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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Dining Room Ensemble by Paul Frankl, USA, 1940s
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Dining Room Ensemble by Paul Frankl, USA, 1940s
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Dining Room Sets
Wood
Round dining table with four chairs, designed by Paul T. Frankl (Austria, 1886-1958) for Johnson Furniture in the 1940s. Chairs and table base show the same decorative criss-cross strut...
1950s Brown Cork and Mahogany Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
1950s Brown Cork and Mahogany Coffee Table by Paul...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Midcentury coffee table designed by Paul Frankl. Tabletop is made out of cork, elegantly shaped and comes on three wooden mahogany legs. It can be used as a coffee table or a bench. Man...
Pauk Frankl Asian Inspired Mahogany Console for Brown Saltman
By Paul Frankl
Pauk Frankl Asian Inspired Mahogany Console for Br...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Mahogany
Paul Frankl mahogany console designed for Brown-Saltman of California. Based on an Asian design and is a mirror image on front and back. Solid bleached mahogany has more recently been r...
Classic Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Walnut Nightstands, Pair, 1960s
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Classic Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Walnut N...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Walnut
Handsome, classic pair of nightstands by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, late 1950s-early 1960s. Curved fronts and sculptural hardware with great storage. These appear to float, as t...
Rare Mid-Century Paul Frankl Credenza
By Paul Frankl
Rare Mid-Century Paul Frankl Credenza
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
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. Pa...
Pair of Side Tables by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Pair of Side Tables by Paul Frankl for Johnson Fur...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American American Modern Side Tables
Cork tops and mahogany frames with one open shelf at bottom. Made by Johnson Furniture Co. stamped design number on bottom.
Corner Table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Corner Table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American American Modern Tables
Cork tops and mahogany frame by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Design number on the bottom, 5029 # 253.
Rare Paul Frankl Coffee Table
By Paul Frankl
Rare Paul Frankl Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Tables
Rare all cork Frankl coffee table. Unusual and rare form. Restored.
Paul Frankl Midcentury Rosewood Cocktail Table
By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Midcentury Rosewood Cocktail Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rosewood
Greek Key design cocktail table. New French polish finish. Interior shelves.
Cork Top Dining Table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co.
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Cork Top Dining Table by Paul Frankl for Johnson F...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Tables
Mahogany, Cork
A wonderful dining table comprising a rectangular cork top with curved ends supported by opposingly curved mahogany frame bases with overlapping zigzag slats. Measure: Has two leaves; e...
Stunning Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Dining Table
By Paul Frankl
Stunning Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Dining Tabl...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Cork, Mahogany
Stunning Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company solid cork and mahogany dining table, circa late 1940s. This example has a newly finished solid cork top and sculptural solid mahogany...
Wood Console Table in the Manner of Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Wood Console Table in the Manner of Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Wood console table in the manner of Paul Frankl Wood construction Slim tapered sabre legs. Measure: 35".  
Cork and Mahogany Coffee Table by Paul Frankl, circa 1953
By Paul Frankl
Cork and Mahogany Coffee Table by Paul Frankl, cir...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Paul Frankl. Coffee table in cork and mahogany. Johnson Furniture Company, USA, 1953. Measures: 6’ x 39.5” W (widest point) x 14.5” H.
Paul Frankl Dining Table
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl Dining Table
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Paul Frankl dining table, model 2263 by Johnson Furniture Company. Lacquered solid cork top on fluted mahogany horizontal edge and parsons base. Three 11-inch leaves included; table me...
Paul T. Frankl Cork Desk for Johnson Furniture Company, circa 1950
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul T. Frankl Cork Desk for Johnson Furniture Com...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Beech, Cork
Paul T. Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company, beech, cork and brass, circa 1950. This small writing desk is designed by the Austrian-American modernist designer Paul Frankl. The ribb...
