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.

Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Combed and Cerused Oak End Table or Nightstand
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Combed and Ceruse...
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Night Stands
Oak
Gorgeous grain on a single drawer nightstand in near excellent original condition.
Paul Frankl Custom Sofa, Pair Available, 1940s
Paul Frankl Custom Sofa, Pair Available, 1940s
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Silk, Wood
Paul Frankl sofa, matched pair available. USA, circa 1944. From an important estate. Silk over oak frame. Measures: 88 W x 27 D x 33 H in. 224 W x 68.5 D x 83.8 H cm. Featured in...
Paul Frankl Ten-Drawer Ebonized Dresser Mid Century
Paul Frankl Ten-Drawer Ebonized Dresser Mid Cen...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Walnut
Classic Frankl design ten-drawer dresser. This piece has had a ground up restoration with a silky black lacquer finish and the pulls have been re-brassed. Paul Frankl bridged the pe...
Mid-Century Paul Frankl for John Stuart Tall Chest
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 have been newly re-plated in a satin brass finish
Gentleman's Chest of Drawers 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.
Cork and Mahogany Coffee Table by Paul Frankl, circa 1953
Cork and Mahogany Coffee Table by Paul Frankl, ...
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. Measures: 72" x 14.5" H x 36” W (widest point) x 20.25” W (narrowest point)
Paul Frankl Dining Table for Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl Dining Table for Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Modern Dining Room Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Beautifully designed dining table with cork top and cross-slatted mahogany base. Two 11.25" leaves included. Opens to 94 1/2". Restored. Made by Johnson Furniture Company.
Two Rattan Sofa Frames by Paul Frankl, in Dove White
Two Rattan Sofa Frames by Paul Frankl, in Dove ...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture
Upholstery, Rattan
Two rattan sofa frames in the style of Paul Frankl, in dove white, complete with vintage cushions. Each with six strand square pretzel side arms and stacked rattan base originally de...
Restored Paul Frankl Style Sofa and Lounge Chair Set
Restored Paul Frankl Style Sofa and Lounge Chai...
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 o...
Early Cork Clad Dresser by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company
Early Cork Clad Dresser by Paul Frankl for John...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Oak, Cork
A rare early cork wrapped dresser designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company, circa 1947. Original labels inside top drawer. Masterfully refinished and in excellent condit...
Pair of Paul Frankl Cork Clad Nightstands by Johnson Furniture Company
Pair of Paul Frankl Cork Clad Nightstands by Jo...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Brass, Oak, Cork
A matched pair of early Paul Frankl cork clad nightstands having two drawers each. Both branded with the original label inside the top drawers.      
Cork-Top Sideboard by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa 1950s
Cork-Top Sideboard by Paul Frankl for Johnson F...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Cabinets
Brass
Versatile and beautifully made 1950s mahogany cabinet with Frankl's signature cork top and x-shaped brass pulls. In beautifully restored condition. Top drawer features felt-lined div...
Classic 1940s Paul Frankl Dining Chairs for Joh...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Wood
REDUCED FROM $3,950.....Classic and fine Paul Frankl slat back mahogany dining chairs for Johnson Furniture. Solid chairs of exquisite shaping and molding. Set consists of two arms a...
Paul Frankl Tiered Side or Occasional Table for...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Modern Side Tables
Oak
Elegantly designed and solidly crafted. This piece is from renowned designer Paul Frankl and was manufactured exclusively by Brown Saltman. It would make a beautiful addition to any ...
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Mahogany, Cor...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Sideboards
Brass, Mahogany, Cork
An original Paul Frankl sideboard, circa 1940 with solid mahogany construction. The front centre doors are covered in cork and open to reveal fitted drawers. These doors are flanked ...
Corner Table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American American Modern Tables
Cork tops and mahogany frame by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Design number on the bottom, 5029 # 253.
Chest of Drawers with Brass Buckle Pulls by Pau...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Long chest of drawers in dark walnut with brass buckle pulls and sabots by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, American, 1950s (branded in drawer “Johnson Furniture”) (newly refinishe...
Pair of Paul Frankl Lounge Chairs
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Rattan
Pair of Mid-Century Modern curved rattan lounge chairs by Paul Frankl, circa 1950s. Newly upholstered.  
