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Elegant Amber Cerused Dining Table by Paul Frankl

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Paul Frankl dining table featuring beveled edges, tapered legs, newly refinished in a burnt amber stain with a cerused finish. There is an additional 12" leaf which allows 2 more chairs. Paul T. Frankl was a Viennese-born artist, designer and architect active in the United States in the mid-twentieth century. His distinctive Skyscraper furniture line, inspired by the New York cityscape, represented both European modernism and American innovation, and set the aesthetic precedent for Art Deco design in the 1920s. In 1934 Frankl relocated to Los Angeles where his style evolved once again in direct relation to the city he inhabited. He experimented with more relaxed and simpler Chinese and Japanese forms, and in the 1940s became one of the first designers to explore the possibilities of the biomorphic form. He also made use of many novel materials such as cork, denim and nubby wool. Frankl designed for many of Hollywood's elite, including Fred Astaire, Katherine Hepburn and Alfred Hitchcock. He also created production pieces for Brown Saltman of California and Johnson Furniture Company of Grand Rapids.  

Details

  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
    CerusedOak
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    Newly refinished
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 29.5 in. x W 58.5 in. x D 38 in.H 74.93 cm x W 148.59 cm x D 96.52 cm
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU8258994110
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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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