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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 6-Drawer Dresser for Winchendon Furniture
By Winchendon Furniture Company, Paul McCobb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul McCobb 6-drawer dresser for winchendon furniture.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Aluminum

Planner Group Bar Cart Table by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare Midcentury bar cart #1250 designed by Paul McCobb for planner group collection, circa 1950. Featuring one drawer and 2 fold down leaves. Original Wax mark on bottom. Fully Ope...
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1960s American Organic Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Maple

Paul McCobb for Calvin Mid Century Sideboard Buffet Credenza
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Calvin mid century sideboard buffet credenza The credenza measures: 66 wide x 18 deep x 34.25 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call res...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Brass

Paul McCobb for Planner Group Winchendon Modular Ebonized Maple Dresser
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, modular dresser system by Paul McCobb for Planner Group, Winchendon features two 24 x 18 x 8.5 inch dressers with signature aluminum ring pulls, that can be posit...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb

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Aluminum

1960s Paul McCobb Linear Group for Calvin Room Divider Base Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb
Located in Lambertville, NJ
This is the base of a Paul McCobb Linear Group room divider that we are offering as a coffee table or base for a flat screen television.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Aluminum

Paul McCobb Calvin Group Mid Century Modern Dresser
By Paul McCobb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ten-drawer mahogany dresser with tri-fold doors by from the Irwin collection, Paul McCobb. Exquisite mid-century modern bedroom storage dresser with unique design detail by an iconic...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

Paul Mccobb for Architectural Pottery White M-2 Planter, 1964
By Architectural Pottery, Paul McCobb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A rare white-glazed bisque planter designed by Paul McCobb for Architectural Pottery, 1964. This planter is in excellent condition with no evidence of prior use.
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1960s American Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Ceramic

Clean Lined Slipper Chair by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Located in Atlanta, GA
Clean lined modern slipper chair by Paul McCobb, American, circa 1950s. It has been completely restored in an navy blue and gray color striped wool blend upholstery and the base fin...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Upholstery, Wood

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Paul McCobb Sellers

Liberty & 33rd
4.9
Modern Hill Inc.
4.6
Horseman Antiques Inc.
4.9
Original in Berlin
5.0
Century Design Ltd.
5.0
Danish Modern LA
5.0
Soho Treasures
4.7

Paul McCobb furniture for sale on 1stDibs

The Paul McCobb 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 764 vintage editions of these items, while there are 5 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Paul McCobb was 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 $445 and tops out at $21,500, while pieces like these can sell for $3,729 on average.

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