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Paul Frankl

With the height of his career coinciding with the height of the mid-century modern and Art Deco movements, Paul Frankl’s innovative and wide-ranging furniture designs are historically significant and aesthetically inimitable. Born in Vienna, Austria in 1886, Paul immigrated to New York in 1914, where the architecture of Manhattan profoundly influenced his design practice; his most well-recognized early pieces, part of the “Skyscraper” series, featured tall, lean cabinets, chests of drawers, and bookcases modeled after the series’ namesakes. Following a relocation to Los Angeles, California in the 1930s, Paul took interest in the pervasive Art Deco style that then permeated West Coast style, inspiring him to experiment with new materials such as bamboo, rattan, and lacquer – resulting in pieces that were lighter and simpler. Hollywood royalty such as Alfred Hitchcock, Fred Astaire, and Cary Grant were soon avid followers and collectors of Paul’s work. Though the designer died in 1958, Paul Frankl designs still attract and captivate consumers today, and his original pieces continue to be highly sought-after.