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Paul Frankl Seating

Austrian, 1886-1958
Austrian, 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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Creator:Paul Frankl
Set of 18 Paul Frankl Corset Back Dining Chairs in Ivory White Bouclé, c. 1950s
By Paul Frankl
Located in Saint Louis, MO
We are pleased to offer this one of a kind exquisitely large set of 18 Paul Frankl plunging corset dining chairs for Johnson Furniture, circa 1950 professionally reupholstered in ivo...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Upholstery, Mahogany, Bentwood, Bouclé

Set of Six Paul Frankl for Johnson "Corset" Dining Chairs
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful set of six Paul Frankl dining chairs for Johnson Furniture. The chairs frames are made of cerused oak and are very sturdy and comfortable. Measures: 32 inches H x 23 in...
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1940s American Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Upholstery, Oak

1950s Round Brown Cork and Mahogany Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl, Paul McCobb, Johnson Furniture Co.
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Round coffee table from the middle of the century, designed by Paul Frankl. The tabletop in cork lay on three wooden mahogany legs. This example is numbered on the underside 5018#248...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Mahogany, Cork

Paul Frankl for Johnson Dining or Desk Chair
By Johnson Furniture Co., Paul Frankl
Located in St. Louis, MO
Paul Frankl single side dining or desk chair for Johnson Furniture Co. In original finish and upholstery, from one owner estate.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

Set of 8 Paul Frankl Dining Chairs in Zebra Cut Velvet with Gold Brocade c. 1950
By Johnson Furniture Company, Paul Frankl
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern enthusiasts and designers will appreciate this rare set of eight dining chairs designed by Paul Frankl for his 1950s Tambour Dining Room Collection produced by Joh...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Velvet, Walnut

Pair of Armchairs + Table in Rattan Bamboo Design Paul Frankl, 1940s
By Paul Frankl
Located in taranto, IT
splendid and very rare pair of rattan armchairs, production and design by paul Frankl, originals from the 1940s, complete with coffee table they measure 82 cm in height, 72 cm in ...
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1940s Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Bamboo

Paul Frankl Rattan Pretzel Lounge Chair, 1940s
By Paul Frankl
Located in Naples, IT
A beautiful square pretzel rattan lounge/club chair, circa 1940's.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Bamboo, Rattan

Paul Frankl Style Lounge Chairs
By Paul Frankl, Paul Frankl
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul Frankl style lounge chairs, reupholstered with Boucle.     
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

Materials

Wool

Paul Frankl Cork Top Coffee Table / Bench
By Johnson Furniture Company, Paul Frankl
Located in Fulton, CA
A Paul Frankl cork top coffee table or bench, circa 1940s. Asian influence design with curved table top. Base crafted in solid hardwood. Top refinished in lacquer. Paul Frankl: ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Seating

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Mahogany, Cork

1920s Brown Wood Lounge Chair by Paul Frankl 'New Upholstery'
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co., Edward Wormley
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
'D' lounge chair, wood, new upholstery, Paul Frankl, USA, 1927 The so-called 'D' lounge chair by Paul Frankl comes with rounded armrests that dynamically blend into the overall sh...
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1920s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Fabric, Upholstery, Wood

1930's Art Deco Paul Frankl "Speed" Lounge Chair and Sofa Set
By Paul Frankl
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Rare, original "Speed" sofa and lounge chair designed by Paul Frankl. Low, wide and very cool. Upholstered in plush burnt orange velvet. This set is all original with heavy cotto...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Wood, Upholstery

Pair of White Rattan Sofa Frames by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of white Rattan sofa Frames by Paul Frankl, complete with vintage cushions. Each with six strand square pretzel side arms and stacked rattan base originally designed by Paul Fra...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Seating

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Upholstery, Rattan

Paul Frankl Vanity Swivel Stool
By Paul Frankl
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul Frankl vanity swivel stool, back lacquered frame reupholstered with Italian Boucle.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Fabric, Bouclé, Upholstery, Wood

