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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Stunning Paul Frankl Mahogany Bookcase, Dining Hutch
Stunning Paul Frankl Mahogany Bookcase, Dining Hutch
Quest Modern Design
Stunning Paul Frankl Mahogany Bookcase, Dining Hut...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Hollywood Regency Bookcases
Brass, Lacquer, Mahogany
Elegant mahogany bookcase or dining hutch by Paul Frankl. Amazing overscaled brass hardware on lower cabinet with original Tiffany Blue interior. Upper bookcase with lacquered creamy ...
Early Pair of Bachelors Chests by Paul Frankl, 194...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers...
Brass, Mahogany
Early design by Paul Frankl pair of bachelors chests or dressers, circa 1940s. Each chest features four drawers for ample storage as well as dome-shaped solid brass pulls newly polishe...
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 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...
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...
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...
Child's Paul Frankl Square Pretzel Rattan Lounge C...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Rattan
Child size Paul Frankl lounge chair, this chair features six-strand square pretzel arms with a Classic stacked base. Custom cushions are available C.O.M. Please inquire about addi...
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 Combed Wood Buffet or Credenza for Bro...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Buffets
Brass, Mahogany, Oak, Steel
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 ...
Square Pretzel Rattan Four-Seat Two-Piece Sectiona...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Art Deco Sofas
Rattan
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 two piece four personal ...
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 Designed Double Dresser
Paul Frankl Designed Double Dresser
Horseman Antiques Inc.
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. ...
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...
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...
Mid-Century Paul Frankl for John Stuart White Ches...
John Stuart, Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers...
Brass, Wood
Paul Frankl Mid-Century dresser with brass X-pulls for John Stuart Inc and Johnson Furniture Co. Newly refinished in white lacquer. Original brass X-pulls retain original satin brass fi...
Paul Frankl Four-Piece Bedroom Set for Brown Saltm...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Acrylic, Mirror, Wood
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...
Cork Top Dining Table by Paul Frankl
Cork Top Dining Table by Paul Frankl
Stripe Vintage Modern
Cork Top Dining Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Cork, Wood
Mid-Century classic dining table, designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co., circa 1950. Thick, newly-refinished natural cork top with wood base finished in a custom greige glos...
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 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...
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...
Paul Frankl Corner Tables, Lacquered Cork and Maho...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern 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 Walnut Dresser
Paul Frankl Walnut Dresser
Quotient
Paul Frankl Walnut Dresser
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.       
Lacquered Cork and Mahogany Bench or Coffee Table ...
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Cork, Mahogany
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.
Pair of Side Tables by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltm...
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1950s American Side Tables
Pair of two-tiered end tables by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman. Tables have been professionally refinished.
Pair of Art Deco Paul Frankl Design Ebonized "Bell...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s Art Deco Side Tables
Like black onyx, these gorgeous side tables glow as well as stylistically impress, circa 1940, designed by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman. Both are in excellent condition, solid with n...
Mid-Century Modernist Desk or Vanity in Ebonized W...
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Walnut
Chic Mid-Century Modernist desk or vanity in ebonized walnut by Paul Frankl for John Stuart Inc. Tapered legs support a three-drawer desk portion adorned with Frankl's signature brass "...
Rare Custom Bookcase by Paul Frankl
Rare Custom Bookcase by Paul Frankl
Donzella Ltd.
Rare Custom Bookcase by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Bookcases
Bookcase/ storage cabinet of orange and black lacquered wood, with gold painted face in a snaking geometric motif and thick glass side panels. A rare example of American Art Deco that e...
Paul Frankl Stacked Rattan Waste Basket
Paul Frankl Stacked Rattan Waste Basket
Harveys on Beverly
Paul Frankl Stacked Rattan Waste Basket
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Trash Cans
Rattan
Original Paul Frankl rattan waste basket featuring a stacked rattan basket fixed to a mahogany base. This basket comes from a Paul Frankl house in Encino California. Please contact t...
Paul Frankl Style Sofa and Lounge Chair Set
Paul Frankl Style Sofa and Lounge Chair Set
Harveys on Beverly
Paul Frankl Style Sofa and Lounge Chair Set
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 origin...
Ten-Drawer Dresser with Brass X Pulls by Paul Fran...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Wood, Brass
Ten-drawer dresser with brass X-pulls and white high gloss Italian finish by Paul Frankl. Newly refinished by Alternative Furnishings Inc. Matching nightstands available separately. See...
