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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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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Pair of Paul Frankl Concave Front End Tables
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Brass, Walnut
Pair of curved front double drawer open shelf end tables by Paul Frankl for John Stuart Inc. Refinished in a high gloss deep walnut with extraordinary grain and brass polished pulls. ...
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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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Pair of Custom Paul Frankl Swivel Stools from a Do...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Stools
Pair of Custom Paul Frankl Swivel Stools from a Documented Frankl Interior. Stools are c. 1944 and were featured in the October 1945 issue of House Beautiful magazine (note same uphols...
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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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Pair of Paul Frankl Cork Top Side Tables
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Pair of Paul Frankl Cork Top Side Tables
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Side Tables
Pair of bedside end tables by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. These are all original including the cork tops. If you'd like we can have the tops redon...
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Frankl Cabinet
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Frankl Cabinet
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s North American Cabinets
Paul Frankl two door cork front cabinet by Johnson Furniture Company circa 1950 refinished in bone lacquer with bronze plated brass hardware
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Paul Frankl Cork Top Mahogany Credenza/Sideboard f...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Cork, Mahogany
Elegant mahogany sideboard with cream lacquered cork top by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture company. Classic brass X-pulls gleam off deep mahogany finish with beautifully contrasting ...
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Free-Form "Amoeba" Cork-Top Cocktail Table by Paul...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork, Mahogany
A truly exceptional and very rare free-form "Amoeba" cork-top cocktail table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Company. Four hand-rubbed mahogany legs support a thick cork top. What makes this...
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Cork Top Game Table by Paul FranklOn Hold
Sputnik Modern
Cork Top Game Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s Game Tables
A small cork top table with mahogany legs and brass sabots. Designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture.
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Paul Frankl “Bell” Side Table for Brown Saltman...
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Side Tables
Mahogany, Walnut
Designer: Paul Frankl Manufacturer: Brown & Saltman Period/Style: Art Deco Country: United States Date: 1930’s Dimensions: 28.25″H x 28″W x 15.75″D Materials: Mahogany stained w...
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Limed Oak Mirror by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Oak
Designed by Paul Frankl, newly refinished in limed oak.
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Paul Frankl Walnut Chest of Drawers
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Paul Frankl Walnut Chest of Drawers
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Walnut
Mid Century classic chest of drawers in a rich brown stained Walnut with a satin finish and polished brass X pulls.
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Paul Frankl Cork Coffee Table
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Paul Frankl Cork Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American 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 Two Tone Wall Mirror
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Paul Frankl Two Tone Wall Mirror
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Mirror, Walnut
1940's two tone walnut mirror by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture.
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Asian Form Rosewood Coffee Table or Bench by Paul ...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rosewood
Asian Form Rosewood Coffee Table or Bench, designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, American, circa 1950's. It exhibits an elegant Asian scroll design with beautifully grained ros...
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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...
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Paul Frankl for Johnson Mahogany and Upholstered D...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1970s Chairs
Four Paul Frankl for Johnson mahogany and upholstered dining chairs, circa early 1950s. These examples have solid mahogany frames that have been newly and impeccably refinished. The uph...
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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
Cork, Mahogany
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 le...
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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. 51 in x 31 in, depth 2 in. (Item #2299)
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Paul Frankl Eight-Drawer Desk
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Paul Frankl Eight-Drawer Desk
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Lacquer, Mahogany
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. Body o...
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Vintage Midcentury Tall Dresser or Highboy by Paul...
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Oak
Vintage Gentleman chest or dresser designed by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman. Six drawers featuring large brass pulls provide ample storage space. Combed oak trim Oak and brass.
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Paul Frankl Cork Top Dining Table by Johnson Furni...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Brass, Cork, Mahogany
A stunning dining table with cork top supported by mahogany framed legs that feature woven slats and brass detail. Designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Measurement includes tw...
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Ebonized Oak Two-Tiered Side Table by Paul Frankl ...
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Oak, Wood
Two-tiered side table by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman made with solid oak finished in dark ebony.
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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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Open Arm Chair by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furnitur...
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 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 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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American Paul T. Frankl for Brown Saltman Mid-Cent...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Mahogany
(Austrian-American, 1886-1958) | Brown Saltman Furniture Co. (California, circa 1930-1970). This Mid-Century Modern, bleached mahogany vanity features a tall mirror flanked by curved d...
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American Paul T. Frankl for Brown Saltman Mid-Cent...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Mahogany
(Austrian-American, 1886-1958) | Brown Saltman Furniture Co. (California, circa 1930-1970). This small, Mid-Century Modern chest of drawers is crafted with four drawers on splayed legs...
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American Paul T. Frankl for Brown-Saltman Mid-Cent...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Mahogany
(Austrian-American, 1886-1958), Brown-Saltman Furniture Co. (California, circa 1930-1970). This Mid-Century Modern side table features two open shelves and single drawer. Notice the co...
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Paul Frankl 1930s Studio Coffee Table with Mirror...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Lacquer, Wood
Paul Frankl Coffee table from his studio, original crackle finish and mirrored top. This came from Frankl's personal studio, so this was not a production piece. Complete in it's origina...
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Paul Frankl Double Dresser
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Paul Frankl Double Dresser
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Wood
PAUL FRANKL Double Dresser for Johnson Furniture in nice as found VINTAGE condition. There are minor imperfections to the as found finish.
