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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Fully Restored Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb for Directional
By Directional, Paul McCobb
Fully Restored Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb for Dir...
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...
Set of Eight Paul McCobb Dining Chairs
By Paul McCobb
Set of Eight Paul McCobb Dining Chairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Restored and reupholstered eight dining chairs, two with arms. Dark honey colored wood with brass detail on the base of the legs. Very comfortable Chairs: 36" H x 18" W x 19" D Armchair...
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.
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 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 Calvin Group Dining Set
By Paul McCobb, Calvin
Paul McCobb Calvin Group Dining Set
Paul McCobb, Calvin
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
This vintage dining set features the unique Mid-Century design of Paul McCobb produced for Calvin group. Stylish aluminium trim contrasts with the rich walnut finish of this expandable ...
Paul McCobb Settee
By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Settee
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Settees
Upholstery, Wood
McCobb Windsor back settee Birchwood with spindle back, turned wood arms and legs. Paul McCobb was a Modern designer who was born in Massachusetts and studied fine art in Boston. In 19...
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" ...
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...
Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery
An excellent lounge chair with vibrant red wool supported by sculpted sinuous arms and legs.
Paul McCobb Set of Six Spindle Back Planner Group Dining Chairs
By Paul McCobb
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Paul McCobb Set of Six Spindle Back Planner Group ...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
A set of six maple McCobb spindle back planner group dining chairs, a simple and well made design from the 1950s.
Paul McCobb Pair of High Back Black Lacquered Mapl...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Maple
Paul McCobb Pair of High Back Black Lacquered Maple Wood Armchairs, USA 1950's. The chair is one of the 19 Predictor Group pieces McCobb excuted for O'Hearn Furniture, of Gardner, MA., ...
Pair of Paul McObb for Calvin Lounge Chairs
By Paul McCobb
Pair of Paul McObb for Calvin Lounge Chairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Brass, Upholstery, Wood
Pair of Paul McCobb for Calvin lounge or club chairs in the original fabric with brass stretchers and tapered wood legs. The brass has been polished and the legs refinished in a dark es...
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.           
Pair of Brass and Python-Printed Leather Stools by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Pair of Brass and Python-Printed Leather Stools by...
Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Brass, Leather
A Classic design, this simple brass X-base stools have been reupholstered in a realistic embossed and printed leather imitating Python. Stools would work perfectly in any number of styl...
Paul McCobb Squirm Lounge Chairs
By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Squirm Lounge Chairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Cotton, Walnut
Designer: Paul McCobb. Manufacturer: Unknown Period or model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Walnut, Cotton thick weave blend. Condition: These Paul McCobb squirm lounge cha...
Pair of Paul McCobb Lounge Chairs
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture “Planner Group”
Pair of Paul McCobb Lounge Chairs
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture “Planner Group”
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Pair of Paul McCobb lounge chairs, circa 1955. Chairs are being offered in "as found" condition. The upholstery is actually in very good condition, it's just sun faded. A very handsome ...
Paul McCobb for Custom Craft Wingback Lounge Chair
By Paul McCobb, Custom Craft Inc.
Paul McCobb for Custom Craft Wingback Lounge Chair...
Paul McCobb, Custom Craft Inc.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs
Fabric, Walnut
Rare Mid-Century Modern high back lounge armchair designed by Paul McCobb for the Planner Group line and first manufactured by Custom Craft in 1950. The armchair features a winged highb...
Pair of Paul McCobb Brass X-Base Stools
By Paul McCobb
Pair of Paul McCobb Brass X-Base Stools
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Modern Stools
Brass
A pair of brass X-base stools or ottomans with upholstered seats.
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...
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 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 Desk and Chair
By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Desk and Chair
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Wonderful desk and chair set by Paul McCobb finished in a bold red accent color. Remarkable! Please contact for location. Offered by Las Venus by Kenneth Clark, New York City.
Set of Four Paul McCobb Planner Group Dining Chairs
By Paul McCobb
Set of Four Paul McCobb Planner Group Dining Chair...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Birch
Set of four Paul McCobb Planner Group dining chairs model #1530, refinished in a dark espresso. No labels.
Paul McCobb for Directional Set of Three Model 130...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Brass, Animal Skin
1956 designed Set of Three Paul McCobb for Directional Cross Frame Brass Stools. Featuring a square seat, square brass cross frame and four tubular legs. Old bronze patina. Currently up...
Modern Set of Four Paul McCobb for Calvin Black and White Dining Chairs
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Modern Set of Four Paul McCobb for Calvin Black an...
Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Modern set of four black and white sculptural dining chairs designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin. In original fabric white / cream textured fabric. The contrast between the black frame an...
Set of Four Paul McCobb Spindle Back Dining Chairs for Planner Group
Set of Four Paul McCobb Spindle Back Dining Chairs...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Birch
Set of four Paul McCobb for Planner Group dining chairs refinished in dark espresso finish, some chairs have labels.
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.
Four Paul McCobb Spindle Back Dining Chairs
By Paul McCobb
Four Paul McCobb Spindle Back Dining Chairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Set of four Planner Group maple spindle back dining chairs by Paul McCobb for Winchendon. An iconic McCobb design. Original label on the bottom.      
Sleek Paul McCobb Sofa Model 1307 for Directional
By Directional, Paul McCobb
Sleek Paul McCobb Sofa Model 1307 for Directional
Directional, Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Wood
Paul McCobb sofa model 1307 for Directional features a slight winged back resting on a black lacquered maple frame that gives the sofa a floating look. The "oatmeal" colored heavy weave...
