Kafka, Paul Ernst (1907-)

Field of activity
Maker; Furniture Designer / Cabinetmaker
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1527215

Biographies

Kafka was a Viennese furniture maker who arrived in Australia in 1939 and worked under the name, Paul Kafka Exclusive Furniture Pty Ltd. He executed commissioned work for Australian modernist architects such as Hugo Stossel, Hugh Buhrich, Harry Seidler and Harry Epstein. He also carried out contract work for Sheraton, the Chevron Hotel and for the Travelodge motel chain.

Paul Ernst Kafka (Excerpt from Anne Watson, “Kafka and Kalmar: two European furniture designers in post-war Sydney.” Furniture History Society (Australasia) Journal, No 2, 2004, pp 10-14. The contribution of European emigre architects and designers to the built environment in post-war Australia is being increasingly recognised for the significance of its long-term impact on our design history. Architects like Harry Seidler and Hugh Buhrich and furniture designers such as Schulim Krimper and Fred Lowen have been documented to varying degrees in publications, exhibitions and even film. Yet there are still many important design stories that have not been told. This article (see entry on Steven Kalmar) explores the separate stories of Paul Kafka and Steven Kalmar, two largely undocumented furniture designers in 1950s Sydney. The son of a Viennese furniture maker Paul Ernst Kafka was born in Vienna on 1 July 1907 Kafka’s biographical details are based on information gathered from the author’s interview with Kafka’s widow, Mrs J Hocking, in 1981.. Experience in his father’s factory and an apprenticeship in another Viennese furniture factory gave him a good grounding in the more practical aspects of furniture making, but he is also said to have studied furniture and interior design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna This information was supplied by Mrs Hocking. However Kafka is not listed as a student in the files of the former Kunstgewerbeschule (now University of Applied Arts) in Vienna.. During the 1930s Kafka worked as a furniture and interior designer ...

  • 1939 accompanied by spouse Ilse.

View the full record at Design and Art Australia Online

Related people and organisations

Design and Art Australia Online

Resources for Paul Ernst Kafka

No user comments for this person

Add a comment


Show comments and reviews from Amazon users

Possibly related

Digitised newspapers and more

Searching...

Minimise

Diaries, letters, archives

Searching...

Minimise

Archived websites (1996 – now)

view all results

  1. Snapshots of websites, web pages and online publications about Australia and Australians collected since 1996.

    Search archived websites
    Search

Pictures, photos, objects

Searching...

Minimise

Books

Searching...

Minimise

Music, sound and video

Searching...

Minimise

People and organisations

Searching...

Minimise

Journals, articles and data sets

Searching...

Minimise

Maps

Searching...

Minimise

Lists

Searching...

Minimise

Government Gazettes

Searching...

Minimise

Archived websites (1996 – now)

No results

Minimise
  1. Gerstl, Charlotte Kafka (1909-1992)
    non-artist/designer/curator;
    ... Kafka, Paul Ernst ... , Olga Kafka and brother Paul Kafka emigrated to Australia and the Gerstl family briefly lived with them ...
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,455.673)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,455.673)

  2. Shapiro, Sol
    Designer; ; Furniture Designer / Cabinetmaker
    ... Kafka, Paul Ernst ... , later for Paul Ernest Kafka, Sydney (1948-1951), he returned to Melbourne in 1958. ...
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 28.456)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 28.456)

  3. Gerstl, Heinz (1937-)
    Maker; ; Designer; Furniture Designer / Cabinetmaker
    ... Kafka, Paul Ernst ... Gerstl, Charlotte Kafka ...
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 27.268)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 27.268)

  1. IN the Supreme Court of New South Wales.—Probate Division.—In the will of PAUL ERNST KAFKA (in the will
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 15 December 1972 [Issue No.132] p 5181

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... IN the Supreme Court of New South Wales.—Probate Division.—In the will of PAUL ERNST KAFKA (in the ... executrix of the will of the said Paul Ernst Kafka, who died on the 15th day of May, 1972, hereby gives ... 190 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,695.874)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,695.874)

  2. The Bankruptcy Act 1966—Part X No. 4 of 1968—Re The Assigned Estate of Paul Ernest Kafka, of
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 11 March 1971 [Issue No.26] p 1756

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... The Bankruptcy Act 1966—Part X No. 4 of 1968—Re The Assigned Estate of Paul Ernest Kafka, of ... 101 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,846.871)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,846.871)

  3. The Bankruptcy Act 1966—Part X No. 4 of 1968—Re The Assigned Estate of Paul Ernest Kafka of Waterloo. NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF INTENTION TO DECLARE A DIVIDEND
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 19 November 1970 [Issue No.104] p 7669

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... The Bankruptcy Act 1966—Part X No. 4 of 1968—Re The Assigned Estate of Paul Ernest Kafka of ... 96 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,033.946)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,033.946)

