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Paul Frankl Mid-Century Modern Large Lacquer Mirror for Johnson Furniture

$1,450

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Elegant and beautiful "Debonair" mirror designed by Paul Frankl and manufactured by high quality manufacturer, Johnson Furniture. This large and very well made wall mirror has the original light beige or ivory color lacquer finish.

Details

  • Creator
    Johnson Furniture Company (Manufacturer),Paul Frankl (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 51.13 in. (129.88 cm)Width: 31.13 in. (79.08 cm)Depth: 2.5 in. (6.35 cm)
  • Style
    Hollywood Regency (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    LacqueredWood,Mirror
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very good vintage condition, this was well taken care of. Very small semi-circle discoloration to bottom edge of mirror (picture #4). Overall appearance is excellent.
  • Seller Location
    Chesterfield, NJ
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2670314274571

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  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Chesterfield, NJ
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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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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