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Paul Frankl Seating

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.

Find vintage Paul Frankl tables, dining chairs, case pieces and storage cabinets on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Paul Frankl
Mid-Century Paul Frankl Rattan Chaise Pretzel Arms Lounge Chair with Ottoman
By Paul Frankl
Located in Bay City, MI
This five-strand rattan lounge chair features stylized pretzel arms with a matching fitted ottoman is in good vintage condition. It has a wonderful design with a classic look. Proviv...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Seating

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Rattan

Restored Vintage Paul Frankl Pretzel Rattan Children's Lounge Chair
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Offered is a children's size lounge chair designed by Paul Franki. This chair features six-strand square pretzel arms with a classic stacked base. All rattan, bamboo, and wicker h...
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1950s Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Rattan

Vintage Paul Frankl Modular 11 Piece Sofa Sectional Set with End Tables
By Paul Frankl
Located in Madison, WI
Very sought after large and complete beautiful modular Paul Frankl sofa sectional set with three end tables. This is the very rare Six-strand stacked bamboo and rattan living room se...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Upholstery, Bamboo, Rattan

Large Set of 10 Paul Frankl Mid-Century Modern Lattice Dining Chairs, c. 1950
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Fully professionally restored large set of ten Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Lattice Dining Chairs hailing from the 1950s. This dining set consists of two arm chairs and eight side ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

Paul Frankl Customized Corset Fabric Dining Chairs for Johnson, Set of 8
By Paul Frankl
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare opportunity to acquire this stunning set of Paul Frankl Corset dining chairs by Johnson in the fabric of your choice. The set includes 2 arm chairs and 6 side chairs in restored...
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20th Century North American Art Deco Paul Frankl Seating

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Mahogany, Fabric

Paul Frankl Custom Dining Table
By Paul Frankl
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul Frankl custom dining table, designed for a project in La Jolla, California 1930c. Sold with two 24-inch leaves when both are inserted the table measures 108 inches fully extend...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Glass, Wood, Cork

Paul Frankl Armchair for John Stuart
By Johnson Furniture Company, John Stuart, Paul Frankl
Located in Brooklyn, NY
For your consideration is this rare model 2254 ½ armchair designed by Paul Frankl in all-original, unrestored condition. It features a sculptural solid wood frame with delicate curve...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

Vintage Bamboo Lounge Set Paul Frankl, 1960s
By Paul Frankl
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Why dream of sultry summer evenings, when you can enjoy the tropical atmosphere all year round with this lounge set. This beautiful set of two bamboo armchairs and a three-person ...
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1960s French Bohemian Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Bamboo

Vintage Set of Bamboo Lounge Armchairs and Ottoman with Side Tables Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Vintage set of bamboo lounge armchairs and ottoman with side tables Paul Frankl, 1960s This beautiful set of two bamboo armchairs and an ottoman with cushion and two beautiful sid...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Bamboo, Fabric

Paul T. Frankl Swivel Lounge Chairs and Ottoman
By Paul Frankl
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul T. Frankl Swivel lounge chairs and ottoman, 1948, Split-Back with emphasized arms, a signature aspect of Frankl Designs. Reupholstered in Mohair Measures: Ottoman H:18" W: ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Mohair

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

Vintage Set of Bamboo Lounge Armchairs by Paul Frankl, 1960s
By Paul Frankl
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
This beautiful set of bamboo armchairs is by Paul Frankl. The chairs were produced in France around the 1960s. The chairs have a solid bamboo frame. The cushions feature the origina...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Cotton, Bamboo

Set of Three Mid Century Paul Frankl Bamboo Bar Stools
By Paul Frankl
Located in Pasadena, TX
Set of three Paul Frankl bamboo rattan stools A set of 3 stools in carved bamboo and rattan by Paul Frankl. Upholstered in black fabric. Swivel mechanism. Good vintage conditio...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Seating

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Bamboo

Paul T. Frankl Armchair in Polished Nickel & Leather Frankl Galleries NY 1929
By Paul Frankl
Located in Dallas, TX
Early Machine Age Modernism at its finest. The present chair is a scarce example of modernist nickel-plated steel and leather furniture designed by Paul Frankl. Please see: "P. F...
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Early 20th Century American Machine Age Paul Frankl Seating

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Steel

Midcentury Paul Frankl Six Strand Sofa
By Paul Frankl
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fantastic vintage MCM six strand sofa. Made by the iconic Paul Frankl. Lacquered a pale grey and in great shape. Cushions are included. Acquired from a Palm Beach estate.
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Mid-20th Century Philippine Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Seating

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Lacquer

Midcentury Paul Frankl Six Strand Loveseat
By Paul Frankl
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fantastic vintage six strand loveseat. Made by the iconic Paul Frankl. Beautiful lacquered pale grey finish. I have the cushions and will include them. Acquired from a Palm Beach est...
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Mid-20th Century Philippine Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Seating

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Lacquer

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

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 Speed Sofa in Gray Boucle, 1932
By Paul Frankl
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul Frankl Speed Sectional 2 piece sofa in Gray Boucle, 1932.
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1930s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Bouclé

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 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

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 Set of 6 Plunging Neckline Dining Chairs, 1950s
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
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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Leather, Wood

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

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

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

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

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

Restored Six-Strand Square Pretzel Rattan Lounge Chair Ottoman
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
This six-strand, rattan lounge chair features square pretzel arms and a Classic stacked base. Included is the matching stacked rattan ottoman. Restored to new for you. Custom c...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Rattan

Open Armchair by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
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. We only purchas...
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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 Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
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 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

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

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 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

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Wood

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

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

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

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 cushi...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Paul Frankl Seating

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Rattan, Mahogany, Wicker

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

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

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

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

Set of 8 Paul Frankl Dining Chairs in Zebra Cut Velvet with Gold Brocade c. 1950
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Company
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

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

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

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

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.

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