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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Amorphic Amoeba Table by Paul Frankl
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Amorphic Amoeba Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork
An exceptional amorphic Amoeba table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture having cork veneer top on four wooden legs.
Stunning Paul Frankl Cork Top Dining Table by John...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Brass, Cork, Mahogany
A stunning dining table with cork top and mahogany legs and X detail with brass accent. Designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Measurement includes two 12 inch leaves.
Rare Brown Saltman Bleached Mahogany Credenza by P...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Sideboards
Brass, Mahogany
Rare Brown Saltman bleached mahogany credenza by Paul Frankl.  
Elegant Desk or Vanity Designed by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
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...
Modernist Curved Front End Table in Ebonized Walnu...
Paul Frankl
20th Century American End Tables
Exceptional end table or nightstand with modernist curved or bowed front. The table is conveniently fitted with two lower drawers as well as an upper open shelving or display area. Exce...
Set of Paul Frankl for John Stuart Nightstands and...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Two satin birch nightstands and a large chest of drawers by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. They also have John Stuart labels. Nightstand top drawer 9" H & 21.75" W. Bottom drawer ...
Paul Frankl Stool, USA, 1944
Bloomberry
Paul Frankl 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 has been refinished and reu...
Paul Frankl Cork Topped End Table
Thomas Hayes Gallery
Paul Frankl Cork Topped End Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1960s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork, Mahogany
Mahogany and cork topped end table by renowned designer Paul Frankl. Many pieces are stored in our warehouse, so please click on Contact Dealer under our logo below to find out if th...
Console, Model 5022 by Paul Frankl for Johnson Fur...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Console Tables
Cork, Mahogany
Console, model 5022 by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company. Signed with branded manufacturer's mark to underside: [5022 #231].                  
Pair of Paul Frankl Cork Top Side Tables
Ventura
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...
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Mahogany Ten-Dra...
John Stuart, Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Wood
Beautiful all original dresser with brass X-pulls.
Paul Frankl Custom Sofa, 1940s
The Exchange Int
Paul Frankl Custom Sofa, 1940s
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Oak, Silk
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.
Paul Frankl Sideboard with Lacquered Cork and Bras...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Modern Credenzas
Brass, Cork, Mahogany
Large and impressive sideboard or credenza piece by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co, USA, dated 1940s, in the taste of American Art Deco transitioning into Modern. The main constru...
Rare Paul Frankl Cork Console Table
Horseman Antiques Inc.
Rare Paul Frankl Cork Console Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Cork, Wood
Unique lacquered cork and wood console table with literature shelf by noted American designer Paul Frankl, 1886-1958. Manufacturers stamp. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ) with d...
Sculptural Cork and Mahogany Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Side Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Sculptural solid mahogany and cork occasional table by Paul Frankl for Johnson furniture, circa late 1940s. This example has a solid cork triangular top a second tier that is solid maho...
Paul Frankl Dresser
AERO
Paul Frankl Dresser
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s North American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Paul Frankl four-drawer chest with restored black lacquer case, patina and wear on the original painted finish and combed texture of the drawer fronts has been preserved.           ...
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...
Modern Cork Top and Mahogany Side Table or Nightst...
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Modern End Tables
Cork, Mahogany
This smart and chic symmetrically designed (no back or front) mixed material of cork and mahogany side table has versatile uses. Try it in the bedroom as a bedside table or in the livin...
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...
Original Paul Frankl / Frankl Galleries Signed Sky...
Paul Frankl
Early 20th Century American Art Deco End Tables
Multi-arrangeable bookend matched pair of signed Frankl skyscraper tables. Largest version Frankl Skyscraper metal tag on one, circa 1928-1930. Bookcase, console or end table function...
Vintage Paul Frankl Cork Nightstand
Mid Century Maddist
Vintage Paul Frankl Cork Nightstand
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Cork, Mahogany
Mid-Century nightstand designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. This unique piece is made from cork and mahogany with brass accents. Includes two dovetailed drawers with cork pull...
Paul Frankl Lacquered End Table
Anthony Rosa
Paul Frankl Lacquered End Table
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American End Tables
Lacquer, Wood
Paul Frankl designed end table for Johnson Furniture. Two drawers under a drop down front compartment. Signed with John Stuart label in top drawer.
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...
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
Oak, Upholstery
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...
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...
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 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...       ...
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 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 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 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 ...
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 "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.
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 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...
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.
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.
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...
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 ...
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. ...
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...
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.