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Paul Frankl Model 5005 Coffee Table in Cork

$27,800

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Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, coffee table 'No 5005', lacquered cork, mahogany, USA, 1950s. This biomorphic shaped coffee table designed by Paul Frankl has a cork laminated tabletop. The bright tone of the cloud-like designed shape forms a striking contrast with the dark mahogany legs. Paul T. Frankl (1886-1958) was born in Vienna in 1886. Frankl completed his architectural studies at the prestigious Vienna Polytechnic University. After working in the office of Otto Salvisberg, he moved to New York City, as part of a wave of Central European design luminaries who were drawn by the energy and optimism of the American scene. Although Frankl began his career in the US as an architect, it was here that he started focusing on furniture design. In the 1920s, he started creating his ‘Skyscraper Furniture’ inspired by the New York cityscape, which became one of the most well-known styles of American modernism. From 1949 onwards, Frankl started to design for the Johnson Furniture Company. Characteristic for the designs Frankl developed for Johnson Company were, among others, the freeform cork tables in different shapes and sizes. Overall, his designs differ from streamlined Art Deco to free-form organic shapes.

Details

  • Creator
    Paul Frankl (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.97 in. (38 cm)Width: 47.64 in. (121 cm)Depth: 28.35 in. (72 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Cork,Mahogany
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
    1950-1959
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Every item Morentz offers is checked by our team of 30 craftsmen in our in-house workshop. Special restoration requests can be done. We guarantee a very high quality standard, ask our design specialists for detailed information.
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 450146951stDibs: LU933125622652

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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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