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Paul Frankl Cork Top Coffee Table / Bench
Located in Fulton, CA
A Paul Frankl cork top coffee table or bench, circa 1940s. Asian influence design with curved table top. Base crafted in solid hardwood. Top refinished in lacquer. Paul Frankl: ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mahogany, Cork

  • Paul Frankl Cork Top Coffee Table / Bench
  • Paul Frankl Cork Top Coffee Table / Bench
  • Paul Frankl Cork Top Coffee Table / Bench
  • Paul Frankl Cork Top Coffee Table / Bench
H 13 in. W 71 in. D 20.88 in.
Paul Frankl Low Cork Table
Located in New York, NY
Asian-inspired form with cork-wrapped top above dark-stained mahogany base. This piece is designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson furniture company from the post war period.
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Vintage 1940s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Mahogany, Cork

  • Paul Frankl Low Cork Table
  • Paul Frankl Low Cork Table
  • Paul Frankl Low Cork Table
  • Paul Frankl Low Cork Table
H 12 in. W 84 in. D 21 in.
Paul Frankl Asian Influenced Cork Top Coffee Table or Bench
Located in Atlanta, GA
Low Slung Asian form coffee table or bench, designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa 1940s. It has been refinished in ivory color lacquered cork top, which contrasts nice...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood, Mahogany, Cork

Asian-Inspired Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Cork Top Bench or Low Table
Located in San Francisco, CA
An Asian-inspired midcentury Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture cork top bench or low table with open wood supports; the elegantly long rectangular cork top with flared ends raised on...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Cork

1950s Brown Cork and Mahogany Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Midcentury coffee table designed by Paul Frankl. Eloquently shaped Tabletop out of cork, comes on three wooden mahogany legs. It can be used as a coffee table or a bench. Manufacture...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Mahogany, Cork

Paul Frankl Cork Bench / Coffee Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Cork top bench/cocktail table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Refinished mahogany legs with original white wash cork.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Cork, Mahogany

  • Paul Frankl Cork Bench / Coffee Table
  • Paul Frankl Cork Bench / Coffee Table
  • Paul Frankl Cork Bench / Coffee Table
  • Paul Frankl Cork Bench / Coffee Table
H 16 in. W 66 in. D 18 in.
1940s Brown Cork and Mahogany Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Coffee table from the middle of the century, designed by Paul Frankl. Eloquently shaped cork tabletop, on two wooden mahogany legs, each created in a rectangle. It can be used as a c...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Mahogany, Cork

Low Slung Asian Influenced Coffee Table or Bench by Paul Frankl
Located in Atlanta, GA
Low slung Asian influenced coffee table or bench, designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa 1940s. Refinished and ready to use.
Category

Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Cork, Wood

Stunning Paul Frankl Cork Bench
Located in San Francisco, CA
A classic design Cork bench by Paul Frankl, would also work nicely as a coffee table. ***Located at our Lombard St Store 415-929-2288***
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Cork, Mahogany

  • Stunning Paul Frankl Cork Bench
  • Stunning Paul Frankl Cork Bench
  • Stunning Paul Frankl Cork Bench
  • Stunning Paul Frankl Cork Bench
H 13.25 in. W 71 in. D 21 in.
Cork and Mahogany Bench by Paul Frankl
Located in New York, NY
Paul Frankl (American, 1886-1958) Bench, circa 1950 Cork, mahogany Measures: 66” L x 18” D x 16.25” H Excellent condition. Made for Johnson Furniture Company.  
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Mid-20th Century American Benches

Materials

Cork

  • Cork and Mahogany Bench by Paul Frankl
  • Cork and Mahogany Bench by Paul Frankl
  • Cork and Mahogany Bench by Paul Frankl
  • Cork and Mahogany Bench by Paul Frankl
H 16.25 in. W 66 in. D 18 in.
Classic Paul Frankl Cork Bench
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A classic Paul Frankl bench or low table for John Stuart. Mahogany construction with cork top and raised ends.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Mahogany, Cork

  • Classic Paul Frankl Cork Bench
  • Classic Paul Frankl Cork Bench
  • Classic Paul Frankl Cork Bench
  • Classic Paul Frankl Cork Bench
H 14 in. W 70.5 in. D 21 in.
Paul Frankl Cork & Mahogany Bench
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A stunning cork & mahogany bench designed by Paul Frankl in the 1950's
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Cork, Mahogany

  • Paul Frankl Cork & Mahogany Bench
  • Paul Frankl Cork & Mahogany Bench
  • Paul Frankl Cork & Mahogany Bench
  • Paul Frankl Cork & Mahogany Bench
H 13.25 in. W 71 in. D 21 in.
Cork Top Bench by Paul Frankl
Located in Dallas, TX
Exceptional mint condition cork top bench design by Paul Frankl.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Cork

  • Cork Top Bench by Paul Frankl
  • Cork Top Bench by Paul Frankl
  • Cork Top Bench by Paul Frankl
  • Cork Top Bench by Paul Frankl
H 12 in. W 84 in. D 21 in.
Lacquered Cork and Mahogany Bench or Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Classic bench or coffee table with a matte cream lacquered cork top on dark coffee brown stained mahogany splayed bases. A timeless modernist piece designed by Paul Frankl.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Cork, Mahogany

Sleek Paul Frankl for Johnson Cork Cocktail Table
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Rare Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company cork and mahogany bench circa late 1940's. Features dark solid cork top with greek key motif mahogany base. This piece can be used as ...
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Vintage 1940s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Cork, Mahogany

Long low cork top coffee table/ bench by Paul Frankl for Johnson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Great and rare long low table/ bench made for Johnson furniture Company in 1940's designed by Paul Frankl.
Category

Vintage 1940s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Cork, Mahogany

Paul Frankl Lacquered Cork Coffee Table for Johnson Furniture Company, circa1950
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Paul Frank lacquered cork coffee table or bench for Johnson Furniture Company, circa 1950. This piece has been professionally restored.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Mahogany, Cork

Paul Frankl Cork Cocktail Table
Located in San Francisco, CA
Paul Frankl design cork top cocktail table/bench for Johnson furniture co. Gracefull design, completely restored.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Cork, Wood

  • Paul Frankl Cork Cocktail Table
  • Paul Frankl Cork Cocktail Table
  • Paul Frankl Cork Cocktail Table
  • Paul Frankl Cork Cocktail Table
H 13 in. W 71 in. D 21 in.
Wormley for Dunbar Long Coffee Table/Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Long Dunbar Green Label cork top table in an asian-modern style with an ebonized finish.
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Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Mahogany, Cork

  • Wormley for  Dunbar Long Coffee Table/Bench
  • Wormley for  Dunbar Long Coffee Table/Bench
  • Wormley for  Dunbar Long Coffee Table/Bench
  • Wormley for  Dunbar Long Coffee Table/Bench
H 15.5 in. W 63 in. D 15.5 in.
Paul Frankl Bench Coffee Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company, long bench or coffee table.
Category

Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Cork, Mahogany

  • Paul Frankl Bench Coffee Table
  • Paul Frankl Bench Coffee Table
  • Paul Frankl Bench Coffee Table
  • Paul Frankl Bench Coffee Table
H 13.25 in. W 71 in. D 21 in.

Paul Frankl Biography and Important Works

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.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality lounge furniture cannot be overstated. Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other seating — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless styles in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other furnishings — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.