowing after the Christmas break.  I will be there this week and SUBLITEX are exhibiting so please come and say hello.

Sublitex Miroglio HALL 3, D36