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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Pair of Paul Frankl Cork Clad Nightstands by Johnson Furniture Company

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Pair of Paul Frankl Cork Clad Nightstands by Johns...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
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.      
Paul Frankl King-Size Walnut Headboard

By Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Paul Frankl King-Size Walnut Headboard
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Walnut
Midcentury classic solid walnut headboard with horizontal zig zag trellis pattern. Mint restored.
Paul Frankl Tiered Side or Occasional Table for Saltman Brown

By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Tiered Side or Occasional Table for Sa...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Modern Bedroom Furniture
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 set...
Pair of Paul Frankl White Lacquered Nightstands, USA, 1950s
Pair of Paul Frankl White Lacquered Nightstands, U...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Wood
White lacquered nightstands by Paul Frankl.
Paul Frankl Bleached Walnut Nightstands

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl Bleached Walnut Nightstands
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
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 draw...
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. Single Nightstand

By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. Single Night...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Brass, Mahogany
Paul Frankl designed nightstand for Johnson Furniture Company, circa 1950s. Brass X-pulls, pull down door and two drawers. To be refinished, custom color available. Patina to brass, can...
Paul Frankl King-Size Bed Headboard

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl King-Size Bed Headboard
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
This vintage king-size headboard features the stylish Mid-Century design of Paul Frankl for Johnson furniture. The sculptural design adds unique modern appeal to any bedroom. Please con...
Classic Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Walnut Nightstands, Pair, 1960s

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Classic Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Walnut N...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Walnut
Handsome, classic pair of nightstands by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, late 1950s-early 1960s. Curved fronts and sculptural hardware with great storage. These appear to float, as t...
Pair of Cork Nightstands by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Pair of Cork Nightstands by Paul Frankl for Johnso...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Mahogany, Cork
Pair of cork nightstands by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co.
Pair of Paul Frankl  Mid Century Modern Night Stands Brass X Pulls

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Pair of Paul Frankl Mid Century Modern Night Stan...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Brass, Walnut
Pair of mid-century modern nightstands by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl "Bell" End Tables

By Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Paul Frankl "Bell" End Tables
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Classic, elegant and unique design describes these 1940s modern end tables. Designed by Paul Frankl for Brown-Saltman of California. Sculptural bell shaped bases, machine-age style mold...
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Johnson Furniture Emissary Nightstands

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Johnson Fur...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Made from satin birch, these nightstands were designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture's "Emissary" collection. Features a curved front, two drawers, and brass hardware. They have ...
Paul Frankl Side Tables for Brown Saltman, Pair

By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Side Tables for Brown Saltman, Pair
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Bedroom Furniture
Mahogany
This pair of Art Deco Paul Frankl side tables for Brown Saltman is rendered in bleached mahogany. Sometimes referred to as the "bell" table, the stunning modern form features a streamli...
Paul Frankl King-Size Walnut and Brass Headboard

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl King-Size Walnut and Brass Headboard
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Brass, Wood, Walnut
King-size headboard in walnut with brass details by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Headboard is being refinished.
Paul Frankl Queen-Size Mahogany and Brass Headboard

By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Queen-Size Mahogany and Brass Headboar...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Mahogany
Queen-size headboard in mahogany with brass corsets and accents by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa 1940s. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ) with dealer.  
Paul Frankl "Station Wagon" Three-Drawer Chest for Johnson Furniture

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl "Station Wagon" Three-Drawer Chest for...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Brass, Leather, Birch, Mahogany, Maple
Gorgeous three-drawer nightstand chest by Paul Frankl from his highly coveted "Station Wagon Group" created in 1945 for Johnson Furniture Company of Grand Rapids. Branded mark in top dr...
Pair of White Lacquer Nightstands by Paul Frankl

By Paul Frankl
Pair of White Lacquer Nightstands by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Brass, Mahogany, Lacquer
Pair of mahogany nightstands newly refinished in white satin lacquer finish with original patinaed polished brass "X" handles by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Signed. USA, circa 19...
Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Satin Birch Emissary Complete Bedroom Set

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Satin Birch Emissar...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
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 dress...
Pair of Paul Frankl Nightstands ‘Orange Lacquer an...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Gorgeous pair of orange lacquer nightstands by Frankl.
Pair of Paul Frankl Nightstands

By Paul Frankl
Pair of Paul Frankl Nightstands
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Brass, Wood
Pair of glamorous nightstands or end tables, designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa 1950s. They are a versatile size and can be used as night stands or as end or side tabl...
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Nightstands by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Nightstands by Paul Fra...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
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 s...
Pair of Espresso Mahogany Nightstands by Paul Frankl

By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Pair of Espresso Mahogany Nightstands by Paul Fran...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Metal, Mahogany
Pair of mahogany nightstands in espresso satin finish with metal X shaped handles by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Signed. USA, circa 1940. Each nightstand features a pull-down t...
Mid Century Modern Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Full Size Bed

By Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Mid Century Modern Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman F...
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
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 gr...
Pair of Paul Frankl Four-Drawer Chests for Brown Saltman
Pair of Paul Frankl Four-Drawer Chests for Brown S...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Pair of 1950s four-drawer chests with distinctive polished brass "X" drawer pulls. Produced by Brown Saltman. Refinished. Clear satin varnish. Clean drawers. Can be used when oversi...
Pair of Cork Top End Tables by Paul Frankl

By Paul Frankl
Pair of Cork Top End Tables by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s Bedroom Furniture
A pair of mahogany and cork end tables designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture.
Pair of Nightstands in Ebonized Walnut with Brass "X" Fittings by Paul Frankl
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Pair of Nightstands in Ebonized Walnut with Brass ...
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
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...
Pair of Paul Frankl Ebonized Mahogany Side Tables

By Paul Frankl
Pair of Paul Frankl Ebonized Mahogany Side Tables
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Bedroom Furniture
Brass, Walnut
A pair of ebonized mahogany side tables with brass pulls by Paul Frankl, American, circa 1940s. Measurements: Height: 24 in. Width or length: 24 in. Depth: 17 in.
King Size Headboard by Paul Frankl - Pair Available

By Paul Frankl
King Size Headboard by Paul Frankl - Pair Availabl...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Mahogany
King Size Headboard, designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa 1950's. This piece is currently being refinished and can be finished in your choice of color. We have a pair of...
Paul Frankl For Brown Saltman Headboard

By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl For Brown Saltman Headboard
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Bedroom Furniture
Oak
A mid century modern full-size headboard designed by Paul Frankl and made by Brown Saltman. Oak with a combed oak border. As shown in the last image, we have several matching pieces o...