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 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...
Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Paul McCobb for Directional, circa 1950s
Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Paul McCobb for Direct...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Velvet, Walnut
A Paul McCobb Classic, model 1312 lounge chair and ottoman for Directional, circa 1950s. Base fully restored, newly upholstered in graphite cotton velvet. Ottoman dimensions: H 15" x...
Pair of X-Base Brass and Leather Stools or Benches by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Pair of X-Base Brass and Leather Stools or Benches...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Brass, Leather
Pair of X-base brass and leather stools or benches by Paul McCobb. New leather upholstery.
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".
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...
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...
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 Group 76 Chairs by Paul McCobb for Arbuck
By Arbuck, Paul McCobb
Pair of Group 76 Chairs by Paul McCobb for Arbuck
Arbuck, Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Steel, Fabric, Wood
Pair of Group 76 chairs by Paul McCobb for Arbuck, circa 1953.
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.
Paul McCobb Set of Six Walnut Dining Chairs, Made for H. Sacks & Sons
By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Set of Six Walnut Dining Chairs, Made ...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Walnut
Paul McCobb set of six walnut dining chairs, Made for H. Sacks & Sons Connoisseur collection, 1950s. The six chairs are in walnut with upholstered vinyl seats with elegant openwork...
Paul McCobb for Directional Loveseat
By Directional, Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb for Directional Loveseat
Directional, Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Loveseats
Linen, Walnut
Rare loveseat designed by Paul McCobb for Directional, circa 1950s. Newly upholstered in taupe linen, base fully restored to its original espresso finish.
Paul McCobb Lounge Chair
By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Lounge Chair
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Paul McCobb lounge chair. Black vinyl upholstery with a lacquered stretcher base. Offered by Flavor.
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 for Directional Ottoman
By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb for Directional Ottoman
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Fabric, Walnut
Paul McCobb for Directional Ottoman recovered in a white woven fabric with dark walnut legs and frame in rectangular shape which works well with several McCobb designs.
Paul McCobb Lounge Chair for Calvin, 1950s
By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Lounge Chair for Calvin, 1950s
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American American Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Iconic walnut chair, designed by Paul McCobb and produced by Calvin in the 1950s. Walnut frame is beautifully refinished in natural and complemented by a peacock blue linen upholstery. ...
Pair of 1950s Paul McCobb X-Base Brass Stools with Luxe Upholstery
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Pair of 1950s Paul McCobb X-Base Brass Stools with...
Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Vintage 1950s American Stools
Upholstery, Brass
Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture X-base stool with square tubular brass frames, flat brass stretchers and new luxurious virgin wool and mohair upholstery. Fabric swatch available. See...
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.
Paul McCobb for Directional Dining Chairs in Brazilian Cowhide, Set of Six
Paul McCobb for Directional Dining Chairs in Brazi...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Cowhide
This exceptional set of walnut dining chairs was designed by Paul McCobb for Directional. Directional furniture was the high end of McCobb's various design endeavors of the 1950s. T...
Pair of Paul McCobb Iron Square Benches
By Paul McCobb
Pair of Paul McCobb Iron Square Benches
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Silk, Iron
Simple and elegant wrought iron frames are Classic McCobb in this pair of 1950s benches 15 3/4" square. Newer deep avocado green silk upholstery fabric keeps these pieces rooted in the ...
Large Sofa Designed by Paul McCobb for Winchendon
By Paul McCobb
Large Sofa Designed by Paul McCobb for Winchendon
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Linen, Maple
A Paul McCobb sofa designed for Winchendon in 1955. The frame is made of lacquered maple and has been newly upholstered in linen.  
Paul McCobb Shovel Chairs, Set of Four
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture “Planner Group”
Paul McCobb Shovel Chairs, Set of Four
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture “Planner Group”
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Wrought Iron, Maple
A set of four iconic "shovel" chairs by Paul McCobb for Winchendon, circa 1950. Maple construction with ladder back over wrought iron frame. Restored condition.
Paul McCobb Planner Group All Round Square Stools Winchendon, Mid-Century Modern
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture “Planner Group”
Paul McCobb Planner Group All Round Square Stools ...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture “Planner Group”
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Footstools
Faux Leather, Wrought Iron
Two all round square stools by Paul McCobb for his Planner Group for Winchendon. These two are priced separately. One, lightest in color, is in wonderful vintage condition all ‘round. T...
Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Planner Group Bench Coffee Table with Drawer
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Planner Group Bench...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Maple
For your consideration is an incredible, coffee table or bench with drawer, made of solid maple and with tapered legs, by Paul McCobb for Winchendon, circa 1960s. In excellent condition...
Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Planner Group Coffee Table and Cabinet Bench
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture “Planner Group”
Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Planner Group Coffe...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture “Planner Group”
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Maple
For your consideration is an incredible, coffee table or bench and cabinet with sliding doors, made of solid maple and with tapered legs, by Paul McCobb for Winchendon, circa the 1960s....
Eight Dining Chairs by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Eight Dining Chairs by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Eight Irwin collection dining chairs by Paul McCobb. Upholstered seats and backs. Good vintage condition. Walnut frames in an oiled finish.
Curvaceous Caned Back Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Curvaceous Caned Back Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Cane, Walnut
Curvaceous caned back lounge chair by Paul McCobb, American, circa 1950s.
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.