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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Vintage 1940s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork, Mahogany
Coffee table by Paul Frankl, USA, circa 1948 for the Johnson Furniture Company lacquered cork on mahogany legs branded number on underside: 5005 166.
Paul Frankl Nightstands in Charcoal Lacquer for Jo...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Brass, Lacquer
Pair of nightstands with "X" pulls designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company, sold by John Stuart, NYC. Each chest has two drawers and a dropdown drawer accented by Frankl's...
1940s Game Table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furnit...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Game Tables
Free-form cork top game table on four tapered solid mahogany legs. Made for Johnson Furniture Co.
Large Cork-Top Dining Table by Paul Frankl
Large Cork-Top Dining Table by Paul Frankl
Full Circle Modern
Large Cork-Top Dining Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Dining Room Tables
Cork, Oak
Large and dramatic dining table with a lacquered natural cork top and pair of heavy Y-shaped pedestals of raised-grain oak. Restored and absolutely gorgeous. This item is in our Brookly...
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Side Table
Paul Frankl, Brown and Saltman
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Side Tables
Wood
American Art-Deco style Mid-Century side table by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman. Refinished in a deep chocolate brown. This item is in our Brooklyn showroom.
Pair of Paul Frankl Ten-Drawer Dressers with Brass...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Hollywood Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Lacquer, Mahogany
Pair of Paul Frankl Ten-Drawer Dressers with Brass Detail, 1950s. We offer free regular deliveries to NYC and Philadelphia area. Delivery to DC, MD, CT and MA are available if schedu...
Paul Frankl Console Table for Johnson Furniture
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Oak
This stunning 1940s console table by Paul Frankl for the Johnson Furniture Company features a dramatic black lacquered top and shelf; the supporting columns are finished in the designer...
Paul Frankl Side Table
Paul Frankl Side Table
Modern Times
Paul Frankl Side Table
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Cork
Two-tiered side table designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. The sculptural, mahogany base has a dark finish that's offset by the creamy finish to the cork surface on the top. T...
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Night Stands by Paul Fr...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Pair of mid-century modern nightstands by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Mid-Century Modern High Chest Dresser
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Very nice mid-century modern high chest dresser by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl "Cloud" Cork Top Table for Johnson Fur...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Cork, Mahogany, Steel
This rare Paul Frankl "Cloud" cork top table for Johnson Furniture features a solid cork veneer top supported by tapered mahogany legs.
Paul Frankl Four-Piece Bedroom Set for Brown Saltm...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Wood, Mirror, Acrylic
This Mid-Century Modern four-piece bedroom set by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman includes a vanity, six-drawer highboy and two nightstands. Each piece features their original round acryl...
Paul Frankl Combed Wood Cabinet for Brown Saltman
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Mahogany, Oak, Steel
This Classic yet practical Paul Frankl cabinet for Brown Saltman features the designer's trademark combed oak facade with mahogany construction and undulating pulls. The piece is compos...
Square Pretzel Rattan Four-Seat Sectional Sofa by ...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Modern Lounge Chairs
Bamboo, Rattan, Wicker
Square pretzel rattan sectional sofa designed by Paul Frankl. This sofa features a stacked rattan base with six strand square pretzel arms and is divided into a four personal sectional....
Paul Frankl Four-Drawer Dresser for Brown Saltman
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Oak
This iconic Paul Frankl dresser for Brown Saltman features a combed oak facade as well as the designer's signature X-form drawer pulls.
Paul Frankl Side Tables for Brown Saltman, Pair
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Side Tables
Mahogany
This pair of Art Deco Paul Frankl side tables for Brown Saltman are rendered in bleached mahogany. Sometimes referred to as the "bell" table, the stunning modern form features a streaml...
Paul Frankl Combed Wood Buffet or Credenza for Bro...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Buffets
Steel, Brass, Mahogany, Oak
This Classic Paul Frankl buffet or credenza for Brown Saltman features the designer's trademark combed oak facade with mahogany construction and undulating pulls. The piece is composed ...
Paul Frankl Combed Wood Buffet or Credenza for Bro...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Buffets
Wood, Brass
This Mid-Century Modern buffet or credenza by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman company features his trademark combed wood sides with black lacquer top. It is branded beneath "Brown-Saltm...
1940s Stacked Rattan Coffee Table in the Manner of...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Bamboo, Mahogany, Rattan, Steel, Wicker
Vintage 1940s rattan coffee/cornertTable with wonderful stacked base, stylized cut-out sides and a beautiful Mahogany top designed in the manner of Paul Frankl. All rattan, bamboo a...
