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Paul Frankl Sofas

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
Pair of White Rattan Sofa Frames by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
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Midcentury Paul Frankl Six Strand Sofa
By Paul Frankl
Located in west palm beach, FL
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Vintage Bamboo Lounge Set Paul Frankl, 1960s
By Paul Frankl
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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 Sofas

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Piero Lissoni for Cassina Le Corbusier Sofa with Iconic Paul Frankl End Tables
By Paul Frankl, Piero Lissoni, Cassina
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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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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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Paul Frankl Custom Sofa, Pair Available, 1940s
By Paul Frankl
Located in Houston, TX
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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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Vintage Coastal Paul Frankl Six Strand Sofa
By Paul Frankl
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Rare Museum Quality Restored Nine-Strand Square Pretzel Sofa by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
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Paul Frankl sofas for sale on 1stDibs

Paul Frankl sofas are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Paul Frankl sofa collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 7 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Paul Frankl's original sofas were created in the Mid-20th Century in the United States. During the Mid-20th Century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider sofas by Kem Weber and Warren McArthur. The prices for Paul Frankl sofas can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $2,950 and tops out at $20,000, while pieces like these can sell for $8,240 on average.

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