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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American Modern Dark Walnut and Brass Three-Drawer Chest, Paul Frankl

By Paul Frankl
American Modern Dark Walnut and Brass Three-Drawer...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
The rectangular top above three drawers with reeded and ribbed fronts with flat panels, the brass pulls in stylized "X" forms, the sides similarly ribbed.     
Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Walnut Chest with Nickelled "X" Pulls by Paul Frankl

By Paul Frankl, John Stuart Inc.
Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Walnut Chest with Nick...
Paul Frankl, John Stuart Inc.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Nickel, Walnut
This stunning and elegant chest of drawers was realized by the fabled 20th century designer, Paul Frankl, for John Stuart Inc., circa 1950. It features ten drawers- three taller and two...
Restored Midcentury Rattan and Mahogany Living Room Set
Restored Midcentury Rattan and Mahogany Living Roo...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets
Rattan
Paul Frankl style rattan living room set including a matching three-seat sectional sofa, lounge chair, ottoman, coffee table and pair of end tables. Both the sofa and chair feature the ...
Restored Midcentury Rattan and Mahogany Living Room Seating Set
Restored Midcentury Rattan and Mahogany Living Roo...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets
Rattan
Paul Frankl style rattan living room set including a matching three-seat sectional sofa, lounge chair and ottoman. Both the sofa and chair feature the famous six strand square pretzel s...
Paul Frankl Table

By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rare low rectangular table by Paul Frankl. Most likely a custom piece with a natural finish to the cork. Recently refinished - excellent condition. Illustrated: Paul T. Frankl and Ameri...
Open Armchair by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Open Armchair by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Dark stained mahogany frame with modernist lines and open arms. Cut-out, plunging neckline to upholstered seat back. Up to four of these armchairs are available.
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company Cork Mirror

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company Cork Mir...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Mirror, Wood, Cork
A large horizontal mirror from Paul Frankl's rare full cork series. Branded with model number on back.
Rattan Bar Stool Pair with Woven Wicker Seats, Set of Two
Rattan Bar Stool Pair with Woven Wicker Seats, Set...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Wicker, Rattan
Pair of Rattan bar stools with woven wicker seats and three strand rattan pull legs. Each stool comes with a full formed back rest complimented by arches connecting each leg, circa 1950...
Paul Frankl Style Square Pretzel Rattan Lounge with Ottoman
Paul Frankl Style Square Pretzel Rattan Lounge wit...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Rattan
Designed in the manner of Paul Frankl, this six-strand, rattan lounge chair features square pretzel arms with matching Ottoman. Lounge chair- 29" tall, 35" wide, 49" deep, seat heig...
Seng of Chicago Swivel Wicker and Iron Bar Stools, Pair
Seng of Chicago Swivel Wicker and Iron Bar Stools,...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Wicker, Iron
Seng of Chicago rattan and metal swivel bar stool pair with seat backs. This delicate combination of rattan and metal is a perfect match for any midcentury home or Tropical getaway. ...
Paul Frankl Walnut Dresser

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl Walnut Dresser
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Walnut
Classic Mid-Century Modern dark stained walnut ten-drawer dresser with polished brass X pulls. Mint restored condition. Retailed thru John Stuart.  
Pair of Paul Frankl Rattan Pretzel Tiered Nightstands

By Paul Frankl, Kosuga
Pair of Paul Frankl Rattan Pretzel Tiered Nightsta...
Paul Frankl, Kosuga
20th Century Japanese Art Deco Side Tables
Rattan, Wood
Art Deco pair of rattan pretzel tiered nightstands or end tables by Kosuga for Paul Frankl. Featuring a single strand pretzel shaped frame holding three-tiered shelves. Iconic design re...
Paul Frankl Side Tables

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl Side Tables
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Metal, Wood, Cork
Pair of low side tables by Paul Frankl. Petite side tables, designed for Johnson furniture company. Cork wrapped square tops, mahogany tapered legs and brass feet.
Paul Frankl Bookcase

By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Bookcase
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American American Modern Bookcases
Paul Frankl rare custom designed bookcase/ storage cabinet. Orange and black lacquered wood, with gold painted face in a snaking geometric motif & thick glass side panels. A rare examp...
Paul Frankl Dining Table

