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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.

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Paul McCobb Desk / Chair from the Planner Group
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A desk and matching T- backed chair designed by Paul McCobb in solid maple with a satin black finish having brass pulls. Two drawers one a file size make this a very usable desk for ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Maple

Paul McCobb Midcentury Planner Group Dining Set
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Maple

Paul McCobb Bookcase / Room Divider in Brass and Walnut for Calvin
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Walnut

Paul McCobb Planner Group Maple Tall Dresser / Chest for Winchendon
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Maple

Paul McCobb Planner Group Jewelry / Watch Box Chest ‘B’
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Maple

Paul McCobb Planner Group Credenza for Winchendon
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Wood

Paul McCobb Planner Group Credenza / Sideboard by Winchendon
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Wood

Paul McCobb Desk and Chair from the Planner Group
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A solid maple wood double pedestal desk with five drawers and a pull out writing platform , dark toned metal T pulls all sitting on conical legs and with the matching spindle back ch...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Paul McCobb Cabinet for Winchendon from the Planner Group Collection
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Maple

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George Nelson Desk from a National Historic Landmark Eero Saarinen Building
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George Nelson Desk and Work Station Set from a National Historic Landmark
By George Nelson
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Midcentury Walnut Desk in the style of Stow Davis- Lehigh
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Located in Cincinnati, OH
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