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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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Paul Frankl 'D' Chair
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Paul Frankl 'D' Chair
Paul Frankl
Early 20th Century American Armchairs
Wood
An early 20th century Paul Frankl 'D' chair, now lacquered.
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Dining Chairs, Set of Eight by Paul Frankl for Joh...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Literature: Paul T. Frankl and Modern American Design, Long, pg. 159 Upholstery and foam has been recently updated. Fabric was applied to act as an underlying fabric for future upholst...
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Pair of Jet Black Paul Frankl Designed Side Cabine...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Cabinets
Lacquer
A Pair of Jet Black Lacquered Paul Frankl Side Cabinets designed for Johnson Furniture USA 1950s stamped, Talisman Edition Top drawer is in fact a hingled drop down shelf
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Paul Frankl Cork Games Table
Rumba
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Paul Frankl Cork Games Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s Game Tables
This freeform Paul Frankl cork-topped games table was made for the Johnson Furniture company in the 1940s. The cork table top is maize-colored, while the tapered legs are a very dark wa...
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Vintage Tambour Cabinet
Rumba
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Vintage Tambour Cabinet
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1960s American Cabinets
Maple
Boasting seven spacious sliding drawers and two smaller drawers with compartments (perfect for your unmentionables), the Tambour cabinet is a classic design ideally suited to bedroom st...
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Paul Frankl Dresser
Home Anthology, Inc.
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Paul Frankl Dresser
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Dressers
Maple, Metal
This ten-drawer dresser by American designer Paul Frankl for John Stuart was manufactured in the 1950s. It is made of maple and has Frankl's trademark X pulls.
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Coffee or Cocktail Table by Paul Frankl
Circa Modern
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Coffee or Cocktail Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany
Greek Key design cocktail table in all original condition
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Paul Frankl Coffee Table or Bench
Adam Edelsberg
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Paul Frankl Coffee Table or Bench
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Paul Frankl designed coffee table or bench for Johnson Furniture Company, circa 1940s. Sculpted solid mahogany Greek key motif base with a floating lacquered cork top.
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Paul Frankl Cork-Top Dining Set Table with Eight L...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Sets
Cork, Mahogany
Stunning Paul Frankl dining set, American, circa 1950s. Gorgeous long dining table with original cork top and mahogany frame/legs. Matching set of original eight dining chairs, newly re...
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Paul Frankl Cork Top End Tables
Adam Edelsberg
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Paul Frankl Cork Top End Tables
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Pair of Frankl side tables with cork tops manufactured by Johnson Furniture. Restored condition.
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Paul Frankl Bench Coffee Table
CONVERSO
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Paul Frankl Bench Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany
Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company, long bench or coffee table.
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Paul Frankl Style Lounge Chairs and Ottoman
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Lounge Chairs
Paul Frankl style, six band rattan lounge chairs and ottoman. Cushions included have vintage upholstery and we recommend reupholstery. Rattan is in excellent condition with no imperfect...
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Paul Frankl Maple King Headboard
Home Anthology, Inc.
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Paul Frankl Maple King Headboard
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Beds
Maple
This headboard, designed by American designer Paul Frankl, is made of maple in Frankl's signature zig-zag pattern.
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Paul Frankl Maple and Ebonized Wood Mirror for Joh...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Wall Mirrors
Maple, Wood
This mirror, designed by American designer Paul Frankl, is made of maple with an ebonized inner frame.
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Paul Frankl Lattice Full Bed Frame
Soho Treasures
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Paul Frankl Lattice Full Bed Frame
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Beds
Nice mid-century modern full bed by Paul Frankl.
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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
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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
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Rare Station Wagon High Dresser by Paul Frankl, No...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Dressers
Rare high chest of drawers, in the Station Wagon series, mahogany case and drawer fronts with birch detail and legs. Leather and brass drawer pulls. Marked in drawer, Johnson Furniture ...
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Rare Desk by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
Sputnik Modern
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Rare Desk by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s Desks and Writing Tables
A rare kidney shaped desk with three legs. Designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson furniture.
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Elegant Pair of Art Deco Slipper Chairs, circa 193...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s Unknown Art Deco Slipper Chairs
Velvet, Wood
You are viewing a beautiful pair of Art Deco c.1930 to c.1940 slipper chairs expertly reupholstered in a light beige high quality velvet fabric, very nice to the touch. Equally as bein...
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Paul Frankl Side Tables with Brass Buckle PullsOn Hold
Alternative Furnishings Inc.