Pair of V Back Armchairs by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of sculptural V back armchairs, designed by Paul Frankl for the Johnson Furniture Company, circa 1950s. The examples seen in the photos have been sold, but we have another pair ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Asian-Inspired Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Cork Top Bench or Low Table
By Paul Frankl
Located in San Francisco, CA
An Asian-inspired midcentury Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture cork top bench or low table with open wood supports; the elegantly long rectangular cork top with flared ends raised on...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Cork

Paul Frankl Low Cork Table
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
Asian-inspired form with cork-wrapped top above dark-stained mahogany base. This piece is designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson furniture company from the post war period.
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1940s American Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Mahogany, Cork

Original Paul Frankl Living and Dining Room Furniture Set
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
All original Paul Frankl rattan furniture set including a full dining and living room with two lounge chairs, two love seats, four-seat sofa, dining table and four chairs. New cush...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Rattan, Mahogany, Wicker

American Modern Bleached Mahogany and Leather Armchair, Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Located in Hollywood, FL
The tear drop shaped back and fully upholstered sides in cream leather, with bleached mahogany legs and arms.  
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1950s American Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Leather, Mahogany

Paul Frankl Set of 6 Plunging Neckline Dining Chairs, 1950s
By Johnson Furniture Company, Paul Frankl
Located in New York, NY
Set of 6 "Plunging Neckline" dining chairs by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, American, 1950's. Refinished and newly upholstered in white leather.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Wood, Leather

Restored 3/4 3-Strand Round Pretzel Rattan Sofa Sectional
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
This round 3/4 three-strand round pretzel arm rattan three-seat sofa sectional. Sofa measures: 29“ high x 38“ deep x 70“ wide. Custom cushions C.O.M. (Costumers Own Material) a...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Rattan, Wicker

Paul Frankl Pretzel Six Strand 4-Seat Rattan Bamboo Sofa
By Paul Frankl
Located in Pasadena, TX
Paul Frankl Pretzel 4-seat rattan bamboo sofa. Rare 4 seat version this classic design. Pretzel rattan sectional sofa designed by Paul Frankl. This sofa features a stacked rattan ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Seating

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Bamboo

Paul Frankl Custom Sofa, 1940s, Pair Available
By Paul Frankl
Located in Houston, TX
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. Featured in ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Silk, Oak

Restored Square Pretzel Rattan Four-Seat Two-Piece Sectional Sofa by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
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 f...
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1950s American Art Deco Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Rattan

Pair of Paul Frankl Corset Side Chairs
By Paul Frankl
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Paul Frankl for Johnson Company Corset side chairs with new upholstery. Iconic design also known as V back chairs. Wood is in original condition and chairs have been handsome...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Wood

Pair of Stools American Cork by Paul Frakl in Brown Wood, 1960s
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
Located in Milano, IT
Pair of stools designed by American designer Paul Frankl in 1960s for the Johnson Furniture Company. The pair of stools are made with a seat in an elegant and resistant cork. While i...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Wood, Cork

Pair of Paul Frankl for Johnson Corset Side Dining Chairs
By Paul Frankl
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. Corset side or dining chairs also know as plunging neckline or "V" back chairs. Chairs are in need of re-upholstery, price includes refi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

Restored Paul Frankl Square Pretzel Rattan Children's Lounge Chair
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Child size Paul Frankl lounge chair, this chair features six-strand square pretzel arms with a Classic stacked base. Custom cushions C.O.M. (Costumers Own Material) are included in...
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1930s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Rattan

Restored Paul Frankl Style Square Pretzel Rattan Armchairs, Pair
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Six strand square pretzel arm rattan occasional chairs with stacked base in the manner of Paul Frankl, pair.  Tropical Sun Rattan was started in 1934 at 117 West Colorado Blvd in Pa...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Steel

