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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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Origami Chair
Origami Chair
Symmetric Group Sofa
Symmetric Group Sofa
Paul McCobb "Planner Group" Side Table for Winchendon Furniture
By Winchendon Furniture Company, Paul McCobb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul McCobb "Planner Group" side table for Winchendon Furniture.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Brass

Coffee Table by Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture, U.S.A, 1950s
By Paul McCobb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage mid-century coffee designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture, U.S.A, 1950s. Features a brass base, mahogany shelf and drawers and a marble top. The mahogany has been refin...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Marble, 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

Midcentury Paul McCobb Single Drawer #1500 Nightstands Blonde T Pulls
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful pair of Paul McCobb planner group #1500 maple nightstands end tables single drawer. Black T pull knobs. Refinished condition with raw Blonde finish on maple. Very modern de...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb

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Steel

Paul McCobb Mirror
By Paul McCobb
Located in Chicago, IL
Mccobb for Bryce Originals, brass mirror mirrored glass, brass.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Brass

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H 60.25 in. W 20.25 in. D 1.25 in.
Paul McCobb Planner Group Black Lacquered Three-Drawer Chest, Newly Refinished
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish Mid-Century Modern chest of drawers By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Black lacquered solid birch, with brass hardware....
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Brass

Paul McCobb / Planner Group Black Lacquer Credenza, Server
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic server, credenza designed by Paul McCobb / Planner Group, retains original black lacquer finish, minor blemishes, two sliding doors recently recovered in grey linen fabric. N...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Fabric, Wood

Paul McCobb Directional 314 Model High Back Lounge Chairs
By Paul McCobb
Located in Dallas, TX
An extremely rare set of matching high back lounge chairs model 314 by the legendary American designer Paul McCobb for Directional Furniture, circa 1950s. With its stylish pointed wi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Upholstery, Wood

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Liberty & 33rd
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ABC Modern
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Century Design Ltd.
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Original in Berlin
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Paul McCobb Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Paul McCobb's 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 755 vintage editions of these items, while there are 5 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Paul McCobb were 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 $495 and tops out at $21,500, while pieces like these can sell for $3,684.