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 for Calvin Wall Unit Credenza
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Paul McCobb for Calvin Wall Unit Credenza
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century Credenzas
Paul McCobb for Calvin wall unit with credenza. Leather doors with brass detailing. Top piece measures: 48" Height x 60" Width x 19" Depth.
Vintage Mid-Century Bart Cart by Paul McCobb
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Vintage Mid-Century Bart Cart by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb, Calvin
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bar Carts
Brass, Mahogany, Stone
This rare Mid-Century Modern tea/bar cart was designed by Paul McCobb for the Irwin Collection by Calvin, Grand Rapids, USA, circa 1950s. It features a solid brass frame that rests on f...
Modern Leather Front Credenza by Paul McCobb
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Modern Leather Front Credenza by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Glass, Mahogany, Brass
Modern leather front credenza by Paul McCobb for Calvin, American, circa 1950s. This piece is currently being refinished and can be completed in your choice of color. The price noted be...
Paul McCobb 1312 High Back Club Chair and 314 Otto...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Walnut
A wonderful example of a McCobb classic form Directional Furniture Company. The set is redone in new fabric in the manner of Paul Laszlo designs. Arm height is 21. Ottoman measures: 28"...
5 Drawer Double Sided Two Tone Black, Birch Desk b...
Paul McCobb, Planner Group, Winchendon Furniture Company
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Birch
Very stylish desk with double sided pedestals with 5 satin black painted solid birch drawers (2 + 3 + 1 tray). The back, top and sides are in solid birch. The desk was designed by Paul ...
Coffee Table by Paul McCobb for Wichendon
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Steel, Wood
Round coffee table by Paul McCobb for Wichendon with solid wood top and steel base.
Extendable Drop-Leaf Maple Dining Table by Paul Mc...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture “Planner Group”
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Maple
Extendable solid maple drop-leaf dining table with three 12" extensions offering the possibility for a table ranging from 22" (with drop-leafs down) to 53" to maximum 89" with all three...
Paul McCobb Round Laminate Dining Table for Direct...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Light gray laminate 42" round dining table by Paul McCobb for Directional with aluminum base. Base shows wear from use and age. Seem is visible on ban that surround tabletop, circa 1950...
Paul McCobb Shovel Dining Chairs
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Paul McCobb Shovel Dining Chairs
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century Dining Room Chairs
Paul McCobb maple and iron shovel chairs, circa 1950s in restored condition. Solid sculpted maple seat with turned spindle back supports on iron framework. Paul McCobb (1917-1969) is...
Pair of Paul McCobb Leather Stools
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Pair of Paul McCobb Leather Stools
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Nice pair of vintage Paul McCobb iron leg stools and newly recovered in leather.
Pair of Paul McCobb Trapezoidal End Tables with Br...
Paul McCobb, H. Sacks & Sons
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Brass, Glass, Mahogany
Elegant and very rare pair of trapezoidal ebonized end or side tables with brass frames and glass shelves. The drawer has an hourglass brass pull. The tables are from Paul McCobb's Con...
Paul McCobb “Irwin Collection” Vanity for Calvin Group
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Paul McCobb, Calvin Group “Irwin Collection”
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Brass, Mahogany
Designer: Paul McCobb. Manufacturer: Calvin Group “Irwin Collection.” Period/Style: Mid-Century Modern. Country: United States. Date: 1950s. Dimensions: 32.25″ H x 71.25″ L x 19....
Pair of 1950s Paul McCobb Nightstands
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Classic Paul McCobb Planner Group nightstands or end tables beautifully restored in a rich dark stain and accented with McCobb's signature brass pulls. Please contact for location.
Paul McCobb Dresser for the Calvin Group Collectio...
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Mahogany
Very handsome dresser by Paul McCobb for the Calvin Group. Beautifully refinished in a rich brown stain and accented with brass frames that extend to the floor. A special feature are th...
