cooooool : a Pair of Paul Frankl American Art Deco Speed Chairs
Paul Frankl (1886-1958) was the first American designer to produce a totally original American furniture design with his "Skyscraper" bookcases, the success of which led him to name his company "Skyscraper Furniture". Between his early (mid 1920's) success with "Skyscraper" style furniture and his later Chinese Modern and "Speed" furniture of the 1930's, Frankl wrote books and magazine articles on the Modern Style and was its most vocal proponent. He later designed production pieces for Brown & Saltzman of California and Johnson Furniture Company of Grand Rapids, incorporating an early use of biomorphic designs and novel materials such as cork veneer. He produced this extraordinary pair of American art deco “Speed” chairs in the early 1940’s for an important commission executed in La Jolla, California. The chairs are in excellent condition after almost 70 years, still retaining their original black faux leather and knit cotton upholstery. Each chair measures 35” wide, 43” deep and 23” high at the back.