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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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$3,488
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Iconic Designs from Paul McCobb
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Paul Mccobb Origami Chair
Paul Mccobb Origami Chair
Paul Mccobb Symmetric Group Sofa
Paul Mccobb Symmetric Group Sofa
Paul McCobb "Connoisseur Collection" Chess Table and Chairs, C. 1950s
By Paul McCobb
Located in Stamford, CT
A rarely seen chess set designed by the Iconic Paul McCobb, circa 1950-1959. What makes the find even more special is the two matching chairs. Executed in mahogany and rosewood, comp...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb

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Brass

Fully Restored Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb for Directional
By Paul McCobb, Directional
Located in Providence, RI
High back lounge chair designed by Paul McCobb and produced by Directional, circa 1959. Chair has been completely restored. New webbing, foam, upholstery, and new finish to the walnu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Connoisseur Collection Side Chair by Paul McCobb, C. 1950s
By Paul McCobb
Located in Stamford, CT
The highly sought-after Connoisseur Collection side or desk chair, designed by Paul McCobb, circa 1950-1959. Executed in walnut, fully restored, and reupholstered in taupe leather, s...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Sideboard by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern design meets timeless craftsmanship in this vintage sideboard by Paul McCobb. Walnut woodgrain, a white top surface, and metal legs pair tastefully with ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb

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Walnut

  • Mid-Century Modern Sideboard by Paul McCobb
  • Mid-Century Modern Sideboard by Paul McCobb
  • Mid-Century Modern Sideboard by Paul McCobb
  • Mid-Century Modern Sideboard by Paul McCobb
H 37.5 in. W 53.5 in. D 19 in.
Paul McCobb Modular Cabinet or Dresser for the Planner Group
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Paul McCobb modular cabinet or dresser for the Planner Group, consisting of four pieces. A rare find, in well cared for vintage condition. Planner Group designs by Paul McCobb Meas...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb

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Wood, Birch, Maple

Black McCobb Planner Dining Armchairs Nº1530 Labels Original Finish Midcentury
By Paul McCobb
Located in Hyattsville, MD
A pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group dining armchairs model Nº1530 in original black enamel finish with labels to verso of each chair. Lots of paint loss in the seat areas, otherwise ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Birch

Paul McCobb X-Base Dining Table
By Paul McCobb
Located in Atlanta, GA
Paul McCobb X-base modern dining table, American, circa 1950s. This table has been refinished in an ultra-deep brown lacquer. This table does not have any leaves.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Brass, Metal

  • Paul McCobb X-Base Dining Table
  • Paul McCobb X-Base Dining Table
  • Paul McCobb X-Base Dining Table
  • Paul McCobb X-Base Dining Table
H 28.75 in. Dm 48 in.
Midcentury Paul McCobb #1546 Coffee Table Bench Blonde Maple Finish
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb Planner Group #1546 solid maple 60 inch coffee table bench blonde maple finish - Minimalist refinished in original raw blonde finish. Professionally sprayed. Ve...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb

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Maple

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Paul Mccobb Origami Chair
Paul Mccobb Origami Chair
Average Price
$2,130
Number Available
8
Paul Mccobb Origami Chair
By Paul McCobb
Materials
Fiberglass, Plastic, Metal
Styles
Mid Century Modern
It’s universally known as the Origami chair — a moniker that references the long tradition of delicate paper-folding art that was popularized in Japan. Originally, however, the intent was to create seating that was exceptionally strong.Promoted under its official name in a Directional Furniture brochure as sturdy enough for “extraordinary conditions” and “eminently suited to hard wear,” the Faceted Form chair in 1959 was the creation of Paul McCobb (1917–69), one of America’s most prolific mi...
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Paul Mccobb Symmetric Group Sofa
Paul Mccobb Symmetric Group Sofa
Average Price
$11,544
Number Available
4
Paul Mccobb Symmetric Group Sofa
By Paul McCobb
Materials
Fabric, Wood, Textile, Walnut
Styles
Mid Century Modern
The 1962 Symmetric Group sofa borrows from the simplicity of New England furniture traditions and infuses this heritage with a playful modernism. Boston-born designer Paul McCobb (1917–69) was inspired by the solid craftsmanship of Shaker and Windsor furniture as well as the needs of mid-century living. Designed for Widdicomb Furniture Company, the high-backed Symmetric Group sofa could add a note of elegance to a middle-class home, balancing its bulky body of swooping arms and ribbed details...
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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.
Questions About Paul McCobb
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To refinish Paul McCobb furniture, start by stripping away the old finish with a chemical stripper. Then, use a fine wire brush and steel wool to remove any lingering chemicals. Sand every surface and apply a wood conditioner. Finally, apply three to five coats of lacquer. Find a collection of Paul McCobb furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    The best way to identify Paul McCobb furniture is to look for the signature hallmarks of his style. He didn't sign or add a brand marker to his pieces. McCobb preferred clean, simple lines with no ornamentation. Slightly angled legs and boxy drawers and chair backs are indicative of his work. On 1stDibs, find a variety of expertly vetted Paul McCobb furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    You can sell Paul McCobb furniture in a number of ways. Options include selling directly to someone else by advertising on social media or in the newspaper or going to a vintage furniture shop. You can also work with an auction house or choose a reputable online platform. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of Paul McCobb furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    In most cases, Paul McCobb used a natural lacquer wood finish. In doing so, he emphasized the natural color and grain of the hardwoods used to build his tables, desks, cabinets and other furniture. Shop a collection of Paul McCobb on 1stDibs.

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