Pair of Espresso Paul Frankl Occasional Tables
By Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Pair of Espresso Paul Frankl Occasional Tables
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Tables
Newly restored pair of Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman two-tier occasional tables with splayed and tapered legs and espresso finish.
Black Lacquered, Chrome and Silver Leaf Extension Dining Table by Paul Frankl
Black Lacquered, Chrome and Silver Leaf Extension ...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Chrome, Lacquer
The black lacquer top with two leaves above a fluted oval pedestal with cream lacquer and silver gilt above a polished nickel base extends with two 14" leaves to 99" fully extended, th...
Paul Frankl Combed Wood and Pebble Glass Dining Table, circa 1950
Paul Frankl Combed Wood and Pebble Glass Dining Ta...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Glass, Wood
Vastly proportioned dining table by Paul Frankl. This boldly designed table features a broad plinth-like base consisting of two rectangular legs with red combed wood and black finish. T...
Art Deco Paul Frankl Style Rattan Reed Glass Top Long Console Table
Art Deco Paul Frankl Style Rattan Reed Glass Top L...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century Asian Art Deco Console Tables
Rattan, Glass
1930'S Art Deco Paul Frankl style rattan stack reed glass top 51" inch console table. Features a dark mahogany stain, Art Deco shape and is footed at each end. Includes two new glass in...
Sculptural Cork and Mahogany Table by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Sculptural Cork and Mahogany Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Side Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Sculptural solid mahogany and cork occasional table by Paul Frankl for Johnson furniture, circa late 1940s. This example has a solid cork triangular top a second tier that is solid maho...
Art Deco Paul Frankl Art Deco Rattan Bent Leg Mahogany Top Two-Tier Table
Art Deco Paul Frankl Art Deco Rattan Bent Leg Maho...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century Asian Art Deco Tables
Rattan, Mahogany
Art Deco Paul Frankl design RARE bent leg, rattan reed stack two-tier mahogany top table. This Art Deco slanted leg table has two mahogany tops and an open stacked reed design. Dimensio...
Paul Frankl Mahogany Top Bent Rattan Reed Stacked Table
By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Mahogany Top Bent Rattan Reed Stacked ...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century Asian Art Deco Tables
Rattan, Mahogany
Mid-Century Paul Frankl bent rattan reed stacked table. Features a mahogany slab top.
Asian-Inspired Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture C...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork
An Asian-inspired midcentury Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture cork top bench or low table with open wood supports; the elegantly long rectangular cork top with flared ends raised on pi...
Mid-Century Modernist "Amoeba" Cork-Top Cocktail Table by Paul Frankl
Mid-Century Modernist "Amoeba" Cork-Top Cocktail T...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork
Mid-Century Modernist "Amoeba" cork-top cocktail table by Paul Frankle Born in Vienna, Paul Frankl came to the United States in 1914 as part of a wave of Central European design lumi...
Rare Paul Frankl “Cloud” Game or Dining Table
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Rare Paul Frankl “Cloud” Game or Dining Table
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Early 20th Century American Art Deco Dining Room Tables
Brass, Mahogany, Leather
Rare "Cloud" game or dining table designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company, rendered in lacquered leather top and mahogany legs with brass sabot feet.
Paul Frankl Cork Top Side or End Table for Johnson Furniture Company
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl Cork Top Side or End Table for Johnson...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Early 20th Century American Art Deco End Tables
Brass, Mahogany, Cork
Cork top side or end table designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company, rendered in lacquered cork for the top with mahogany legs and brass sabot feet.
Circular Cork Coffee Table Designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co
Circular Cork Coffee Table Designed by Paul Frankl...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Cork
A low circular coffee table model 5021 designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co, circa 1951. The table is made out of lacquered mahogany and cork.
Paul Frankl, Organic Coffee Table, Cork Top, Mahogany Base, 1950s
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl, Organic Coffee Table, Cork Top, Mahog...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofa Tables
Mahogany, Cork
A very rare cork top coffee table or cocktail table by Paul Frankl for American manufacturer Johnson Furniture Company, circa 1955. The playful cork top features a tear-drop shaped v...
