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Exceptional Paul Frankl Free-Standing Desk in Mahogany and Cork



Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, rare free-standing desk, cork, mahogany, brass, United Stated, 1940s Rare desk by Paul Frankl designed in the 1940s. Two compartments of drawers, a closed back and the particular use of cork make this cubic design rather stunning. Four drawers with brass details at the rectangular handles build the base for the thick tabletop made in white coloured cork. Special eye-catcher is the way the tabletop also functions as the frame of the sides. The table is designed to be free-standing. The mahogany back features a shelf and makes the design even more cubic. The dark mahogany with fine brass details forms a strong contrast with the bright cork.  The Austrian born architect Paul Frankl (1886-1958) firstly worked in the office of Otto Salvisberg before moving to the US where he began focussing 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 differnet shapes and sizes.


  • Creator
    Paul Frankl (Designer),Johnson Furniture Company (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28.35 in. (72 cm)Width: 60.04 in. (152.5 cm)Depth: 26.38 in. (67 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Refinished. 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 or reupholstery requests can be done. We guarantee a very highquality standard, ask our design specialists for detailed information.
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 450151691stDibs: LU933121895352

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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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Located in Waalwijk, Netherlands

Established in 2006, Morentz has a team of approximately 55 restorers, upholsterers, interior advisers and art historians, making it a gallery, workshop and upholstery studio, all in one. Every day, a carefully selected array of 20th-century furniture arrives from all over the world at the firm’s warehouse, where the team thoroughly e...

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