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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
Symmetric Group Lounge Chair
Symmetric Group Lounge Chair
Paul McCobb Lounge Chairs
By Paul McCobb
Located in Chicago, IL
McCobb for Planer Group, pair of rare lounge chairs. Birchwood spayed legs, reupholstered with great plains wool blend, back pillows are down filled.
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Wood

  • Paul McCobb Lounge Chairs
  • Paul McCobb Lounge Chairs
  • Paul McCobb Lounge Chairs
  • Paul McCobb Lounge Chairs
H 30 in. W 32 in. D 35 in.
Planner Group Night Stands or End Tables by Paul McCobb for Winchendon
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in Denver, CO
A set of two planner group tables - Models 1586 and 1587 - by Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture Co. that are handsomely serviceable as end tables in the living room, as well as ni...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Brass

Paul McCobb Planner Group Side Tables for Winchendon
By Paul McCobb
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of Paul McCobb design Planner Group side tables for Winchendon Furniture. Original matched pair in solid maple with brass cone shape pulls, labeled and in very good original con...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Maple

Paul McCobb Winchendon Modern 1560 Birch Desk
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Classic Paul McCobb Planner Group for Winchendon model 1560 two drawer natural finish solid birch desk Featuring a refinished solid birch framework and surface, deep double drawers,...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Steel

Paul McCobb Mid Century Upholstered Iron Ottoman Stool
By Paul McCobb
Located in La Grange, IL
Paul McCobb Mid Century upholstered iron ottoman stool Ottoman measures: 16.5 wide x 16.5 deep x 14.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vint...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Iron

Paul McCobb for Calvin Mid-Century Modern Walnut Highboy Dresser, Refinished
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern six-drawer highboy dresser Designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture "Linear Group" USA, 1950s Walnut and aluminum trim and hardware ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Aluminum

Paul McCobb Refinished End Table Long and Low
By Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Designer: Paul McCobb Manufacture: Unknown Period/style: Mid-Century Modern Country: US Date: 1950s Unique adjustable legs can be lower or heightened.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb

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Metal

Paul McCobb Planner Group Occasional Table
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Located in Dallas, TX
Solid maple top with black paired wrought iron base. Signed on the bottom, made by Winchendon.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

  • Paul McCobb Planner Group Occasional Table
  • Paul McCobb Planner Group Occasional Table
  • Paul McCobb Planner Group Occasional Table
  • Paul McCobb Planner Group Occasional Table
H 25.25 in. W 32 in. D 32 in.
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