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Paul Frankl Side Tables with Brass Buckle Pulls
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Walnut
A fabulous pair of Paul Frankl side tables with brass buckle pulls. Professionally refinished in our workshop. Refinished in a highly durable Italian catalyzed polyurethane. It has been...
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Pair of Paul Frankl Bedside Tables
Corinne Robbins
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Pair of Paul Frankl Bedside Tables
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
20th Century American Modern Night Stands
Mahogany
Made of solid mahogany these bedside tables have been painted and lacquered in off-white with gold gilding. Equipped with two drawers in each stand.
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Paul Frankl Round Pretzel Lounge Chair and Ottoman...
Paul Frankl, Ficks Reed
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Upholstery, Rattan
Once owned by an actress, this rare Paul Frankl three-stranded rounded pretzel lounge chair and matching ottoman would be fabulous in any sun room or conservatory. Custom cushions are...
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Paul Frankl Chest of Drawers or Dresser
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Walnut
Stunning chest designed by Paul Frankl newly refinished in dark walnut featuring newly polished solid brass "buckle" hardware and sabots.
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Curvaceous Modern Lounge Chair
ABC Modern
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Curvaceous Modern Lounge Chair
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Wood
Curvaceous Modern Lounge Chair, attributed to Paul Frankl, American, circa 1940s. This piece is currently being refinished and reupholstered. It can be completed in your choice of color...
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Rare Chest of Drawers by Paul Frankl
Donzella Ltd.
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Rare Chest of Drawers by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Six-drawer mahogany chest with pearwood trim. Firm leather pulls with top-stitching and brass mounts. A great form from an exceptional series that was produced by Johnson Furniture for ...
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Original 1930 Monumental Skyscraper Vanity by Paul Frankl
TFTM
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Original 1930 Monumental Skyscraper Vanity by Paul...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Vanities
Lacquer, Metal, Mirror
Monumental skyscraper vanity by Paul Frankl, circa 1930. This untouched masterpiece of design retains it's brilliant original lacquer, original stainless steel trim and original nickel ...
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Superb Paul Frankl Console For Brown_Saltman In Eb...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
This beautiful console by Paul Frankl is exceptional. It features a streamlined ribbed body with elegant curved saber styled legs .It is all in hand rubbed ebonized mahogany.This piece ...
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 Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Sideboards
Red Modern Furniture
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Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Sideboards
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Sideboards
Mahogany, Cork, Brass
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company sideboards, circa early 1950s. These examples are done in striped African mahogany and has seven drawers and two doors with interior storage. T...
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Pair of Checkerboard Step Tables by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Art Deco End Tables
Maple
The fresh perspective of Paul Frankl has been felt from the early designs of his skyscraper line to the mass produced pieces he designed for Brown and Saltman and Johnson Furniture Co. ...
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Dining Chairs, Set of Eight by Paul Frankl for Joh...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Literature: Paul T. Frankl and Modern American design, long, pg. 159.
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Art Deco Paul Frankl "Speed" Lounge Chair and Sofa...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Sofas
Rare, original "Speed" sofa and lounge chair designed by Paul Frankl. Upholstered in plush burnt orange velvet. This set is all original with heavy cotton filled cushions(not foam).
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Paul Frankl Swivel Lounge Chairs
Modern Drama
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Paul Frankl Swivel Lounge Chairs
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Pair of swivel lounge chairs by Paul Frankl. Beautiful and rare forms newly upholstered in cream velvet.
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Grand Pair of Paul Frankl Nightstands
20th Century Interiors
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Grand Pair of Paul Frankl Nightstands
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Night Stands
Grand pair of Paul Frankl nightstands.
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Monumental Art Deco Bronze Tusks
CONVERSO
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Monumental Art Deco Bronze Tusks
Karl Springer, Paul Frankl
Vintage 1920s American Art Deco Sculptures
Bronze
Bronze elephant tusks with Art Deco Stair Bases (17" diameter). Tusks 3" diameter tapering down to base 6" diameter. Beautifully patinated.
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Rare Paul Frankl Skyscraper Series Low Table or St...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Tables
Wood
Lacquered wood. Original used condition. Some scuffs and some paint loss. Still sturdy.
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Paul Frankl Cork Top End Tables
Objects20C
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Paul Frankl Cork Top End Tables
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Wood, Cork
Side tables are two-tier with cork tops. Markings: Marked.
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Pair of Paul Frankl Nightstands with Glass Tops
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Mahogany
Stunning pair of X-pull nightstands designed by Paul Frankl. Very good original condition. Includes glass sized to top for protection.
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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...
