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Paul Frankl Furniture

Paul T. Frankl (USA, 1886–1958)
Born in Vienna, Paul Frankl came to the United States in 1914 as part of a wave of Central European design luminaries — among them Kem Weber, Rudolph Schindler, and Richard Neutra — who were drawn by the energy and optimism of the American scene. Prolific and protean, Frankl would go on to design furnishings that are emblematic of nearly every key stylistic chord in American modernism, from the streamlined Art Deco to free-form organic shapes.

     His “Skyscraper” cabinets, introduced in 1924, are Frankl’s earliest and best-known designs (and the work by which he is most often represented in institutions, such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art). Tall and narrow, the pieces have staggered shelves meant to mimic the setbacks of Manhattan office towers. A later visually expressive line — the “Speed” chairs and sofas, which have a raked profile suggesting motion — links Frankl to Donald Deskey, Raymond Loewy and other creators of “Streamlined Moderne” design.

     Frankl moved to Los Angeles in 1934 and luxuriated in the climate and lifestyle. His designs became lighter and simpler and found an audience among the Hollywood élite. (Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Fred Astaire were clients.) Fascinated by Asian arts, Frankl produced numerous pieces — tabletops with edges that curve upward; sofas and chairs with rattan frames — inspired by Chinese and Japanese forms and materials. In the 1940s, Frankl became one of the first designers to incorporate free-form, biomorphic shapes in his work, as well as novel upholstery fabrics such as denim and nubby wool.

     Frankl biographer Christopher Long argues that the designer’s easy, elegant aesthetic had an enormous influence on movie set design. As the furniture below attests, Paul Frankl’s work is ready for its close-up.

