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 for Johnson Furniture Co. Swivel Vanit...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Hard to find Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. swivel vanity stool with plunging neckline, has original finish on wood, minor scuffs. Upholstery should be updated, has rub marks and...
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 Swiveling Oak Stool, USA, 1944
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Fabric, Oak
A rare oak, custom-made Paul Frankl swivel stool from a Los Angeles Interior by Frankl, which was documented in a House Beautiful magazine in 1945. The stool still has the original pink...
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 for Brown Saltman Cerused Credenza
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Wood
Six-drawer sideboard by Paul Frankl for Brown-Saltman. Each drawer has two original patinated brass conical form pulls.
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 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 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 Cork-Top Console Table
Full Circle Modern
Paul Frankl Cork-Top Console Table
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Console Tables
Cork, Oak
This Frankl design from the late 1940s feels fresh today with its organic use of natural cork for the 2-1/2" thick top and wire-brushed oak for the substantial double-pedestal base. Thi...
Custom Coffee Table by Paul Frankl for the Goodric...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A custom cork coffee table designed by Paul Frankl for the Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Goodrich residence, Los Angeles, 1944. When Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Goodrich moved west, they hired ...
Custom Occasional Table by Paul Frankl for the Goo...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A custom cork occasional table designed by Paul Frankl for the Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Goodrich residence, Los Angeles, 1944. When Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Goodrich moved west, they hi...
Stunning Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Dining Table
Red Modern Furniture
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...
Paul Frankl Green Cerused Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Industrial Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Oak
An unusual custom Paul Frankl circular coffee table with a glass top in green cerused oak.
Set of Ten Chairs by Paul Frankl
Galerie Sommerlath
Set of Ten Chairs by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Oak
This is a set of ten dining room chairs by Paul Frankl. Two captains chairs with arms and eight without. The chairs have modern lines with a gridded back and geometric arms. Four of the...
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...
Pair of Grey Paul Frankl Nightstands with Brass X-...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Brass, Wood
Designed by Paul Frankl for the Johnson Furniture Company, these pair of bedside tables and been refinished in a satin gray. The cabinets retain their original brass X-pulls. The top do...
Paul Frankl Two-Tiered Rattan End Table
Automaton
Paul Frankl Two-Tiered Rattan End Table
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Rattan, Wood
Created by Paul Frankl, 1940s. Constructed of stacked rattan, this two-tiered table can be used as an end table, side table or nightstand. The light, rich color of the wood and rustic y...
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 ...
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...
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...
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 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 Walnut Dresser, Pair Available
Quotient
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 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...
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.
Pair of Brown Saltman Nightstands Designed by Paul...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Brass, Wood
Paul Frankl was a leading American designer in the 1930s and 1940s. His oeuvre varied from Art Deco, to Asian inspired Mid-Century design. The night stands feature Frankl's signature co...
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Tiered Side Tables
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Oak
Iconic pair of tiered side tables designed by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman. Newly refinished in dark walnut and in mint condition.
Amorphic Cocktail Table by Paul Frankl
Donzella Ltd.
Amorphic Cocktail Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Great form with a cork-wrapped amorphic top and four fin-shaped mahogany legs. The top has a natural cork finish with a few discolorations. Produced by Johnson Furniture Company.
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 ...
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 pieces making a four...
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...
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 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. See this item in our private NYC showroom! Refine Limited is located in the heart of Chelsea at the history Starrett...
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...
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 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."
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
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
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
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
Brass, Wood
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...