Paul McCobb Credenza for Calvin
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Paul McCobb Credenza for Calvin
Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Mahogany
Paul McCobb credenza for Calvin. Cabinet features two bi-fold doors concealing four drawers and storage. Signed with applied metal manufacturer's label to one drawer: [Calvin Grand Rapi...
Paul McCobb for Calvin Travertine Top Cocktail Tab...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Travertine, Wood
Coffee table designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture. Brass frame with travertine top.
Handsome Pair of Dressers by Paul McCobb for the C...
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Very handsome pair of dressers with crisp, clean lines and finished in a rich, dark brown lacquer and accented with polished brass. Please contact for location.
Handsome Chest of Drawers in Mahogany by Paul McCo...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Ash, Brass, Mahogany
Paul McCobb for Calvin chest / dresser in mahogany over solid ash frame with solid brass drawer pulls. Book matched veneers to top, sides and back in a beautiful honey-brown finish that...
Mid-Century Modern Sliding Door Credenza by Paul M...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
This vintage maple wood Paul McCobb cabinet features stylish grass cloth sliding doors with plenty of shelf storage for any setting. Tapered and angled legs add to the stylish simplicit...
Paul McCobb Cabinet or Credenza, Calvin Grand Rapids
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Paul McCobb Cabinet or Credenza, Calvin Grand Rapi...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Cabinets
Paul McCobb designed cabinet or credenza from the Calvin line. Label on top drawer says Rapids Furniture Co. Inc. of Boston, etc. Beautiful piece which has been lightly refinished.
Paul McCobb for Calvin Group Wall Unit with Creden...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Paul McCobb for Calvin Group wall unit with Credenza. Handsome credenza with wall unit by Paul McCobb for the Calvin Group. Leather doors and polished brass supports. Exceptional cond...
Pair of Paul McCobb for Calvin Side Tables
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Pair of single drawer side tables/nightstands by Paul McCobb for Calvin. Each having stainless columns and drawer pulls. Both having recently been hand-rubbed French polished. Number 48...
Credenza by Paul McCobb for the Calvin Group
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Credenza by Paul McCobb for the Calvin Group
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Mahogany, Cane
Very handsome, nicely styled credenza by Paul McCobb for the Calvin Group. Refinished in a dark espresso stain and beautifully accented by brass trim and uncommon brass legs. The trifol...
Mahogany and Brass Credenza by Paul McCobb for the...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Mahogany
Elegant Paul McCobb sideboard features three-paneled accordion doors which open to reveal shelving on the left and drawers on the right. Measures: Height: 34", width: 71.5", depth...
"Squirm" Chair by Paul McCobb
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"Squirm" Chair by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
"Squirm" chair by Paul McCobb.
Ebonized Planner Group Buffet by Paul McCobb for W...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture “Planner Group”
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Buffets
Brass, Grasscloth, Maple
Paul McCobb designed this handsome buffet as part of his Planner Group for Winchendon. Perched on McCobb's Classic splayed legs, the ebonized maple case is complemented by two white gra...
"Irwin" Dinette Table by Paul McCobb for Calvin, 1...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Brass, Wood
Perfect circular dining table in mahogany stain with brass accents, designed by iconic American designer Paul McCobb and manufactured by Calvin of Grand Rapids, from the Irwin Group. Be...
Mid-Century Danish Sideboard by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Wood
Mid-Century Danish sideboard, circa 1950s, the top with brass banding over a narrow frieze fitted with three drawers, atop a conforming case fitted with two folding doors of parchment v...
Rare Paul McCobb Planner Group 3082 Black and Taup...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture “Planner Group”
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Early Paul McCobb Planner Group for Winchendon 3082-E Club Chair. Ebonized wood frame with newly upholstered in Taupe Mohair Cashmere. Original finish
Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb for Directional
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Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb for Directional
Directional, Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Walnut
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 walnut l...
