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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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Set of 12 Paul Frankl Corset Back Dining Chairs, circa 1950
By Paul Frankl
Located in Saint Louis, MO
We are pleased to offer this exquisitely large set of 12 Paul Frankl plunging corset dining chairs for Johnson Furniture, circa 1950. The backs feature Frankl's iconic "V" shape cut ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Upholstery

Paul Frankl Tan / Brown Cork Top & Carved Mahogany Wood Base Dining Table
By Paul Frankl
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl clear lacquered cork top and carved mahogany wood base with two cork leaves dining table. This dining table is one of Paul Frankl iconic d...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Furniture

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Mahogany, Cork

Set of Six Brown Saltman Dining Chairs Paul Frankl
By John Breuner, Paul Frankl
Located in Crockett, CA
Nice set of six oak Brown Saltman dining chairs designed by Paul Frankl. This set was manufactured for the Paul Frankl dining table in listing Ref: LU915519019132. The upholstery was...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Furniture

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Oak

Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Zig-Zag King Size Headboard
By Paul Frankl
Located in Wilmington, DE
Offered is a vintage king size headboard with a zig-zag pattern designed by Paul Frankl. Looks to be walnut in a dark finish and shiny stain. It is in good structurally sound vintage...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Furniture

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Wood

Rare Paul Frankl Round Cork Coffee Table
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Super rare, midcentury cork coffee table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Table is all cork over wood, including the legs. These pieces are very unique and hard to find especial...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Furniture

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Cork

Brown Saltman Three Leaf Dining Table by Paul Frankl
By John Breuner, Paul Frankl
Located in Crockett, CA
Very nice Brown Saltman oak dining table with three 10" leaves, a 3 1/2" combed plywood apron, and square tapered legs. There is a locking lever to secure both sides of the table whe...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Furniture

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Oak

Paul Frankl "Emissary" Dresser for Johnson Furniture
By Johnson Furniture Co., Paul Frankl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large modern dresser designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture's "Emissary" line in the United States, circa 1960s. This eight-drawer dresser features a sturdy walnut wood case s...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Steel, Chrome

1950s Paul Frankl Moroccan Red Lacquered Double Dresser / Chest of Drawers
By Paul Frankl
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Iconic Paul Frankl 10-drawer chest with freshly polished brass X pulls, refinished and shown in Moroccan Red Lacquer from Frankl's Debonair Collection for Johnson Furniture. Pair Av...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Furniture

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Lacquer

Set of Side Tables by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman, circa 1950s
By Paul Frankl
Located in Stamford, CT
Iconic pair of tiered side tables in oak designed by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman. Complete restored, newly refinished in espresso.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Furniture

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Oak

Paul Frankl Tiered Midcentury Side or Occasional Table for Saltman Brown
By Paul Frankl
Located in Studio City, CA
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 ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Furniture

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Oak

Paul Frankl Set of Six Dining Room Chairs
By Paul Frankl
Located in Pasadena, CA
Set of 6 dining room chairs by Paul Frankl with freshly upholstered, soft rust color fabric and original wood finish on the frame. Designed with modern lines with a grid back and geo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood

Paul Frankl Cork Nightstands for Johnson Furniture, circa 1955
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Paul Frankl cork nightstands for Johnson Furniture, circa 1955.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Furniture

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Brass

Paul Frankl Black Lacquered Double Dresser or Credenza, Newly Restored
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern black lacquered ten-drawer double dresser or credenza By Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture and retailed by John Stuart USA, 1950s Black lac...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Brass

Paul Frankl Dining Table for Johnson Furniture Co.
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautifully designed dining table with cork top and cross-slatted mahogany base. Two 11.25" leaves included. Opens to 94 1/2". Restored. Made by Johnson Furniture Company.
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1950s American Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Mahogany, Cork

1940s Brown Mahogany, Leather and Brass Nightstands by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co., Paul McCobb
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Coffee table from the late 1940s, designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. This pair of bedside tables is created in the late 1940s from Paul Frankl. They are from the colle...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Paul Frankl Ivory Lacquered Night Stands with Brass X Pulls, circa 1950
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Everyone loves Paul Frankl furniture. A pillar of design, he created some of the most iconic midcentury pieces of furniture. And here we have a lovely pair of Paul Frankl ivory lacqu...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Brass

Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Black Lacquered Nightstands, Newly Refinished
By Paul Frankl
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern black lacquered nightstands By Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture and retailed by John Stuart USA, 1950s Black lacquered walnut, wit...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Brass

