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.

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Paul Frankl, Station Wagon Cabinet, Mahogany, Natu...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Leather, Birch, Mahogany, 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 mode...
Paul Frankl Pair of Nightstands with "X" Pulls for...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers...
Walnut
Pair of nightstands with "X" pulls designed by Paul Frankl in the 1950s for Johnson Furniture Company. Each nightstand has 2 drawers and a dropdown drawer accented by Frankl's signature...
Paul Frankl, Station Wagon Dresser, Mahogany, Black Wooden Grips, 1945
Paul Frankl, Station Wagon Dresser, Mahogany, Blac...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Mahogany
A beautiful and practical tall six-drawer dresser that bears the iconic design of Austrian modernist designer/architect Paul Frankl. The present example is a rare one with black wooden ...
Paul Frankl Cabinet for Johnson Furniture Company, Station Wagon Series, 1945
Paul Frankl Cabinet for Johnson Furniture Company,...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Leather, Birch, Mahogany, Maple
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company cabinet, from the Station Wagon series USA, 1945 Mahogany, birch, leather, maple, brass Eight drawers with stitched leather pulls Me...
Paul Frankl Ten-Drawer Dresser
Paul Frankl Ten-Drawer Dresser
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 Frank bridged the period...
Cork-Top Sideboard by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa 1950s
Cork-Top Sideboard by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furn...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Cabinets
Brass, Mahogany, Cork
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 divide...
Pair of Paul Frankl Ebonised Two-Drawer Commodes Consoles
Pair of Paul Frankl Ebonised Two-Drawer Commodes C...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Nickel, Wood
The shaped top above two conforming drawers with original nickel hardware resting on round tapering legs ending in nickel sabots.
Paul Frankl Juniper Lacquered Seven-Drawer Commode...
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 im...
Low Double Chest of Drawers with X Pulls by Paul F...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Dressers
Brass, Mahogany
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 Joh...
Paul Frankl Gentleman’s Chest
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 being ...
Paul Frankl Combed Wood Console Table Cabinet for ...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
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.
Pair of Ebonized Paul Frankl Nightstands or Chests...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1960s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Walnut
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 showcas...
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Mahogany Ten-Drawer Dresser with X Pulls
By John Stuart, Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Mahogany Ten-Dra...
John Stuart, Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Wood
Beautiful all original dresser with brass X-pulls.
Pair of Paul Frankl Designed Lacquered Side Cabine...
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 reconditioned ...
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 qualit...
Superb Paul Frankl Lacquered Ten-Drawer Commode, 1...
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 refurb...
Paul T. Frankl "Station Wagon" Tall Chest of Drawers
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul T. Frankl "Station Wagon" Tall Chest of Drawe...
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 Rapids....
Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl for Johnson Cork Top Mahogany Credenza Hutch
Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl for Johnson Cork To...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
For your consideration is a phenomenal, cork top credenza and display hutch, with glass shelves, by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa 1950s. In excellent condition. The dimension...
Paul Frankl "Station Wagon" Three-Drawer Chest for Johnson Furniture
Paul Frankl "Station Wagon" Three-Drawer Chest for...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
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 dr...
Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl for Johnson Cork To...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
For your consideration is a gorgeous credenza, with a cork top, seven drawers and two shelves, by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa the 1950s. In excellent condition. Hutch is al...
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 rare examp...
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.
Rare Brown Saltman Bleached Mahogany Credenza by P...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Sideboards
Brass, Mahogany
Rare Brown Saltman bleached mahogany credenza by Paul Frankl.  
Paul Frankl Cork Top Mahogany Credenza/Sideboard for Johnson Furniture Company
Paul Frankl Cork Top Mahogany Credenza/Sideboard f...
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 contrasting ...
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
Chest of Drawers with Brass Buckle Pulls by Paul F...
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 refinished b...
Paul Frankl Pair of End Tables
Paul Frankl Pair of End Tables
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Stainless Steel, Walnut
A perfect pair of two-drawer Paul Frankl nightstands in dark walnut with a pedestal design and trimmed with stainless steel pulls. Mint condition and elegant for any room of your home.
