Paul T. Frankl, October 14, 1886 – March 21,1958 / Johnson Furniture Co. 1908 - 1983, Grand Rapids, Michigan
An émigré from Austria, Frankl settled in New York in 1914 and quickly saw a country awash in reproductions of uncomfortable European styles. From the start, Frankl took a different approach, designing sleek, unadorned pieces that reflected advances in American technology and changes in culture. In the early 1950s Johnson Furniture Company produced several lines by Paul Frankl, among them the “Contemporary” line, incorporating an early use of biomorphic designs.
Modern, inside-out Paul T. Frankl's sleek simplicity gave rise to a California look.
having curved front with five inlaid doors, all raised on turned and flared feet with brass terminals; the center door opens to reveal sycamore-veneered drawers; the right door opens to reveal a mirrored and glass bar compartment; excellent condition
the robustly-proportioned desk with inset hand-tooled leather top above a central drawer flanked by pedestal doors; raised on tapering block supports; with finished back fitted with a single shelf; excellent condition; new leather top