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Pair of Spider Leg Side Tables
H 26 in. W 18 in. D 18 in.
Antiques du Monde
 Paul Frankl Cork & Mahogany Sideboards
H 32.5 in. W 6 ft. D 20.5 in.
Red Modern Furniture
Paul Frankl Mirror
H 45 in. W 39 in. D 1 in.
birdie
Black Cerused Make-Up Vanity Dresser with Mirror and Stool
H 5 ft. 8 in. W 4 ft. 8 in. D 19 in.
On Hold
JVB Interiors
Paul Frankl Tiered Side or End Tables
H 22 in. W 16 in. D 30 in.
Stamford Modern
Stunning Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Dining Table
H 29 in. W 5 ft. 11.3 in. D 42 in.
Red Modern Furniture
Side Table by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman
H 23.25 in. W 28.75 in. D 16.75 in.
Sputnik Modern
Geometric Side Tables by Paul Frankl
H 22 in. W 16 in. D 30 in.
birdie
Art Deco Desk Attributed to Paul Frankl
H 31 in. W 40 in. D 20 in.
Showplace Antique + Design Center
Paul Frankl Buffet of Cerused Oak and Lacquered Wood
H 35 in. W 5 ft. 5.8 in. D 20.5 in.
Mode Moderne
Mid Century Modern Cabinet Cerused Oak
H 30 in. W 38 in. D 15.5 in.
Ambianic
Grand Pair of Paul Frankl Night Stands
H 26.75 in. W 19 in. D 24 in.
20th Century Interiors
Paul Frankl Coffee Table
H 14 in. W 6 ft. D 18 in.
Modern Drama
Low Table by Paul Frankl
H 13 in. W 6 ft. D 21 in.
WYETH
Paul Frankl Bench Coffee Table
H 13.25 in. W 5 ft. 11 in. D 21 in.
CONVERSO
Cork-Topped Table by Paul Frankl
H 27 in. W 36 in. D 36 in.
WYETH
Gaming Table by Paul Frankl
H 27 in. W 36 in. D 36 in.
WYETH
Paul Frankl Asian Form Coffee Table
H 12 in. W 7 ft. D 21 in.
On Hold
Belvair For Modern Living
A Pair of Chests by Paul Frankl
H 32 in. W 40 in. D 22.5 in.
Matt Murphy Studio
Paul  Frankl Credenza
H 33.5 in. W 6 ft. 1 in. D 22 in.
Porter & Plunk
Paul Frankl Tall Chest
H 45 in. W 40 in. D 21 in.
Matt Murphy Studio
1950's Paul Fankl Dining Set
H 29.5 in. W 6 ft. D 42 in.
E.T. Burk
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Combed Wood Desk
H 30 in. W 4 ft. 2 in. D 24 in.
Metro Retro Furniture / MCM Furniture
Pair of Paul Frankl Ebonized End Tables
H 25.5 in. W 18 in. D 13.25 in.
Irwin Feld Design
Paul Frankl Swivel Lounge Chairs
H 30 in. W 33 in. D 36 in.
Modern Drama
5 Piece Bamboo Bar with Stools
H 41.5 in. W 4 ft. 0.5 in. D 18.75 in.
Barbarella Home
Paul Frankl Cork & Mahogany Bench
H 16.5 in. W 5 ft. 5.8 in. D 18 in.
On Hold
Red Modern Furniture
Cerused Dining Chairs Style of Paul Frankl
H 33 in. W 19 in. D 19.5 in.
Janakos & Company
Cerused Storage Cabinet Style of Paul Frankl
H 4 ft. 10 in. W 38 in. D 19 in.
Janakos & Company
Cerused Dining Table Style of Paul Frankl
H 30 in. W 5 ft. 6 in. D 42 in.
Janakos & Company
Paul Frankl Cork & Mahogany Side Tables
H 21 in. W 30 in. D 18 in.
Red Modern Furniture
Paul Frankl Dining Chairs, Set of 10
H 33.5 in. W 20.5 in. D 22 in.
Galerie Sommerlath
Paul Frankl Dining Table for Brown Saltman
H 29.13 in. W 5 ft. 5.4 in. D 42.13 in.
Galerie Sommerlath
Paul Frankl Cork Bench / Coffee Table
H 16 in. W 5 ft. 6 in. D 18 in.
Modern Drama
Handsome Paul Frankl Polished Mahogany Bookcase
H 7 ft. 6 in. W 4 ft. 5 in. D 22 in.
MODERN ONE
Elegant Cerused Dining Table by Paul Frankl
H 29.5 in. W 4 ft. 10.5 in. D 38 in.
Galerie Sommerlath
Large Modern Chest by Paul Frankl
H 32.25 in. W 6 ft. 0.5 in. D 22.5 in.
On Hold
ABC Modern
Paul Frankl Table Lamp, USA, 1960s
H 32 in. W 12 in. D 7 in.
Habite LA
1950's Rattan Tiki Bar and 2 Stools
H 40 in. W 4 ft. 0.5 in. D 16.5 in.
Surfing Cowboys
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Side Tables
H 22.5 in. W 28 in. D 16 in.
Design/One
Pair of Chest of Drawers Paul Frankl
H 32.25 in. W 39.75 in. D 21 in.
Tishu Miami
Paul Frankl Cork Top Side Tables
H 23 in. W 24 in. D 25 in.
MODERN ONE
4 V Back Paul Frankl Dining Chairs
H 32 in. W 19.5 in. D 18 in.
On Hold
Red Modern Furniture
Modern Asian Style Sideboard
H 35.5 in. W 4 ft. 6 in. D 19 in.
Corinne Robbins
Two-Tier Coffee Table by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman
H 17.75 in. W 4 ft. 5.3 in. D 18 in.
Galerie Sommerlath
Paul Frankl  Console Table
H 30 in. W 42 in. D 18 in.
Pamela Lerner Antiques
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Console Table
H 29.25 in. W 41.75 in. D 18 in.
Past Perfect
Paul Frankl Coffee Table
H 14.38 in. Dm 40.25 in.
Pierson
Style of Paul Frankl Bamboo Sofa & Corner Table
H 29 in. W 4 ft. 8.5 in. D 32.5 in.
Janakos & Company
Custom Paul Frankl Cocktail Table
H 15.5 in. W 40 in. D 30 in.
20th Century Interiors
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Credenza/Buffet
H 34 in. W 5 ft. 4 in. D 20 in.
Flow Modern
Paul Frankl Ebonized Credenza or Sideboard
H 32.75 in. W 6 ft. D 21 in.
Alternative Furnishings Inc.
Paul Frankl Style 'D' Armchairs
H 26.5 in. W 24.5 in. D 32.5 in.
Almond Hartzog Gallery
Cork Low Table By Paul Frankl
H 14.25 in. Dm 35.5 in.
WYETH
Paul Frankl Cork Top Mahogany Dining Table
H 29.5 in. W 8 ft. 9 in. D 42"
Craig Van Den Brulle
Paul Frankl Cork Top Coffee Table
H 15 in. W 4 ft. 2 in. D 35 in.
Almond Hartzog Gallery
Vintage Tambour Cabinet
H 43.25 in. W 4 ft. 2 in. D 19 in.
Rumba