Pair of Rare Paul McCobb Angular Lounge Chairs
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Pair of Rare Paul McCobb Angular Lounge Chairs
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Newly refinished rare pair angular lounge chairs by Paul McCobb. These sculptural chairs have a high back with conical wood legs. Dimensions: 30" w x 28.5" d x 34". Seat height 16"....
Paul McCobb for Calvin Vitrolite White Glass and B...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass framed coffee table with the original Vitrolite top and three drawers, by Paul McCobb for Calvin furniture. In excellent condition, despite a single chip in the Vitrolite. The dim...
Paul McCobb Dresser
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Paul McCobb Dresser
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Beech, Rosewood
Paul McCobb Perimeter Group dresser for Winchendon with newly configured base. Solid after market base with sweeping arch replacing the standard factory issued four square legs. Ebonize...
Paul McCobb Planner Group Six-Drawer Dresser
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Paul McCobb Planner Group Six-Drawer Dresser
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Birch, Maple
All original six-drawer Paul McCobb Planner Group modern dresser. Original finish. Tapered legs. Cone pulls. Burn in mark signature in top drawer.
Paul McCobb Coffee Table with Shelf and Two Drawer...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Aluminum, Walnut
A walnut Paul McCobb coffee table with brushed aluminum frame and hardware. The coffee table features two drawers and a shelf for storage.  
Beautiful Iron and Maple Coffee Table by Paul McCobb, 1950s
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Beautiful Iron and Maple Coffee Table by Paul McCo...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Iron, Maple
Beautiful iron and maple coffee table by Paul McCobb, 1950s. See this item in our private NYC showroom! Refine Limited is located in the heart of Chelsea at the history Starrett-LeHi...
Original Paul McCobb High Back Lounge Chair
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Original Paul McCobb High Back Lounge Chair
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Maple, Wood, Wool
Original Paul McCobb lounge chair in umber, gray and taupe striped loose weave wool upholstery and long tapered maple legs. Great front view as well as profile with M-shaped back and ra...
Walnut Sideboard with White Marble Top and Leather...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Aluminum, Leather, Marble, Walnut
This walnut sideboard/buffet for H. Sacks & Sons of Massachusetts shows Paul McCobb's exacting selection of materials and attention to detail. An inset top of white marble sits above si...
1960s Brass Floor Terrestrial Globe
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Globes
Brass, Paper
Paul McCobb style brass standing floor terrestrial globe, circa 1960. Gorgeous rotating globe with full 360 axis pivoting and spinning motion. Globe has raised textured exterior.
Paul McCobb Game Table with Brass Details and Inla...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Game Tables
Mid-Century Paul McCobb game table for Sa is & Sons furniture company. Philippine mahogany with brass trimmed top, tapered legs with brass cross stretcher. The reversible slid out top h...
Paul McCobb Brass Frame Coffee Table with White Ca...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Vitrolite
Paul McCobb brass frame coffee table with white Carrara glass (vitrolite-milk glass) top. This coffee table is model 8715 from Paul McCobb Directional furniture collection.
Paul McCobb for Calvin Walnut and Brass Chest of D...
Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Walnut
Paul McCobb was a modern furniture and Industrial designer. McCobb first came to prominence in 1948 as a design and decorating consultant for Martin Feinman’s Modernage Furniture in New...
Six Paul McCobb Dining Chairs for Calvin, circa 19...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Leather, Wood
You are viewing one of the higher end manufacturing companies that produced Paul McCobb furniture, Calvin Mfg. Why we love these chairs, the beautiful patina that has graced them for ov...
Early Paul McCobb His and Hers Lounge Chairs
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Early Paul McCobb His and Hers Lounge Chairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Cane, Cherry
McCobb for Widdicomb pair of lounges, woven cane backs with sculpted arms and kick back legs. Original vintage frames cleaned up, reupholstered with new great plains cotton weave, back...
