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 Cork Coffee Table, 1951
Paul Frankl
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...
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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...
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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. ...
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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...
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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 top supported by tapered mahogany legs.
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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 ...
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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...
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Round Expanding Mid-Century Dining Table by Paul F...
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rare Cork Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
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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.
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Paul Frankl Corner Tables
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Paul Frankl Corner Tables
Paul Frankl
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."
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Paul Frankl Lattice Full Bed Frame
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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 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...
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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 Hermes Orange Paul Frankl Nightstands
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Night Stands
Wood
Pair of nightstands by Paul T. Frankl for Johnson Furniture.
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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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White Washed Combed Bench or Cocktail Table by Pau...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
White washed combed bench or cocktail table by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman.
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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. ...
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Open Armchair by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture...
Paul Frankl
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.
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Paul Frankl Walnut Dresser
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Full Size Bed
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Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Full Size Bed
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Beds
Wood
For your consideration a full size bed designed by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman. It includes a headboard, footboard and two original side rails. Unsure of wood, it has a bookmatch...
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Pair of Paul Frankl Side Tables
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Pair of Paul Frankl Side Tables
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Leather, Mahogany, Mirror
Pair of side tables by Paul Frankl with a tinted mirror top and drawers. The base is leather covered with a combed mahogany stem.
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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...
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Elegant Desk or Vanity Designed by Paul FranklOn Hold
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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...
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Paul Frankl Dresser
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Paul Frankl Dresser
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Wood
Paul Frankl dresser.
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Pair of Paul Frankl Ten-Drawer Dressers with Brass...
Paul Frankl
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...
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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...
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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.
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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.
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Paul Frankl Mid-Century Console Table
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Paul Frankl Mid-Century Console Table
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Mahogany
Very nice smaller size console table, perfect for an entry way, as an extra serving space in the dining room, or in the office as a printer stand. Would also be a great small table in a...
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Beautiful Paul Frankl Double Dresser in Bone Lacqu...
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
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...
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Paul Frankl Desk
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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...
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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...
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Pair of Cork Top End Tables by Paul Frankl
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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.
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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 ...
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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.
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Ebonized Walnut Ten-Drawer Dresser with Brass "X" ...
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Walnut
An elegant ten-drawer double-dresser in ebonized walnut with brass fittings by Paul Frankl for John Stuart Inc. A hand-rubbed, ebonized finish throughout. Brass "X" pulls adorn each dra...
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Stunning Paul Frankl Mahogany Bookcase, Dining Hutch
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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 ...
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Paul Frankl Lacquered Cork Cocktail Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork, Mahogany
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture company.
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Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Console
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Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Console
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Walnut
Elegant simplicity, the unadorned walnut top rests on an open-framed support of combed wood. The piece is two-sided so may be floated in a room or placed against a wall.
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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 "...
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Stunning Pair of Paul Frankl Nightstands in Bone L...
John Stuart, Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Brass, Lacquer, Mahogany
Stunning pair of mahogany nightstands or small chests by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company, sold by John Stuart, NYC. Signed. Newly refinished in bone lacquer accented by polish...
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Chic Ebonized Square Coffee Table by Paul Frankl f...
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
Chic Ebonized Square Coffee Table by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman.
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Paul Frankl Tiered Primavera Corner Table with Bla...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Fantastic American modernist Paul Frankl designed tiered corner table in Primavera mahogany and black lacquer. Square over square Primavera mahogany tops float over black lacquered wood...
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Restored Paul Frankl Side Table for Brown Saltman
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Side Tables
Beautifully restored ribbon mahogany side table by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman.
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Paul Frankl Ten-Drawer Dresser or Credenza
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Metal, Wood
Classic Paul Frankl ten-drawer dresser/credenza in original finish with slight age appropriate wear.
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