Paul Frankl Desk with Adjustable Cork Surface for Johnson Furniture, 1950s
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Located in Houston, TX
Paul Frankl Desk with large drawers and adjustable cork desk top and mahogany base USA circa 1950s Manufactured by Johnson Furniture Company in Grand Rapids Michigan Mahogany base...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Brass

Paul T. Frankl Art Deco Custom Made Cork Sofa, 1930s
By Paul Frankl
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul T. Frankl, enameled wood, cork, grey green upholstery, New York, 1930s. This sofa is robust and warm. The materials used, cork, fabric and enameled wood all create a comforti...
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1930s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Velvet, Wood, Cork

Paul Frankl Waxed Cork and Oak Dining Table with Two Model 5008 Consoles
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
Located in Dallas, TX
A scarcely seen Paul T. Frankl dining table suite in waxed cork and solid bleached oak. The set includes a Minimalist rectangular dining table and a pair of complementary model 5008 ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Furniture

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Oak, Cork

Vintage Lacquered "X" Dresser by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
Located in Burbank, CA
Amazing vintage lacquered dresser designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. Features ten dovetail drawers with original solid brass iconic X pulls.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Lacquered Wood Chests of Drawers
By Paul Frankl, John Stuart Inc.
Located in New York, NY
Pair of white lacquered wood chests of drawers with brass cross pull details by Paul Frankl for John Stuart Inc. Signed.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Brass

Paul Frankl Desk
By Paul Frankl
Located in Chicago, IL
Frankl for Johnson furniture, parchment colored cork wrapped desk, Features eight drawers, mahogany pulls with brass accents, main structure on a plinth base, with cutout display box...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Paul Frankl Furniture

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Brass

Restored Midcentury Rattan Dining Side Chairs with "X" Back, Set of Four
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Dark stain rattan dining side chairs with X back and grey seat, circa 1950. Custom cushions C.O.M. (Costumers Own Material) are included in the price. Simply supply the fabric and...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Rattan

Paul Frankl Midcentury Double Dresser
By Paul Frankl
Located in New York, NY
Paul Frankl midcentury double dresser with ten drawers with X-shaped metal drawer pulls.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Furniture

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Metal

Paul Frankl Custom Sofa, Pair Available, 1940s
By Paul Frankl
Located in Houston, TX
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...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Silk, Wood

Paul Frankl Cork Coffee Table, 1951
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Located in Houston, TX
Paul Frankl. Coffee table. Johnson Furniture Company, USA, circa 1951. Lacquered cork, lacquered mahogany. Dimensions: 60 D x 14.25 H inches. Rare lacquered cork coffee t...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Cork, Mahogany

Paul Frankl Corner Tables, Lacquered Cork and Mahogany, 1951
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Located in Houston, TX
Paul Frankl. Corner tables (pair). Johnson Furniture Company, USA, circa 1951. Lacquered cork, lacquered mahogany. 32 w x 32 d x 28.25 h inches Each branded "#5029.&...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Cork, Mahogany

Paul Frankl, Organic "Bigfoot" Coffee Table, Cork, Mahogany, America, 1950s
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A "Bigfoot" coffee / cocktail table. Original cork top and mahogany legs, marked. Produced by Johnson Furniture Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan.   
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Mahogany, Walnut

Biomorphic Rattan Coffee Table with Wood Top
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Biomorphic coffee table with stacked rattan legs and a wood top with a rattan trim along the borders. Restored to new for you. All rattan, bamboo and wicker furniture has been...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Rattan, Wood

Clean Lined Selection of Mirrors by Donald Deskey and Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl, Donald Deskey
Located in Atlanta, GA
Clean lined selection of mirrors by Donald Deskey and Paul Frankl, American, circa 1930s-1950s. They are both currently being refinished and can be completed in your choice of color....
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Mirror, Wood

Paul Frankl Brass X-Pulls Brown Cherry High Chest with Drop Front Secretary
By Paul Frankl, John Stuart Inc.
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern cherry finish 7 drawers high chest dresser by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. The dresser has nice drop front secretary compartment suitable for a lap top desk ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Furniture

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Brass

Paul Frankl Bookcase
By Paul Frankl
Located in New York, NY
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 ex...
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1930s American Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

Paul Frankl Coffee Table in Cork and Mahogany, circa 1950
By Paul Frankl
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company, coffee table, cork and mahogany, United States, circa 1950. A coffee table inspired by the long, low Asian furniture style, executed wit...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Mahogany, Cork

Paul Frankl Side Tables
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
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.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Metal

1930s Art Deco Two-Tier Bent Rattan and Mahogany Top Table by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1930s Art Deco Paul Frankl design bent rattan and mahogany top table. This coveted slanted leg design table features mahogany top's with bent rattan reed frames. The Top is not attac...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Art Deco Paul Frankl Furniture

