Paul Frankl Exceptional Free-Standing Desk in Mahogany and Cork
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Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, free-standing desk, cork, mahogany, brass, United States, 1940s.
This rare piece shows an exquisite construction based on a cubic shape executed in beautiful materials. The tabletop is made of cork which gracefully develops into the sides that simultaneously functions as a frame. The cork in combination with the mahogany creates a luxurious and bold appeal. Functionality comes into play through the presence of four drawers on each side, creating ample of storage space. Each drawer is equipped with a nicely constructed handle adorned with brass, emphasizing the sturdiness of the whole piece. The back features an interesting opening making it possible to place your personal belongings. Taking every stylistic realization into account, Paul Frankl designed an aesthetically pleasing desk with characteristic features, which creates the possibility to place this desk freely in the room.
Paul T. Frankl (1886-1958) was born in Vienna in 1886. Frankl completed his architectural studies at the prestigious Vienna Polytechnic University. After working in the office of Otto Salvisberg, he moved to New York City, as part of a wave of Central European design luminaries who were drawn by the energy and optimism of the American scene. Although Frankl began his career in the US as an architect, it was here that he started focusing on furniture design. In the 1920s, he started creating his ‘Skyscraper Furniture’ inspired by the New York cityscape, which became one of the most well-known styles of American modernism. From 1949 onwards, Frankl started to design for the Johnson Furniture Company. Characteristic for the designs Frankl developed for Johnson Company were, among others, the freeform cork tables in different shapes and sizes. Overall, his designs differ from streamlined Art Deco to free-form organic shapes.
Please note that a small restoration has been done at one of the corners of the desk.
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