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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High-Back Lounge Chair, Model 314, by Paul McCobb ...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Birch, Textile
Paul McCobb designed this comfortable high-back lounge chair, model 314, for Directional Furniture. Its pointed wings, splayed tapering legs and wedge-shaped back cushion create a disti...
Paul McCobb Pair of Iron Stools, 1950s
ModTiques
Paul McCobb Pair of Iron Stools, 1950s
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Iron, Velvet
Classic square stools by Paul McCobb featuring iron bases and newly upholstered seats in a stunning peacock blue velvet.
Chic Club Chairs with Jack Lenor Larson Fabric by ...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Pair of chic club chairs with dark walnut bases and original Jack Lenor Larson fabric by Paul McCobb, American, 1950s.
Paul McCobb Chaise Longue
Stamford Modern
Paul McCobb Chaise Longue
Directional, Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Velvet, Walnut
Stunning and rare chaise longue designed by Paul McCobb for Directional. Newly upholstered in grey velvet. Walnut base newly refinished in dark brown.
Paul McCobb Pair of Iron Stools, 1950s
ModTiques
Paul McCobb Pair of Iron Stools, 1950s
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Iron, Velvet
Classic square stools by Paul McCobb featuring iron bases and newly upholstered seats in a rich steel grey velvet.
Symmetric Lounge Chair Paul McCobb for Widdicomb
The Hudson Mercantile
Symmetric Lounge Chair Paul McCobb for Widdicomb
Paul McCobb, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Channel back lounge chair with slim lines and sharp angles and walnut legs. Newly restored and reupholstered in a linen/cotton blend keeping the original integrity of the design. This c...
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...
Set of Three Paul McCobb Stools
Revival
Set of Three Paul McCobb Stools
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1970s American Stools
Three iron benches by Paul McCobb for Winchendon upholstered in faux leather.
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Armchairs
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Pair of Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Armchairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
These stunning vintage chairs feature uniquely tapered hardwood frames, brass stretchers, and comfortable upholstered seats and backs. This Classic mix of comfort and Mid-Century style ...
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.
Paul McCobb Shovel Dining Chairs
Rumba
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...
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"...
"Squirm" Chair by Paul McCobb
Archive 20th Century
"Squirm" Chair by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
"Squirm" chair by Paul McCobb.
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
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
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"....
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...
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
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 Chairs
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:...
Pair of Lounge Chairs by Paul McCobb
Archive 20th Century
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.
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 X-Base Brass Stool
Full Circle Modern
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
Sputnik Modern
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.
Clean Lined Desk and Chair by Paul McCobb
ABC Modern
Clean Lined Desk and Chair by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Brass, Leather, Wood
Clean lined Mid-Century Modern desk and chair, designed by Paul McCobb, American, circa 1950s. They have been completely restored in an ultra-deep brown finish with the brass elements p...
Paul McCobb Lounge Chairs for Directional
The Swanky abode
Paul McCobb Lounge Chairs for Directional
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Designer: Paul McCobb. Manufacturer: Directional. Period or model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Wood, fabric. Condition: These Paul McCobb lounge chairs for Directional are in ...
Stained Solid Maple "Planner Group" Paul McCobb Ar...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture “Planner Group”
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Maple
Mid-Century Modern, maple wood, spindle back, windsor style chair by Paul McCobb for Planner Group in restored condition.
Paul McCobb Lounge Chairs for Winchendon, Planner ...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture “Planner Group”
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Cane, Fabric, Maple
Designer: Paul McCobb. Manufacturer: Winchendon. Period and model: Mid-Century Modern, Planner Group Series. Specifications: Maple (possibly walnut), caning, fabric. Condition: ...
Mid-Century Paul McCobb Planner Group Dining Chair...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Maple
A beautiful set of Planner Group dining chairs designed by Paul McCobb having solid maple construction.
Paul McCobb, Calvin Chaise Lounge
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Paul McCobb, Calvin Chaise Lounge
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Brass, Linen, Walnut
Paul McCobb, Calvin Chaise lounge.
Two-Tone Bench by Paul McCobb
Continuum 20th Century Design
Two-Tone Bench by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Benches
Two tone, m Planner Group bench by Paul McCobb. Can be used as either a table or bench. Solid Birch construction. Recent professional restoration. Dark walnut top, natural legs. 5ft. lo...
Stools and Table by Paul McCobb for Wichendon
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Steel, Upholstery, Wood
Three individual stools with original upholstery and wood top table by Paul McCobb for Wichendon.
Paul McCobb for Directional Walnut Frame Lounge Ch...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabulous pair of lounge chairs designed by Paul McCobb for Directional, newly recovered in silver mohair. Walnut frames fully restored.
Paul McCobb Sectional Sofa for Custom Craft
Century Design Ltd.
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.
Set of Ten Dark Paul McCobb Spindle Back Chairs fo...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Maple
Set of ten planner group dark maple spindle back dining chairs by Paul McCobb for Winchendon. An iconic McCobb design. Fully restored and in excellent condition.
