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Paul Frankl Beds and Bed Frames

Austrian, American, 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.

Frankl's Skyscraper cabinets, bookcases and more — introduced in 1924 — are his 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 Streamline 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, chairs and other seating 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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Creator: Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company MCM Station Wagon Full Bed Frame
By Johnson Furniture Company, Paul Frankl
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company Mid Century Station Wagon Full Bed Frame This bed frame measures: 57 wide x 80 deep x 34.75 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Beds and Bed Frames

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Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture, Mid-Century Modern, Station Wagon Bedframe
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl / John Stuart Full Size Bed Frame, Station Wagon Rare collectors opportunity to own a Paul Frankl designed bedframe for Johnson Furniture Co. and reta...
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1950s American Vintage Paul Frankl Beds and Bed Frames

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Mahogany, Maple

Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Full / Double Bed Frame
By Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Located in Fulton, CA
Full / Double bed frame designed by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman of California. Newly upholstered headboard, but fabric can be easily changed if des...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Beds and Bed Frames

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Fabric, Fir

Paul Frankl Black Lacquer Head Board with Cerused
By Paul Frankl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A unique and rare Paul Frankl Head board. The Frame is black lacquer with three panels of cerused or deeply ridged Oak, laid out in opposing directions. Truly a midcentury piece ...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Beds and Bed Frames

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Mid-Century Modern Bed by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous vintage modern bed frame by Paul Frankl features a dark finish, crisscross designed headboard and foot board. (Please confirm item locatio...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Beds and Bed Frames

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Walnut

Paul Frankl for John Stuart Mid Century Modern Vintage King Headboard c. 1960s
By Paul Frankl, John Stuart, John Stuart Inc.
Located in Denville, NJ
"Please request a shipping quote from us directly by sending your zip code. We can ship most items between $300-$600. We photograph and list inventory in the condition it arrives a...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Beds and Bed Frames

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King Size Headboard by Paul Frankl - Pair Available
By Paul Frankl
Located in Atlanta, GA
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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Beds and Bed Frames

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Mahogany

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Paul Frankl beds and bed frames for sale on 1stDibs.

Paul Frankl beds and bed frames are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Paul Frankl beds and bed frames, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original beds and bed frames by Paul Frankl were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider beds and bed frames by Planner Group, Calvin, and T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. Prices for Paul Frankl beds and bed frames can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,190 and can go as high as $2,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,548.

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