• Paul Frankl Desk

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    Rare Paul Frankl designed eight-drawer desk for the Johnson Furniture Co. of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    Re-furbished and newly lacquered cork top, in a satin lacquer white finish.

    Body of desk also mahogany brown finish. Handles are bakelite, with brass brackets, also newly polished.

    Exposed concave cut-out to center back of desk for storing books, much like a sculptural effect of a Sol LeWitt or Donald Judd floating square cut-outs piece of art and we say art, because it is an art form to pull off stunning design, with function as the forefront to any furniture, as the body floating has an ethereal quality. As does the body of the desk prove, in floating the desk on a raised, recessed platform, as if inviting one to admire this stellar performance in design, such is Paul Frankl. 

    Either way it is a rarity to find such exquisite workmanship, design aesthetic, with the varying materials utilized in designing this piece de resistance.

    Designer Paul Frankl
    Manufacturer Johnson furniture Co.
    Period 1940's
    Origin USA
    Style Mid-Century Modern
    SKU 2141212000
    Length 61.25 inches 150.1 cm
    Width 26 inches 63.7 cm
    Height 28.25 inches 69.21 cm
    Seat Height 0 inches 0 cm
    Seat Depth 0 inches 0 cm
    Arm Height 0 inches 0 cm
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    Condition Excellent Vintage
    Leadtime 2 Days
    Material Wood
    Color Chocolat & Ivory

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    Paul Frankl

    After Frankl completed his architectural studies at the Berlin Polytechnic, he traveled, spending time in Berlin and Copenhagen before arriving in the United States in April 1914. He settled in New York City and brought with him an outsider’s fresh perspective and an enthusiasm for forging a uniquely American design aesthetic. Frankl began as an architect and later switched to designing and painting fine art and furniture. In the years between the two world wars he, more than any other designer, helped shape the distinctive look of American modernism.

    Paul T. Frankl. "Skyscraper" Step Table, late 1920s Brooklyn Museum

    In the 1920s, he introduced his celebrated skyscraper style (before turning to metal furnishings in the 1930s). Frankl opened Frankl Galleries on 48th Street, calling his company Skyscraper Furniture, which became an epicenter of American modernism, including modern textiles and wallpapers imported from Europe.[1]

    His solo art shows included New York City's Knoedler Gallery in 1931 and Los Angeles's Stendahl Gallery in 1944.[2]

    After he later relocated to Los Angeles and opened a gallery on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, celebrities such as Fred AstaireCary GrantKatharine HepburnWalter Huston and Alfred Hitchcock became clients.