Set of Twelve Paul McCobb Dining Chairs
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Set of Twelve Paul McCobb Dining Chairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Leather, Mahogany
Mccobb for Calvin dining chairs - woven leather seat and leather backs, tapered legs in mahogany wood. Armchairs (2) sculpted arms. Side chairs (10) dimensions are as follows H 35.5"...
Pair of Paul McCobb Wingback Lounge Chairs
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Pair of Paul McCobb Wingback Lounge Chairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
McCobb for Directional, rare pair of model #1329 "Wingback" lounges. Curved backs and sculpted cantilevered walnut arms with turned solid legs. Restored and reupholstered with Great...
Vintage Modern Dining Set with Hairpin Legs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets
Great Mid-Century set that includes four Paul McCobb iron frame chairs and a rectangular table with matching iron hairpin legs. All items are vintage American made in the 1950s. Table:...
Paul McCobb Side Table
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Paul McCobb Side Table
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Mahogany
Paul McCobb occasional table, model 70008. Bleached mahogany wood with brass insert.
Ebony Paul McCobb Six-Drawer Dresser for Planner G...
Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Vintage 1960s American Dressers
Maple
Very beautiful ebonized Paul McCobb six-drawer dresser for Planner Group. This piece has been newly restored and professionally ebonized. We also have the tall glass front topper in sto...
Paul McCobb Side Table
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Paul McCobb Side Table
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Mahogany
Paul McCobb side table. Mahogany surface, brass frame.
Pair of Lounge Chairs by Paul McCobb
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Pair of Lounge Chairs by Paul McCobb
Directional, Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Cane, Fabric, Wood
Pair of lounge chairs by Paul McCobb.
Mid-Century Dresser by Paul McCobb
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Mid-Century Dresser by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Iron, Maple
Mid-Century dresser by Paul McCobb.
Paul McCobb Jewelry Chest
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Paul McCobb Jewelry Chest
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
A ten-drawer McCobb jewelry chest in a dark ebony finish with brass pulls and small brass feet. Retains the manufactures label to the inside drawer, by the Winchendon Furniture Company....
Pair of Lounge Chairs by Paul McCobb for Widdicomb...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
A pair of Symmetriac series lounge chairs by Paul McCobb for Widdicomb. Features four fabric covered buttons, a loose seat cushion and hour glass shaped legs in walnut. Vintage velvet u...
Paul McCobb Mahogany and Brass Coffee Table
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Paul McCobb Mahogany and Brass Coffee Table
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Wood
Rare brass and mahogany coffee table designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin. Stunning mahogany grain with three drawers and sculpted brass pulls.
Mid-Century “Planner Group” Credenza by Paul McCob...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Maple, Wood
A large six-drawer, two-door Paul McCobb “Planner Group” credenza in maple for Winchendon Furniture. Piece is finished in a warm, dark khaki that highlights the nicely figured grain ...
Pair of Marble-Topped Planner Group Nightstands by...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Brass, Maple, Travertine
Part of Paul McCobb’s Planner group for Winchendon, this pair of nightstands comprises black-lacquered maple cases with two drawers set on canted legs. The contrasting white travertine ...
Rare New Upholstered Paul McCobb Planner Group Curved Bow Sofa
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Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Wood
Newly upholstered McCobb sofa with a curved seat and a bow back. We used a high-quality Mark Alexander fabric on this beauty.
Paul McCobb X-Base Brass Stool
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Paul McCobb X-Base Brass Stool
Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Vintage 1950s American Benches
Brass, Upholstery
Paul McCobb for Calvin X-base stool with square tubular brass legs, flat brass stretchers and as-found woven eggplant upholstery in good condition. This item is in our Brooklyn showroom...
Pair of Lounge Chairs by Paul McCobb
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Pair of Lounge Chairs by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s Lounge Chairs
A pair of fully restored lounge chairs designed by Paul McCobb for directional. Reupholstered in Holly Hunt "think as thieves" fabric.