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 Symmetric Group Lounge Chairs by Widdicomb

By Paul McCobb, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Paul McCobb Symmetric Group Lounge Chairs by Widdi...
Paul McCobb, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Modern Lounge Chairs
Walnut
Great nice pair of early lounge chairs designed by Paul McCobb. Re-done, off-white, muted.
Paul McCobb Channel Back Sofa

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Channel Back Sofa
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Wood
Paul McCobb for Widdicomb sofa. Restored and reupholstered with great plains cotton-poly weave, top of seat cushion 18.50" Turned solid walnut legs, oiled finish.
1950s White Upholstery, Walnut Chairs by Paul McCobb

By Paul McCobb, Calvin
1950s White Upholstery, Walnut Chairs by Paul McCo...
Paul McCobb, Calvin
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Set of eight dining chairs designed by American Paul McCobb. Nicely curved backrests, but still minimalistic design in walnut. The seat comes with light, warm fabric and two of the chai...
Impressive Two-Piece Mid-Century Modern Sofa by Paul McCobb for Directional

By Directional, Paul McCobb
Impressive Two-Piece Mid-Century Modern Sofa by Pa...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
Brass, Upholstery
This stunning vintage modern sectional sofa was designed by Paul McCobb for Directional in 1958. Beautiful two-piece design with thick padded cushions and a stylish brass frame. This sh...
Set of Six Ebonized Curved-Back Dining Chairs by Paul McCobb for Planner Group

By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Set of Six Ebonized Curved-Back Dining Chairs by P...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Leather, Maple
Set of six Paul McCobb 'Planner Group' bow-back dining chairs for Winchendon. Solid maple construction in original black lacquer paired with mauve leather seats. Simple, elegant bow-bac...
Paul McCobb Original Squirm Chairs

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Original Squirm Chairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Modern Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Paul McCobb matched pair of 1950s squirm chairs. Fully restored in a white chenille cotton fabric with ebonized walnut legs.
Set of Six Dining Chairs by Paul McCobb for H. Sacks and Sons

By Paul McCobb, H. Sacks & Sons
Set of Six Dining Chairs by Paul McCobb for H. Sac...
Paul McCobb, H. Sacks & Sons
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Velvet, Mahogany
Rare set of Paul McCobb for H Sacks & Sons dining chairs (two captains and four side) composed of hand-carved walnut frames with sage velvet upholstery (front and back) in place of the ...
Paul McCobb Sectional Sofa for Custom Craft

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Sectional Sofa for Custom Craft
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Sectional Sofas
Mahogany, Upholstery
Paul McCobb two pieces sofa with tapered mahogany legs and tufted seat and back. Loveseat section 48" long, chair section 28" wide.
Paul McCobb Directional Sofa on Brass Stretcher Base

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Directional Sofa on Brass Stretcher Ba...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Sofas
Brass, Cotton, Linen, Mahogany
Paul McCobb three-seat sofa for Directional, circa 1960 in excellent condition. Natural linen and cotton woven blend material with natural down feather upholstered seats and backs. Sold...
Paul McCobb Ebonized Maple Dowel Frame Armchairs

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Ebonized Maple Dowel Frame Armchairs
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Maple
Paul McCobb ebonized maple dowel frame armchairs in newly restored condition with new linen upholstery. Solid maple construction frames with a satin ebony finish support a tight seat an...
Paul McCobb for Directional Settee in Maple and Mohair

By Directional, Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb for Directional Settee in Maple and Mo...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Settees
Mohair, Maple
Luxurious Paul McCobb settee with maple tapered legs in two-tone mohair upholstery (frame is a blue gray mohair with a subtle green undertone and cushions are a light charcoal mohair). ...
Pair of Paul McCobb Ebonized Occasional Chairs

By Paul McCobb
Pair of Paul McCobb Ebonized Occasional Chairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Velvet, Cane
Refined pair of 1950s Paul McCobb Irwin occasional chairs. This pair has been carefully restored with an ebonized finish, and newly upholstered in a plush Romo velvet. Newly woven cane ...
Set of Paul McCobb Dining Chairs with Brass Stretchers

By Paul McCobb
Set of Paul McCobb Dining Chairs with Brass Stretc...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Brass, Velvet, Mahogany
Paul McCobb dining chairs with brass stretchers. Newly refinished and reupholstered in a soft cream microsuede. Whether furnishing a contemporary Soho loft or stylish post-war Park Av...
Paul McCobb 1322 for Directional Armchairs

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb 1322 for Directional Armchairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Armchairs
Down, Foam, Linen, Walnut
Pair of Paul McCobb 1322 club chairs for Directional, circa 1950s. Solid walnut exposed framework and legs detail this chairs profile with loose feather and foam seat cushion and tight ...
Set of Four Rare Paul McCobb Wrought Iron Patio Dining Chairs
Set of Four Rare Paul McCobb Wrought Iron Patio Di...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Fabric, Wrought Iron
Set of four, rare, Mid-Century modern, outdoor, patio, dining chairs feature matte black finish, wrought iron frames and newly upholstered seat cushions.
Paul McCobb Sectional Sofa for Directional

By Directional, Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Sectional Sofa for Directional
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Walnut
Rarely-seen sectional version of the model 1307 sofa. Handsome two-piece sofa with sleek, tapered legs designed by Paul McCobb for Directional. Measurements are 50.5 W x 32 D x 30 H" an...
Pair of Paul McCobb Armchairs for Winchendon

By Paul McCobb
Pair of Paul McCobb Armchairs for Winchendon
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Designer: Paul McCobb Manufacturer: Winchendon Period/style: Mid-Century Modern Country: US Date: 1950s.
Pair of Paul McCobb Brass Stools Silver Shagreen Leather

By Paul McCobb
Pair of Paul McCobb Brass Stools Silver Shagreen L...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Shagreen, Lacquer, Brass, Leather
Pair of Paul McCobb brass stools, shagreen silver leather, with brass criss-cross bases, adjustable feet.
Paul McCobb Lounge Chair for Directional

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Lounge Chair for Directional
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Paul McCobb lounge chair for Directional Furniture. New mohair upholstery over fully restored and refinished bases.
Paul McCobb Chaise Longue Sofa for Directional

By Directional, Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Chaise Longue Sofa for Directional
Directional, Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Brass
Rare chaise longue designed by Paul McCobb to compliment 1958 Directional sofa series. Fully restored. Reupholstered. Original brass legs have been polished and sealed.
Pair of Brass X-Base Stools by Paul McCobb

By Paul McCobb
Pair of Brass X-Base Stools by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Brass
Pair of brass X-base stools Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture. New cushions and upholstery over polished brass bases.
Midcentury Paul McCobb for Planner Group Winchendon Desk Chair

By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Midcentury Paul McCobb for Planner Group Winchendo...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Wood
Offered is a chair designed by Paul McCobb for Planner Group by Winchendon. It has been painted white by the previous owner. See our other listings for a matching headboard, credenza, a...
Paul McCobb Armchairs Pair

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Armchairs Pair
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery
Pair of comfortable upholstered and wood armchairs. Designed by Paul McCobb in the 1950s) for Directional. Newly upholstered and restored. Price is for the pair.
Four Paul McCobb Planner Group Dining Chairs Windsor Style

By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Four Paul McCobb Planner Group Dining Chairs Winds...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Maple
Iconic set of four Windsor style chairs by Paul McCobb for Winchedon, part of the Planner Group line. In solid maple, they have a stylised spindle back, tapering legs and an early ergon...
Paul McCobb for Directional Settee, Circa 1950s

By Directional, Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb for Directional Settee, Circa 1950s
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Loveseats
Upholstery, Walnut
Chic, curved-back 1950s Paul McCobb loveseat floating on tapered and angled walnut legs. Newly restored and reupholstered in a light silver-gray woven fabric. Fabric swatch available. ...
Paul McCobb Symmetric Group Widdicomb Ottoman Hourglass Walnut Legs Midcentury

By Paul McCobb, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Paul McCobb Symmetric Group Widdicomb Ottoman Hour...
Paul McCobb, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Footstools
Walnut
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb "symmetric group" ottoman for widdicomb with hourglass turn carved walnut legs.
Vintage Sectional Sofa by Paul McCobb for Directional

By Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage Sectional Sofa by Paul McCobb for Directio...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
Brass, Fabric
Stunning two-piece sectional sofa designed by Paul McCobb for Directional. Features a solid brass base. Fully restored.
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.
Paul McCobb Sofa Reupholstered in Maharam Cotton + 1940s Indian Cloth

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Sofa Reupholstered in Maharam Cotton +...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Sofa Designed by Paul McCobb USA, circa 1950s Reupholstered in Maharam cotton + 1940s cloth from India Measures: 30” H x 74” W x 30 ½” D x seat 21" H Pictured with "Sunday Sunday" ...
Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Paul McCobb

By Paul McCobb
Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
A design by Paul McCobb for Directional, early 1950's. Walnut legs. Slight curve to the back, elegant reference to wing chair. Completely restored. Upholstered in Mokum. Ottoman measure...
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
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.  
Paul McCobb 1950s Iron Stool or Ottoman

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb 1950s Iron Stool or Ottoman
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Upholstery, Iron
Single Paul McCobb 1950s iron stool newly reupholstered.
Paul McCobb Lounge Chair for Widdicomb, Symmetric Group

By Paul McCobb, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Paul McCobb Lounge Chair for Widdicomb, Symmetric ...
Paul McCobb, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Walnut
Designer: Paul McCobb. Manufacturer: Widdicomb. Period and model: Mid-Century Modern. Specifications: Walnut, vinyl. Condition: This Paul McCobb lounge chair for Widdicomb, s...
Pair of Paul McCobb Maple Captains Armchairs Planner Group
Pair of Paul McCobb Maple Captains Armchairs Plann...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Maple
A beautifully designed pair of solid maple captain’s chairs by Paul McCobb for his Planner Group. Measure: Seat height 17".
McCobb Chair and Ottoman Reupholstered in Maharam Cotton + 1940s Indian Cloth
McCobb Chair and Ottoman Reupholstered in Maharam ...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Cotton, Upholstery
Chair and ottoman Designed by Paul McCobb USA, circa 1950s Reupholstered in Maharam cotton + 1940s cloth from India Measures: chair 30 ¾” H x 29 ¼” W x 31” D x seat 21” H Ottoman 1...
Paul McCobb Original Shovel Chairs in Maple and Black Wrought Iron, Circa 1950's

By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Paul McCobb Original Shovel Chairs in Maple and Bl...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Wrought Iron, Maple
1950s Set of Eight of Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture Company Ladder Side Chairs. Featuring a rounded open framework in solid Black Wrought Iron with sculpted solid Maple seat, twe...
Three-Seat Sofa by Paul McCobb for Directional, Circa 1950s

By Directional, Paul McCobb
Three-Seat Sofa by Paul McCobb for Directional, Ci...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Sofas
Upholstery, Walnut
Chic, curved-back, three-seat 1950s Paul McCobb sofa floating on tapered and angled walnut legs. Newly restored and reupholstered in a light silver-gray woven fabric. Fabric swatch avai...
Paul McCobb Lounge Chair with Ottoman for Calvin, American, 1950s

By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Paul McCobb Lounge Chair with Ottoman for Calvin, ...
Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Wood
A Paul McCobb lounge chair with ottoman for Calvin in the original fabric and with brass stretchers and tapered wood legs. The dimensions stated are of the chair. The ottoman is 44 cm h...
Paul McCobb Stool or Ottoman

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Stool or Ottoman
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Steel, Upholstery
Single Paul McCobb stool in original vintage condition with original upholstery. All feet glides still intact.
Paul McCobb Desk Chair

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Desk Chair
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs
Aluminum
Paul McCobb executive series desk chair. Swivel base on castors.
Pair of Paul McCobb Side Chairs with Leather Woven Strap Seats

By Paul McCobb
Pair of Paul McCobb Side Chairs with Leather Woven...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Paul McCobb woven leather side chairs with Philippine mahogany frames.
Rare Paul Mccobb Symmetric Group Lounge Chair
Rare Paul Mccobb Symmetric Group Lounge Chair
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Velvet, Walnut
Lovely & Rare Paul Mccobb designed Lounge Chair from the Symmetric group for Widdicomb. Patterned Green Velvet Upholstery & Turned Walnut legs. Very nice.
Paul McCobb Stool

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Stool
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Steel, Upholstery
Single stool by Paul Mccobb. Appears to have newer upholstery. All feet glides intact.
Paul McCobb Lounge Chairs for Calvin Group

By Paul McCobb, Calvin Group “Irwin Collection”
Paul McCobb Lounge Chairs for Calvin Group
Paul McCobb, Calvin Group “Irwin Collection”
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
This stylish pair of midcentury lounge chairs by Paul McCobb for Calvin Group feature sturdy vintage walnut frames and unique original upholstery. The stylish shape of this designer pai...
Paul McCobb for Widdicomb Sectional Sofa

By Paul McCobb, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Paul McCobb for Widdicomb Sectional Sofa
Paul McCobb, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
Upholstery, Walnut
Three piece sectional sofa designed by Paul McCobb for Widdicomb. Rebuilt and restored to exact specifications, including quilted pattern under seat cushion. Solid oiled turned walnut ...
Paul McCobb Square Wrought Iron and Olive Green Vinyl Ottomans
Paul McCobb Square Wrought Iron and Olive Green Vi...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Upholstery, Wrought Iron
Pair of Mid-Century Modern, low-profile, ottomans or benches by Paul McCobb feature square wrought iron frames and newly upholstered olive green vinyl seats.
Paul McCobb Wingback Lounge Chair

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Wingback Lounge Chair
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
This vintage modern wingback lounge chair boasts an elegant high back design with slender tapered legs and plush upholstered seating. Optional back pillow and sculpted armrests enhance ...
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.
Pair of Brass X-Base Stools by Paul McCobb

By Paul McCobb
Pair of Brass X-Base Stools by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Brass, Velvet
Pair of brass X-base stools Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture. New cushions and upholstery over brass bases with nice original patina. A 3rd stool is available.
Rare Paul McCobb Loveseat Sofa with Walnut Frame
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Loveseats
Damask, Jacquard, Walnut
Rare to market Paul McCobb for Directional loveseat sofa restored and newly upholstered in a jacquard damask in green & brown. A smaller version of sofa model 407. Model 407 was manufac...
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.
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.
Set of Four Midcentury Paul McCobb Irwin for Calvin Dining Chairs

By Paul McCobb, Calvin Group “Irwin Collection”
Set of Four Midcentury Paul McCobb Irwin for Calvi...
Paul McCobb, Calvin Group “Irwin Collection”
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Wood
These chairs were designed by Paul McCobb for the Irwin collection by Calvin. They look to be walnut with vinyl upholstery. Dimensions: armchairs 23" W × 24" D × 36" H side chairs ...
Paul McCobb Lounge Chairs for Directional

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Lounge Chairs for Directional
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Walnut
Paul McCobb lounge chairs for Directional. Model 1322. Walnut frames with original Boris Kroll fabric.
Paul McCobb for Directional Gray Velvet Sectional Sofa

By Directional, Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb for Directional Gray Velvet Sectional ...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Velvet, Mahogany, Walnut
Exquisite pair of Mid-Century Modern model 5004 loveseats from the coveted Directional collection, dating from the 1950s. The reupholstered two-piece couch has been recovered in a stunn...
Paul McCobb for Calvin Chair

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb for Calvin Chair
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs
Brass, Walnut
Paul McCobb for Calvin chair in new white fabric with brass stretchers.
Pair of Paul McCobb for Directional Blue Velvet Lounge Chairs

By Directional, Paul McCobb
Pair of Paul McCobb for Directional Blue Velvet Lo...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Velvet, Walnut, Mahogany
Exquisite pair of Mid-Century Modern model 1322 armchairs from the coveted Directional collection, dating from the 1950s. The refinished chairs have been recovered in a stunning deep an...