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Paul Frankl Drop-Well Dressing Vanity

$1,775Asking Price


Amazing and dramatic design in this drop-well dressing vanity designed by Paul Frankl for Brown-Saltman, Llte 1940s-early 1950s. Combed fir detail with original Lucite pulls. Five drawers for lots of storage. Tall, full length mirror for ample reflection. Solid oak secondary woods, dovetail construction. Structurally a very solid piece, drawers glide smoothly. Original finish has age appropriate wear, various scratches, fade and finish loss. What-ever, this piece.


  • Creator
    Paul Frankl (Designer),Brown Saltman (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 67 in. (170.18 cm)Width: 62 in. (157.48 cm)Length: 67 in. (170.18 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Original finish has age appropriate wear, various scratches, fade and finish loss.
  • Seller Location
    Fulton, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5539221768652

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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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