Paul Frankl

American, 1886 - 1958
Paul Theodore Frankl was born in Vienna in 1886. After emigrating to the United States in 1914, he began designing stage sets for New York’s Theater Guild before venturing into furniture design. Frankl’s earlier works were influenced by the architecture of Manhattan. Dubbed the “Skyscraper” series, the tall, slender desks, chests of drawers and dressers, and cupboards remain some of Frankl’s best known designs. In the early 1930s, Frankl relocated to Los Angeles and moved beyond the Art Deco realm, experimenting with Asian-inspired motifs and new materials such as hardwoods, bamboo, lacquer, rattan, cork, and denim. Reflective of their origin, these later works were lighter and more pared down than their predecessors. Frankl owned a gallery in Beverly Hills that attracted a number of celebrity clients, including Fred Astaire, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and Alfred Hitchcock. Frankl authored numerous books and was revered as an authority on American Modernism. Paul Frankl died in Los Angeles in 1958. He was 71. Paul Frankl furniture & designs remain popular today. 
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