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Paul McCobb Furniture

 Paul McCobb (USA, 1917–69)
Paul McCobb (USA, 1917–69)

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, his 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, Paul McCobb designs are the pin-striped suit, or the little black dress, of a décor: an essential.

Iconic Designs from Paul McCobb
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Origami Chair
Origami Chair
Symmetric Group Sofa
Symmetric Group Sofa
Symmetric Group Lounge Chair
Symmetric Group Lounge Chair
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Pair of Paul McCobb Easy Chairs
By Paul McCobb
Located in Hudson, NY
Classic and somewhat rare pair of armchairs in walnut with new silk upholstery. Great lines and nicely proportioned. Newly refinished.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Walnut

Paul McCobb Planner Group Sideboard
By Paul McCobb
Located in Hudson, NY
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1950s American Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Maple

Paul McCobb Brass X-Stretcher Stool
By Paul McCobb
Located in Hudson, NY
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1950s American Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Paul McCobb Planner Group Dining Set
By Winchendon Furniture Company, Paul McCobb
Located in Hudson, NY
Handsome solid maple dining table with two leaves and six spindleback chairs made for the Winchendon Furniture Company. The table without leaves is 60”, and expands to a total of 84”...
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  • Paul McCobb Planner Group Dining Set
  • Paul McCobb Planner Group Dining Set
  • Paul McCobb Planner Group Dining Set
  • Paul McCobb Planner Group Dining Set
H 30 in. W 84 in. D 38 in.

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