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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Paul Frankl King-Size Walnut Headboard
By Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
By Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Dimensions: H 35 in. W 6 ft. 8 in. D 3.5 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Walnut
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.
Pair of Paul Frankl Nightstands
By Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Dimensions: H 24.25 in. W 24 in. D 17 in.
Dealer Location: St. Louis, MO
Pair of Paul Frankl Nightstands
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Pair of nightstands or small chests, designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Shown in ivory lacquer but can be finished in custom color with wood stain. Top drawer has drop down ...
Vintage Paul Frankl Cork Nightstand
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Dimensions: H 24 in. W 24 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: San Jose, CA
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Mahogany, Cork
Vintage Paul Frankl Cork Nightstand
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Brass, Mahogany, Cork
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 End Tables
By Paul Frankl, Brown-Saltman Furniture Co.
By Paul Frankl, Brown-Saltman Furniture Co.
Dimensions: H 24 in. W 20 in. D 13 in.
Dealer Location: Fulton, CA
Materials & Techniques: Mahogany, Fir
Paul Frankl End Tables
Paul Frankl, Brown-Saltman Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Mahogany, Fir
Pair of Paul Frankl end tables or night stands in original vintage condition with original hardware. Retaining Brown-Saltman label. Quality craftsmanship and materials with nice glow to...
Paul Frankl "Station Wagon" Three-Drawer Chest for Johnson Furniture
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Dimensions: H 21.25 in. W 24 in. D 22 in.
Dealer Location: Weymouth, MA
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Leather, Birch, Mahogany, Maple
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
Dimensions: H 24.25 in. W 24 in. D 17 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Mahogany, Lacquer
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.
Dimensions: H 32 in. W 6 ft. D 22 in.
Dealer Location: Keego Harbor, MI
Materials & Techniques: Birch
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 and Brass Hardware’, 1950s, USA
Dimensions: H 24.5 in. W 24 in. D 17 in.
Dealer Location: Miami, FL
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.
Paul Frankl "Bell" End Tables
By Paul Frankl, Brown and Saltman
By Paul Frankl, Brown and Saltman
Dimensions: H 22.5 in. W 28 in. D 15.88 in.
Dealer Location: Fulton, CA
Paul Frankl "Bell" End Tables
Paul Frankl, Brown and 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...
Paul Frankl Side Tables for Brown Saltman, Pair *Saturday Sale*
By Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Dimensions: H 21 in. W 28 in. D 16 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Mahogany
Paul Frankl Side Tables for Brown Saltman, Pair *S...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Bedroom Furniture
Mahogany
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Pair of Paul Frankl Nightstands
By Paul Frankl
Dimensions: H 24 in. W 24 in. D 17 in.
Dealer Location: Atlanta, GA
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Wood
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...
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Lacquered Nightstands, 1950s, Pair Mid Century
Dimensions: H 24 in. W 24 in. D 17 in.
Dealer Location: Philadelphia, PA
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Walnut
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Lacquered Nights...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Brass, Walnut
A pair of Paul Frankl designed for Johnson Furniture black lacquered side cabinets with brass-plated metalwork. 1950s stamped with makers mark. Fully reconditioned, top drawer is a fall...
Mid-Century Paul Frankl King-Size Bed Headboard
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Dimensions: H 30.5 in. W 6 ft. 8 in. D 3.5 in.
Dealer Location: Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century 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...
Pair of Paul Frankl  Mid Century Modern Night Stands Brass X Pulls
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Dimensions: H 24 in. W 24 in. D 17 in.
Dealer Location: Elmwood Park, NJ
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Walnut
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
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Nightstands by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
Dimensions: H 21.5 in. W 24 in. D 20 in.
Dealer Location: Toledo, OH
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 Paul Frankl Ivory Lacquered Nightstands
By Paul Frankl
Dimensions: H 24 in. W 24 in. D 17 in.
Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
Pair of Paul Frankl Ivory Lacquered Nightstands
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Bedroom Furniture
Beautiful pair of Paul Frankl newly restored in an ivory lacquer and polished brass X-pulls. They are signed in the drawer Johnson Furniture Co.
Pair of Espresso Mahogany Nightstands by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Dimensions: H 24 in. W 24 in. D 17 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Metal, Mahogany
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" handles by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Signed. USA, circa 1940. Each nightstand features a pull-down top ...
Pair of Paul Frankl Nightstands or End Tables
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Dimensions: H 27 in. W 22 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Chicago, IL
Pair of Paul Frankl Nightstands or End Tables
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
A scarce form for Johnson Furniture. Clever split X-handle design.
Mid Century Modern Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Full Size Bed
By Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
By Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Dimensions: H 34 in. W 4 ft. 8.5 in. D 6 ft. 5.5 in.
Dealer Location: National City, CA
Materials & Techniques: Wood
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
Dimensions: H 34.5 in. W 36 in. D 26 in.
Dealer Location: Weymouth, MA
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...
Restored Paul Frankl Stacked Rattan Waste Basket
By Paul Frankl
Dimensions: H 13.5 in. W 17 in. D 17 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Rattan
Restored Paul Frankl Stacked Rattan Waste Basket
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Home Accents
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 the...
Pair of Nightstands with Brass X-Pulls by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co.
By Paul Frankl
Dimensions: H 24 in. W 24 in. D 17 in.
Dealer Location: Hamburg, PA
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Wood, Automotive Paint
Pair of Nightstands with Brass X-Pulls by Paul Fra...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Brass, Wood, Automotive Paint
Pair of nightstands with brass X-pulls and white high gloss Italian finish by Paul Frankl. Newly refinished by Alternative Furnishings Inc. Matching dresser available separately. Labele...
Pair of Cork Top End Tables by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Dimensions: H 21.25 in. W 18 in. D 30 in.
Dealer Location: Dallas, TX
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
On Hold
Dimensions: H 24 in. W 24 in. D 17 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Walnut
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...
Paul Frankl Maple King Headboard
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Dimensions: H 35.25 in. W 6 ft. 8 in. D 3.5 in.
Dealer Location: Baltimore, MD
Materials & Techniques: Maple
Paul Frankl Maple King Headboard
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Bedroom Furniture
Maple
This headboard, designed by American designer Paul Frankl, is made of maple in Frankl's signature zig-zag pattern.
Pair of Paul Frankl Ebonized Mahogany Side Tables
By Paul Frankl
Dimensions: H 24 in. W 24 in. D 17 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Walnut
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
By Paul Frankl
Dimensions: H 35 in. W 6 ft. 8 in. D 3 in.
Dealer Location: Atlanta, GA
Materials & Techniques: Mahogany
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
By Paul Frankl
Dimensions: H 34 in. W 4 ft. 9 in. D 2 in.
Dealer Location: Pasadena, TX
Materials & Techniques: Oak
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...