  1. Book News
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Saturday 25 February 1950 p 7 Article
    ... M Durbin (Routledge and Kegan Paul London I CREATIVE TABLE TOP PHOTO GRAPHS Ernest Heimann With ... Book News THE DIARIES Or FRANZ KAFKA, 1910-1913 The first of two volumes, edited by Max Brod ... 492 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 426.189)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 426.189)

  2. Jews' Genius Gave Us RADIO, AUTOMOBILES, FILMS, RELATIVITY, IMMORTAL MUSIC, LITERATURE. ALSO PHILOSOPHERS, ACTORS, PHILANTHROPISTS, INVENTORS
    Voice (Hobart, Tas. : 1931 - 1953) Saturday 15 July 1939 p 5 Article
    ... vomit when I see one" — that is the opinion of Dr. Paul Goebbels, the man whose task it is to spread ... in any bodily or mental activity, owes some debt to the great minds of the Jews. St. Paul himself was ... 2014 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 86.208)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 86.208)

  3. TIMESTYLE Pritchett offers a lesson in scope | Paperback issues
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Sunday 23 December 1984 p 8 Article
    ... , Maupassant, Turgenev, Shchedrin, Goncharov, Dostoievsky, Le Fanu, Perez Galdos, Henry James, Conrad, Kafka ... journalism from America's leading gay maga zine. The pieces include an interview with Jean-Paul Sartre, in ... 1049 words
    • Text last corrected on 29 September 2019 by Rhonda.M
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.177)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.177)

Pictures, photos, objects

No results

Minimise

Maps

No results

Minimise

Diaries, letters, archives

No results

Minimise

Lists

No results

Minimise
  1. Kafka furniture archive sold to Trust
    Australasian Business Intelligence
    [ Article : 2012 ]
    View online (conditions apply)
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 235.908)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 235.908)

  2. 'neither here nor there' Paul Hirsch-Hatvani (1892-1975): Life and work between two continents. An exhibition: Monash University Library, 17th October - 28th November 1990
    [ Article : 1990 ]
    View online
    At Monash Online
    'neither here nor there' Paul Hirsch-Hatvani (1892-1975): Life and work between two continents. An exhibition: Monash University Library, 17th October - 28th November 1990
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 76.453)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 76.453)

  3. Hermann Broch, visionary in exile : the 2001 Yale Symposium / edited by Paul Michael Lützeler in cooperation with Matthias Konzett ... [et al.]
    Lützeler, Paul Michael
    [ Conference Proceedings, Book : 2003 ]
    View online (access conditions)
    At 4 libraries
    Hermann Broch, visionary in exile : the 2001 Yale Symposium / edited by Paul Michael Lützeler in cooperation with Matthias Konzett ... [et al.]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 18.991)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 18.991)

  4. Nahe Ferne - ferne Nähe : Zentrum und Peripherie in der deutschsprachigen Literatur, Kunst und Philosophie / Csaba Földes, Detlef Haberland, Hrsg
    Mitteleuropäischer Germanistenverband. Congress Erfurt, Germany), 2014 :
    [ Conference Proceedings : 2017 ]
    Languages: German
    View online (access conditions)
    Nahe Ferne - ferne Nähe : Zentrum und Peripherie in der deutschsprachigen Literatur, Kunst und Philosophie / Csaba Földes, Detlef Haberland, Hrsg
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.04)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.04)

  1. Franz Kafka, a writer's life / Joachim Unseld ; translated by Paul F. Dvorak
    Unseld, Joachim, 1953-
    [ Book : 1994 ]
    At 4 libraries
    Franz Kafka, a writer's life / Joachim Unseld ; translated by Paul F. Dvorak
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 439.932)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 439.932)

  2. E. T. A. Hoffmann und Franz Kafka : Von der "fortgeführten Metapher" zum "sinnlichen Paradox"
    Wöllner, Günther
    [ Book : 1971 ]
    Languages: German
    At 4 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 353.933)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 353.933)

  3. The trial of time : figuring Abraham in Kierkegaard, Kafka and Blanchot
    Danta, Christopher
    [ Thesis : 2004 ]
    View online
    At 2 libraries
    The trial of time : figuring Abraham in Kierkegaard, Kafka and Blanchot
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 266.156)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 266.156)

  4. Hermann Broch, visionary in exile : the 2001 Yale Symposium / edited by Paul Michael Lützeler in cooperation with Matthias Konzett ... [et al.]
    Lützeler, Paul Michael
    [ Conference Proceedings, Book : 2003 ]
    View online (access conditions)
    At 4 libraries
    Hermann Broch, visionary in exile : the 2001 Yale Symposium / edited by Paul Michael Lützeler in cooperation with Matthias Konzett ... [et al.]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 63.591)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 63.591)

  1. Full transcript
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2000-2015 ]
    View online
    At ABC Radio National
    Full transcript
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.833)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.833)

  2. Cultural amnesia : notes in the margin of my time / Clive James
    James, Clive, 1939-2019
    [ Book, Audio book : 2007-2012 ]
    View online (access conditions)
    At 109 libraries
    Cultural amnesia : notes in the margin of my time / Clive James
    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0.034)

    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0.034)