1 of 9 images

Paul Frankl "Station Wagon" Three-Drawer Chest for Johnson Furniture


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 drawer. Lovely contrasting woods including mahogany, birch and maple. Saddle stitched leather drawer pulls with brass hardware. See our separate listings for the matching tall chest of drawers and pair of benches. See image 7 for an original product brochure showing this chest used as the base for a kidney shaped writing or vanity table. If requested we could fabricate a similar table.


  • Condition
    Excellent. Beautifully restored. .
  • Dimensions

    H 21.25 in. x W 24 in. x D 22 in.

    H 53.98 cm x W 60.96 cm x D 55.88 cm

  • Seller location
    Hingham, MA
  • Item location

    1stdibs Gallery at 200 LEX

    200 Lexington Avenue

    New York, NY 10016

  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

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.

About the Seller

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2010
Typical response time: 1 hr
Located in Hingham, MA
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Pair of Paul Frankl Four-Drawer Chests for Brow...
Paul Frankl
American 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...
Pair of 1970s Leather & Stainless Steel Bedside...
Pace Collection
Italian Night Stands
Chrome, Leather, Stainless Steel
Pair of nightstand side tables each with three drawers, 1970s Space Age styling with low profile and rounded corners. Attributed to Pace Collection. Distinctive chrome drawer hardwar...
Pair of Modern Mahogany & Brass Night Stands by...
Gibbard Furniture
Canadian Night Stands
Mahogany, Brass
This pair of modernist bedside tables is from the Pacesetter Collection from Canadian furniture manufacturer, Gibbard, circa 1955/1956. Each has an open cupboard and single drawer...

Charak Modern White and Mirror Bedroom Set

$3,000 / set
Charak Modern White and Mirror Bedroom Set
Charak Modern
American Dressers
Mirror, Wood
Produced in 1963 for Charak modern, a clean bedroom set with Pierre Cardin glam. Crisp white painted wood cases with mirror faced drawer fronts and headboard. Freshly repainted by pr...
You May Also Like
Three-Drawer Ebonised Chest
English Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Found in England, this circa 1940s three-drawer chest has a new ebonised finish, silver tone hardware and is solidly constructed with dove tailed drawers. This versatile piece can be...
Paul Frankl Side Tables for Brown Saltman, Pair
Paul Frankl
American Side Tables
This pair of Art Deco Paul Frankl side tables for Brown Saltman is rendered in bleached mahogany. Sometimes referred to as the "bell" table, the stunning modern form features a strea...
Italian Neoclassical Walnut and Line Inlaid Thr...
Constructed of beautifully figured walnut veneer, the sides, top and drawers all with ebonized banding, three locking drawers, shaped apron, raised on square tapering legs 1st Quarte...
Pair of Large Custom Three-Drawer Antique Mirro...
Pair of Hollywood Regency style custom three-drawer antiqued mirror nightstands or commodes. Mirrored on all sides including the back on these fine custom quality mirrored commodes o...

Pair of Midcentury Lacquered Chests

$3,850 / set
Pair of Midcentury Lacquered Chests
American of Martinsville
American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Wood, Lacquer
This is a classic pair of midcentury Asian influenced lacquered chests or nightstands. The Ivory toned lacquer reveals the wood grain adding texture to the chests which are highlight...
Pair of Bachelors Chests with Louvered Drawers ...
Florence Knoll
American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Excellent pair of Bachelors chests, also suitable for use as large nightstands. Nice deep drawers provide ample storage. Professionally refinished to perfection, high quality cabinet...
Pair of Ash and Black Glass Four-Drawer Commodes
American Night Stands
Ash, Brass, Glass
Pair of commodes or nightstands in figured ashwood with factory applied patina. Black glass tops with bull nose edging and Campaign-style brass drawer pulls.
Pair of Fine Ju Mu Wood Chests
Chinese Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Giltwood, Lacquer
A pair of refined and elegant Ju Mu wood chests, one-drawer on top of a pair of doors, brass fitting. Beautiful form and wood grain. We carry fine quality furniture with elegant fin...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries