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, 20-Drawer Planner Group Dresser

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb, 20-Drawer Planner Group Dresser
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s North American Dressers
Brass, Maple
Paul McCobb 20-drawer dresser, circa 1955 in pristinely restored condition. Dresser features ten exterior drawers with ten interior small drawers behind left and right side doors. Solid...
Paul McCobb Eight-Drawer Planner Group Dresser

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Eight-Drawer Planner Group Dresser
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Maple
Paul McCobb eight-drawer Planner Group dresser, circa 1950s in fully restored condition. Solid maple construction through out with solid brass conical original drawer hardware.
Stunning Pair of Paul McCobb Slipper Lounge Chairs with Walnut Trim

By Directional, Paul McCobb
Stunning Pair of Paul McCobb Slipper Lounge Chairs...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Wood, Walnut
Sleek and streamlined pair of Paul McCobb chairs. Epitome of 1950s modern design. Model 1322 slipper chair. Walnut detail and legs with a lovely midnight blue textured upholstery.
Paul McCobb Shovel Chair

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Shovel Chair
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Iron, Maple
Paul McCobb maple and Iron shovel chair, circa 1950. Solid sculpted maple seat with turned spindle back supports on iron framework. Paul McCobb (1917-1969) is an American designer be...
Paul McCobb Planner Group Credenza

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Planner Group Credenza
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Maple
This one has been beautifully restored. It is an early version with its original plywood doors! It is a great size for any room in your interior. It is by Paul McCobb for Planner Group,...
Clean Lined Modern Desk by Paul McCobb

By Paul McCobb
Clean Lined Modern Desk by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Wood
Clean lined modern desk, designed by Paul McCobb, American, circa 1960s. This desk is currently being refinished and can be completed in your choice of finish color. The price noted inc...
Lounge Chair  by Paul McCobb for Directional

By Paul McCobb
Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb for Directional
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Paul McCobb for Directional lounge chair
Paul McCobb Spindle Back Dining or Desk Chair for Planner Group

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Spindle Back Dining or Desk Chair for ...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Birch
Single Paul McCobb for Planner Group dining chairs refinished in dark espresso finish.
Pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group Ebony Finish Nightstands or End Tables
Pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group Ebony Finish Nig...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Maple
Paul McCobb Planner Group ebony finish nightstands or end tables. These tables have been completed restored and the maple wood refinished in a dark black stain. Original aluminum round ...
Pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group Ebony Chests or Dressers

By Paul McCobb
Pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group Ebony Chests or ...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Maple
Pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group chests or dressers, circa 1950s. Completely restored and refinished in a dark ebony finish, with original aluminum round ring pulls on taper legs. Exce...
Mid-Century Modern Six-Drawer Maple Dresser by Paul McCobb, 1950s
Mid-Century Modern Six-Drawer Maple Dresser by Pau...
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Modern Dressers
Maple
This Paul McCobb dresser has six drawers with original ring pulls. The solid maple case sits on top of a solid maple bench. Part of McCobb's modular designs. The drawer fronts are paint...
Paul McCobb Planner Group Occasional Table

By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Paul McCobb Planner Group Occasional Table
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Vintage 1950s American American Modern Tables
Solid maple top with black paired wrought iron base. Signed on the bottom, made by Winchendon.
Paul McCobb Planner Group Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Credenza or Grass Cloth
Paul McCobb Planner Group Mid-Century Modern Eboni...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Offering an exceptional Mid-Century Modern ebonized credenza or record cabinet designed by Paul McCobb for his “Planner Group” line , circa 1960s. The cabinet features a striking eboniz...
Paul McCobb for Directional Connoisseur Collection Secretary Cabinet

By Directional, Paul McCobb, H. Sacks & Sons
Paul McCobb for Directional Connoisseur Collection...
Directional, Paul McCobb, H. Sacks & Sons
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Mahogany
All original Mid-Century Modern bar cabinet, designed by Paul McCobb for Directional's Connoisseur Collection, and manufactured by H. Sacks and Sons in circa 1953. It can also be used a...
Paul McCobb for Directional Connoisseur Collection Secretary and Chair

