Google Commemorates Josef Frank’s 125th Birthday – Another Google Doodle is presented in Google’s homepage right now. Apparently, it’s the way Google commemorates Josef Frank’s 125th birthday.
Josef Frank was one of the famous Austrian architects and interior designer during his time. He was known for his numerous architectural designs when he worked for Svenskt Tenn design company for which he played a key role in the company’s showing at exhibitions in Warsaw and Prague in 1938 and the international Paris Exposition des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne 1937, New York World’s Fair of 1939-40, and Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco of 1939. In fact, with his excellent architectural designs, he won the Grand Austrian State prize in architecture in 1965.
Josef Frank was instrumental in the propagation of artistic innovation in the early 20th century. Some of his architectural works include interior of the Museum of East Asian Art in Cologne in 1910, design of Viennese apartment buildings from 1921 to 1924, etc.
Some of his famous words in his architectural designs include:
“An ornament must be a game, otherwise it is bad and offers the onlooker no peace.”
“A monochrome surface is tiring; the more ornamentation, the more calming is the effect.”
“In a home, modern rooms have white walls; that is the only chance one has to retain one’s freedom within it, and to introduce in it whatever one wishes. Against a white background one can let colors and patterns flourish; white beckons that which is beautiful and shuts out the trivial.”
Happy 125th Birthday Josef Frank! Thanks for all your contributions in the world of architecture.