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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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Pair of Slipper Chairs by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of slipper chairs designed by Paul McCobb. Fully restored.
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1950s Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Walnut

Paul McCobb Slipper Chair, Model 1202
By Paul McCobb
Located in Dallas, TX
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1950s Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Maple

Pair of Slipper Chairs and Ottoman by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Located in Dallas, TX
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1950s Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Velvet

Brass and Vitrolite Coffee Table by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Located in Dallas, TX
A large patinated brass coffee table with Vitrolite white glass top. Designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin.
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1950s Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

Brass and Vitrolite console table by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Located in Dallas, TX
A brass console table with Vitrolite top designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin.
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1950s Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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