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Paul Frankl Chairs

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
Paul Frankl Dining Chairs for Brown Saltman 3 Available Sold in Singles
By Brown Saltman, Paul Frankl
Located in San Diego, CA
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20th Century American Art Deco Paul Frankl Chairs

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Paul Frankl Corset 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 Furniture Co. The set includes 2 arm chairs and 6 sid...
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20th Century North American Art Deco Paul Frankl Chairs

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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 ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Chairs

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Wood

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 Chairs

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Oak, Velvet

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 Johnson Furniture. The only set available globally and perhaps the rarest of his offerings. Fully documented in Johnson Furniture's period brochure devoted exclusively to Paul Frankl’s designs. Admirers of Paul Frankl's work will recognize these chairs' similarities to Frankl's Corset Dining Chairs...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Frankl Chairs

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Paul Frankl chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Paul Frankl chairs 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 chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original chairs by Paul Frankl were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by James Mont, Young Manufacturing Company, and Ejvind A. Johansson. Prices for Paul Frankl chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,650 and can go as high as $56,400, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $26,560.

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