Paul Frankl 1930s Studio Coffee Table with Mirror ...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Lacquer, Wood
Paul Frankl coffee table from his studio, original crackle finish and mirrored top. This came from Frankl's personal studio, so this was not a production piece. Complete in it's origina...
Exquisite Paul Frankl Mahogany and Lacquered Cork Dining Table
Exquisite Paul Frankl Mahogany and Lacquered Cork ...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1960s American American Modern Dining Room Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Paul Frankl mahogany table with lacquered cork top for Johnson Furniture Co., model no. 2263. Table comes with three 11 in. leaves that extend the table to 105 in.
Pair of Cork Top End Tables by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Pair of Cork Top End Tables by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Modern End Tables
Cork, Mahogany
A pair of cork top mahogany end tables. By Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. American, circa 1950.
Pair of Paul Frankl Ebonised Two-Drawer Commodes Consoles
By Paul Frankl
Pair of Paul Frankl Ebonised Two-Drawer Commodes C...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Console Tables
Nickel, Wood
The shaped top above two conforming drawers with original nickel hardware resting on round tapering legs ending in nickel sabots.
Paul Frankl Table
By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rare low rectangular table by Paul Frankl. Most likely a custom piece with a natural finish to the cork. Recently refinished - excellent condition. Illustrated: Paul T. Frankl and Ameri...
Paul Frankl Combed Wood Side Table Pair for Brown Saltman
By Paul Frankl, Brown and Saltman
Paul Frankl Combed Wood Side Table Pair for Brown ...
Paul Frankl, Brown and Saltman
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Oak
Pair of Mid-Century Modern era side tables by Paul Frankl for the Brown Saltman company features his trademark combed veneer with dark stain hardwood top.
Paul Frankl Cork Top Bench
By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Cork Top Bench
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A mahogany and cork bench / coffee table by Paul Frankl for Johnson furniture.
Paul Frankl Coffee Table
By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Oak
Paul Frankl design limed oak coffee table with glass top. Completely restored. Net $2400.00 previously $4500.00.
Greek Key Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Greek Key Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood, Mahogany
Greek key coffee table, designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, American, circa 1950s. This piece is currently being refinished and can be completed in your choice of color. The ...
Paul Frankl Combed Wood Console Table Cabinet for Brown Saltman
By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Combed Wood Console Table Cabinet for ...
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.
Paul Frankl Cork Coffee Table
By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Cork Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Paul Frankl designed coffee table for Johnson Furniture Co. Round cork top supported by mahogany legs.
Stunning Paul Frankl Cork Top Dining Table by Johnson Furniture Company
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Stunning Paul Frankl Cork Top Dining Table by John...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Brass, Cork, Mahogany
A stunning dining table with cork top and mahogany legs and X detail with brass accent. Designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Measurement includes two 12 inch leaves.
Pair of Paul Frankl Midcentury Modern Bedside Tables, 1950s
By Paul Frankl
Pair of Paul Frankl Midcentury Modern Bedside Tabl...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Wood
Pair of Paul Frankl bedside tables with X-handles. This pair coordinates with the other pieces we are offering including the long chest of drawers, the tall chest and the mirror. All it...
Paul Frankl End Tables
By Paul Frankl, Brown-Saltman Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl End Tables
Paul Frankl, Brown-Saltman Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Mahogany, Fir
Pair of Paul Frankl end tables or night stands in original vintage condition with original hardware. Retaining Brown-Saltman label. Quality craftsmanship and materials with nice glow to...
Amoeba Cork Top Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Amoeba Cork Top Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Rare Amoeba / Cloud cork top coffee table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl Architectural Ebonized Gueridon
By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Architectural Ebonized Gueridon
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Gueridon
Wood
Newly refinished gueridon sits on a round base and has an inverted trapezoid centre.