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl Dining Table
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Large expandable dining table designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Corp. Cork top and large rounded corners. Dark stained wide birch legs and 3 x 11" extensions. A rare model...
Bamboo Floor Lamp in the Manner of Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Hollywood Regency Floor Lamps
Elegant floor lamp in the manner of Paul Frankl, comprised of bundled bamboo shoots, stemming from a base of wood and brass with pristine original bamboo applique shade. Shade diame...
Cork and Mahogany Coffee Table by Paul Frankl, circa 1953

By Paul Frankl
Cork and Mahogany Coffee Table by Paul Frankl, cir...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Paul Frankl. Coffee table in cork and mahogany. Johnson Furniture Company, USA, 1953. Measures: 6’ x 39.5” W (widest point) x 14.5” H.
Paul Frankl, Organic Coffee Table, Cork Top, Mahogany Base, 1950s

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl, Organic Coffee Table, Cork Top, Mahog...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Cork
A very rare cork top coffee table or cocktail table by Paul Frankl for American manufacturer Johnson Furniture Company, circa 1955. The playful cork top features a tear-drop shaped voi...
Unusual Mid-Century Modern Desk in the Style of Paul Frankl
Unusual Mid-Century Modern Desk in the Style of Pa...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Wood
This amazing vintage modern desk features unique angled legs and a floating style table top. A beautiful case piece with a curved top, a finished back, and sculpted brass drawer pulls. ...
Paul Frankl Ebonized Walnut Dresser

By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Ebonized Walnut Dresser
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Dressers
Brass, Walnut
An ebonized walnut ten-drawer dresser with solid brass X-pulls by Paul Frankl. American, Circa 1940's This item is in stock.
Modern 1950s Nightstands in the Manner of Paul Fra...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Walnut
Truly unique pair of 1950s modern nightstands. Striking sharp lines, beautiful walnut wood with olive green tones. Influences of Art Deco, Paul Frankl, and prescient of coming brutalist...
Paul Frankl Style 1950s Dresser with Brass Knuckle Pulls
Paul Frankl Style 1950s Dresser with Brass Knuckle...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Walnut, Brass
Striking sharp lines, beautiful walnut wood with olive green tones. Influences of Art Deco and Paul Frankl. Nine drawers total with brass-knuckle shaped pulls. Matching nightstands ava...
1940s Rattan Lounge Chair and Ottoman Paul Frankl ...
Paul Frankl, Willow and Reed
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Rattan
High style 1940s rattan lounge chair and ottoman with new lattice motif fabric cushion upholstery with ties. The two-piece ensemble of bent and shaped Rattan with a wing-back style uppe...
Paul Frankl Tiered Side or Occasional Table for Saltman Brown

By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Tiered Side or Occasional Table for Sa...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Modern Side Tables
Oak
Elegantly designed and solidly crafted. This piece is from renowned designer Paul Frankl and was manufactured exclusively by Brown Saltman. It would make a beautiful addition to any set...
Rattan Pretzel Loveseat in the Style of Paul Frankl
Rattan Pretzel Loveseat in the Style of Paul Frank...
Paul Frankl
Late 20th Century Loveseats
Rattan, Upholstery
Three-strand round pretzel arm rattan loveseat in the style of Paul Frankl, with custom-made cushions.  
Pair of Leather 'Speed' Lounge Chairs in the Manne...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s Lounge Chairs
Leather
Pair of leather (speed) lounge chairs manner of Paul Frankl. The leather is blue.
Pair of Rattan Table Lamps in the Style of Paul Frankl
Pair of Rattan Table Lamps in the Style of Paul Fr...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Silk, Rattan
These mid-20th century rattan cube lamps are in the eclectic style of designer Paul Frankl, who was renowned for his rattan furniture. Like those Frankl chairs and sofas, these lamps ha...
Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl School Three-Piece ...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rattan, Teak
Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl School teak three piece living room table set features stepped form with rattan bases and teak tops and includes coffee table and two end stands, mid-20th...
Midcentury Swivel Rattan Bamboo Bar Stool, 1950s, Austria

Midcentury Swivel Rattan Bamboo Bar Stool, 1950s, ...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Stools
Rattan
Pair of rare rattan bar stools in style of Paul T. Frankl from 1950s - epic set that will look fabulous in any space. The stools feature thick bamboo frames and comfortable rattan seats...
Paul Frankl Cork Top Mahogany Dining Table

