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Paul Frankl Cloud Coffee Tables in Natural Cork and Bleached Mahogany -Pair 1951

$48,500per set

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A matched pair of Iconic, early cloud coffee tables model 5005 designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company in 1951. These tables are in very good condition with a natural waxed cork top and bleached mahogany legs. Manufactured by Johnson Furniture Company. Both examples are stamped vintage originals c. 1951. Perfect to achieve the look of Emmanuel de Bayser's internationally published apartment. These will pair well with your Jean Royere Polar Bear sofa!

Details

  • Creator
    Paul Frankl (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.5 in. (36.83 cm)Width: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Depth: 48 in. (121.92 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    BleachedWood,Cork
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
    Mid-20th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1951
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Refinished to the highest possible standard. Some slight infill to one top. Bleached Mahogany and Waxed Cork.
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU878524524642

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About the Designer

Paul Frankl

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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