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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Settee Attributed to Paul Frankl
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Cerused Oak Console Table
Fabulous Speed Chair by Paul Frankl
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 Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Sideboards
Red Modern Furniture
Paul Frankl Swivel Lounge Chairs
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Paul Frankl Bench Coffee Table
Double Dresser by Paul Frankl
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Paul Frankl Lacquered Console
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Credenza by Paul Frankl
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Unusual Cork Top Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
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Paul Frankl Dining Table with Cork Top
Station Wagon Dresser by Paul FranklOn Hold
Collage 20th Century Classics
Pair of Paul Frankl Chests of Drawers
Paul Frankl Night Tables
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Paul Frankl Dining Table with Excellent Original Finish
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Cerused Dining Chairs Style of Paul Frankl
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Paul Frankl Style D Armchair by Modernage
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Pair of Cork Top Tables by Paul Frankl
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Paul Frankl Cocktail Table or Bench
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Paul Frankl Lattice Headboard Footboard Full Bed
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Paul Frankl Coffee Table
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Paul Frankl Cork Coffee TableOn Hold
Coffee Table or Bench by Paul Frankl
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Paul Frankl Cork-Top Dining Table
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Paul Frankl Ebonized Walnut Dresser
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Grand Pair of Paul Frankl Nightstands
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Paul Frankl Cork Topped Tables
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1940s Bamboo Easy Chair after Paul Frankl
Geometric Side Tables by Paul Frankl
Cork Coffee Table by Paul FranklOn Hold
Themes and Variations
Paul Frankl Four-Drawer Dresser with Brass X-Pulls
Cain Modern
Pair of V Back Armchairs by Paul Frankl
ABC Modern
Pair of Glamorous Chests by Paul Frankl
ABC Modern
Pair of Modernage Art Deco D chairs
Modern on the Hudson
Paul Frankl Console Table
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Paul Frankl Cork Games Table
Custom Paul Frankl Cocktail Table
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Gilbert Rohde Style Biomorphic Coffee Table
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Paul Frankl Dining Chairs, Set of Six
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Paul Frankl Coffee Table
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Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Dining Table
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Pair of Paul Frankl Concave Front End TablesOn Hold
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Natural Rattan Sectional Sofa by Paul Frankl
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Pair of Spider Leg Side Tables
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Paul Frankl Tiered Side or End Tables
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Stunning Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Dining Table
Red Modern Furniture
Pair of Brown Saltman Night Stands
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