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Paul T. Frankl (USA, 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.

Restored Paul Frankl Combed Wood Dresser for Brown Saltman
Restored Paul Frankl Combed Wood Dresser for Br...
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Oak
Midcentury chest of drawers by Paul Frankl for the Brown Saltman company features his trademark combed wood sides with curled brass pulls.
Early 1950s Paul Frankl Desk Vanity for John Stuart Johnson Furniture
Early 1950s Paul Frankl Desk Vanity for John St...
John Stuart, Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Cherry, Lacquer
Rarely seen exquisite Paul Frankl designed mid century modern desk or vanity in cherry and black satin lacquer with brass X-pulls. With a John Stuart store tag and made by Johnson Fu...
Paul Frankl Ten-Drawer Ebonized Dresser Mid Century
Paul Frankl Ten-Drawer Ebonized Dresser Mid Cen...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Walnut
Classic Frankl design ten-drawer dresser. This piece has had a ground up restoration with a silky black lacquer finish and the pulls have been re-brassed. Paul Frankl bridged the pe...
Mid-Century Paul Frankl for John Stuart Tall Chest
Mid-Century Paul Frankl for John Stuart Tall Chest
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Oak
Mid-Century Paul Frankl dresser with brass X-pulls for John Stuart Inc. Newly refinished in dark mahogany stain. Brass X-pulls have been newly re-plated in a satin brass finish
Gentleman's Chest of Drawers by Paul Frankl
Gentleman's Chest of Drawers by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Seven-drawer chest of dark stained wood with brass X-pulls and raised detailing. Simple, elegant form with lots of storage.
Early Cork Clad Dresser by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company
Early Cork Clad Dresser by Paul Frankl for John...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Oak, Cork
A rare early cork wrapped dresser designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company, circa 1947. Original labels inside top drawer. Masterfully refinished and in excellent condit...
Cork-Top Sideboard by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa 1950s
Cork-Top Sideboard by Paul Frankl for Johnson F...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Cabinets
Brass
Versatile and beautifully made 1950s mahogany cabinet with Frankl's signature cork top and x-shaped brass pulls. In beautifully restored condition. Top drawer features felt-lined div...
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Mahogany, Cork and Hammered Brass Sideboard
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Mahogany, Cor...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Sideboards
Brass, Mahogany, Cork
An original Paul Frankl sideboard, circa 1940 with solid mahogany construction. The front centre doors are covered in cork and open to reveal fitted drawers. These doors are flanked ...
Chest of Drawers with Brass Buckle Pulls by Paul Frankl
Chest of Drawers with Brass Buckle Pulls by Pau...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Long chest of drawers in dark walnut with brass buckle pulls and sabots by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, American, 1950s (branded in drawer “Johnson Furniture”) (newly refinishe...
Paul Frankl Ebonized Walnut Dresser
Paul Frankl Ebonized Walnut Dresser
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Dressers
Brass
An ebonized walnut ten-drawer dresser with solid brass X-pulls by Paul Frankl. American, Circa 1940's This item is in stock.
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Cerused Dresser
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Cerused Dresser
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Wood
Six-drawer chest by Paul Frankl for Brown-Saltman. Each drawer has two original patinated brass conical form pulls.
Paul Frankl Bookcase

Paul Frankl Bookcase

By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Bookcase
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American American Modern Bookcases
Paul Frankl rare custom designed bookcase/ storage cabinet. Orange and black lacquered wood, with gold painted face in a snaking geometric motif & thick glass side panels. A rar...
Paul Frankl 1950s Mahogany Bookcase Cabinet
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Bookcases
A beautiful 1950s mahogany bookcase cabinet designed by Paul Frankl, with a lower cabinet with a pair of curved hinged doors with the original large impressive brass hardware, concea...
Pair of Paul Frankl Petite Mahogany Bookcases f...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Bookcases
Mahogany
Fully encased mahogany bookcases with a stepped trim detail and bowed internal shelf designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co.  
Wood and Cork Cabinet by Paul Frankl for Johnso...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Wood, Cork
Gorgeous and rare Paul Frankl cabinet with a cork top.
Paul Frankl Petite Mahogany Chest of Drawers fo...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Mahogany
Petite mahogany chest of drawers or dresser with inset handles, fully incased with a stepped edge detail.
Low Double Chest of Drawers with X Pulls by Pau...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Dressers
Brass
A beautiful double dresser that comprises ten drawers in varying depths, Classic brass X drawer pull hardware all in an elegant high polish lacquered finish. With burned in mark for ...
