Paul Frankl, Club Lounge Chairs Light Beige Velvet, Beige Cotton, America, 1940s For Sale
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Paul Frankl, Club Lounge Chairs Light Beige Velvet, Beige Cotton, America, 1940s


Paul Frankl, rare club / speed / Art Deco sofa. Reupholstered in brand new high end light beige velvet and beige cotton fabric. America 1940's. Currently elevated slightly on later wooden gliders. Can be mounted on castors or placed straight onto the floor without legs. Paul Frankl was born in Austria, later emigrating to the US. Today Paul Frankl is considered a master of the Art Deco form, such as present work. Later Frankl mastered the organic form and his designs transitioned more into the Mid-Century Modern style. Paul Frankl's peers include Edward Wormley, Harvey Probber and Paul Laszlo.


  • Condition Details
    Excellent condition, fully restored including replaced springs. Reupholstered in brand new high end fabric.
  • Dimensions

    H 30 in. x W 43 in. x D 40 in.

    H 76.2 cm x W 109.22 cm x D 101.6 cm

  • Seat height
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Seller location
    West Palm Beach, FL
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
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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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