Paul Frankl Dining Table
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl Dining Table
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Large expandable dining table designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Corp. Cork top and large rounded corners. Dark stained wide birch legs and 3 x 11" extensions. A rare model...
Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Cork Top Mahogany Dining Set Table Four Chairs
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Mid-Century Modern Paul Frankl Cork Top Mahogany D...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Sets
Cork
For your consideration is a magnificent dining set, including a cork top table and four side dining chairs, by Paul Frankl, circa 1950s. In excellent condition. Chairs just came back fr...
Paul Frankl Two-Tier "Bell" Side Table for Brown Saltman, Pair
By Paul Frankl, Brown and Saltman
Paul Frankl Two-Tier "Bell" Side Table for Brown S...
Paul Frankl, Brown and Saltman
Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Side Tables
Mahogany
This pair of two-tier side tables by Paul Frankl (1886–1958) for Brown Saltman are exquisitely rendered in bleached mahogany. Sometimes referred to as the "bell" table, the stunning...
Paul Frankl Dining Suite Including Table, Four Cha...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets
Classic Paul Frankl 1940s dining suite with cork tops over black lacquered bases and his Classic X brass pulls Johnson Furniture Company. A rare grouping including dining table with two...
Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Nesting Tables
By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Nesting Tables
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Nesting Tables and Stacking Table...
Brass, Mahogany, Cork
Paul Frankl cork top tables with tapered mahogany legs ending in brass sabots Large 24" L x 18" W x 21" H Small 24" L x 12" W x 16" H.
Paul Frankl Eight-Drawer Desk
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl Eight-Drawer Desk
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Lacquer, Mahogany
Rare Paul Frankl designed eight-drawer desk for the Johnson Furniture Co. of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Re-furbished and newly lacquered cork top, in a satin lacquer white finish. Body o...
Rare Paul Frankl Console Table
By Paul Frankl
Rare Paul Frankl Console Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Brass, Walnut, Cork
Rare console table designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company, circa 1948 with a rectangular cork top over a mahogany base with cork and brass trim at each end. Model 5034.
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Coffee Table
By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Oak
Paul Frankl designed cocktail or coffee table. Refinished in a van dyke brown finish with antique silver combed wood accent.
Paul Frankl Tiered Primavera Corner Table with Black Lacquered X-Base
Paul Frankl Tiered Primavera Corner Table with Bla...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Fantastic American modernist Paul Frankl designed tiered corner table in Primavera mahogany and black lacquer. Square over square Primavera mahogany tops float over black lacquered wood...
Iconic Mid-Century Modernist "Amoeba" Cork-Top Cocktail Table by Paul Frankl
Iconic Mid-Century Modernist "Amoeba" Cork-Top Coc...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Cork
This exceptional and rare "Amoeba" cork-top cocktail table was realized by Paul Frankl- the illustrious Austrian-American Mid-Century Modernist/ Art Deco designer- for Johnson Company o...
Paul Frankl Cork Console Table
By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Cork Console Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Wood, Cork
Unique lacquered cork and wood console table with literature shelf by noted American designer Paul Frankl, 1886-1958. Manufacturers stamp. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ) with d...
Paul Frankl Cork Coffee Table, 1951
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Paul Frankl Cork Coffee Table, 1951
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork, Mahogany
Paul Frankl. Coffee table. Johnson Furniture Company, USA, circa 1951. Lacquered cork, lacquered mahogany. Dimensions: 60 D x 14.25 H inches. Rare lacquered cork coffee tabl...
Paul Frankl Cork Top Bench or Table
By Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl Cork Top Bench or Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Restored Paul Frankl cork top bench or table for Johnson Furniture, circa 1948 Can be used as a bench or table or both!
Rare Paul Frankl Station Wagon Nightstands End Tables
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Rare Paul Frankl Station Wagon Nightstands End Tab...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Rare Paul Frankl station wagon nightstands end tables.