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Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Sideboard
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Garnerville, NY
Mahogany case with ebonized doors. Four interior drawers with adjustable shelf. Signed in top drawer. Good refinished condition with wear commensurate with age and use. Some minor cr...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Metal, Brass

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H 34.5 in. W 48 in. D 19.25 in.
Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Nightstands for Calvin
By Paul McCobb
Located in San Francisco, CA
Paul McCobb design nightstands for his Irwin Collection by Calvin. Rare set in bleached mahogany with travertine tops on patinated brass frames, labeled.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Travertine, Brass

Stunning MCM Vintage Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Custom Room Divider Etagere
By Paul McCobb, Irwin Furniture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A well crafted one-piece brass frame and mahogany bookcase / room divider with fixed shelves and four upper drawers with original brass pulls. The lower base is custom made to match ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Midcentury Paul McCobb Nightstand Calvin Irwin Collection
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb rare Single Nightstand /bedside table. The Irwin Collection by Calvin. Walnut case piece topped with Carrara Marble on a brass base featuring two drawers and a ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Carrara Marble, Brass

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Cabinets for Calvin Furniture Co.
By Paul McCobb
Located in San Francisco, CA
Paul McCobb design pair of cabinets for his Irwin Collection for Calvin Group. An original matched pair of mahogany and brass bi-fold door cabinets each with a single drawer and on...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Brass

Paul McCobb Travertine Top Dresser Irwin Collection for Calvin
By Paul McCobb
Located in San Francisco, CA
Paul McCobb design twelve drawer dresser for his Irwin collection by Calvin. Made with a bleached mahogany case and trifold accordion doors atop a brass plated six leg base and a tra...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Travertine, Brass

Paul McCobb Chest of Drawers Irwin Collection for Calvin
By Paul McCobb
Located in San Francisco, CA
Paul McCobb design chest of drawers for his Irwin Collection by Calvin. Classic American Mid-Century modern design and very functional for everyday use. Made from bleached mahogany...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Travertine, Brass

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Brass and Travertine Sofa Table
By Paul McCobb
Located in Dallas, TX
Console designed by Paul McCobb for Directional. Constructed of brass with travertine top. Excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Travertine, Brass

Paul Mccobb Vintage Dresser for Calvin The Irwin Collection
By Paul McCobb
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul Mccobb vintage dresser for Calvin The Irwin Collection.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Wood

Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" Travertine & Brass Night Stands
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" Travertine & brass night stands for Calvin Furniture.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Travertine, Brass

Paul Mccobb Dresser or Sideboard for Calvin The Irwin Collection
By Paul McCobb
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul Mccobb dresser or sideboard for Calvin The Irwin Collection.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Wood

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Mahogany Dining Table for Calvin, 1950s
By Paul McCobb
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-Century Modern Mahogany dining table conceived by world renowned interior designer Paul McCobb and produced by Calvin for the "Irwin Collection" which was introduced in 1952. Thi...
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Mid-20th Century American Dining Room Tables

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Brass

Dining Room Set by Paul McCobb, Irwin Collection, circa 1950s
By Paul McCobb
Located in Stamford, CT
Nine piece dining set in mahogany, leather and brass designed by Paul McCobb for The Calvin Group, circa 1950-1959. Features 6 side chairs and 2 armchairs with their signature brass...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets

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Brass

Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" Credenza for Calvin Furniture, 1950s
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul Mccbb “Irwin Collection” credenza for Calvin Furniture, 1950’s Measures: 72” L x 19” D x 35” H Vitrolite top, bleached mahogany, brass base Metal tag inside drawer C...
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Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Brass

Paul McCobb Gentleman's Chest for Calvin Furniture : Irwin Collection
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Paul McCobb. Manufacturer: Calvin Furniture. Period/Model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Walnut, Brass. Condition: This Paul McCobb gentleman's chest for Calvi...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Walnut

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Coffee Table, Calvin Furniture, 1950s
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage 1950s coffee table designed by Paul McCobb, part of the Irwin Collection for Calvin Furniture. Features a brass base and mahogany top with three drawers. The mahogany has bee...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection for Calvin Walnut Dining Table
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in Wilmington, DE
Offered is a vintage Mid-Century Modern dining table, designed by Paul McCobb for the Irwin Collection by Calvin. The table is made of walnut featuring an ovular tabletop with alumin...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Aluminum

Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" Cognac Leather with Brass Accents
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" Cognac leather with brass accents.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass

Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" Dining Chairs with Brass Accents
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" dining chairs with brass accents for Calvin Furniture.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Brass

Paul McCobb Brass Coffee Table for Calvin Irwin Collection
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Paul McCobb. Manufacturer: Calvin: Irwin Collection. Period or model: Mid-Century Modern. Specifications: Brass, Mahogany, Travertine. Condition: This Paul McC...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine, Brass

Paul McCobb for Calvin The Irwin Collection 3-Drawer End Tables or Nightstands
By Paul McCobb
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul McCobb for Calvin The Irwin Collection 3-drawer end tables or nightstands. Mahogany wood with solid tapered legs, brass pulls and edge trim. [Label inside drawers: Paul McCobb,...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Brass

Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" Chest of Drawers with Brass Accents
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" chest of drawers with brass accents for Calvin Furniture
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Irwin Group Walnut Dining Table by Paul McCobb for Calvin
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Dorchester, MA
Paul McCobb designed this striking dining table as part of his Irwin Group Collection for Calvin Furniture. The walnut top perches on slim angled aluminium legs. Two 15" leaves allow...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Aluminum

Paul McCobb King Headboard for the Irwin Collection Calvin Furniture
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Esperance, NY
Paul McCobb king headboard for the Irwin Collection Calvin Furniture Very nice midcentury brass and wood head bored designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture. Very quality piec...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Sideboard by Paul McCobb Credenza, Irwin Collection
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Stamford, CT
MCM Paul McCobb designed "Irwin collection" sideboard or credenza, of bleached British Honduran mahogany with white travertine marble top, manufactured by the Calvin Furniture Compan...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Marble

Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" Marble & Brass Side Table for Calvin Furniture
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" marble & brass side table for Calvin Furniture.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Marble, Brass

Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" Credenza with Travertine Stone Top & Brass Accent
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid Century modern credenza designed by Paul McCobb for the “Irwin Collection” at Calvin Group in the United States circa 1950’s. This stunning credenza sits on a beautiful polished ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Travertine, Brass

Paul McCobb Gentleman's Tall Chest Irwin Collection for Calvin Furniture, 1956
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in Camden, ME
Paul McCobb's gentleman's walnut chest with a fold down mirror Irwin line for Calvin. The accordion doors are bookmatched veneer opening to 18 shirt shelves and five graduated drawe...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Walnut, Mirror

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Black Lacquered Sideboard or Bar Cabinet
By Directional, Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern sideboard, credenza, or bar cabinet By Paul McCobb for Directional and produced by Calvin Furniture, "Irwin Collection" USA, 1950s Black la...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Brass

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Black Lacquered Mahogany Dining Chairs, Set of Ten
By Paul McCobb, Directional
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional set of ten Mid-Century Modern dining chairs By Paul McCobb for Directional and produced by Calvin Furniture, "Irwin Collection" USA, 1950s Elegant sculpted bl...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Brass

Set of Four Irwin Collection Dining Chairs by Paul McCobb for Directional
By Directional, Paul McCobb
Located in Belmont, MA
Four caned back chairs designed by Paul McCobb for Directional with new red wool high-quality upholstery.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Brass

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Mahogany and Brass Nightstand or Side Table, 1950s
By Paul McCobb, Directional, Calvin Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern bedside table or occasional side table By Paul McCobb for Directional and produced by Calvin Furniture, "Irwin Collection" USA, 1950s Mahog...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Brass

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Nightstands for Calvin
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of nightstands or end tables from the Irwin Collection designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin, Grand Rapids, 1950s. This set is all newly restored in hand polished brass and refinis...
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Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Stone, Brass

Paul McCobb Calvin Group-Irwin Collection, Two-Drawer Stand
By Paul McCobb
Located in Hudson, NY
From the Irwin Collection. Restored. Walnut. Brass frame and pulls. New woven bottom shelf. Replaced feet. Labeled. Fantastic piece!
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Vintage 1950s American Night Stands

Materials

Brass

Paul McCobb Calvin Group Irwin Collection, Shelving Storage Cabinet, circa 1960
By Paul McCobb
Located in Madison, WI
Paul McCobb for Calvin Group Irwin collection. Shelving unit, storage cabinet, breakfront, wall dining room unit, circa 1960s. A two-piece unit, the top unit recessed from the bottom...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Brass

Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" Desk
By Paul McCobb
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" desk for Calvin Furniture, 1959. Fully restored walnut frame with brass details.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Brass

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H 29 in. W 60 in. D 28 in.
Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Credenza
By Paul McCobb
Located in Dallas, TX
Credenza designed by Paul McCobb from the Irwin Collection with original milk glass top.
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Vintage 1960s American Credenzas

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Mahogany, Glass

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H 34 in. W 71 in. D 19 in.
Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Credenza
By Paul McCobb
Located in Dallas, TX
Credenza designed by Paul McCobb from the Irwin Collection with original milk glass top.
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Vintage 1960s American Credenzas

Materials

Mahogany, Glass

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H 34 in. W 48 in. D 19 in.
Paul McCobb Style Irwin Mid Century Blonde Dresser
By Paul McCobb, Irwin Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb style Irwin mid century blonde dresser Dresser measures: 38 wide x 18 deep x 32 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condit...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Wood

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Dining Table
By Paul McCobb
Located in Kansas City, MO
Beautiful Paul McCobb Irwin collection dining table. Expertly refinished mahogany with brass cross stretchers. Begins as a 48" round table and has two 12" leaves.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Brass

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Night Stands
By Paul McCobb
Located in Kansas City, MO
Exceptional pair of Paul McCobb for Calvin Irwin Collection Night Stands. Mahogany case with frame of solid brass tubing, brass pulls, and travertine tops. We are running a shippin...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Travertine, Brass

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H 25.5 in. W 20 in. D 22 in.
Paul McCobb “Irwin Collection” Credenza
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Paul McCobb “Irwin Collection” credenza. Manufactured by Calvin Furniture, circa 1950. The mahogany has been professionally restored.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Brass

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H 34.25 in. W 71.25 in. D 19.13 in.
Paul McCobb Dresser Calvin Group Irwin Collection
By Paul McCobb
Located in San Francisco, CA
Paul McCobb design mahogany and brass double dresser for Calvin Group Irwin collection.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Mahogany

Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" for Calvin Group
By Paul McCobb
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Great Paul McCobb sideboard with brass base and travertine marble top. Beautiful mahogany wood with accordion doors opening to reveal four drawers on one side and two shelves on the ...
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Mid-20th Century American Credenzas

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Marble, Brass

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Vanity for Calvin
By Paul McCobb
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Ladies vanity dark mahogany with brass pulls. Pop up mirror reveals storage and there are three drawers on either side. Retains metal label.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Brass

Paul McCobb Four Drawer Chest for Calvin / Irwin
By Paul McCobb
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Beautiful Mahogany Chest With Four Drawers in The Classic Style Designed by McCobb. Brass Plated Iron Stretcher Base With Solid Brass Drawer Pulls. Visit our showroom at 25 Front St...
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Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass, Iron

Paul McCobb Calvin Irwin Collection Dining Table
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in Garnerville, NY
Mahogany top and tapered legs with brass stretcher base. Comes with one leaf. Wonderful, compact modern design by Paul McCobb for Calvin Group, circa 1950-1960. Old refinish that is ...
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Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Tables

Materials

Brass

Coffee Table, Irwin Collection by Paul McCobb for Calvin
By Paul McCobb
Located in Dallas, TX
Coffee table designed by Paul McCobb, Irwin collection for Calvin. Table is in excellent condition constructed with brass and mahogany with the original travertine top.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine, Brass

Paul McCobb “Irwin Collection” Credenza for Calvin Group
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Designer: Paul McCobb. Manufacturer: Calvin Group “Irwin Collection.” Period/Style: Mid-Century Modern. Country: United States. Date: 1950s. Dimensions: 34″ H x 71″ H x 19″ W....
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Brass

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Mahogany and Brass Sideboard Cabinet, 1950s
By Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
Offering an exceptional Mid-Century Modern sideboard credenza or cabinet designed by Paul McCobb for his Irwin Collection for Calvin Furniture. The credenza features gorgeous mahogan...
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Vintage 1950s American Scandinavian Modern Credenzas

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Dresser
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful Mahogany Dresser features classic McCobb drawer pulls, and still holds it's original stamp. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ).
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Mahogany

