Paul Frankl, Organic Coffee Table, Cork Top, Mahogany Base, 1950s For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 7 images

Paul Frankl, Organic Coffee Table, Cork Top, Mahogany Base, 1950s

About

A very rare cork top coffee table or cocktail table by Paul Frankl for American manufacturer Johnson Furniture Company, circa 1955. The playful cork top features a tear-drop shaped void, which sits atop a highly architectonic walnut base. The form form bears similarity to coffee tables by other notable designers such as Jean Royere, Isamu Noguchi, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and Paul Laszlo.

Details

  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    Excellent condition.
  • Dimensions

    H 14 in. x W 57 in. x D 24 in.

    H 35.56 cm x W 144.78 cm x D 60.96 cm

  • Seller location
    West Palm Beach, FL
  • Reference number
    LU322819307631

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

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.

About the Seller

5 / 5
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2017
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Paul Frankl, Low Coffee Table, Painted Cork, St...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Paul Frankl, Station Wagon Cabinet, Mahogany, N...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Round Coffee Table, Wal...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass
American Organic/Free-Form Dining Table Mahogan...
Gilbert Rohde
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Mahogany
You May Also Like
1950s Brown Cork and Mahogany Coffee Table by P...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Cork

Paul Frankl Cork Coffee Table

By Paul Frankl
Price Upon Request
Paul Frankl Cork Coffee Table
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork
Paul Frankl Cork Coffee Table, 1951
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork, Mahogany

Paul Frankl Cork Top End Tables

By Paul Frankl
$8,250 / set
Paul Frankl Cork Top End Tables
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Paul Frankl Cork Top Amoeba Coffee Table for Jo...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Cork

Cork Low Table by Paul Frankl

By Paul Frankl
$10,500
Cork Low Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork, Mahogany
Paul Frankl Two-Tier Cork Table
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork, Wood
Paul Frankl Console Table In Cork
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Wood, Cork

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries