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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: Mainly Art Vintage Modern Furniture
Paul McCobb Game / Dining Table for H. Sacks & Sons Connoisseur Collection
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A very well crafted Honduran mahogany wood game table with folding extension top making a dining or larger table . The legs are in a dark contrasting mahogany with brushed brass cros...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Brass

Paul McCobb Taller Nightstands from the Planner Group Collection
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of medium walnut toned solid maple wood nightstands with a single drawer to each having brass pulls . Siting on conical legs which are in a higher profile to match todays matt...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Brass

Paul McCobb Chest from the Irwin Collection for Calvin
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
This is one of the best well crafted and tightly tailored pieces by the iconic designer Paul MCobb . Featuring brass pulls and leg structure contrasting with the dark mahogany and ha...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Brass

Paul McCobb 2 pc. Bookcase / Chest from the Planner Group Collection
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A very well crafted solid medium toned maple wood two piece three drawer chest with matching bookcase top . This very early production piece from designer Paul McCobb has the first s...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Aluminum

Paul McCobb Dining Table from the Perimeter Group Collection
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A Mid Century clear maple wood dining table with three 14" leaves and could seat 8-10 people depending on the chairs you choose . Tapered legs to each end with a nice simple bowed st...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Maple

Paul McCobb Iron / Wood Bookcase Planner Group
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A two piece satin black iron framed bookcase with medium dark solid maple wood shelves . The unit sits on the matching bottom platform giving the piece a open simple , lighter look t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Iron

6 Paul McCobb 6-Piece Contempri Place Settings by Jackson China Co.
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A fine 36-piece midcentury China set with six 6-piece place settings designed by Paul McCobb with dark gray and black graphics produced in 1959-1960. The china is in a restaurant style which means it a heavier form and dish washer safe, retains the ink stamps to the bottom manufactured by the Jackson China...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Porcelain

Bookcase/Storage Cabinet by Paul McCobb Planner Group
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A cabinet sitting on a bench base with conical legs, having one adjustable shelve sliding doors and storage finished in satin black having brass finger pulls . Solid maple wood con...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Wood

Bookcase/Storage Cabinet by Paul McCobb Planner Group
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A cabinet sitting on a bench base with conical legs, having one fixed shelve with sliding doors and storage finished in satin black having brass finger pulls. Solid maple wood constr...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Furniture

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Wood

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Midcentury Tall Dresser by Paul McCobb Planner Group #1501 Maple Brass Knobs
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Tallboy by Paul McCobb for Planner Group
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By Angelo Mangiarotti, AgapeCasa
Located in Reggio Emilia, IT
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Paul McCobb Planner Group Dining Chairs
By Paul McCobb
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Paul McCobb Planner Group Low Credenza
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Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Paul McCobb Planner Group Low Credenza
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By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Paul McCobb Planner Group Coffee Table
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Paul McCobb Planner Group Nightstands Taller Bed Sized
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Paul McCobb Bookcase / Cabinet by Winchendon
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A dark walnut toned mahogany bookcase / cabinet with double sliding glass doors and a long adjustable shelve with four lower doors revealing storage. Sitting on brass conical legs an...
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Paul McCobb Dining Table Planner Group
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Paul McCobb Dining Table Planner Group
Paul McCobb Dining Table Planner Group
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Located in Cincinnati, OH
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6 Paul McCobb 6-Piece Contempri Place Settings by Jackson China Co.
By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A fine 36-piece midcentury china set with six 6-piece place settings designed by Paul McCobb with dark gray and black graphics produced in 1959-1960. The china is in a restaurant style which means it a heavier form and dish washer safe, retains the ink stamps to the bottom manufactured by the Jackson China...
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By Paul McCobb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A fine 36-piece midcentury china set with six 6-piece place settings designed by Paul McCobb with dark gray and black graphics produced in 1959-1960. The china is in a restaurant style which means it a heavier form and dish washer safe, retains the ink stamps to the bottom manufactured by the Jackson China...
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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
    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
    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
    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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