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Rattan, Mahogany

Pair of 5015 Side Tables by Paul Frankl, circa 1951
By Paul Frankl
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, pair of side tables, cork and mahogany, United States, circa 1951 This pair of side tables is designed by the Austrian-American modernist design...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Mahogany, Cork

Pair of Paul Frankl Nightstands
By Paul Frankl
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of glamorous nightstands or end tables, designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa 1950s. They are a versatile size and can be used as night stands or as end or side t...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Brass

Elegant Desk or Vanity Designed by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant desk or vanity designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, American, circa 1950s. This piece is currently being refinished and can be completed in your choice of color. Th...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Brass

Paul Frankl Black Stepped Side Table for Brown Saltman
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
This table, designed for Brown-Saltman, represents a departure from Paul Frankl's previously established "skyscraper" design. This elegant glass-top side table is created using solid...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Glass, Oak

Paul Frankl for Johnson White Wash Finish 7 DrawersHigh Chest Dresser w/ X Pulls
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern semitransparent white wash finish high chest dresser by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Furniture

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Cherry

Circular Cork Coffee Table Designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co
By Paul Frankl
Located in Stamford, CT
A low circular coffee table model 5021 designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co, circa 1951. The table is made out of lacquered mahogany and cork.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Mahogany, Cork

Corner Table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Located in Dallas, TX
Cork tops and mahogany frame by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Design number on the bottom, 5029 # 253.
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1950s American Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

Pair of Armchairs by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
Located in Dallas, TX
Set of two armchairs mahogany stain wood and new upholstery design by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture.
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1950s American Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Wood

Rare Midcentury Paul Frankl Credenza
By Paul Frankl
Located in Bellport, NY
This was an early prototype production piece designed by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman, the craftsmanship is exquisite and unlike some of the later pieces produced for Brown Saltman....
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Furniture

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Mahogany

Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl by Brown Saltman Side Table End Table in Mahogany
By Paul Frankl
Located in National City, CA
For Your Pleasure: A Paul Frankl Side Table by Brown Saltman A Sculptural end table and or side table with long legs in blonde wood, most likely mahogany. Dimensions are: 27 3/8" ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Wood, Mahogany

Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Nightstand by Brown Saltman, Decorative End Table
By Paul Frankl
Located in National City, CA
For your pleasure: A Paul Frankl Night Stand by Brown Saltman. Decorative End Table, Side Table with an amazing Drawer Pull design. Ref # TABGM114206 Constructed in blonde wood, app...
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1950s American Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Mahogany

1940s Brown Cork and Mahogany Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
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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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Mahogany, Cork

Pair of Paul Frankl Cork Top Side Tables with Mahogany Legs with Brass Feet
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
Located in New York, NY
Pair of square Paul Frankl cork wrapped top side tables with mahogany legs and capped brass feet. The tables were designed for Johnson Furniture Company. About Paul Frankl (Desi...
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1940s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Brass

Paul Frankl Cork Console Table for Johnson Furniture Co
By Paul Frankl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul Frankl’s cork furniture pieces are among his longest lasting contributions to American modernism- and are highly sought after to this day. This cork top console table designed f...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Furniture

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Cork, Oak

Paul Frankl Low Cork Table
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
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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1940s American Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Mahogany, Cork

Cork-Topped End Table by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Located in Sagaponack, NY
Tapered dowel legs support a bleached mahogany two (2) drawer end table with a cork top, having hammered brass round pulls.   
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Brass

Glass End Table
By Paul Frankl
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A two-tiered end table with ash dowel legs and thick industrial green-tinted glass having rounded and textured edges. Shelf is 5.75" H.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Glass, Ash

Cork End Table by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A two-tiered end table in mahogany having a triangular cork top and an overhanging lower shelf edged with a lip.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Cork, Mahogany

Pair of Paul Frankl Cork Clad Nightstands by Johnson Furniture Company
By Johnson Furniture Co., Paul Frankl
Located in Southampton, NJ
A matched pair of early Paul Frankl cork clad nightstands having two drawers each. Both branded with the original label inside the top drawers.      
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Cherry Nightstands with Nickel X-Pulls
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
Located in Southampton, NJ
A beautiful pair of cherry wood nightstands designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture company having nickel X-pulls and signature flip down doors, circa 1955.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Nickel

Paul Frankl, Rare Two-Tier Side Tables Cork, Black Lacquered Wood, America 1950s
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare pair of two-tier side tables designed by Paul Frankl and produced by Johnson Furniture Company. The base is executed in black-painted mahogany upon which a cork top is placed....
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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Mahogany, Cork

Open Armchair by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
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.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Furniture

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