Restored Paul Frankl Style Six-Strand Square Pretzel Rattan Lounge Chair Ottoman
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Designed in the manner of Paul Frankl, this six-strand, rattan lounge chair features square pretzel arms and a Classic stacked base. Included is the matching stacked rattan ottoman. ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Rattan

Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Dining Chair, Set of Four
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Set of lattice-back dining chairs by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman group. The chairs upholstered in high quality blue cotton fabric. The set includes four captain's chairs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Wood

Paul Frankl Art Deco Speed Sectional Sofa, circa 1940
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Original Art Deco speed sectional sofa designed by Paul Frankl. The sofa is broken down into two sections that come together to make a very large love seat that can easily fits 3 peo...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Wood

Elegant Set of Six Mid-Century Chairs by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very nice and elegant set of six chairs by Paul Frankl, made of solid oakwood.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Oak, Wood

Paul Frankl Custom Sofa, Pair Available, 1940s
By Paul Frankl
Located in Houston, TX
Paul Frankl sofa, matched pair available. USA, circa 1944. From an important estate. Silk over oak frame. Measures: 88 W x 27 D x 33 H in. 224 W x 68.5 D x 83.8 H cm. Featured in...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Silk, Wood

Restored Midcentury Rattan Dining Side Chairs with "X" Back, Set of Four
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Dark stain rattan dining side chairs with X back and grey seat, circa 1950. Custom cushions C.O.M. (Costumers Own Material) are included in the price. Simply supply the fabric and...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Rattan

Pair of Armchairs by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
By Johnson Furniture Company, Paul Frankl
Located in Hudson, NY
Set of two armchairs mahogany stain wood and new upholstery design by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture.
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1950s American Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Wood

Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Dining Chair, Set of Seven
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Set of lattice-back dining chairs by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman group. The chairs upholstered in high-quality blue cotton fabric. The set includes seven captain's chairs. North...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

Open Armchair by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
By Johnson Furniture Co., Paul Frankl
Located in New York, NY
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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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

Restored "Triple Triangle" Open Air Pretzel Single Arm Lounge Chair
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Rare "Triple Triangle" arm rattan lounge chair featuring arch looped base and the unique open-air single arm design. Measures: Sofa: 33 in. H x 73 in. W x 36 in. D. Custom cu...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Rattan

Pair of Midcentury Paul Frankl Chairs in Cerused Oak
By Paul Frankl
Located in Pasadena, CA
Handsome, masculine pair of midcentury Paul Frankl chairs in cerused oak. Chairs have been newly refinished and reupholstered in a garnet color velvet.
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1970s American Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Oak, Velvet

Rare Museum Quality Six-Strand Square Pretzel Lounge Chair by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Paul Frankl six Strand Square Pretzel rattan arm lounge chair. This chair dates from 1934. This chair is a Paul Frankl original. This comes directly for a Paul Frankl decorated house...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Bamboo, Wicker, Rattan

Rare Museum Quality Six-Strand Square Pretzel Settee by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Paul Frankl six-strand square pretzel rattan arm settee. This loveseat settee dates from 1934. This comes directly for a Paul Frankl decorated house located in Los Angeles and is doc...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Bamboo, Wicker, Rattan

Asian Form Rosewood Coffee Table or Bench by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Located in Atlanta, GA
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 ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Rosewood

Rare Museum Quality Restored Nine-Strand Square Pretzel Sofa by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Paul Frankl nine-strand square pretzel arm rattan sofa. This four-seat sofa dates from the 1934. This sofa comes directly for a Paul Frankl decorated house located in Los Angeles and...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Bamboo, Wicker, Rattan

Paul Frankl seating for sale on 1stDibs

Paul Frankl Seats are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Paul Frankl seating collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 43 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original seating by Paul Frankl were created in the Mid-Century Modern style in United States during the 20th Century. If you want to add seating, many customers also consider Ficks Reed, Donghia and Paul Evans seating. The prices for Paul Frankl seating can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $950 and tops out at $176,000, while pieces like these can sell for $5,425.