Reference #: TC1134
By Paul T. Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company
Length: 81 inches
Height: 12 inches
Depth: 21 inches
Paul T. Frankl (1886-1958) was born in Vienna, Austria, and was the son of a wealthy real estate tycoon. He moved to the United States after completing his architectural studies in Berlin. He brought with him a fresh perspective and passion to create a uniquely American design aesthetic. He, more than any other designer of the time, helped shape the distinctive look of American modernism.
In the 1920’s he opened a gallery called Skyscraper Furniture, which became an epicenter of American modernism, including modern textiles and wallpapers imported from Europe. He had solo art shows at both New York’s Knoedler Gallery and Los Angeles’s Stendahl Gallery.
He relocated to Los Angeles and opened a gallery on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. He wrote several sell out books about the Modern Style, and began to designing furniture for Brown Saltman of California and Johnson Furniture Company of Grand Rapids. It is at this time that he began incorporating the use of biomorphic designs and using materials such as cork veneer.