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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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Paul Frankl Mirror
H 45 in. W 39 in. D 1 in.
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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.
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Paul Frankl Buffet of Cerused Oak and Lacquered Wood
H 35 in. W 5 ft. 5.8 in. D 20.5 in.
Mode Moderne
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.
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
Paul Frankl Cork & Mahogany Bench
H 16.5 in. W 5 ft. 5.8 in. D 18 in.
On Hold
Red Modern Furniture
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
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.
Red Modern Furniture
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 Cork & Mahogany Sideboards
H 32.5 in. W 6 ft. D 20.5 in.
Red Modern Furniture
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
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.
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
Gorgeous Dining Room Set by Paul Frankl
H 29 in. W 5 ft. 11.5 in. D 35.5 in.
Pegaso Gallery Design
Pair of Paul Frankl Armchairs
H 18.25 in. W 27 in. D 25.5 in.
Mid Century Antiques
Pair of Paul Frankl Lattice Back Chairs
H 33 in. W 20 in. D 20 in.
Soho Treasures
Paul Frankl Ten Drawer Dresser
H 32 in. W 6 ft. 0.5 in. D 22.5 in.
Galleria d'Epoca
Paul Frankl Cork Top Bench / Table
H 13 in. W 5 ft. 10 in. D 21 in.
Downtown
Paul Frankl Upholstered Bench
H 16.5 in. W 6 ft. 1 in. D 21 in.
Alternative Furnishings Inc.
Stunning Paul Frankl Cork Bench
H 13.25 in. W 5 ft. 11 in. D 21 in.
Past Perfect
Classic Paul Frankl Cork Bench
H 14 in. W 5 ft. 10.5 in. D 21 in.
On Hold
Mark Frisman Ltd
Pair of Cerused White Oak Commodes
H 32 in. W 32 in. D 21 in.
Modest Designs
Modern Dining Table by Paul Frankl
H 28.25 in. W 4 ft. 5.8 in. D 4 ft. 5.8 in.
ABC Modern
Paul Frankl D Lounge Chair
H 31 in. W 24.5 in. D 31 in.
Johnson Trading Gallery
Paul Frankl Cork Top Dining Table
H 29.5 in. W 8 ft. D 40 in.
Galere
8 Dining Chairs by Paul Frankl
H 31.5 in. W 19 in. D 22 in.
Galere
Paul Frankl Game Table and 4 chairs
H 27 in. W 46 in. D 46 in.
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