Paul Frankl Gentleman’s Chest
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, Gentleman’s chest or high boy with brass X pulls, circa 1950s. Ample storage in a tall chest of drawers. Shown in white lacquer but currently bei...
Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Walnut Chest with N...
Paul Frankl, John Stuart Inc.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Nickel, Walnut
This stunning and elegant chest of drawers was realized by the fabled 20th century designer, Paul Frankl, for John Stuart Inc., circa 1950. It features ten drawers- three taller and ...
Paul Frankl Walnut Dresser
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Walnut
Classic Mid-Century Modern dark stained walnut ten-drawer dresser with polished brass X pulls. Mint restored condition. Retailed thru John Stuart.  
American Modern Dark Walnut and Brass Three-Dra...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
The rectangular top above three drawers with reeded and ribbed fronts with flat panels, the brass pulls in stylized "X" forms, the sides similarly ribbed.     
Pair of Paul Frankl Ebonised Two-Drawer Commode...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Nickel
The shaped top above two conforming drawers with original nickel hardware resting on round tapering legs ending in nickel sabots.
Paul Frankl Skyscraper Art Deco Bookcase, Red a...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Bookcases
Wood
Paul Frankl skyscraper Art Deco bookcase, original red and black lacquer finish, amazing patina, hand delivery avail to New York City or anywhere en route from Buffalo NY.
Paul Frankl Double Low Chest, Midcentury
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Birch
1950s ten-drawer chest with X-pulls in original finish by Paul Frankl.
Paul Frankl Combed Wood Console Table Cabinet B...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Hardwood
Rare early midcentury console table with cabinet by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman company features his trademark combed wood sides with black lacquer top.
Rare Paul Frankl Four-Piece Bedroom Set for Bro...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Mirror, Acrylic, Wood
This Mid-Century Modern four-piece bedroom set by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman includes a vanity, six-drawer highboy and two night stands. Each piece features their original round a...
Paul Frankl Combed Wood Cabinet for Brown Saltman
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Steel, Mahogany, Oak
This Classic yet practical Paul Frankl cabinet for Brown Saltman features the designer's trademark combed oak facade with mahogany construction and undulating pulls. The piece is com...
Paul Frankl Cork Top Sideboard
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Modern Sideboards
Wood, Cork
A distinctive Paul Frankl sideboard having his signature cork top and X-form brass handles, circa 1950.
Rare Mid-Century Paul Frankl Credenza
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Mahogany
This was an early prototype production piece designed by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman, the craftsmanship is exquisite and unlike some of the later pieces produced for Brown Saltman....
Rare Paul Frankl Designed Sideboard or Dresser ...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
A rare Paul Frankl designed sideboard, buffet, or dresser for Johnson. A rare variation of the x-handled design he did for Johnson furniture company. These x handles have a beauti...
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Credenza in a Whi...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Credenzas
A nice design by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman. The finish is not original but has been white washed. The piece is very elegant with original brass or bronze pulls. There is some wea...
Paul Frankl, Station Wagon Cabinet, Mahogany, N...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Mahogany, Brass, Leather, Birch, Maple
A beautiful and practical cabinet or buffet executed in mahogany, birch, leather, maple, brass. Features practical storage and a bar section. Bears the iconic design of Austrian m...
Paul Frankl Juniper Lacquered Seven-Drawer Comm...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s Commodes and Chests of Drawers
A superb Paul Frankl designed for Johnson furniture, distributed by J. Stuart Juniper lacquered seven-drawer tallboy commode, 1950s stamped, Talisman edition This commode has been i...
Pair of Ebonized Paul Frankl Nightstands or Chests
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1960s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass
Pair of beautifully ebonized walnut nightstands by Paul Frankl. Reverse bowed elegant fronts with two drawers with solid brass hardware and a shelf. Walnut grain is wonderfully show...
Pair of Paul Frankl Designed Lacquered Side Cab...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s Commodes and Chests of Drawers
A pair of Paul Frankl designed for Johnson Furniture lacquered side cabinets with nickel-plated metalwork, USA, 1950s stamped with makers mark, Talisman Edition. Fully recondition...
Pair of Paul Frankl Chests of Drawers
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Pair of refined chests designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa 1950s. Classical styling with great scale and functionality, with five deep drawers for storage. High qua...
Superb Paul Frankl Lacquered Ten-Drawer Commode...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s Commodes and Chests of Drawers
A superb Paul Frankl designed for Johnson Furniture, distributed by J. Stuart white night lacquered ten-drawer commode, 1950s stamped, This cabinet has been impeccably and fully ref...
