Paul T. Frankl Art Deco Custom Made Cork Sofa 1930s
Paul T. Frankl, enameled wood, cork, grey green upholstery, New York, 1930s.
This sofa is robust and warm. The materials used, cork, fabric and enameled wood all create a comforting environment. The sofa is asymmetrical, the right side features a wider cork armrest than the left part. The right part also features compartments with cork lids that provide storage space. Storage space is also available on the bottom of sides and back.
The design of the sofa is original in the most literal sense: it was custom made in the thirties for Mr. Albert Boni in New York. Frankl's vision of an optimistic, new world order is recognizable in the design of this sofa. It is grand, uncompromising yet modest. It is sculptural and functional, something that is not unusual for Frankl's innovative designs. Comes complete with certificate of authenticity from Dr. Christopher Long, specialist on Frankl's oeuvre. The sofa is completely reupholstered in a grey green velvet by our in-house upholstery experts. Some repaired chips, other darkened chips/losses to base. One darkened, prominent crack to base.
Paul T. Frankl (1886-1958) was a furniture and interior designer born in Austria. At the age of 28 he moved to the United States. It was here that Frankl found his true aesthetic voice and style. Frankl was pre-eminently an advocate of the American Modernism. He believed in a new, optimist world. Frankl witnessed two World Wars and aimed to create a new, brave and upward new world order through his design. He has written extensively on the subject of Modern architecture and design and skyscrapers where one of his trademark features. The new structure of the skyscaper, rising up into the sky broke completely with the constraints of the past. The towering architectural form expressed the excitement and optimism of a New Era.