Paul Frankl - Skyscraper bookcase

New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style wooden & painted lacquered freestanding bookcase

Another Frankl bookcase, what can you say? While he might have repeated ideas in his furniture he rarely repeated the same designs. The range and originality of his designs is wonderful, but especially the bookcases. They all displayed such a physical presence and remain very popular even to this day. Other designers are still drawing on the skyscraper motifs in their work. This bookcase was made c. 1927, the height of the 'skyscraper' years for Frankl. While the base is typically more plain than the showy top section the piece really forms a complete design whole.

The bookcase is made in 2 sections, for ease of transport. Typical of Frankl bookcases many of the edges were painted a different colour, to accentuate the stepped shapes. The base section has 2 cupboards with shelves in. If you want we can do an accurate reproduction of the original piece, but we are not slaves to the past, and design new variations on such pieces as you require. Many of Frankl's original bookcases were a bit on the small side, as they were going into small New York Appartments. We increased the height of this bookcase, in proportion, to give it a more physical presence in a room. This bookcase can be handed, meaning it can be made to go the other way round. We can change the proportions, wood or finish or maybe a painted finish. These bookcases are tricky designwise, and complicated to cut and assemble, and then to do the black edges. Please enquire for more details and to discuss your requirements.

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Some finish ideas;
New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style wooden & painted lacquered freestanding bookcase New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style wooden & painted lacquered freestanding bookcase
New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style wooden & painted lacquered freestanding bookcase New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style wooden & painted lacquered freestanding bookcase
New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style wooden & painted lacquered freestanding bookcase New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style wooden & painted lacquered freestanding bookcase

Bookcase sideboard;
New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style wooden & painted lacquered freestanding bookcase and sideboard New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style wooden & painted lacquered freestanding bookcase and sideboard

The above 2 designs show how Frankl's style can be adapted for a wider range of uses than he did. The designs give you an idea of how these can be altered, here the top of the base is extended to form a sideboard supported by a matching style pedestal base. The pedestal end could be designed several ways keeping to Frankl's style.


Bookcase used as a room divider and breakfast bar for a kitchen;
New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style wooden & painted lacquered freestanding bookcase used as a room divider between a kitchen and living space
Frankl style kitchen & bookcase room divider;
New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style wooden & painted lacquered freestanding bookcase used as a room divider between a kitchen and living space New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style wooden & painted lacquered kitchen with freestanding bookcase used as a room divider
New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style wooden & painted lacquered freestanding bookcase and  breakfast bar used as a room divider between a kitchen and living space New Paul Frankl Art Deco Skyscraper style wooden & painted lacquered freestanding bookcase and  breakfast bar used as a room divider between a kitchen and living space

The above designs show how one of Frankl's bookcases can be used as a room divider, visually demarking the the kitchen area from the main living space. This design above shows clearly how this would look in reality, albeit with a different Frankl bookcase. And it shows how the bookcase had to visually integrate with the matching Frankl style kitchen units and a large 'Skyline' Frankl bookcase running along the wall beside it. The lower designs show this bookcase used as the room divider.


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