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Six Paul Frankl "Corset" and "Zig Zag" Chairs for Johnson Furniture

US$4,239.25per set


Wonderful set of six dining chairs in finely ebonized wood and fabric, designed by Paul Frankl (1886 - 1958) for Johnson Furniture and distributed by John Stuart in 1950. Paul Frankl initially known for his "Skyscraper Furniture," began designing furniture for Johnson Furniture in 1949. This beautiful set consists of four "Zig Zag" back dining chairs and two other "Corset" head chairs with arms and side slats in the back. The upholstery fabric is original to the period and in perfect condition. Under the Paul Frankl chairs we find the distribution mark John Stuart Inc. New York. The Paul Frankl armchairs for their elegance and refinement can be placed without effort in any type of environment from Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco or Regency style. Dimensions: "Corset" Chairs: Height: 80 cm (31.49 in.) Width: 64 cm (25.20 in.) Depth: 58 cm (22.83 in.) Seat Height: 45 cm (17.71 in.) "Zig Zag" Chairs: Height: 84 cm (33.07 in.) Width: 51 cm (20.07 in.) Depth: 51 cm (20.07 in.) Seat height: 48 cm (18.90 in.).


  • Creator
    Paul Frankl (Designer),John Stuart Inc. (Illustrator),Johnson Furniture Company (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in. (80 cm)Width: 25.2 in. (64 cm)Depth: 22.84 in. (58 cm)Seat Height: 17.72 in. (45 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The set of six Paul Frankl dining chairs are in excellent and original vintage conditions, slight scratches and light wear consistent with their time and use.
  • Seller Location
    Milano, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4911223281392

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About the Designer

Paul Frankl

Born in Vienna, Paul Frankl came to the United States in 1914 as part of a wave of Central European design luminaries — among them Kem Weber, Rudolph Schindler, and Richard Neutra — who were drawn by the energy and optimism of the American scene. Prolific and protean, Frankl would go on to design furnishings that are emblematic of nearly every key stylistic chord in American modernism, from the streamlined Art Deco to free-form organic shapes. His “Skyscraper” cabinets, introduced in 1924, are Frankl’s earliest and best-known designs (and the work by which he is most often represented in institutions, such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art). Tall and narrow, the pieces have staggered shelves meant to mimic the setbacks of Manhattan office towers. A later visually expressive line — the “Speed” chairs and sofas, which have a raked profile suggesting motion — links Frankl to Donald Deskey, Raymond Loewy and other creators of “Streamlined Moderne” design. Frankl moved to Los Angeles in 1934 and luxuriated in the climate and lifestyle. His designs became lighter and simpler and found an audience among the Hollywood élite. (Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Fred Astaire were clients.) Fascinated by Asian arts, Frankl produced numerous pieces — tabletops with edges that curve upward; sofas and chairs with rattan frames — inspired by Chinese and Japanese forms and materials. In the 1940s, Frankl became one of the first designers to incorporate free-form, biomorphic shapes in his work, as well as novel upholstery fabrics such as denim and nubby wool. Frankl biographer Christopher Long argues that the designer’s easy, elegant aesthetic had an enormous influence on movie set design. As the furniture below attests, Paul Frankl’s work is ready for its close-up.
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