Paul T. Frankl "Station Wagon" Tall Chest of Dr...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Leather, Birch, Mahogany, Maple
Gorgeous tall six-drawer dresser appearing as a chest on chest by Paul Frankl from his highly coveted "Station Wagon Group" created in 1945 by Johnson Furniture Company of Grand Rapi...
Paul Frankl "Station Wagon" Three-Drawer Chest ...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Brass, Leather, Birch, Mahogany, Maple
Gorgeous three-drawer nightstand chest by Paul Frankl from his highly coveted "Station Wagon Group" created in 1945 for Johnson Furniture Company of Grand Rapids. Branded mark in top...
Paul Frankl Cork Top Mahogany Credenza/Sideboar...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Cork, Mahogany
Elegant mahogany sideboard with cream lacquered cork top by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company. Classic brass X-pulls gleam off deep mahogany finish with beautifully contrasti...
Cork Top Credenza by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Buffets
Brass, Mahogany, Cork
Cork top credenza buffet by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company.
Original Paul Frankl Design for Johnson Furnitu...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
1950s tall chest designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. 14 brass X-pulls and original satin lacquered finish over a golden birch. All original and in good condition.  
Pair of Nightstands or Side Tables by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Pair of side tables by Paul Frankl, with iconic "X" handles. Original finish of birch has been restored. Tables top sections pulls down, with two drawers below.
Pair of Chests with "X" Pulls Designed by Paul ...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Pair of chest of drawers with nickel-plated "X" pulls designed by Paul Frankl in the 1950s for the Johnson Furniture Company. Each chest has five drawers accented by Frankl's signatu...
Pair of Paul Frankl Four-Drawer Chests for Brow...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Pair of 1950s four-drawer chests with distinctive polished brass "X" drawer pulls. Produced by Brown Saltman. Refinished. Clear satin varnish. Clean drawers. Can be used when ove...
Paul Frankl Combed Wood Buffet or Credenza for ...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Buffets
Brass, Wood
This Mid-Century Modern buffet or credenza by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman company features his trademark combed wood sides with black lacquer top. It is branded beneath "Brown-Sa...
Paul Frankl Sideboard with Lacquered Cork and B...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Modern Credenzas
Brass, Mahogany, Cork
Large and impressive sideboard or credenza piece by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co, USA, dated 1940s, in the taste of American Art Deco transitioning into Modern. The main cons...
Stunning Paul Frankl Mahogany Bookcase, Dining ...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Hollywood Regency Bookcases
Brass, Lacquer, Mahogany
Elegant mahogany bookcase or dining hutch by Paul Frankl. Amazing overscaled brass hardware on lower cabinet with original Tiffany Blue interior. Upper bookcase with lacquered crea...
Fine Cork Top Sideboard by Paul Frankl for Johnson
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Modern Sideboards
Brass, Mahogany, Cork
Meticulously restored cork top buffet with brass "X" pulls by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. The piece has been restored from the ground up and the hardware has been freshly poli...
Large Modern Chest by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Mahogany
Large Scale Modern Chest or Dresser, designed by Paul Frankl for The Johnson Furniture Company, American, circa 1950's. This chest is currently being refinished. It can be finished i...
Chest by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Wood
Glamorous Chest, designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa 1950's. It is a versatile size and can be used as a chest or dresser in a bedroom or as storage in a living area...
Tall Chest of Drawers by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Wood
Tall Chest of Drawers or Semanier, designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa 1950's. This chest is currently being refinished. It can be finished in your choice of color. ...
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Dresser
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Chest of drawers designed by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman. Newly refinished and brass bullet pulls have been re-brassed. Labeled in the upper right drawer: Brown Saltman California.
Gentleman's Chest Paul Frankl for Johnson Furni...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Dressers
A seven drawer tall chest in original cream lacquered finish. Design by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company in the early 1950's. The chest is an all hardwood construction compr...
Mid Century Asian Inspired Side Board by Paul F...
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Metal
A vintage Asian inspired bamboo and black lacquer side board with metal hardware by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman. Retains its original label. Good vintage condition with age appr...
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Combed Wood Desk
Paul Frankl
Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Wood
A desk designed by Paul Frankl for Brown and Saltman. This desk features combed wood restored to emphasize the beautiful tones and textures of the natural wood. Three pencil drawers ...
Paul Frankl small display cabinet
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Paul Frankl creme Cork Mahogany Display Cabinet
Paul Frankl For Brown Saltman Chest Dresser
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass
A mid century modern chest of drawers designed by Paul Frankl and made by Brown Saltman. An oak case with combed oak drawer fronts and signature Frankl X pulls. As shown in the las...
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