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Paul Frankl Combed Fir Table Lamps, a Pair

$2,400per set

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A scarce pair of Mid-Century Modern combed fir table lamps designed by Paul Frankl for Brown-Saltman. Very good, vintage condition with original finish. Original turned wood finials. Original working wiring. Bases only, without sockets measure 6.5" W, 4.5" D, 12" H. Vintage shades pictured are optional and available at no additional cost if desired, please request before shipping. Silk lining was removed from one of the shades, several small tears. Paul T. Frankl Austrian-born Paul Frankl was a design polymath—widely successful as an art historian, furniture designer, architect, painter, and gallerist. Trained as an architect at the Berlin Poytechnic, Frankl moved to the United States in 1914, but returned to his native Austria briefly during World War I. He began as an architect, but switched to painting and furniture and product design, gaining notice for the skyscraper style furniture he introduced in the 1920s when he returned to New York and opened a design gallery. By 1934, Frankl moved his design business to Los Angeles, where he also taught. Despite the popularity of his modernist furniture designs, especially among Hollywood celebrities, he achieved his broadest impact through extensive writing on design, which shaped popular perceptions of the emerging modern styles of the 1930s and later. Source: Cooper Hewitt.

Details

  • Creator
    Brown Saltman (Maker),Paul Frankl (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 23.5 in. (59.69 cm)Width: 6.5 in. (16.51 cm)Depth: 4.5 in. (11.43 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Light wear to wood bases. Metal harp on one lamp is new replacement. Shades not included but free if willing to pay shipping.
  • Seller Location
    Fulton, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5539221770382

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    Ships From: Fulton, CA
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About Paul Frankl (Designer)

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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