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Paul McCobb Furniture

Paul McCobb, USA (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, 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 work has warmth and presence. As you can see from the offerings on these pages, 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
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Symmetric Group Sofa
Symmetric Group Lounge Chair
Symmetric Group Lounge Chair
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Paul McCobb Planner Group for Winchendon 3 Piece Bookcase
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Paul McCobb 3 Piece Bookcase comprised of one cabinet with masonite sliding doors, one cabinet with glass sliding doors and glass shelf and one open unit with fixed shelf. Doors have...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Metal

Paul McCobb 6-Drawer Dresser with Bench
By Paul McCobb
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Paul McCobb 6-drawer maple dresser sitting on a bench. Refinished condition and ready to go! Aluminum ring pull handles.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Aluminum

Paul McCobb 1 Drawer Cabinet on Bench
By Paul McCobb
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Maple

Paul McCobb for Calvin Lamp Table with Rattan Shelf
By Paul McCobb
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Paul McCobb for Calvin lamp table with rattan shelf, crema marble top and walnut frame. Two pull out drawers with nickel pulls. Metal tag is intact.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Marble

Paul McCobb for Winchendon Planner Group Cabinet
By Paul McCobb
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Brass, Maple

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Located in Philadelphia, PA
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Tony Paul Style Glass and Iron Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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Paul Evans Studio Patch Work Welded Coffee Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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Harry Bertoia Bench for Knoll
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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Gino Safratti for Arteluce Sconce
By Arteluce, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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Florence Knoll for Knoll Settee
By Florence Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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Bjorn Winblad for Rosenthal Cruet
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