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Mid Century Cork Top Side or End Table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co.

$400
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Cork top side or end table designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company, rendered in lacquered cork for the top with mahogany legs and brass sabot feet. Marks to finish on cork top, ask dealer for detailed images.

Details

  • Creator
    Paul Frankl (Designer),Johnson Furniture Co. (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 21 in (53.34 cm)Width: 24 in (60.96 cm)Depth: 18 in (45.72 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Brass,Cork,Mahogany,Lacquered
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1940s
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. recently restored, current minor loss to edges of the cork top, and beautiful patina to brass feet.
  • Seller Location
    Miami, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU110529322251

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    Ships From: Miami, FL
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

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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.

Frankl's Skyscraper cabinets, bookcases and more — introduced in 1924 — are his 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 Streamline 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, chairs and other seating 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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