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Elegant Chest of Drawers with Nickel X-Pulls by Pa...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Long chest of drawers in dark walnut with nickel X-pulls by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, American 1940s (signed "Johnson Furniture"). Refinished by Lobel Modern.
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Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Tier Tables
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Ash
A pair of Ash tier tables, a Paul Frankl design for Brown Saltman. Marks on underside, and both have a nice clean finish.
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Paul Frankl Tall Gentleman's Chest
Modern on the Hudson
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Paul Frankl Tall Gentleman's Chest
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Wood
Stunning chest with brass X-pulls.
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Paul Frankl Long Ten-Drawer Dresser
Modern on the Hudson
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Paul Frankl Long Ten-Drawer Dresser
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Wood
Beautiful all original dresser with brass x-pulls.
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Chest of Drawers in Ivory Lacquer with Nickel Pull...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Long chest of drawers in brushed ivory lacquer with polished nickel X pulls by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, American 1940s (labels read "Johnson Furniture").
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Paul Frankl Ebonized Walnut Dresser
Craig Van Den Brulle
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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 1940s.
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Set of Six Paul Frankl Designed Dining Chairs for ...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Fabric
A beautifully restored and re-upholstered set of six elegant dining chairs in black lacquer. Four side chairs and two-arm chairs.
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Rare Paul Frankl Coffee Table,,modernist
COOCOOU27
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Rare Paul Frankl Coffee Table,,modernist
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
Blonde mahagany and black lacquer coffee table designed by Paul Frankl.Transitional design,,deco to modern,,.Simple ,sleek,elegant design,,fits seemlessly into any environment,,
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Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Dresser
Ventura
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Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Dresser
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Chest of drawers designed by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman. Newly refinished and brass bullet pulls have been re-brassed. Labeled in the upper right drawer: Brown Saltman California.
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Cork-Top Nesting Tables Attributed to Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Nesting Tables and Stacking Tables
Maple, Cork
These nesting tables have maple bases and cork tops. The largest table has a distinctive trapezoidal motif that is cork-veneered. The dimensions are: large table is 22 x 15 x 26 high...
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Cerused Oak Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Oak
Classic Modern coffee table by Paul Frankl of ebonized and cerused oak. The table has a stepped inner circumference that can support a round glass top at any desired level or height.
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Paul Frankl Midcentury Classic Modern X-Pulls Dres...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Wood
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern dresser designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. This piece has been professionally restored and the pulls have been brass-plated. A classic Midcen...
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Paul Frankl Tiered Side or End Tables
Stamford Modern
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Paul Frankl Tiered Side or End Tables
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side 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.
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Station Wagon Bedroom Set by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Bedroom Sets
One nightstand with two single headboard, mahogany and birch details, sign with stamp Johnson furniture size of the headboard 42" W X 32" H.
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Paul Frankl Bigfoot Coffee Table
Hostler Burrows
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Paul Frankl Bigfoot Coffee Table
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. 6’ x 39.5” W (widest point) x 14.5” H. List: $ 28,000.
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Station Wagon Dresser by Paul Frankl
Collage 20th Century Classics
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Station Wagon Dresser by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Rare double chest of drawers, model 1041B-160, in the Station Wagon series, mahogany case and drawer fronts with birch detail and legs. Leather and brass drawer pulls. Marked in drawer,...
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Cork-Top Coffee Table by Paul Frankl for Johnson F...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Model #5021. A low round, geometric moderne, timeless design by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture in the Art Deco style. Lacquered cork veneer over hardwood top with solid block legs...
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Paul Frankl Coffee Table
Modern Drama
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Paul Frankl Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
Coffee table by Paul Frankl. Beautiful rosewood and mahogany.
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Paul Frankl Tiered Side or End Tables
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Paul Frankl Tiered Side or End Tables
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Art Deco Side Tables
Wood
Modernist, simple geometric side tables.,Frank's transitional period,from Art Deco to Modern,, Visually striking.Blond mahogany and black lacquer, Frankl's unique take on the deco style...
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Paul Frankl's Cork, Walnut and Brass Dining Table ...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Brass, Walnut, Cork
Mid-Century cork dining table, designed by Paul Frankl (Austrian/American, 1886-1958) for Johnson Furniture Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. Cork top sits on refinished walnut base with bra...
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Paul Frankl Sideboard
The 2nd House Objects, Inc.
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Paul Frankl Sideboard
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Modern Sideboards
A Paul Frankl Credenza With Three Drawers Flanked By Cabinets And Set Off With Brass Hardware And Sabots
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