Exceptional Paul Frankl Free-Standing Desk in Mahogany and Cork

$25,600.00 USD

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Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, rare free-standing desk, cork, mahogany, brass, United States, 1940s

Rare desk by Paul Frankl designed in the 1940s. Two compartments of drawers, a closed back and the particular use of cork make this cubic design rather stunning. Four drawers with brass details at the rectangular handles build the base for the thick tabletop made in white coloured cork. Special eye-catcher is the way the tabletop also functions as the frame of the sides. The table is designed to be free-standing. The mahogany back features a shelf and makes the design even more cubic. The dark mahogany with fine brass details forms a strong contrast with the bright cork. 

The Austrian born architect Paul Frankl (1886-1958) firstly worked in the office of Otto Salvisberg before moving to the US where he began focussing on furniture design. Firstly known for his 'skyscraper furniture' in the 1920s, he started to design for the Johnson Furniture Company from 1949 onwards. Characteristic for the designs Frankl developed for Johnson Company were, among others, the bleached-cork tables in different shapes and sizes.

Please note that a small restoration has been done at one of the corners of the desk.

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Product details

  • condition Good
  • creator Paul Frankl (Designer) Johnson Furniture Company (Manufacturer)
  • date of manufacture 1940s
  • dimensions Height 28.35 in. Width 59.85 in. Depth 26.38 in.
  • dimensions Height 72 cm Width 152 cm Depth 67 cm
  • material Cork Mahogany
  • origin United States
  • period 1940-1949
  • style Art Deco