Paul McCobb Planner Group Set of Eight Dining Chai...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Chairs
Maple
Paul McCobb Planner Group solid maple dining chairs, circa 1950s. Solid wood construction fully restored in a satin black lacquer finish. Classic Mid-Century chair detailing with solid ...
Pair of Paul McCobb for Directional 1320 Slipper C...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs
Fabric, Walnut
Exquisite pair of Mid-Century Modern slipper lounge chairs from the highly esteemed Directional collection, dating from the 1950s. The refinished chairs have been recovered in stunning ...
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.
Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb in Lush Green Velvet, ...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Velvet, Walnut
Lounge chair by Paul McCobb in lush green velvet, 1950s. See this item in our private NYC showroom! Refine Limited is located in the heart of Chelsea at the history Starrett-LeHigh B...
Paul McCobb Leather and Brass Ottoman, 1950s, Dire...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Ottomans and Poufs
Brass, Leather
Paul McCobb leather and brass ottoman, 1950s. Directional Collection.
Paul McCobb Lounge Chair in Linen, 1950s
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Paul McCobb Lounge Chair in Linen, 1950s
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Lounge Chairs
Linen
Paul McCobb single lounge chair and reupholstered in light grey linen.
Lounge Chair  by Paul McCobb for Directional
Azalea Modern
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 for Directional Sofa Newly Reupholstered
MoModerne
Paul McCobb for Directional Sofa Newly Reupholster...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Designer: Paul McCobb. Manufacturer: Directional. Period/Style: Mid-Century Modern. Country: United States. Date: 1960s.
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 Armchair
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Paul McCobb Armchair
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Modern Armchairs
Upholstery
A Paul McCobb armchair produced by Widdicomb.
Paul McCobb Brass Benches for Calvin
Modern Drama
Paul McCobb Brass Benches for Calvin
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Brass
Pair of brass X-frames benches designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture. Newly upholstered in vibrant blue velvet over original brass finish bases, showing beautiful golden patina.
Modernist Lounge Chair #2 by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Modernist lounge chair, designed by Paul McCobb, circa 1950s. This chair has wonderful lines at every turn and looks great from any angle. Very comfortable. This piece is currently bein...
Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Paul McCobb for Direct...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Rare to market matched "Pagoda" lounge chair and ottoman.
Set of Four Ebonized Planner Group Chairs by Paul ...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Maple
Paul McCobb Planner Group solid maple dining chairs. A timeless take on the traditional Windsor chair, the satin ebony finish shows off the wood's grain as well as the witty "screw" det...
Set of Six Sculptural Paul McCobb for Calvin Dinin...
Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
Beautiful set of six dining chairs designed by Paul McCobb. Walnut frames have stunning lines and are in excellent vintage condition. Chairs are upholstered in original orange vinyl whi...
Set of Six Paul McCobb Connoisseur Dining Chairs f...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Leather, Walnut
Set of six dining chairs by Paul McCobb for H. Sacks & Sons "Connoisseur" Collection.
Paul McCobb Lounge Chair and Ottoman
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Paul McCobb Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s Modern Lounge Chairs
Classic modern design lounge chair with matching ottoman. Very good condition, attractive white on white woven upholstery shows very little wear. Nice large size. Chair measures: 32" wi...
Rare Paul McCobb Directional Sofa on Stretcher Bas...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Designer: Paul McCobb. Manufacturer: Directional. Period/style: Mid-Century Modern. Country: United States. Date: 1960s.
Paul McCobb for Directional Settee
Full Circle Modern
Paul McCobb for Directional Settee
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Loveseats
Upholstery, Walnut
Chic, curved-back loveseat floating on tapered and angled walnut legs. Newly restored and reupholstered in a light silver-gray woven fabric. Fabric swatch available. This item is in our...
Three-Seat Sofa by Paul McCobb for Directional
Full Circle Modern
Three-Seat Sofa by Paul McCobb for Directional
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Sofas
Upholstery, Walnut
Chic, curved-back, three-seat sofa floating on tapered and angled walnut legs. Newly restored and reupholstered in a light silver-gray woven fabric. Fabric swatch available. This item i...
Paul McCobb Wingback Chair and Ottoman
Full Circle Modern
Paul McCobb Wingback Chair and Ottoman
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s North American Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
This large, high back lounge chair is sturdy, comfortable and stylish, with nicely pointed wings and a gracefully arched back. Both the chair and ottoman rest on four tapered walnut leg...
Paul McCobb Set of Six Shovel Chairs
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Paul McCobb Set of Six Shovel Chairs
Paul McCobb
American Dining Room Chairs
Iron, Maple
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...
Paul McCobb Planner Group Set of Six Dining Chairs...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Chairs
Maple
Paul McCobb Planner Group solid maple dining chairs, circa 1950s. Solid wood construction fully restored in a satin black lacquer finish. Classic Mid-Century chair detailing with solid ...
Paul McCobb for Directional Lounge Chair and Ottom...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Beech, Wool
Newly upholstered lounge chair and ottoman set by Paul McCobb for Directional, circa 1950s.