Paul Frankl - Bookcase


New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper skyline wood bookcase bookshelves

This stunning bookcase was an early design c. 25-26, when he was developing his Skyscraper style bookcases. As far as is known only 1 was produced, maybe as a commission, but it seems strange more were not made or the idea further developed, as the shape and practicality were eminently suited to appartments in NYC, with their need for storage & display. This bookcase doesn't receive the attention many of his better known bookcases do, but it an absolute peach of a design. Bone simple in design it is such a wonderful shape, the roofline echoes the NYC skyline around him at the time. His lively design mind made all the sections different depths, echoing the step backs of the buildings.

The original bookcase was made from wood, probably Redwood, and has a very natural look. This could look just as stunning in a painted lacquered finish in any colour you want. The almost modular sections are easily adapted to whatever shape of room you have, and can be shortened or lengthened as you need. Speak to us if you are interested in commissioning a new bookcase like this. Made to order. We're due to produce this bookcase shortly, we'll show you the design process below.

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New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper skyline wood bookcase bookshelves

New bookcase project;
Chicago condo, the room where the new bookcase will go Chicago condo, the room where the new bookcase will go

This is the room the customer wanted the bookcase to go. The views are stunning over Chicago, with it's classic skyscraper skyline. The original idea was to have a Frankl freestanding Skyscraper bookcase on the wall, to the left of the TV. However, this room called for something more dramatic to compete with & compliment the view, and the customer was enthused by our idea of the large bookcase along the wall. This fitted the space perfectly, but what to do with the space under the large TV? We tried a few options, as below.

How to treat the space under the TV?;
New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style painted lacquered bookcase in black with silver edges shown in a Chicago condo New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style painted lacquered bookcase in black with silver edges shown in a Chicago condo
New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style painted lacquered bookcase in black with silver edges shown in a Chicago condo New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style painted lacquered bookcase in black with silver edges shown in a Chicago condo

The solution;
New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style painted lacquered bookcase in black with silver edges shown in a Chicago condo New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style painted lacquered bookcase in black with silver edges shown in a Chicago condo
New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style painted lacquered bookcase in black with silver edges shown in a Chicago condo New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style painted lacquered bookcase in black with silver edges shown in a Chicago condo
New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style painted lacquered bookcase in black with silver edges shown in a Chicago condo New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style painted lacquered bookcase in black with silver edges shown in a Chicago condo

After trying several options, including nothing, under the TV, we decided to continue the Skyline look, as shown above. This is a great solution, ties the whole thing together, gives more storage and display space, and best it visually leads your eye from the room to the buildings skyline; it links inside & outside as a continuation of each other.


2 more Frankl bookcases in the same room;
New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style painted lacquered bookcase in black with silver edges shown in a Chicago condo Chicago condo where a pair of New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style painted lacquered bookcases will go, in black with silver edges
New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style painted lacquered bookcase in black with silver edges shown in a Chicago condo

As if that large Frankl bookcase wasn't enough for one room, we are also supplying 2 freestanding bookcases on the other side of the same room. They are exactly the same bookcase, just handed as they will sit either side of double doors. They will be painted dramatic black with silver edges on the top sections. The drawing below shows the almost modular nature of this bookcase design - this clearly shows how we could play around with these sections to fit most room requirements.

The various sections of the bookcase;
New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper 'skyline' bookshelves shown in modular form

Work in progress photos;
New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper 'skyline' bookshelves boards being cut New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper 'skyline' bookshelves first 2 sections being assembled

The above 2 photos show the start of the process to produce this bookcase.It starts with cutting so many boards down to the accurate components, and rebating the vertical for flush fitting bookcase strips. The first 2 sections are shown dry assembled. We'll add a few more photos of progress until we can photograph the final piece.


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