Paul Frankl Ebonized Walnut Dresser
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Dressers
Brass
An ebonized walnut ten-drawer dresser with solid brass X-pulls by Paul Frankl. American, Circa 1940's This item is in stock.
Paul Frankl Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Oak
A Paul Frankl cerused oak circular coffee table with a glass top. Circa. 1948. Crafted in solid oak with an unusual, original, custom green cerused finish. Bold industrial Modern des...
Original Paul Frankl Living and Dining Room Fur...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Living Room Sets
Wicker, Rattan, Mahogany
All original Paul Frankl rattan furniture set including a full dining and living room with two lounge chairs, two love seats, four-seat sofa, dining table and four chairs. New cu...
Paul Frankl Custom Sofa, 1940s, Pair Available
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Silk, Oak
Paul Frankl sofa, matched pair available, USA, circa 1944. From an important estate. Silk over oak frame. Measure: 88 W x 27 D x 33 H in. 224 W x 68.5 D x 83.8 H cm. Featured in ...
Restored Stick Leg Rattan Side Table with Two-T...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Wicker, Rattan, Formica
Stick leg rattan side table with two-tier wood tops, circa 1950. Designed in the manner of Paul Frankl. Restored to new for you. All rattan, bamboo and wicker furniture has ...
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.
Pauk Frankl Club Sofa, Original 1940s
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s North American Art Deco Sofas
Rare Art Deco club / speed sofa by acclaimed Art Deco designer Paul Frankl. Iconic streamline design. Structurally in very good condition. Original orange tweed upholstery shows wear...
Biomorphic Rattan Coffee Table with Wood Top
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rattan, Wood
Biomorphic coffee table with stacked rattan legs and a wood top with a rattan trim along the borders. All rattan, bamboo and wicker has been painstakingly refurbished using the fin...
Art Deco Paul Frankl Art Deco Rattan Bent Leg M...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century Asian Art Deco Tables
Rattan, Mahogany
Art Deco Paul Frankl design RARE bent leg, rattan reed stack two-tier mahogany top table. This Art Deco slanted leg table has two mahogany tops and an open stacked reed design. Dimen...
Pair of Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Twin ...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Mahogany
Pair of Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. Midcentury twin beds / headboard and frames. Mahogany frames are in original unrestored. Condition, from one owner estate. Included are ...
Rare Paul Frankl Cork Covered Table
Paul Frankl
20th Century Tables
Paul Frankl cork covered table. A rare example.
Paul Frankl Side Tables
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Metal
Pair of low side tables by Paul Frankl. Petite side tables, designed for Johnson furniture company. Cork wrapped square tops, mahogany tapered legs and brass feet.
Paul Frankl Dining Table
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Large expandable dining table designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Corp. Cork top and large rounded corners. Dark stained wide birch legs and 3 x 11" extensions. A rare mo...

Paul Frankl Bookcase

By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Bookcase
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American American Modern Bookcases
Paul Frankl rare custom designed bookcase/ storage cabinet. Orange and black lacquered wood, with gold painted face in a snaking geometric motif & thick glass side panels. A rar...
Open Armchair by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
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.
Pair of Cork Top End Tables by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Modern End Tables
Cork, Mahogany
A pair of cork top mahogany end tables. By Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. American, circa 1950.
Paul Frankl Eight-Drawer Desk
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Desks and Writing Tables
Brass
Rare Paul Frankl designed eight-drawer desk for the Johnson Furniture Co. of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Re-furbished and newly lacquered cork top, in a satin lacquer white finish. Bod...
Pair of Paul Frankl for Johnson Corset Side Din...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Pair of Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. Corset side or dining chairs also know as plunging neckline or "V" back chairs. Chairs are in need of re-upholstery, price includes refi...
Art Deco Paul Frankl "Speed" Lounge Chair and S...
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).
Paul Frankl Cork Top Mahogany Dining Table
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Dining Room Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Paul Frankl cork top mahogany dining table. Measurements: 72" L x 42" W x 29.5" H with three leafs 11" each. In Stock.
