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Paul Frankl Cork and Ebonized Sideboard and Hutch for Johnson Furniture



These pieces are absolutely stunning! Professionally restored, this Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, distributed by John Stuart sideboard cabinet with matching hutch top is incredibly rare and strikingly beautiful. These Paul Frankl pieces feature laminated cork tops in a rich honey (traditional cork) coloring with satin black lacquered mahogany and brass X pulls that really pop in a classic way against the satin black finish. (Signed / branded top right drawer). The matching hutch features a laminated cork framing that is accentuated by the satin black lacquered body of the piece. This hutch "floats" atop the sideboard and can be used, or not used. The hutch has 3 removable and adjustable glass shelves. 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. Bottom cabinet measures: 48" L x 23" D x 32.5" T Top butch measures: 45" L x 15" D x 39.25" T.


  • Creator
    Paul Frankl (Designer),John Stuart (Retailer),Johnson Furniture Company (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 71.75 in. (182.25 cm)Width: 48 in. (121.92 cm)Depth: 23 in. (58.42 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950s
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. These pieces have been expertly refinished. They are in mint condition with only little hint of its former wear.
  • Seller Location
    Tempe, AZ
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1139221898402

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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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