By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Cork Top Mahogany Dining Table
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Dining Room Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Paul Frankl cork top mahogany dining table. Measurements: 72" L x 42" W x 29.5" H with three leafs 11" each. In Stock.
Cerused Oak Mid-Century Modern Long Dresser
Cerused Oak Mid-Century Modern Long Dresser
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Very nice American Mid-Century Modern cerused oak long dresser.
Cerused Oak American Mid-Century Modern High Chest
Cerused Oak American Mid-Century Modern High Chest...
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Very nice quality American Mid-Century Modern cerused oak high chest.
Pair of Paul Frankl Style Mahogany End Tables
Pair of Paul Frankl Style Mahogany End Tables
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Mahogany
Pair of Paul Frankl style mahogany end tables or nightstands. These large end tables feature an exaggerated bevelled front with recessed drawer and large round pull. Angled modernist sl...
Paul Frankl Ten-Drawer Ebonized Dresser Mid Century

By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Ten-Drawer Ebonized Dresser Mid Centur...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Walnut
Classic Frankl design ten-drawer dresser. This piece has had a ground up restoration with a silky black lacquer finish and the pulls have been re-brassed. Paul Frankl bridged the perio...
Pair of Side Tables by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Pair of Side Tables by Paul Frankl for Johnson Fur...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American American Modern Side Tables
Cork tops and mahogany frames with one open shelf at bottom. Made by Johnson Furniture Co. stamped design number on bottom.
Chest of Drawers with Brass Buckle Pulls by Paul Frankl

By Paul Frankl
Chest of Drawers with Brass Buckle Pulls by Paul F...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Long chest of drawers in dark walnut with brass buckle pulls and sabots by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, American, 1950s (branded in drawer “Johnson Furniture”) (newly refinished b...
Paul Frankl Style Mid-Century Modern Oval Reed Bamboo Desk
Paul Frankl Style Mid-Century Modern Oval Reed Bam...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Bamboo, Wicker, Reed, Glass
Unique Mid-Century Modern stacked rattan wicker desk in the style of Paul Frankl. This Palm Regency style large curved oval shaped writing table features a detailed patterned top and a ...
Dining Table Manner of Paul Frankl

Dining Table Manner of Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Paul Laszlo
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Oak
1940s expanding dining table in the style of Paul Frankl or Paul Laszlo. Beautiful, original cerused oak finish. Solid oak tapered legs. Includes two 12 inch leaves.
Goatskin Ebonized Chest in the Manner of Paul Frankl
Goatskin Ebonized Chest in the Manner of Paul Fran...
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Leather, Wood
Mid-Century Modern ebonized chest of drawers featuring goatskin covered drawers made in the manner of Paul Frankl by L.A. period furniture company. Six drawers on the dresser with parch...
Sculptural Cork and Mahogany Table by Paul Frankl

By Paul Frankl
Sculptural Cork and Mahogany Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Side Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Sculptural solid mahogany and cork occasional table by Paul Frankl for Johnson furniture, circa late 1940s. This example has a solid cork triangular top a second tier that is solid maho...
Paul Frankl Cork Top End Tables for Johnson Furniture

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl Cork Top End Tables for Johnson Furnit...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Pair of Paul Frankl cork top end tables for Johnson Furniture. This pair has been professionally restored.
Mid-Century Paul Frankl for John Stuart Tall Chest

By Paul Frankl
Mid-Century Paul Frankl for John Stuart Tall Chest...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Oak
Mid-Century Paul Frankl dresser with brass X-pulls for John Stuart Inc. Newly refinished in dark mahogany stain. Brass X-pulls have been newly re-plated in a satin brass finish
Corner Table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Corner Table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American American Modern Tables
Cork tops and mahogany frame by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Design number on the bottom, 5029 # 253.
Art Deco Large American Stool or Ottoman

