two-piece bookcase with cabinet with two doors and central open shelves between them on bottom; irregular open and closed cubes and rectangles on top section; black with interior of shelves in deep orange

"Skyscraper" bookcase, c. 1926

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Skyscrapers are familiar urban sights today, but in the 1920s they were still new and inspiring, a symbol of American ingenuity. Paul T. Frankl, an immigrant to the United States, got caught up in the excitement over skyscrapers and designed this bookcase to bring architecture inside the home in a practical way. Its cherry-red shelves look out like the windows of a building.

Details
Title
"Skyscraper" bookcase
Artist Life
(born Austria), 1886–1958
Role
Designer
Accession Number
2007.3a-d
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two-piece bookcase with cabinet with two doors and central open shelves between them on bottom; irregular open and closed cubes and rectangles on top section; black with interior of shelves in deep orange