By Directional, Paul McCobb, H. Sacks & Sons
Paul McCobb for Directional Connoisseur Collection...
Directional, Paul McCobb, H. Sacks & Sons
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Mahogany
All original Mid-Century Modern desk and matching side chair, designed by Paul McCobb for Directional's Connoisseur collection, and manufactured by H. Sacks and Sons in circa 1953. Feat...
Paul McCobb for Directional Connoisseur Collection Chair

By Directional, Paul McCobb, H. Sacks & Sons
Paul McCobb for Directional Connoisseur Collection...
Directional, Paul McCobb, H. Sacks & Sons
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Brass, Mahogany
A Mid-Century Modern side chair, designed by Paul McCobb for Directional's Connoisseur collection, and manufactured by H. Sacks and Sons in circa 1953. Can be used for dining or as a de...
Mahogany and Brass Table by Paul McCobb

By Paul McCobb
Mahogany and Brass Table by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Inlaid brass edged coffee and end table model no. 7012 in mahogany with three drawers by Paul McCobb, American, 1950s.
Paul McCobb Planner Group Stacking Chests for Winchendon, USA, 1950s
Paul McCobb Planner Group Stacking Chests for Winc...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Maple
A set of three cabinets typically stacked on one of the planner group benches. They can be stacked vertically, horizontally or used individually. The listed measurements are for the lar...
Round Travertine Cocktail Table by Paul McCobb for...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Travertine, Walnut
Made of travertine, walnut, and brass, this coffee or cocktail table was designed by Paul McCobb for the Conoisseur Collection.
Set of Four Irwin Collection Dining Chairs by Paul McCobb for Directional

By Directional, Paul McCobb
Set of Four Irwin Collection Dining Chairs by Paul...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Brass, Wood
Four caned back chairs designed by Paul McCobb for Directional with new red wool high-quality upholstery.
Set of Six Paul McCobb for Planner Group Dining Chairs
Set of Six Paul McCobb for Planner Group Dining Ch...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Designer: Paul McCobb Manufacture: Directional Period/style: Mid-Century Modern Country: USA Date: 1950s Newly recovered.
Paul McCobb for Directional Brass Stretcher End Tables

By Directional, Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb for Directional Brass Stretcher End Ta...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Brass, Mahogany
Beautiful pair of end tables newly redone in grey, featuring brass X-stretchers, designed by Paul McCobb for Directional, Connoisseur collection, circa 1950s.
Sofa in Linen by Paul McCobb, Model #1307

By Directional, Paul McCobb
Sofa in Linen by Paul McCobb, Model #1307
Directional, Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Linen, Walnut
Sofa designed by Paul McCobb for Directional, model #1307, circa 1950s. Newly upholstered in linen, walnut base fully restored. Listing is for single sofa.           
Paul McCobb Slipper Chairs in Grey Mohair

By Directional, Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Slipper Chairs in Grey Mohair
Directional, Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Mohair, Walnut
Pair of slipper chairs by Paul McCobb for Directional, circa 1950s. Newly upholstered in grey mohair, walnut bases fully restored.
Set of Paul McCobb for Custom Craft Lounge Chairs

By Paul McCobb, Custom Craft Inc.
Set of Paul McCobb for Custom Craft Lounge Chairs
Paul McCobb, Custom Craft Inc.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Walnut
Set of lounge chairs designed by Paul McCobb for Custom Craft, USA, circa 1950s. Reupholstered in holly hunt leather and walnut Measures: 38 ¾” H X 28 1/8” W x 32 ?” D x 17 ...
Paul McCobb Mahogany Bi-Fold Doors Dresser for Calvin Irwin Collection

By Paul McCobb, Calvin Group “Irwin Collection”
Paul McCobb Mahogany Bi-Fold Doors Dresser for Cal...
Paul McCobb, Calvin Group “Irwin Collection”
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Mahogany
Mid-century modern, streamlined, mahogany dresser by Paul McCobb for Calvin The Irwin Collection features bi-fold doors that open to reveal four 5 inch height drawers that float on a br...
Paul McCobb Connoisseur Collection Walnut and Brass Dining Table
Paul McCobb Connoisseur Collection Walnut and Bras...
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Paul McCobb connoisseur collection walnut and brass dining table. Table has two Leaves that can be added- Measurement with both leaves: 40.5" D x 69" W x 29" H Measurement with...
Paul McCobb Planner Group Sofa

