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.

Paul Frankl Cork Coffee Table
Paul Frankl Cork Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Round cork top coffee table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Featuring four bold pattern contrasting legs.  
Paul Frankl Cork Top Coffee Table  for Johnson Furniture
Paul Frankl Cork Top Coffee Table for Johnson ...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork
Pick shaped cork top coffee table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture.
Paul Frankl Vanity Stool Upholstered in Shearling
Paul Frankl Vanity Stool Upholstered in Shearling
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Fur
Paul Frankl swivel vanity stool from his Debonaire collection for Johnson Furniture, circa 1950. A vanity version of his Bustier / Plunging Neckline form that he did in dining chair ...
Restored Paul Frankl Style Square Pretzel Rattan Armchairs, Pair
Restored Paul Frankl Style Square Pretzel Ratta...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Lounge Chairs
Steel, Bamboo, Wicker, Rattan
Six strand square pretzel arm rattan occasional chairs with stacked base in the manner of Paul Frankl Pair. New custom or original cushions in white Naugahyde or C.O.M. (Costum...
Cork and Mahogany Coffee Table by Paul Frankl, circa 1953
Cork and Mahogany Coffee Table by Paul Frankl, ...
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: 72" x 14.5" H x 36” W (widest point) x 20.25” W (narrowest point)
Paul Frankl Eight-Drawer Desk
Paul Frankl Eight-Drawer Desk
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Lacquer, Mahogany
Rare Paul Frankl designed eight-drawer desk for the Johnson Furniture Co. of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Re-furbished and newly lacquered cork top, in a satin lacquer white finish. Bod...
Paul Frankl Dining Table for Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl Dining Table for Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Modern Dining Room Tables
Mahogany, Cork
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.
Corner Table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
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.
Early Cork Clad Dresser by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company
Early Cork Clad Dresser by Paul Frankl for John...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Oak, Cork
A rare early cork wrapped dresser designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company, circa 1947. Original labels inside top drawer. Masterfully refinished and in excellent condit...
Pair of Paul Frankl Cork Clad Nightstands by Johnson Furniture Company
Pair of Paul Frankl Cork Clad Nightstands by Jo...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Brass, Oak, Cork
A matched pair of early Paul Frankl cork clad nightstands having two drawers each. Both branded with the original label inside the top drawers.      
Sideboard Designed by Paul Frankl, Mahogany with Cork Top
Sideboard Designed by Paul Frankl, Mahogany wit...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Modern Credenzas
Mahogany, Cork
A credenza designed by Paul T. Frankl for Johnson furniture. Mahogany with cork top and gilt X pulls.
Paul Frankl, 1940s Console Table
Paul Frankl, 1940s Console Table
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1940s Console Tables
A beautiful 1940s console table designed by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman, with a flared base, and open center section with ebonized combed detail border, and a wide top surface with...
Paul Frankl, Organic Coffee Table, Cork Top, Ma...
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 ...
Cork Top Bench by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Cork
Exceptional mint condition cork top bench design by Paul Frankl.
Cork and Mahogany Side Table Side Table by Paul...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Cork and mahogany side table side table by Paul Frankl.
Paul Frankl Cork Top Quatrefoil Game Table
Paul Frankl, Johnson Brothers
Vintage 1950s American Game Tables
Cork, Lacquer, Wood
Restored Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, quatrefoil cork top game table with ebonized mahogany legs. White lacquered cork, with contrasting glaze, has the tactile feel you would e...

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 rar...
Paul Frankl Side Tables
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Metal
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.
Pair of Paul Frankl Cork Top Tables
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American End Tables
Pair of Paul Frankl cork top end tables. They have professionally refinished and the tops are a light color cork. Each table is stamped '5026 297' on the underside. Tables measure 20...
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.
Restored Paul Frankl Combed Wood Chest of Drawe...
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Oak
Mid Century dresser by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman company features his trademark combed wood sides with curled brass pulls.
Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Walnut Chest with N...
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 ...
Cork-Top Extension Dining Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co., Paine Furniture
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Brass, Walnut, Cork
Midcentury classic dining table designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. The cork top has been refinished, while the base has been waxed and polished. The table has a rec...
Pair of Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Twin ...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Mahogany
Pair of Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. midcentury twin beds / headboard and frames. Great for a guest room or kids room. Mahogany frames to be refinished prior to shipping, cu...
1930'S Art Deco Two-Tier Bent Rattan & Mahogany...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century Japanese Art Deco Side Tables
Rattan, Mahogany
1930'S 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 atta...
Pair of Midcentury Paul Frankl Chairs in Ceruse...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1970s American Chairs
Velvet, Oak
Handsome, masculine pair of midcentury Paul Frankl chairs in cerused oak. Chairs have been newly refinished and reupholstered in a garnet color velvet.
Paul Frankl Asian Inspired Mahogany Console for...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Mahogany
Paul Frankl mahogany console designed for Brown-Saltman of California. Based on an Asian design and is a mirror image on front and back. Solid bleached mahogany has more recently bee...
Paul Frankl for Johnson Dining or Desk Chair
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Paul Frankl single side dining or desk chair for Johnson Furniture Co. In original finish and upholstery, from one owner estate.
Restored Paul Frankl Combed Wood Bedside Table ...
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Oak
Mid Century bedside stands by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman company features his trademark combed wood sides with brass "X" pulls.