Rare Six-Strand Square Pretzel Settee by Paul Fran...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Settees
Bamboo, Rattan, Wicker
Paul Frankl six-strand square pretzel rattan arm settee. This loveseat settee dates from 1934. This comes directly for a Paul Frankl decorated house located in Los Angeles and is docume...
Rare Nine-Strand Square Pretzel Sofa by Paul Frank...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Sofas
Bamboo, Rattan, Wicker
Paul Frankl nine-strand square pretzel arm rattan sofa. This four-seat sofa dates from the 1934. This sofa comes directly for a Paul Frankl decorated house located in Los Angeles and is...
Rare Six-Strand Square Pretzel Lounge Chair by Pau...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Lounge Chairs
Bamboo, Rattan, Wicker
Paul Frankl six Strand Square Pretzel rattan arm lounge chair. This chair dates from 1934. This chair is a Paul Frankl original. This comes directly for a Paul Frankl decorated house lo...
Paul Frankl Coffee Table
Paul Frankl Coffee Table
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Paul Frankl Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Gorgeous Paul Frankl coffee table, model 5004-269, designed and manufactured, circa 1948 for Johnson Furniture Company. Lacquered cork, walnut, underside with ink stencil #5004-269.
Vintage 1940s Lacquered Writing Desk by Paul Frank...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Desks
An elegant 1940s writing desk by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, raised on tall tapered legs, and with three drawers. Beautiful black lacquered finish and the desk is finished in the...
Cork Top Coffee Table or Bench by Paul Frankl
Cork Top Coffee Table or Bench by Paul Frankl
Sputnik Modern
Cork Top Coffee Table or Bench by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A cork top coffee table or bench designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson furniture.
Pair of Paul Frankl Golden Mahogany "Bell" Side Ta...
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco End Tables
Mahogany
A good, original pair of Paul Frankl "Bell" end tables in golden mahogany, circa 1930s. Retaining their original finish with a patina revealing the age and history of these exceptional ...
Maple and Ebonized Wall Mirror by Paul Frankl
Maple and Ebonized Wall Mirror by Paul Frankl
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Maple and Ebonized Wall Mirror by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Maple, Mirror
Deep frame two tone rectangular mirror, in a medium maple with ebonized recess, by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, American late 1940s. Measures: 51 in x 31 in, depth 2 in.
Paul Frankl Cork Coffee Table, 1951
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork, Mahogany
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 tabl...
1940s Art Deco Desk by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltm...
Paul Frankl, Brown and Saltman
Mid-20th Century North American Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables
Oak
1940s Art Deco desk by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman. Oak has been beautifully refinished in a walnut stain. Original brass hardware, polished. This iconic vintage desk is a rare find. ...
Paul Frankl Round Mid-Century Dining Table with Le...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Mahogany
A round expanding Mid-Century dining table featuring a body in mahogany with a two-piece base composed of rounded supports with zig zag decorations. The tabletop has been fully restored...
Paul Frankl Inspired Square Pretzel Stacked Rattan...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Lounge Chairs
Bamboo, Rattan, Steel, Wicker
Six strand square pretzel arm rattan occasional chairs with stacked base in the manner of Paul Frankl. All Rattan, bamboo and wicker has been painstakingly hand-picked and construct...
Rare Cork Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
Rare Cork Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
Archive 20th Century
Rare Cork Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork
Rare Cork coffee table by Paul Frankl.
Paul Frankl Corner Tables
Paul Frankl Corner Tables
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Paul Frankl Corner Tables
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American End Tables
Cork, Mahogany
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."
Paul Frankl Lattice Full Bed Frame
Paul Frankl Lattice Full Bed Frame
Soho Treasures
Paul Frankl Lattice Full Bed Frame
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Beds
Nice mid-century modern full bed by Paul Frankl.
Paul Frankl Dining Chairs for Brown Saltman, Set o...
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Set of four iconic crisscross "X" dining chairs by Paul Frankl for the Brown Saltman group. Newly refinished oak frames and reupholstered seats in high quality heather gray chenille. Ex...
Pair of Hermes Orange Paul Frankl Nightstands
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Night Stands
Wood
Pair of nightstands by Paul T. Frankl for Johnson Furniture.
Paul Frankl Black Stepped Coffee Table for Brown S...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Oak, Glass
Paul Frankl, noted for his "skyscraper" designed furniture of the 1930s, took a different direction on this design for the Brown Saltman Company. This elegant round table has an inverte...
Classic Paul Frankl "Bell" Side Tables for Brown S...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Side Tables
Mahogany
This pair of Art Deco side tables by Paul Frankl (1886–1958) for Brown Saltman are exquisitely rendered in bleached mahogany. Sometimes referred to as the "bell" table, the stunning mod...