Cork Top Credenza by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
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.
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Mahogany, Cork and Hammered Brass Sideboard
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Mahogany, Cork a...
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 by ...
Original Paul Frankl Design for Johnson Furniture ...
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
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.
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Credenza in a White ...
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 wear t...
Paul Frankl Ebonized Cork-Top Credenza Buffet with Exquisite Brass Hardware
Paul Frankl Ebonized Cork-Top Credenza Buffet with...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Highly stylized credenza or cabinet designed by Paul Frankl. This cabinet exemplifies Frankl's fine Mid-Century design detailing elegant hardware combining materials such as cork and ma...
Paul Frankl Credenza for Brown Saltman
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Mahogany
Mahogany credenza with distinctive brass knobs on three drawers and two doors with brass footings.  
Paul Frankl Walnut Dresser
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
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.  
Paul Frankl Credenza
By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Credenza
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Wood, Lacquer
Paul Frankl iconic long chest with ten drawers of varying depth. The chest has the Classic x pulls. It was professionally restored in white lacquer.
Lacquered Paul Frankl Seven-Drawer Chest
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Dressers
Ivory lacquered seven-drawer chest with polished brass pulls.
Rare Writing Desk by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Rare Writing Desk by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Brass, Mahogany
Very rare and early modernist ebonized mahogany desk with sculpted saber legs and stylized bail pulls by Paul T. Frankl for Brown-Saltman. The desk has been completely restored and refi...
Paul Frankl Ebonized Walnut Dresser
Paul Frankl Ebonized Walnut Dresser
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Dressers
Brass, Walnut
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, 10 Drawer Dresser
Paul Frankl, 10 Drawer Dresser
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Dressers
Beautifully restored in an ivory lacquerer and polished brass pulls.
Pair of Chests with "X" Pulls Designed by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Pair of Chests with "X" Pulls Designed by Paul Fra...
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 signature ...
Rare Ebonized Paul Frankl Gentleman's Chest with B...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1960s American Dressers
Walnut
Newly ebonized walnut, tall chest of drawers with solid brass hardware by Paul Frankl. A wonderful combination of nine deep and wide drawers, plus three concealed behind doors. Hardwar...
Pair of Paul Frankl Four-Drawer Chests for Brown S...
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 oversi...
Paul Frankl Cork Top Sideboard
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.
Paul Frankl Four-Drawer Dresser for Brown Saltman
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Oak
This iconic Paul Frankl dresser for Brown Saltman features a combed oak facade as well as the designer's signature X-form drawer pulls.
Paul Frankl Combed Wood Buffet or Credenza for Bro...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Buffets
Brass, Wood
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Paul Frankl Sideboard with Lacquered Cork and Brass
Paul Frankl Sideboard with Lacquered Cork and Bras...
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 constru...
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 Rare Four-Piece Bedroom Set for Brown ...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Acrylic, Mirror, Wood
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Paul Frankl Combed Wood Cabinet for Brown Saltman ...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Mahogany, Oak, Steel
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Stunning Paul Frankl Mahogany Bookcase, Dining Hut...
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 creamy ...
Paul Frankl Desk
By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Desk
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Desks
Brass, Mahogany, Cork
Frankl for Johnson furniture, parchment colored cork wrapped desk, Features eight drawers, mahogany pulls with brass accents, main structure on a plinth base, with cutout display box in...
Fine Cork Top Sideboard by Paul Frankl for Johnson
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Fine Cork Top Sideboard by Paul Frankl for Johnson...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Modern Sideboards
Brass, Cork, Mahogany
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 polishe...
Station Wagon Cabinet by Paul Frankyl
Station Wagon Cabinet by Paul Frankyl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Cabinet with eight drawers in mahogany and maple with leather handles, Model 'Station Wagon' designed by Paul Frankly for Johnson Furniture Company.
Large Modern Chest by Paul Frankl
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 in y...
Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Cabinet
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Cabinet
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Two part sideboard by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. Mahogany cases in a dark mahogany finish with reddish under tones. Retains original cream color lacquered cork top and surrou...
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. T...
Tall Chest of Drawers by Paul Frankl
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. The...