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Josef Frank

Josef Frank

On the heels of the Josef Frank exhibit at London’s Fashion & Textile Museum, it seems the designer’s electrifying florals are as popular as ever. It’s the perfect motif to represent spring this month, as gardens across the country are bursting with riotous colours much like the graphic blooms Frank is famous for.

In the South of France, interior designer India Mahdavi looked to his wild botanicals as a way to bring the outdoors in at Isabel Ettedgui’s holiday home. A longtime client, the fashionable Ettedgui is known for a more low-key aesthetic (like her recently re-launched boutique, Connolly, in Mayfair) but here it was the lush surroundings of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat that came into play. With Frank’s Paradiset wallpaper, Mahdavi brought in a psychedelic tapestry of flora and fauna and then accented the room with colors that speak to the village’s coastal locale. The result is like a fantastical walled garden tucked in the center of town.

For a subtler approach – if Josef Frank can ever be subtle – follow the lead of Americans Amy Astley, editor of Architectural Digest, and David Netto, a celebrated interior designer. Both chose raw wood panelling to calm Frank’s dizzying pattern; Astley at her cottage on Long Island’s North Fork and Netto at a client’s home in storied East Hampton.

Photographs © Henry Bourne