This is probably Frankl's most famous Skyscraper bookcase. The original was made c 1927, Frankl's golden period with his Skyscraper designs. His shop in the heart of New York was surrounded by new skyscraper buildings. It didn't take Frankl's active design mind long to figure out combining the building profiles with furniture. The flat surfaces and strong lines must have been as radical as any Mondrian painting at the time.
A design like this didn't just appear out of the blue. It was part of a design series started a couple of years earlier, and he kept refining the look with each new piece. This bookcase is the summation of that design process, and makes a stunning design statement in any interior. Capturing the profile, surfaces and lines of skyscrapers the bookcase is nevertheless totally practical, and offers maximum storage, and as importantly display space.
The photos below show the bookcase nearing completion, at the dry assembly stage. It is already looking stunning even in the natural wood finish. The black edges really add a cripsness to the whole piece. We spent some time doing finish swatches for the customer, and ended up with a very good match to the original. Top right is the CAD drawing for the peice.
This particular bookcase was made from 2 shades of wood, with black painted edge lines. Frankl furniture is generally either a wood finish or lacquered. He preferred several recurring colours. We have shown many colour options below, to give you an idea of what you can do. Some are in Frankl colours, others not. We can also finish the edges in different colours, something Frankl often did, to emphasise the lines. What was interesting when doing the CAD colours was these bookcases look best when using a stronger muted colour, paler colours just lack the strong outline required of such a piece. Made to order, and shipped worldwide.
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