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Planner Group Sofa
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Paul McCobb Planner Group sofa, label, in need of reupholstery as shown, can be upholstered c.o.m. If desired.
Pair of Paul McCobb Chests

By Paul McCobb
Pair of Paul McCobb Chests
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Aluminum, Walnut
Matching pair of McCobb walnut chests of drawers with aluminum trim and hardware.
Paul McCobb Calvin Group End Table with Brass Base

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Calvin Group End Table with Brass Base...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Wood, Brass
Symmetric table (note top could be repositioned to other side or centred if desired) designed by a Paul McCobb. Brass base, two drawers and top in Philippine mahogany. Measures: 22.2...
Paul McCobb Calvin Group Mid Century Modern Dresser

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Calvin Group Mid Century Modern Dresse...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
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 Am...
Paul McCobb Linear Group Coffee Table for Calvin

By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Paul McCobb Linear Group Coffee Table for Calvin
Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Low and well-proportioned circular coffee table in walnut and trimmed in aluminum by Paul McCobb for his "Linear Group" line for Calvin Furniture '56–'62. Thin strips of aluminum line t...
Midcentury Paul McCobb Desk

By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Midcentury Paul McCobb Desk
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Wood
Midcentury Paul McCobb pedestal desk with five drawers and a pull-out writing tray. Part of the Planner Group manufactured by Winchendon Furniture Company in the 1950s. Features the Cla...
Paul McCobb Planner Group Maple Double Dresser

By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Paul McCobb Planner Group Maple Double Dresser
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Gr...
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Maple, Brass
Mid-Century Modern vintage six-drawer dresser designed by Paul McCobb for his modular Planner Group line made by Winchendon Furniture in the 1950s. Professionally refinished. Versatile ...
Paul McCobb Winchendon Iron and Maple Coffee Table

By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Paul McCobb Winchendon Iron and Maple Coffee Table...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Iron, Maple
Elegant and Minimalist Mid-Century Modern vintage cocktail table designed by Paul McCobb for the Planner Group made by Winchendon Furniture in the 1950s. The graceful black iron base is...
Paul McCobb Winchendon Iron and Maple End Table

By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Paul McCobb Winchendon Iron and Maple End Table
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Iron, Maple
Elegant and minimalist Mid-Century Modern model 1578 three-tiered side or occasional table designed by Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture in the 1950s. The graceful black iron base is...
Paul McCobb Winchendon Modern Iron and Maple Dresser

By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Paul McCobb Winchendon Modern Iron and Maple Dress...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Gr...
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Maple
An early Mid-Century Modern vintage three-drawer dresser designed by Paul McCobb for his pre- Planner Group Winchendon Modern line made by Winchendon Furniture in the 1950s. Professiona...
Set Pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group Large Cabinets, circa 1955
Set Pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group Large Cabine...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Canvas, Maple
A pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group large cabinets in maple. Each having a centre shelf and sliding canvas doors. Both are signed on back.
Paul McCobb “Irwin Collection” Credenza

By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Paul McCobb “Irwin Collection” Credenza
Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Mahogany
Paul McCobb “Irwin Collection” credenza. Manufactured by Calvin Furniture, circa 1950. The mahogany has been professionally restored.
Paul McCobb for Calvin Sideboard with Brass X-Stretcher

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb for Calvin Sideboard with Brass X-Stre...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Mahogany
Paul McCobb sideboard or credenza, three drawers at top, sliding leather doors with brass trim, and adjustable shelves, brass X-stretcher between tapered legs. Currently being refinishe...
Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Upholstered Metal King Size Headboard for Calvin
Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Upholstered Metal K...
Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Metal, Upholstery, Wood
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...
Paul McCobb Eight-Drawer Mahogany Dresser with Brass X-Base Stretchers

By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Paul McCobb Eight-Drawer Mahogany Dresser with Bra...
Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Mahogany
Paul McCobb eight-drawer mahogany dresser with brass X-base stretchers, circa 1960. Part of the popular and higher end 'Connoisseur Collection' with included brass detailing and excepti...
Low Paul McCobb Console Table

