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Paul Frankl Dining Room Chairs

Austrian, American, 1886-1958
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
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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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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Set of Six Paul Frankl for Johnson "Corset" Dining Chairs
By Johnson Furniture Co., Paul Frankl
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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Paul Frankl Armchair for John Stuart
By Johnson Furniture Company, Paul Frankl, John Stuart
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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Restored Midcentury Rattan Dining Side Chairs with "X" Back, Set of Four
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Paul Frankl for Johnson Dining or Desk Chair
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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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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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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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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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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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Wood

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Set of 8 Tommi Parzinger Style Dining Chairs in Green Velvet with Walnut Frames
By Tommi Parzinger
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Large Set of Ten Baker Black & Gold Mahogany Dining Chairs, circa 1950
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Milo Baughman Set of 8 Parsons Dining Chairs in Ivory Bouclé by Thayer Coggin
By Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin
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Set of 20 Vladimir Kagan for Kagan-Dreyfuss Steel Dining Chairs in Ivory Bouclé
By Vladimir Kagan, Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc.
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Pair of Paul Frankl Ivory Lacquered Nightstands with Brass X Pulls, circa 1950
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Located in Saint Louis, MO
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Set of Ten Klismos Dining Chairs by Carl Malmsten for Widdicomb, circa 1940
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., Carl Malmsten
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Pair of Paul Frankl Cork Top Nightstands or End Tables in Dark Walnut and Ivory
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Milo Baughman Set of 8 Chrome Dining Chairs in Ivory Bouclé, c. 1975
By Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin
Located in Saint Louis, MO
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Italian Midcentury Side Chair after Gio Ponti with Gold and Ivory Cut Velvet
By Gio Ponti
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Set of 6 Milo Baughman Style Chrome Frame Dining Chairs in Aqua Blue Chenille
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1950s Paul Frankl Moroccan Red Lacquered Double Dresser / Chest of Drawers
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Paul Frankl dining room chairs for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs Paul Frankl dining room chairs are available for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Paul Frankl dining chairs, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 10 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Paul Frankl's original dining room chairs were created in the mid-20th century in the United States. Many customers also consider dining room chairs by George Nelson, Littel, Kelly, Katavolos and Charles Hollis Jones. Paul Frankl dining room chairs can vary in price, size, time period and other factors. The price for these items starts at US$950 and tops out at US$42,400, while pieces like these can sell for US$4,575 on average..

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