"Skyscraper" Bookcase/End Table

Designed by Paul T. Frankl, American (born Austria), 1886 - 1958

Date:
Designed c. 1927

Medium:
Walnut veneer, lumber core plywood

Dimensions:
30 1/2 × 28 1/2 × 12 inches (77.5 × 72.4 × 30.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor (Dorrance Galleries)

Accession Number:
2010-28-1

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Marie Josephine Rozet Fund, 2010

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Settling in Manhattan in the 1920s, Viennese-born designer Paul T. Frankl dedicated himself to creating a new contemporary style rooted in European modernism and infused with American spirit. His most celebrated success came with his line of Skyscraper furniture, which evoked the iconic stepped pyramid of the 1920s skyscraper that had become synonymous with the driven, aspiring culture of machine-age America.


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