mid-century furniture

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Paul Frankl

February 23, 2015

Frankl
Viennese-born Paul Frankl first trained and practiced in Vienna, Berlin, and New York, but moved to Los Angeles in 1934. He fell in love with the western city’s climate, scenery, and lifestyle– pronouncing it “heaven.” The relocation proved to be highly influential, and Frankl remained in LA for the rest of his life. His furniture designs became lighter, simpler, and sometimes inflected by Asian aesthetics. Like many of the Austrian émigrés before him, he discovered that with an expanse of land comes an opportunity to reinforce the horizontal plane. The designer’s eye was no longer forced upward by the paucity of grounded square footage. Instead, the wide open spaces of the West allowed for more luxurious and gracious proportions, not only in architecture, but also in the designs of the furniture that filled its interiors.

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