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Paul McCobb Furniture

American, 1917-1969

The single aesthetic attribute of vintage Paul McCobb furniture is that the designer completely forsook ornament — his pieces have no flourishes. And yet, because they are honest — McCobb’s chairs, desks and dining 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 — his mid-century modern work has warmth and presence.

You could call the Massachusetts-born McCobb a man of parts. As a furniture designer, his work combined the attributes of many of his now better-known peers. 

Like the work of 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 besides 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, a repeat recipient of the Good Design Award from the Museum of Modern Art, also designed cohesive lines of furnishings, such as his best-known Planner Group, that gave homes an instant “look.” He designed for several companies, most notably Directional, which was home to McCobb’s Origami chair

In 1949, in partnership with New York furniture salesman B.G. Mesberg, McCobb set up the Directional Furniture Company, a​ brand known to vintage mid-century modern furniture collectors everywhere. Directional opened its doors after McCobb created the high-end Directional Modern line of sofas distributed by the New York-based Modernage Company. Directional also produced designs by other legends such as Paul Evans and Vladimir Kagan

As you can see from the offerings on 1stDibs, McCobb designs are the pin-striped suit, or the little black dress, of a decor: an essential.

Find vintage Paul McCobb credenzas, bookcases, nightstands and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Paul McCobb
Dealer: Century Design Ltd.
Paul McCobb for Directional Mid-Century Modern Sofa with Brass Cross Stretcher
By Directional, Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
1950s Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb for Directional sofa on tapered legs with round brass stretcher from front to back and side to side. Drop arm detail, older floral upholstery ne...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood

Paul McCobb for Calvin Dining Table with Brass X Cross Support Pick your Finish
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Designed by Paul McCobb for his Irwin collection for Calvin, this Philippine Mahogany dining table has brass X stretcher between tapered legs, includes two 12" extension leaves. Leng...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Brass

Set of 3 Paul McCobb Brass X Frame Ottomans or Stools - Holly Hunt Salmon Velvet
By Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Set of 3 fully restored Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb model 1306 for Directional brass X base ottomans or stools , reupholstered in Holly Hunt Salmon colored velvet. Brass has been ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Brass

Paul McCobb for Calvin Round Mahogany, Wicker with Brass Trim Side or End Table
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Restored Paul McCobb for Calvin model 8734 round side or end table with Mahogany top, having brass trim edge with lower wicker shelf. Refinished in a medium brown walnut stain, re-gl...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Brass

Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture Round Calacatta Marble Top & Brass Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
One owner circa 1955 Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture round coffee table with beautiful Calacatta marble top with original patina to brass base and feet. Top is free of cracks and ch...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Marble, Brass

Paul McCobb Connoisseur Collection Mid-Century Modern Mahogany Dry Bar or Server
By Paul McCobb, H Sacks & Sons
Located in St. Louis, MO
Hard to find Paul McCobb dry bar or server for his Connoisseur collection by H. Saks & Sons. To be refinished, custom color available, rounded pulls to be re-plated brass. Top lifts ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Mahogany

Paul McCobb Spindle Back Dining or Desk Chair for Planner Group
By Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Single Paul McCobb for Planner Group dining chairs refinished in dark espresso finish.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Birch

Paul McCobb Mid-Century Modern Armchair Model 3049 with Tapered Splayed Legs
By Paul McCobb, Custom Craft Inc.
Located in St. Louis, MO
Paul McCobb (American 1917–1969) model 3049 armchair by Custom Craft, Inc. with dowel legs shown with original black stained legs and upholstery. Price includes refinishing of legs, ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Fabric, Birch

Paul McCobb for Calvin Console Table with White Vitrolite Top and Brass Frame
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern console table or server designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture, part of his Irwin collection. Console has two drawers and two lower shelves in mahogany that ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Brass

1950s Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid-Century Modern Loveseat Settee or Sofa
By Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Paul McCobb for Planner Group loveseat, settee or sofa. Upholstery needs to be updated as it has stains, foam is good. Price includes refinishing of legs. Measures: Seat 16" H, arm 1...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood

Rare Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb for Directional Sculptural Cubist Sofa
By Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Rare Paul McCobb for Directional sculptural cubist sofa or settee. Legs have been refinished, older reupholstery and foam must be updated. Great sleek geom...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Upholstery

Paul McCobb for Calvin Dining Table with Brass X Cross Support, Customizable
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Philippine Mahogany dining table with brass X stretcher between tapered legs, designed by Paul McCobb, part of his Irwin collection for Calvin. Includes two 15" extension leaves, len...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Brass

Pair of MCM Paul McCobb for Planner Group Blond Maple Three-Drawer Chests
By Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
All original pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group chest / dressers for Winchendon. Three drawers, brass cone pulls on tapered legs. Touched up original finish. Can be ebonized for addit...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Maple

Paul McCobb Mid-Century Modern Tall Gentleman's Chest of Drawers - Calvin Group
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
One of Paul McCobb's most desirable designs, rare model 1013 gentleman's chest of drawers or tall dresser in mahogany from the Calvin group. Elegant and stately, it is loaded with re...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Brass

Paul McCobb Bleached Mahogany Accordion Doors Sideboard, Refinished to Order
By Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Paul McCobb sideboard or credenza with accordion doors in bleached mahogany. Calvin Group, finished back, tapered legs, currently being refinished, cust...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Mahogany

McCobb Drop-Leaf Dining Table with Three Leaves
By Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
McCobb drop-leaf dining table with three extension leaves three 12" leaves for a total of 86.5" fully extended.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of Paul McCobb for Calvin Sliding Door Credenzas
By Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of Paul McCobb for Calvin credenza refinished in dark espresso with sliding doors and aluminum trim. Each side has an adjustable s...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Aluminum

Paul McCobb for Calvin Brass X-Base Eight-Drawer Dresser
By Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Paul McCobb for Calvin Group fully restored eight-drawer dresser with brass cross stretcher. Mahogany refinished in espresso, original knobs butler brass plated and brass X-base poli...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Mahogany

Paul McCobb Mid-Century Modern King Headboard for Calvin with Caned Panels
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Paul McCobb king size headboard for Calvin with caned panels. Aluminum edge, mahogany frame and caned panels. Caning has a few losses, ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Aluminum

Paul McCobb for Calvin #1003 Chest of Drawers or Dresser with Brass X Stretcher
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
A very nicely tailored medium dark mahogany Mid-Century chest designed by Paul McCobb for the Calvin Furniture Company. Having two smaller upper drawers and three larger lower drawer...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Furniture

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Brass

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Paul Mccobb furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Paul McCobb furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Paul McCobb furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 901 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 16 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Paul McCobb were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Dunbar, George Nelson, and John Widdicomb. Prices for Paul McCobb furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $195 and can go as high as $25,995, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,826.
Questions About 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
    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
    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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