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Paul Frankl

American  [1886 - 1958] 

Paul Frankl was the first American designer to produce a totally original American furniture design with his "Skyscraper" bookcases, the success of which led him to name his company "Skyscraper Furniture". Between his early (mid 1920's) success with "Skyscraper" style furniture and his later Chinese Modern and "Speed" furniture of the 1930's, Frankl wrote books and magazine articles on the Modern Style and was its most vocal proponent. He later designed production pieces for Brown & Saltzman of California and Johnson Furniture Company of Grand Rapids, incorporating an early use of biomorphic designs and novel materials such as cork veneer.

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Paul Frankl American Art Deco Dining Table and 10 Chairs

A one of a kind important American art deco dining room set, designed on commission by Paul FranklPaul Frankl
American [1886 - 1958] 

Paul Frankl was the first American designer to produce a totally original American furniture design with his "Skyscraper" bookcases, the success of which led him to name his company "Skyscraper Furniture". Between his early (mid 1920's) success with "Skyscraper" style furniture and his later Chinese Modern and "Speed" furniture of the 1930's, Frankl wrote books and magazine articles on the Modern Style and was its most vocal proponent. He later designed production pieces for Brown & Saltzman of California and Johnson Furniture Company of Grand Rapids, incorporating an early use of biomorphic designs and novel materials such as cork veneer. ***We are actively buying Paul Frankl furniture as well as other top designers and art deco furniture from the period.  Please contact us if you are wishing to sell.*** Contact Us: (305) 442-8743 artdeco@ModernismGallery.com
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(1886 – 1958) for his La Jolla Project. The table, in black & red lacquer sits on a center plinth of frosted mirror panels with black lacquer trim. The base is of cork veneer. The table is a near circle, measuring 60” long, 59” wide and 30” high. When the 24” leaves are inserted the table extends to 84” long with one leaf and 108” with both leaves in place. The leaves match the table top completely so they can be kept in if the space permits. The ten chairs which Frankl designed to go with the table have black lacquer legs, straight in front and splayed in back. They are connected by a curved stretcher on each side. The seats and backs are covered in black glove leather. The chairs measure 18-1/2” wide, 20” deep and the backs are 32” high. Equally comfortable in a dining room or a board room as a conference table.

Paul Frankl American Mid Century Design Dining Room Table and Six Chairs en Suite

Paul FranklPaul Frankl
American [1886 - 1958] 

Paul Frankl was the first American designer to produce a totally original American furniture design with his "Skyscraper" bookcases, the success of which led him to name his company "Skyscraper Furniture". Between his early (mid 1920's) success with "Skyscraper" style furniture and his later Chinese Modern and "Speed" furniture of the 1930's, Frankl wrote books and magazine articles on the Modern Style and was its most vocal proponent. He later designed production pieces for Brown & Saltzman of California and Johnson Furniture Company of Grand Rapids, incorporating an early use of biomorphic designs and novel materials such as cork veneer. ***We are actively buying Paul Frankl furniture as well as other top designers and art deco furniture from the period.  Please contact us if you are wishing to sell.*** Contact Us: (305) 442-8743 artdeco@ModernismGallery.com
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(1886 – 1958) designed this American mid century modern design dining table and six chairs for the Johnson Furniture Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1949.  The table, with its rectangular cork top and cross-slatted mahogany legs has been refinished and is in pristine condition.  The table is 41 ¾” wide x 72” long (96” long when the two 12” wide leaves are added) and it is 29” high.  The six chairs (two armchairs and four side chairs) have been refinished and reupholstered in a soft sage green fabric.  They are variously known as “V back” or “Plunging Neckline” chairs.  The armchairs are 32” high, 25” wide and 21” deep.  The side chairs are 31 ½” high, 20 wide and 19” deep.

Rare and Important American Art Deco Library Table by Paul Frankl

This rare and important American art deco library table was designed by Paul T. Frankl (1886 – 1958) for the Metropolitan Life North Building in New York, Schultze & Weaver, Architects.  Manufactured by Frankl Studios Ca. 1928, the table is constructed of walnut with a walnut burl top and black Bakelite border, Bakelite feet and cast aluminum fluting.  The iconic table is 29” high, 46” wide and 31” deep.

Paul Frankl American Art Deco Modernique Clock

In 1928-29, when Paul FranklPaul Frankl
American [1886 - 1958] 

Paul Frankl was the first American designer to produce a totally original American furniture design with his "Skyscraper" bookcases, the success of which led him to name his company "Skyscraper Furniture". Between his early (mid 1920's) success with "Skyscraper" style furniture and his later Chinese Modern and "Speed" furniture of the 1930's, Frankl wrote books and magazine articles on the Modern Style and was its most vocal proponent. He later designed production pieces for Brown & Saltzman of California and Johnson Furniture Company of Grand Rapids, incorporating an early use of biomorphic designs and novel materials such as cork veneer. ***We are actively buying Paul Frankl furniture as well as other top designers and art deco furniture from the period.  Please contact us if you are wishing to sell.*** Contact Us: (305) 442-8743 artdeco@ModernismGallery.com
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(1887 – 1958) designed this art deco clock for the Warren Telechron Co of Ashland Massachusetts, a good table clock sold for $4.95 to $6.95. Telechron introduced this clock, known as the “Modernique” at a retail price of $50.00. Because of the price and the 1929 market crash leading to the depression, very few were sold. The public didn’t call it the “Modernique” or the “Paul Frankl” clock, it became known as the “Fifty Dollar” clock. It is a special clock with its nickel plated brass body, black bakelite foot and brushed gold and silver “rays” delineating the hours. The clock works and keeps good time. The clock measures 7-3/4” high, 5-3/4” wide and 3-3/4” deep.

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