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Paul McCobb

American, 1917-1969

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.

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Paul McCobb Planner Group Blonde with Black Drawers Dresser on Wrought Iron Base
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in Ferndale, MI
Master of mid-century American modular design Paul McCobb for Winchedon Planner group six drawer dresser. Maple case holds black lacquered drawers. All supported by the early product...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb

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Wrought Iron

Matching Pair of Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Twin Bed Headboards Walnut Brass
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Matching pair of Mid-Century Modern Paul Mccobb twin bed headboards walnut brass. All solid maple construction, walnut finish, brass details. You are buying 2 headboards (1) pair. No...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Brass

Newly Upholstered Paul McCobb Attributed Velvet Lounge Chair with Ottoman
By Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
Newly upholstered mohair velvet Paul McCobb attributed lounge chair. Button tufted back, refinished ebonized legs. Low stylish arms and angular legs. Single welting throughout. Very ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Mohair, Velvet

Vintage Paul McCobb Planner Group Six Drawer Chest by Winchendon
By Paul McCobb
Located in Toledo, OH
Vintage Paul McCobb Planner Group six drawer chest. Made of birch by Winchendon Furniture. Ring form drawer pulls.
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20th Century North American Modern Paul McCobb

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Birch

Pair of Rare Paul McCobb Nightstands
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of highly desirable and rare Paul McCobb nightstands from his Planner Group collection for Winchedon, c.1950s. The pair features an exposed wrought iron frame, single maple dr...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Iron

  • Pair of Rare Paul McCobb Nightstands
  • Pair of Rare Paul McCobb Nightstands
  • Pair of Rare Paul McCobb Nightstands
  • Pair of Rare Paul McCobb Nightstands
H 19.25 in. W 18 in. D 18 in.
Paul McCobb King-Size Brass Frame Headboard
By Paul McCobb
Located in Chicago, IL
Brass frame headboard with mahogany panels. Fully restored and refinished in dark walnut. Designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Brass

Paul McCobb Shovel Chair for Wichendon
By Paul McCobb
Located in San Francisco, CA
Paul McCobb design "Shovel" side chair model 1533 for Winchendon, Mass. A iconic and innovative chair in good original condition wood, metal frame shows wear and tear to finish but s...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Steel

  • Paul McCobb Shovel Chair for Wichendon
  • Paul McCobb Shovel Chair for Wichendon
  • Paul McCobb Shovel Chair for Wichendon
  • Paul McCobb Shovel Chair for Wichendon
H 34 in. W 18.5 in. D 20 in.
Early Paul McCobb Planner Iron Base Three-Drawer Dresser
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Garnerville, NY
Early Paul McCobb three-drawer planner group for Winchendon iron base dresser. Three deep drawers, brass cone hardware resting on that classic iron base. An early example with a slig...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Brass, Iron

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Paul McCobb furniture for sale on 1stDibs

The Paul McCobb furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Paul McCobb furniture collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 764 vintage editions of these items, while there are 5 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Paul McCobb was created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Edward Wormley, Dunbar and George Nelson. Prices for Paul McCobb furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $445 and tops out at $21,500, while pieces like these can sell for $3,729 on average.