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Object ID #907214161

This is a Skyscraper Bookcase Desk. It was designed by Paul T. Frankl. It is dated ca. 1928. Its medium is california redwood and black laquer.

Austrian émigré Paul Frankl designed one of the most successful lines of furniture referencing the skyscraper, a uniquely American form of building. His “Skyscraper” line, introduced about 1926, consisted of stacked cubes representing the layered platforms and stepped-back profiles of buildings as seen from the street.

It is credited Lent by Grand Rapids Art Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John Halick, 1984.7.2.

  • Object ID #404536565
  • chromium-plated and enameled metal, molded bakelite, brushed-burnished silver.
  • Gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 2015-41-1
  • Chair, 1928
  • aluminum, brass, leather.
  • Private Collection.
  • 79.2016.1

Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 219.7 × 163.8 × 85.1 cm (86 1/2 in. × 64 1/2 in. × 33 1/2 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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