Paul McCobb for Calvin Irwin Collection Mahogany Sideboard Credenza, Restored
By Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern sideboard credenza or bar cabinet designed by Paul McCobb for his Irwin collection line for Calvin Furniture. The cabinet features stunning Honduran...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Mahogany

Paul McCobb Leather and Walnut Credenza or Cabinet - Irwin Collection
By Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
Stunning walnut credenza, cabinet by Paul McCobb featuring black leather folding doors, three drawers and brass trim details. Doors reveal shelves and ample storage space. Newly refi...
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Vintage 1960s American Credenzas

Materials

Brass

Paul McCobb for Calvin's Irwin Collection Trifold Marble Top Chest
By Paul McCobb
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This marble-top chest designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin features brass legs, mahogany veneer with trifold doors and a travertine marble top. Inside there are a total of 6 drawers (...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble, Travertine, Brass

Paul McCobb for Calvin Irwin Collection Mahogany Sideboard or Bar Cabinet
By Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern sideboard credenza or bar cabinet designed by Paul McCobb for his Irwin Collection line for Calvin Furniture. The cabinet features stunning Honduran...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Brass

Paul McCobb Desk Irwin Collection Calvin Travertine Marble Top Brass Mahogany
By Paul McCobb
Located in Dallas, TX
Extraordinary McCobb desk with two writing surfaces that slide out on the left & right side, pencil drawer from the Irwin Collection by Calvin. Desk is in exceptional restored condit...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Travertine, Brass

Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" 8-Drawer Dresser for Calvin Furniture
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" 8- drawer dresser for Calvin Furniture.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Mahogany

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Mahogany and Brass Sideboard Cabinets
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
Offering an exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern sideboard credenzas or cabinets designed by Paul McCobb for his Irwin Collection for Calvin Furniture. The credenzas features gorge...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Mahogany

Paul McCobb for Calvin and the Irwin Collection Etagere or Bookcase
By Paul McCobb
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A very nice brass and bleached wood etagere or bookcase in two pieces, with the top sitting on the base. This piece has just been re-finished. The piece is finished on both sides so ...
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Vintage 1960s American Bookcases

Black Mid Century Modern Credenza By Paul McCobb For Irwin Collection
By Paul McCobb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Remarkable mid-century credenza by Paul McCobb for his Irwin collection, done in a black piano finish. Accenting brass hardware, five wide drawers, bi-fold doors with open cabinet sp...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Irwin Paul Mccobb For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic irwin paul mccobb available at 1stDibs. A irwin paul mccobb — often made from wood, metal and brass — can elevate any home. Your living room may not be complete without a irwin paul mccobb — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. A irwin paul mccobb is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern and Scandinavian Modern styles are sought with frequency. Paul McCobb, Calvin and Directional each produced at least one beautiful irwin paul mccobb that is worth considering.

How Much is a Irwin Paul Mccobb?

The average selling price for a irwin paul mccobb at 1stDibs is $4,800, while they’re typically $995 on the low end and $18,000 for the highest priced.

Paul McCobb Biography and Important Works

You could call Paul McCobb a man of parts. As a furniture designer, his work combined the attributes of many of his now better-known peers. Like Bauhaus designers such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer, McCobb's furniture had purity of form and line. Like the designs of Florence Knoll and George Nelson and his associates, McCobb’s work was efficient and purposeful. And even like George Nakashima, he was adept at interpreting traditional forms, in particular those of chairs, for the 20th century.

More than any other designer beside Russel Wright, with his ubiquitous ceramic tableware, McCobb was arguably responsible for the introduction of modern design into middle-class American households — if for no other reason than that he designed the 1952 set for the original Today show. McCobb also designed cohesive lines of furnishings, such as his best-known Planner Group, that gave homes an instant “look.” McCobb designed for several companies, most notably Directional, the New York firm that also produced designs by other legends, such as Paul Evans and Vladimir Kagan

The signal aesthetic attribute of McCobb designs is that he completely forsook ornament — his pieces have no flourishes. And yet, because they are honest — the chairs, desks and tables are made of solid wood, usually maple or birch, often paired with frames and legs of wrought iron; the cabinets are traditionally scaled; the seating pieces have historic antecedents such as the Windsor chair — McCobb’s mid-century modern work has warmth and presence.

As you can see from the offerings on 1stDibs, vintage Paul McCobb designs are the pin-striped suit, or the little black dress, of a décor: an essential.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.