Restored Rattan Side Table with Three-Tier Blon...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Wicker, Rattan, Formica
3/4 pretzel rattan side table with three-tier blonde Formica tops, circa 1950. Designed in the manner of Paul Frankl. Restored to new for you. All rattan, bamboo and wicker ...
Paul Frankl 1950s Mahogany Bookcase Cabinet
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Bookcases
A beautiful 1950s mahogany bookcase cabinet designed by Paul Frankl, with a lower cabinet with a pair of curved hinged doors with the original large impressive brass hardware, concea...
Paul Frankl Cocktail Table
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Cocktail table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Asian-Inspired form with dark-stained mahogany base. Cork-wrapped top with flared up ends and open grain finish. An iconic Frank...
Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Satin Birch Emis...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Sets
Birch
For your consideration is a truly marvelous bedroom set by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. From the Emissary collection. Included are a highboy dresser with mirror, a lowboy dr...
Paul Frankl Swivel Bench or Vanity Stool, 1940s
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Upholstery, Wood
A rare Paul Frankl swivel bench or vanity stool, 1940s. Structurally sound, some scuffs to wood, painted finish, new upholstery recommended.
Paul Frankl Cork Top Amoeba Coffee Table for Jo...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Rare Paul Frankl Amoeba coffee table with solid mahogany legs. In the original finish with lots of original patina.
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company Cork ...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Mirror, Wood, Cork
A large horizontal mirror from Paul Frankl's rare full cork series. Branded with model number on back.
Pair of Paul Frankl Petite Mahogany Bookcases f...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Bookcases
Mahogany
Fully encased mahogany bookcases with a stepped trim detail and bowed internal shelf designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co.  
Wood and Cork Cabinet by Paul Frankl for Johnso...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Wood, Cork
Gorgeous and rare Paul Frankl cabinet with a cork top.
Paul Frankl Petite Mahogany Chest of Drawers fo...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Mahogany
Petite mahogany chest of drawers or dresser with inset handles, fully incased with a stepped edge detail.
Low Double Chest of Drawers with X Pulls by Pau...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Dressers
Brass
A beautiful double dresser that comprises ten drawers in varying depths, Classic brass X drawer pull hardware all in an elegant high polish lacquered finish. With burned in mark for ...
Paul Frankl Bleached Walnut Nightstands
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Brass, Walnut
Pair of midcentury classically styled nightstands in a custom bleached walnut semi gloss finish with a Frankl's signature brass X-pulls. Each having a drop down compartment and two d...
"Modernique" Clock by Paul Frankl for Warren Te...
Paul Frankl, Warren Telechron Co.
Vintage 1920s American Art Deco Table Clocks and Desk Clocks
Enamel, Chrome
This rare iteration of the iconic “Modernique" was designed for the Warren Telechron Company by Paul Frankl, circa 1928. During a time when the majority of electric clocks sold for a...
Early 1950s Paul Frankl Desk Vanity for John St...
John Stuart, Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Cherry, Lacquer
Rarely seen exquisite Paul Frankl designed mid century modern desk or vanity in cherry and black satin lacquer with brass X-pulls. With a John Stuart store tag and made by Johnson Fu...
Paul Frankl Cork Desk for Johnson Furniture, 1950s
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Mahogany, Cork
Paul Frankl Johnson furniture cork and mahogany desk USA 1950's / Grand Rapids, Michigan Mahogany, cork, brass Adjustable width and three drawers Measures: Width 57-78 in...
Paul Frankl Mahogany and Rosewood Cocktail Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Rosewood
Paul Frankl mahogany and rosewood cocktail or coffee table, circa late 1940s. This simple yet stunning example has a solid rosewood base and bleached mahogany top. It has been newly...
Paul Frankl King-Size Walnut Headboard
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Walnut
Midcentury classic solid walnut headboard with horizontal zig zag trellis pattern. Mint restored.
Paul Frankl Gentleman’s Chest
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, Gentleman’s chest or high boy with brass X pulls, circa 1950s. Ample storage in a tall chest of drawers. Shown in white lacquer but currently bei...
Black Lacquered, Chrome and Silver Leaf Extensi...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Chrome, Lacquer
The black lacquer top with two leaves above a fluted oval pedestal with cream lacquer and silver gilt above a polished nickel base extends with two 14" leaves to 99" fully extended,...
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