Art Deco Large American Stool or Ottoman
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Stools
American designed 1930s large round upholstered stool or ottoman with removable lid for storage on solid walnut base. New heavy multi color textured fabric.
Restored Paul Frankl Style Sofa and Lounge Chair Set
Restored Paul Frankl Style Sofa and Lounge Chair S...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Rattan
Paul Frankl style rattan living room set including a matching three-seat sectional sofa and a pair of lounge chair. Both feature the famous six strand square pretzel side arms and stack...
Restored Paul Frank Style Six-Strand Arm with Maho...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Rattan, Mahogany
A full rattan living room set featuring a three-seat sofa with two matching lounge chairs, each with unique six-strand arms inset with a mahogany shelf. Three-seat rattan sofa: 31in. ...
Paul Frankl, Club Lounge Chairs Light Beige Velvet...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Lounge Chairs
Cotton, Velvet
Paul Frankl, rare club / speed / Art Deco sofa. Reupholstered in brand new high end light beige velvet and beige cotton fabric. America 1940's. Currently elevated slightly on later wood...
Paul Frankl Club Sofa Light Beige Velvet, Beige Cotton, America, 1940s
Paul Frankl Club Sofa Light Beige Velvet, Beige Co...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Sofas
Cotton, Velvet
Paul Frankl, rare club / speed / Art Deco sofa. Reupholstered in brand new high end light beige velvet and beige cotton fabric, America, 1940s. Currently elevated slightly on later wood...
Gentleman's Chest of Drawers by Paul Frankl

By Paul Frankl
Gentleman's Chest of Drawers by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Seven-drawer chest of dark stained wood with brass X-pulls and raised detailing. Simple, elegant form with lots of storage.
Art Deco Paul Frankl Art Deco Rattan Bent Leg Mahogany Top Two-Tier Table
Art Deco Paul Frankl Art Deco Rattan Bent Leg Maho...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century Asian Art Deco Tables
Rattan, Mahogany
Art Deco Paul Frankl design RARE bent leg, rattan reed stack two-tier mahogany top table. This Art Deco slanted leg table has two mahogany tops and an open stacked reed design. Dimensio...
Paul Frankl Combed Wood and Pebble Glass Dining Ta...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Glass, Wood
Vastly proportioned dining table by Paul Frankl. This boldly designed table features a broad plinth-like base consisting of two rectangular legs with red combed wood and black finish. T...
1940s Paul Frankl Style Streamline Moderne Lounge ...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Streamlined Moderne Lounge Chairs
Inspired by Paul Frankl's 1939 speed chair, this early 1940s lounge chair has a great footprint and presence. Upholstered in cream and gray pale ultrasuedes, the gray with ostrich skin ...
Paul Frankl King-Size Walnut Headboard

By Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Paul Frankl King-Size Walnut Headboard
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Walnut
Midcentury classic solid walnut headboard with horizontal zig zag trellis pattern. Mint restored.
Paul Frankl Custom Sofa, Pair Available, 1940s

By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Custom Sofa, Pair Available, 1940s
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Silk, Wood
Paul Frankl sofa, matched pair available. USA, circa 1944. From an important estate. Silk over oak frame. Measures: 88 W x 27 D x 33 H in. 224 W x 68.5 D x 83.8 H cm. Featured in Ho...
Paul T. Frankl Cork Desk for Johnson Furniture Company, circa 1950

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul T. Frankl Cork Desk for Johnson Furniture Com...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Beech, Cork
Paul T. Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company, beech, cork and brass, circa 1950. This small writing desk is designed by the Austrian-American modernist designer Paul Frankl. The ribb...
Paul Frankl Dining Table

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl Dining Table
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Paul Frankl dining table, model 2263 by Johnson Furniture Company. Lacquered solid cork top on fluted mahogany horizontal edge and parsons base. Three 11-inch leaves included; table me...
Mid-Century Paul Frankl Style Rattan Reed and Bras...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century Floor Lamps
Brass, Rattan, Mahogany
1930'S Paul Frankl Style Rattan Reed & Brass Floor lamp with magazine rack. This unique and rare floor lamp features a center polished brass pole and ring detail with a large magazine r...
Donald Deskey Art Deco Brass and Ebonized Wood Fol...
Paul Frankl
Early 20th Century American Art Deco Carts and Bar Carts
Brass, Wood
Clever Art Deco bar cart that ingeniously folds away. This bar cart has rails and an ebonized wooden frame and of course high Art Deco styling. Attributed to Deskey
Step End Table Manner of Paul Frankl

Step End Table Manner of Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Birch
Bold architectural design and beautiful wood grain to this Paul Frankl style step end table. Lower table height measures 15.5".
Pair of Paul Frankl Ebonised Two-Drawer Commodes Consoles

By Paul Frankl
Pair of Paul Frankl Ebonised Two-Drawer Commodes C...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Nickel, Wood
The shaped top above two conforming drawers with original nickel hardware resting on round tapering legs ending in nickel sabots.