Paul Frankl Designed Double Dresser
Paul Frankl Designed Double Dresser
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Paul Frankl Designed Double Dresser
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Mid-Century ten-drawer long dresser by Johnson Furniture Company for John Stuart, designed by Paul Frankl. Solid construction with metal "X" hardware. Matching nightstands available. ...
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 Walnut Dresser, Pair Available
Paul Frankl Walnut Dresser, Pair Available
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Paul Frankl Walnut Dresser, Pair Available
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Walnut
Classic Mid-Century Modern dark walnut ten-drawer dresser with polished brass "X" pulls. Mint restored condition. Retailed thru John Stuart. Currently a pair is available.
Paul Frankl Black Stepped Side Table for Brown Sal...
Paul Frankl, Brown and Saltman
Vintage 1940s American Side Tables
Oak, Glass
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 eb...
Rare Paul Frankl Occasional Leather Bench for Brow...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Benches
A nice modernist design. Made of combed oak wood (lightly refinished without taking away from its' historical integrity) with new chic tan leather upholstery (minute ware). It has bee...
Stunning Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Dining Table
Stunning Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Dining Table
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Stunning Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Dining Tabl...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Cork, Mahogany
Stunning Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company solid cork and mahogany dining table, circa late 1940s. This example has a newly finished solid cork top and sculptural solid mahogany...
Pair of Bedside Tables with Brass X-Pulls by Paul ...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Pair of bedside tables in walnut with satin black finish and brass X-pulls by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, American 1950s (label reads "Johnson Furniture"). Newly refinished by Lo...
Elegant Desk or Vanity Designed by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Wood
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. The p...
Paul Frankl Dresser
Paul Frankl Dresser
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Paul Frankl Dresser
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Wood
Paul Frankl dresser.
Stunning Fifties Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Sid...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Buffets
Brass, Cork, Mahogany
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company sideboard, circa early 1950s. This example is done in striped African mahogany and has seven drawers and two doors with interior storage. The X...
Paul Frankl Saber Leg Console Table
Paul Frankl Saber Leg Console Table
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Paul Frankl Saber Leg Console Table
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Elegant saber leg console table designed by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman. Exquisitely refinished in a period-appropriate espresso satin lacquer with medium walnut detailing.
Paul Frankl Green Cerused Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Oak, Glass
An unusual custom Paul Frankl circular coffee table with a glass top in green cerused oak.
Beautiful Paul Frankl Double Dresser in Bone Lacqu...
John Stuart, Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Nickel, Wood
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern ten-drawer dresser designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company, sold by John Stuart, NYC. Signed. Refinished in bone lacquer, accented by newly re...
Paul Frankl Desk
Paul Frankl Desk
CONVERSO
Paul Frankl Desk
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Desks
Brass, Cork, Mahogany
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 in...
Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Corner Table for Joh...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Cork, Mahogany
Paul Frankl, the prominent American furniture designer, became first known for his vertical skyscraper influenced furniture of New York. He later moved to California, and embraced a mor...
Pair of Cork Top End Tables by Paul Frankl
Pair of Cork Top End Tables by Paul Frankl
Sputnik Modern
Pair of Cork Top End Tables by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s End Tables
A pair of mahogany and cork end tables designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture.
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 retain unpolished patina with chrome base showing through ...
Art Deco Cubist Side Cabinet in Deep Green and Pal...
Paul Frankl
Early 20th Century American Art Deco Cabinets
Chrome, Wood
An Art Deco Paul Frankl lacquered cubist side cabinet in deep green and pale yellow with stepped chrome rod handles. Good vintage condition with a few chips to paint.
Rare Ebonized Paul Frankl Gentleman's Chest with B...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1960s American Dressers
Walnut
Newly ebonized walnut, tall chest of drawers with solid brass hardware by Paul Frankl. A wonderful combination of nine deep and wide drawers, plus three concealed behind doors. Hardwar...
Paul Frankl Cork Dining Table for the Johnson Furn...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Tables
Cork, Mahogany
Paul Frankl for the Johnson Furniture Company. This table comes with two leafs Closed the table is 72" long. The cork top has been restored.
Pair of Nightstands in Ebonized Walnut with Brass ...
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Brass, Walnut
An elegant pair of Mid-Century Modernist night stands with brass "X" fittings by Paul Frankl for John Stuart Inc. A hand-rubbed, ebonized finish throughout. Brass "X" pulls adorn each d...
Set of Six Vintage Paul Frankl Dining Chairs Deco ...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Set of six vintage Paul Frankl dining chairs deco style.