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Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Zig Zag Dining Chairs, Set of 6

$5,900per set
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These dining chairs are absolutely stunning! Professionally restored, these chairs were designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, distributed by John Stuart and feature an ebonized (black satin) frame and are upholstered in a sumptuous white boucle. These chairs are satin black lacquered mahogany zig zag seat backs. All ebonized and expertly refinished. Side chairs measure: 20" W x 18" D x 33" T Arm chairs measure: 25.5" W x 18" D x 33" T This Paul Frankl design is such a great transitional design, this set designed in the 1950s lends itself so well to Art Deco design, Mid-Century Modern, traditional as well as Regency and Hollywood Regency. As with always, the best design pieces are timeless and can effortlessly be incorporated into almost any environment. The Austrian born architect Paul Frankl (1886-1958) firstly worked in the office of Otto Salvisberg before moving to the US where he began focusing on furniture design. Firstly known for his 'skyscraper furniture' in the 1920s he started to design for the Johnson Furniture Company from 1949 onwards. Characteristic for the designs Frankl developed for Johnson Company were, among others, the bleached-cork tables in different shapes and sizes.

Details

  • Creator
    Paul Frankl (Designer),Johnson Furniture Company (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33 in. (83.82 cm)Width: 25.5 in. (64.77 cm)Depth: 18 in. (45.72 cm)Seat Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    EbonizedMahogany
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950s
  • Condition
    Refinished. Reupholstered. These have been refinished, ebonized and reupholstered.
  • Seller Location
    Tempe, AZ
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1139221946652

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    Ships From: Los Angeles, 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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