1950s Mid-Century Modern Cork Top Side Tables or N...
Paul Frankl
20th Century American End Tables
Cork, Mahogany
These modern vintage side tables which could be used as bedside tables are equipped with two drawers each that have solid brass hexagon knobs. The beautiful cork tops are unique to Paul...
Pair of Nightstands with Brass X-Pulls by Paul Fra...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Brass, Wood
Pair of nightstands with brass X-pulls and white high gloss Italian finish by Paul Frankl. Newly refinished by Alternative Furnishings Inc. Matching dresser available separately. Labele...
Paul Frankl Ebonized Cork-Top Credenza Buffet with...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Highly stylized credenza or cabinet designed by Paul Frankl. This cabinet exemplifies Frankl's fine Mid-Century design detailing elegant hardware combining materials such as cork and ma...
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
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
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.
Rare Paul Frankl Tall Dresser from Emissary Line
Rare Paul Frankl Tall Dresser from Emissary Line
Century Design Ltd.
Rare Paul Frankl Tall Dresser from Emissary Line
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Walnut
Paul Frankl walnut tall chest with brass hardware and brass conical legs. Price includes refinishing.
Paul Frankl Lacquered Cork Top Dark Mahogany Table...
Paul Frankl
Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Cork, Mahogany
Rare Paul Frankl crème lacquered cork top dark mahogany square designed base. In exceptional condition and nice size.
Pair of Mirrored Skyscraper Table Lamps by Paul Fr...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Pair of large Mid-Century Modern/Art Deco mirrored table lamps by Paul Frankl with alternating bands of silver and peach colored mirrored glass conveying the image of a skyscraper.
Paul Frankl Desk in Original Finish
Paul Frankl Desk in Original Finish
Laurin Copen Antiques
Paul Frankl Desk in Original Finish
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Fruitwood, Lacquer
Paul Frankl desk for Johnson Furniture Company in nearly mint original condition, circa 1940s.
Set of Six Paul Frankl Dining Chairs
Set of Six Paul Frankl Dining Chairs
Porter & Plunk
Set of Six Paul Frankl Dining Chairs
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Mahogany
Set of six Paul Frankl mid-century modern mahogany dining chairs, two-arm and four side chairs, for Johnson Furniture Co., circa 1949. Measures: Armchair 25.25" W x 22" D x 34" H. ...
Amoeba Cork Top Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
Amoeba Cork Top Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
Sputnik Modern
Amoeba Cork Top Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A rare amoeba cork-top coffee table with mahogany legs. All original with a nice even patina. Designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture.
Rattan Set in the Style of Paul Frankl
Rattan Set in the Style of Paul Frankl
The Antique and Artisan Gallery
Rattan Set in the Style of Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture
Fabric, Rattan
Six pieces. A two-piece sofa, a pair of square pretzel six strand rattan lounge chairs and a pair of footstools. The cushions are custom and newly made in a white Sunbrella fabric. Unus...
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....
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...
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...
Paul T. Frankl Station Wagon Group Eight-Drawer Ch...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s Art Deco Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Rare Paul Frankl design for Johnson Furniture "Station Wagon" group eight-drawer chest of drawers, circa 1940-1949. Mahogany case trimmed in birchwood with "luggage" style leather and b...
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 Tiered Walnut Side Tables
Paul Frankl Tiered Walnut Side Tables
Stamford Modern
Paul Frankl Tiered Walnut Side Tables
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Oak, Walnut
A pair of tiered two-tone side tables designed by Paul Frankl. Legs and combed oak center structured have been refinished in ebony, emphasizing the beautiful natural walnut tops.
Cork and Mahogany Dresser by Paul Frankl
Cork and Mahogany Dresser by Paul Frankl
Archive 20th Century
Cork and Mahogany Dresser by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Cork, Mahogany, Steel
Cork and mahogany dresser by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company.
Cork and Mahogany Tall Chest by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Steel, Cork, Mahogany
Cork and mahogany tall chest of drawers by Paul Frankl 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...
Coffee Table
Coffee Table
Themes and Variations
Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
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 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.
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.
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...
Paul Frankl Coffee Table
Paul Frankl Coffee Table
Objet d'art Alexandre Ferucci
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...