By Paul McCobb
Low Paul McCobb Console Table
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Milk Glass, Iron
An early Paul McCobb for Directional low long console table. The table's Vitroline top is supported by a thin line elegant iron base.
Paul McCobb for Calvin Credenza Sideboard with Bar Top

By Paul McCobb, Calvin
Paul McCobb for Calvin Credenza Sideboard with Bar...
Paul McCobb, Calvin
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
A quite stunning combination sideboard with a bar cabinet on top. The bar has felt on the bottom so it can be easily position to sit anywhere on the credenza top. We have had he piece r...
Paul McCobb Walnut Cabinet or Room Divider, circa 1965

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Walnut Cabinet or Room Divider, circa ...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Aluminum, Walnut
Paul McCobb walnut cabinet or room divider, circa 1965. Walnut with brushed aluminium trim and original hardware. Dual front and back sliding doors allow easy access to items inside. Gr...
Paul McCobb Designed Mid-Century Credenza

By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Paul McCobb Designed Mid-Century Credenza
Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Beautifully restored cabinet by Paul McCobb for Calvin Group. Lovely dark mahogany wood with leather covered sliding doors and accenting brass hardware throughout. Each open cabinet com...
Set of Three Paul McCobb Stools

By Paul McCobb
Set of Three Paul McCobb Stools
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1970s American Stools
Three iron benches by Paul McCobb for Winchendon upholstered in faux leather.
Paul McCobb Dresser or Siceboard

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Dresser or Siceboard
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Travertine, Mahogany
Eight-drawer dresser or sideboard from the Irwin collection designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin. Features a travertine top, brass pulls and base, with mahogany. Finished on all sides. Re...
Pair of Paul McCobb for Directional Lounge Chairs

By Directional, Paul McCobb
Pair of Paul McCobb for Directional Lounge Chairs
Directional, Paul McCobb
20th Century Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Pair of lounge chairs by Paul McCobb.
Paul McCobb Pagoda Sofa

By Paul McCobb, Custom Craft Inc.
Paul McCobb Pagoda Sofa
Paul McCobb, Custom Craft Inc.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Paul McCobb Pagoda Sofa. Upholstered with new foam and velvet fabric.
Paul McCobb Planner Group for Winchendon Four Draw...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Brass, Birch
Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Planner Group for Winchendon Four Drawer Chestnut Finish Birch Desk. Featuring a solid Birch four-drawer Writing Desk with Chestnut finish on rectangular ...
McCobb Drop-Leaf Dining Table with Three Leaves

By Paul McCobb
McCobb Drop-Leaf Dining Table with Three Leaves
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
McCobb drop-leaf dining table with three extension leaves three 12" leaves for a total of 86.5" fully extended.
Mid-Century Modern Maple Credenza / Sideboard Designed by Paul McCobb
Mid-Century Modern Maple Credenza / Sideboard Desi...
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Maple
This modern sideboard designed by Paul McCobb has two sides both equipped with a shelf. Made of a solid natural maple wood case with sliding doors painted forest green, it provides goo...
Pair of Modern Upholstered Lounge Chairs Designed by Paul McCobb for Directional
Pair of Modern Upholstered Lounge Chairs Designed ...
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Walnut
These elegantly upholstered modern lounge chairs were designed by Paul McCobb.  
Mid-Century American Modern Black Maple Desk and Drawers by Paul McCobb
Mid-Century American Modern Black Maple Desk and D...
Paul McCobb
20th Century American American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Maple
This beautifully proportioned desk was designed by Paul McCobb in the 1950s. The desk is equipped with a left bank of three drawers with solid brass knobs. Also sporting a pencil draw...
Planner Group Drop-Leaf Table by Paul McCobb for Winchendon

By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Planner Group Drop-Leaf Table by Paul McCobb for W...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Solid dining table with two leaves by Paul McCobb as part of the Planner Group of furniture for Winchendon. A straightforward, egalitarian dining table with stunning lines and honest co...
Paul McCobb Leather Topped Lamp Table with Glass S...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Glass, Leather, Mahogany
Lovely leather topped lamp table with brass edging, glass shelf, and a single drawer with a bleached mahogany finish. A rare design by Paul McCobb for the Connoisseur Collection for H. ...
Credenza by Paul McCobb for the Calvin Group

By Paul McCobb
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...