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Paul Frankl Tall Chest
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Paul Frankl Tall Chest
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
PAUL FRANKL Tall Chest by Johnson Furniture in nice as found VINTAGE condition. There are minor imperfections to the as found finish.
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pair of Paul Frankl Bamboo and Rattan Dressers
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Dressers
Bamboo, Brass, Rattan
2 elegant late 1930's California Modern Paul T. Frankl rectangular Bamboo and Rattan Dressers or large Nightstands. with 2 deep drawers, an open rectangular Bamboo framework base and ve...
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Rare Vintage Paul Frankl Cork Trimmed Bookcase
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Rare Vintage Paul Frankl Cork Trimmed Bookcase
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Bookcases
Cork, Glass, Mahogany
Tall Paul Frankl original cork trimmed mahogany bookcase with six glass shelves (five shown). Espresso finish interior and exterior - really a great storage piece. (Paper label in rever...
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Paul Frankl SideboardOn Hold
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Paul Frankl Sideboard
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Maple
The sideboard designed by Paul Frankl in maple has ten drawers in two different sizes. The small drawers are internally divided with small compartments. The famous Paul Frankl "X" grips...
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Pair of Off White Lacquer Nightstands by Paul Fran...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Lacquer, Wood
Pair of mahogany nightstands in white satin lacquer finish with polished brass "X" handles by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Signed. USA, circa 1940.  Each nightstand features a ...
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Rare Pair of Paul Frankl Station Wagon Series Nigh...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Night Stands
Station Wagon series by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. mahogany and maple, original leather handles. Glass top.
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Pair of Mid-Century Modern Nightstands by Paul Fra...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Classic clean mid-century design on this pair of nightstands designed by Paul Frankl for the Johnson Furniture Co of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Features include curved fronts, a magazine ...
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Combed Oak Console Table by Paul Frankl for Brown ...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Console Tables
An Asian inspired, elegant combed Oak console table by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman. Table features two tiers and is stamped beneath by the manufacturer. Many pieces are stored in o...
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Rare Paul Frankl Cork Covered Table
Paul Frankl
20th Century Tables
Paul Frankl cork covered table. A rare example.
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Eight-Drawer Dresser by Paul Frankl for Johnson Fu...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Eight-drawer dresser by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Dimensions: 72" W x 22" D x 30.5".
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Paul Frankl Coffee Table
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Paul Frankl Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Oak
Paul Frankl design limed oak coffee table with glass top. Completely restored. Net $2400.00 previously $4500.00.
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Paul Frankl Coffee Table
DeAngelis
Paul Frankl Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Impressive Paul Frankl design coffee table for Johnson Furniture Company, circa 1940s. Sculpted solid mahogany Greek key motif base with a pressure treated floating cork top. Styled ...
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Paul Frankl Cork Coffee Table
DeAngelis
Paul Frankl Cork Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork, Mahogany
Paul Frankl design coffee table for Johnson Furniture Co. Comprised of a cork laminate on a solid wood top and supported on mahogany legs. Incorporating Japanese minimalism with Art D...
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Pair of Paul Frankl Chests of Drawers
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Pair of Paul Frankl Chests of Drawers
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Pair of refined chests designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa 1950s. Classical styling with great scale and functionality, with five deep drawers for storage. High qualit...
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Paul Frankl Cork Dining Table
DeAngelis
Paul Frankl Cork Dining Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Art Deco Dining Room Tables
Timeless design Paul Frankl dining table with two 12"in. leaves made by Johnson Furniture Co. Perfectly refinished, 8ft. wide when completely open.
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Gentleman's Chest of Drawers by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
7-drawer chest of dark stained wood with brass x-pulls and raised detailing. Simple, elegant form with lots of storage.
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Pair of Oak Side Tables by Paul Frankl for Brown S...
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Oak
Pair of tiered side tables by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman, 1950s. Newly refinished in natural.
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Fine Cork Top Sideboard by Paul Frankl for Johnson...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Modern Sideboards
Brass, Cork, Mahogany
Meticulously restored cork top buffet with brass "X" pulls by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. The piece has been restored from the ground up and the hardware has been freshly polishe...
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Paul Frankl Biomorphic Cork Game Table
Red Modern Furniture
Paul Frankl Biomorphic Cork Game Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Game Tables
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture cork game table, circa early 1950s. This beautiful example has a free form solid cork top with tapered solid mahogany legs. It has recently been impecc...
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Pair Of Paul Frankl Side Tables
Pascal Boyer Gallery
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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Paul Frankl Ten-Drawer Dresser or Credenza
Irwin Feld Design
Paul Frankl Ten-Drawer Dresser or Credenza
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Pearwood, Nickel
Classic pearwood Paul Frankl ten-drawer dresser/credenza newly stained in natural walnut. All hardware newly polished and plated in nickel.
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Paul Frankl Cork Coffee Table
Pierre Anthony Galleries
Paul Frankl Cork Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork, Mahogany
Low Round Cork top coffee table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture with dark solid Mahogany frame shaped legs. Good original condition. Model # 5021 Displayed @ 849 NE 125th ST, M...
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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...
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Paul Frankl Writing Table
Pierre Anthony Galleries
Paul Frankl Writing Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Mahogany
Elegant Writing Table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. In Ebonized Mahogany featuring 3 drawers with signature "X" brass pulls, Slender solid wood tapered legs. Displayed ...
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Paul Frankl Stacked Rattan Waste Basket
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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 ...
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