Restored Paul Frankl Combed Wood Dresser for Br...
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Oak
Mid Century chest of drawers by Paul Frankl for the Brown Saltman company features his trademark combed wood sides with curled brass pulls.
Paul Frankl, Low Coffee Table, Painted Cork, St...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Cork
An all original coffee or cocktail table designed by Paul Frankl and produced by Johnson Furniture Company in the 1940s. An off-white/yellow painted cork-top is mounted on a base in ...
Paul Frankl Bleached Walnut Nightstands
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Brass, Walnut
Pair of midcentury classically styled nightstands in a custom bleached walnut semi gloss finish with a Frankl's signature brass X-pulls. Each having a drop down compartment and two d...
Pair of Nightstands by Paul Frankl, All Origina...
John Stuart, Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Mahogany
Pair of nightstands / side tables designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company and sold by John Stuart Inc, New York. Signed with the branded Johnson Furniture logo and meta...
Paul Frankl Modern Mirror for Johnson Furniture...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co., John Stuart Inc.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern creation by Master Paul Frankl, a Streamline moderne mirror, the frame of blond cherry and black lacquer. Made by Johnson Furniture, it was retailed by J...
Paul Frankl Cork Desk for Johnson Furniture, 1950s
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Mahogany, Cork
Paul Frankl Johnson furniture cork and mahogany desk USA 1950's / Grand Rapids, Michigan Mahogany, cork, brass Adjustable width and three drawers Measures: Width 57-78 in...
Paul Frankl Tiered Side or Occasional Table for...
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 ...
Early 1950s Paul Frankl Desk Vanity for John St...
John Stuart, Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Cherry, Lacquer
Rarely seen exquisite Paul Frankl designed mid century modern desk or vanity in cherry and black satin lacquer with brass X-pulls. With a John Stuart store tag and made by Johnson Fu...
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Combed and Ceruse...
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Night Stands
Oak
Gorgeous grain on a single drawer nightstand in near excellent original condition.
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...
Paul Frankl Ten-Drawer Ebonized Dresser Mid Cen...
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 pe...
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
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.
Two Rattan Sofa Frames by Paul Frankl, in Dove ...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture
Upholstery, Rattan
Two rattan sofa frames in the style of Paul Frankl, in dove white, complete with vintage cushions. Each with six strand square pretzel side arms and stacked rattan base originally de...
Restored Paul Frankl Style Sofa and Lounge Chai...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets
Rattan
Paul Frankl style rattan living-room set including a matching sectional sofa and lounge chair. Both feature the famous six strand square pretzel side arms and stacked rattan base ori...
Cork-Top Sideboard by Paul Frankl for Johnson F...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Cabinets
Brass, Mahogany, Cork
Versatile and beautifully made 1950s mahogany cabinet with Frankl's signature cork top and x-shaped brass pulls. In beautifully restored condition. Top drawer features felt-lined div...
Classic 1940s Paul Frankl Dining Chairs for Joh...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Wood
REDUCED FROM $3,950.....Classic and fine Paul Frankl slat back mahogany dining chairs for Johnson Furniture. Solid chairs of exquisite shaping and molding. Set consists of two arms a...
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Mahogany, Cor...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Sideboards
Brass, Mahogany, Cork
An original Paul Frankl sideboard, circa 1940 with solid mahogany construction. The front centre doors are covered in cork and open to reveal fitted drawers. These doors are flanked ...
Chest of Drawers with Brass Buckle Pulls by Pau...
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 refinishe...
Pair of Paul Frankl Lounge Chairs
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Rattan
Pair of Mid-Century Modern curved rattan lounge chairs by Paul Frankl, circa 1950s. Newly upholstered.  
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.
Paul Frankl Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Oak
A Paul Frankl cerused oak circular coffee table with a glass top. Circa. 1948. Crafted in solid oak with an unusual, original, custom green cerused finish. Bold industrial Modern des...
Original Paul Frankl Living and Dining Room Fur...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Living Room Sets
Wicker, Rattan, Mahogany
All original Paul Frankl rattan furniture set including a full dining and living room with two lounge chairs, two love seats, four-seat sofa, dining table and four chairs. New cush...
Paul Frankl Custom Sofa, 1940s, Pair Available
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Silk, Oak
Paul Frankl sofa, matched pair available, USA, circa 1944. From an important estate. Silk over oak frame. Measure: 88 W x 27 D x 33 H in. 224 W x 68.5 D x 83.8 H cm. Featured in ...
Restored Stick Leg Rattan Side Table with Two-T...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Wicker, Rattan, Formica
Stick leg rattan side table with two-tier wood tops, circa 1950. Designed in the manner of Paul Frankl. Restored to new for you. All rattan, bamboo and wicker furniture has been p...
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Cerused Mirror
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Ebony, Mirror, Wood
Mid-Century cerused mirror design by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman.
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Cerused Dresser
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Wood
Six-drawer chest by Paul Frankl for Brown-Saltman. Each drawer has two original patinated brass conical form pulls.
Paul Frankl Club Sofa, Original 1940s
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s North American Art Deco Sofas
Rare Art Deco club / speed sofa by acclaimed Art Deco designer Paul Frankl. Iconic streamline design. Structurally in very good condition. Original orange tweed upholstery shows wear...
Biomorphic Rattan Coffee Table with Wood Top
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rattan, Wood
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 pai...
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