Josef Frank: Villa Carlsten
Between 1924 and 1936, Austrian architect Josef Frank built five holiday homes on the Falsterbo Peninsula in southern Sweden. Conceived as summer houses for friends and relatives of Franks Swedish wife, the Falsterbo Villas constitute a key part of Franks architectural work and demonstrate concerns at the core of his housing designs.
In 2016, Villa Carlsten, the smallest of the Falsterbo Villas, underwent an extensive restoration. Published on the occasion of its completion, Josef FrankVilla Carlsten is the first book to comprehensively document the building. As with all of Franks housing designs, Villa Carlsten sees the architect paying special attention to the connection between interior and exterior, to the availability of daylight, and to inhabitants movements throughout the home. A particular part of Villa Carlstens charm is its scale, as everything is of smaller dimensions than one would expect. Despite its intricate layout, however, Villa Carlsten is also one of Franks most accessible homes, and the design is full of wit, combining comfort with modern refinement.
Beautifully designed with seventy-five full-color photographs by Mikael Olsson, who adeptly highlights the homes qualities and relationship with its surroundings, the book also includes an essay by Michael Bergquist, who realized the renovation and places Villa Carlsten in context with the other Falsterbo Villas and Franks broader work.
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