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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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Mid-Century Spindle Back Desk/Side Chair by Paul M...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Maple
Mid-Century spindle back desk/side chair by Paul McCobb. More available.
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Pair of Slipper Chairs by Paul McCobb for Calvin
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
An elegant pair of slipper chairs designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin, circa 1950s. Slightly curved back rest and thin tapered legs create a graceful form that is also quite comfortable....
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Paul McCobb Occasional Lounge Chairs
Design/One
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Paul McCobb Occasional Lounge Chairs
Directional, Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Elegant modernist pair of occasional armchairs or side chairs with cane backs designed by Paul McCobb. This pair is larger than the similar "captain" dining chair. Restored.
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Four Paul McCobb Dark Maple Spindle-Back Dining Ch...
Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Chairs
Maple
Set of four Planner Group dark maple spindle back dining chairs by Paul McCobb for Winchendon. An iconic McCobb design.
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Great Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb
Milord Antiques
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Great Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Wood
Vintage lounge chair by Paul McCobb upholstered in its original fabric.
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Pair of Paul McCobb Side Chairs for Calvin with Wo...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Leather, Mahogany
Pair of Paul McCobb side chairs with the original woven strap leather seats and leather backs with mahogany frames. Expertly refinished and restored.
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Paul McCobb Dining Chairs for Calvin
Twelve Eight LLC
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Paul McCobb Dining Chairs for Calvin
Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Chairs
Wood, Leather
Designer: Paul McCobb. Manufacturer: Calvin Period/Model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Wood, leather. Condition: These dining chairs are in excellent vintage condition. The wood is in ...
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Paul McCobb Planner Group Chair
The Modern Vault
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Paul McCobb Planner Group Chair
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Maple
Paul McCobb Planner Group ebonized chair. Perfect to round out a set, or with the Planner Group desk. Excellent restored condition. Matching Planner Group desk available in separate ...
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Symmetric Group Sofa by Paul McCobb for Widdicomb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Symmetric group sofa by Paul McCobb for Widdicomb.
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Paul McCobb Planner Group 12 Dining Chairs
Modern Living Supplies
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Paul McCobb Planner Group 12 Dining Chairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Chairs
Linen, Maple
Set of 12 Paul McCobb Planner Group bow back dining chairs, circa 1950s. Solid maple construction throughout restored in a dark walnut French polish finish and finished with a natural t...
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Paul McCobb Lounge Chair
Modern Drama
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Paul McCobb Lounge Chair
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Walnut, Wool
Paul McCobb lounge chairs for Directional. Model 1322. Dark walnut finish to wood with new upholstery. Fully restored. *PAIR AVAILABLE.
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Pair of Paul McCobb Dark Maple Modern Windsor Styl...
Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Vintage 1950s American Armchairs
Maple
Pair of Paul McCobb for the Planner Group maple wood arm chairs refinished in dark walnut. Modern take on the traditional style Windsor chair, barrel back with the McCobb "shovel" seat ...
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Set of Three Paul McCobb Stools
Revival
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Set of Three Paul McCobb Stools
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1970s American Stools
Three iron benches by Paul McCobb for Wichendon upholstered in faux leather.
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Pair of Mid-Century Paul McCobb Armchairs for Dire...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Velvet, Wood
A pair of vintage modernistic armchairs, produced circa 1950s by designer Paul McCobb for Directional Furniture, upholstered in blue velvet against wood frame, on tapering legs. Good vi...
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Paul McCobb Occasional Bench
Vangard21 Art & Design
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Paul McCobb Occasional Bench
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Benches
A simple and elegant design. Made of powder coated rod iron steel with new upholstery. The base shows the original ware and screws. No damage. Great to place anywhere in the home.
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Planner Group Dining Chairs by Paul McCobb for Win...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Metal, Wood
Planner Group dining chairs by Paul McCobb for Winchendon.
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Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb, Custom Craft Cabinets
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
This mid century lounge chair by Paul McCobb features vintage upholstery, tapered legs, and removable cushions which offer comfortable seating and a modern flare to any home or office s...
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Rare Mid-Century Lounge Chairs by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Velvet, Wood
Rare Mid-Century lounge chairs by Paul McCobb with new velvet upholstery.
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Paul McCobb Pair of Occasional Chairs
CONVERSO
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Paul McCobb Pair of Occasional Chairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Leather, Walnut
McCobb for Calvin, pair of armchairs. Reupholstered with Spinneybeck Sabrina leather. Additional dimensions are: Seat height 18", seat depth 16", seat width 20", outside arm height 24....
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Paul McCobb Polished Brass Ottomans
Black & Gold
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Paul McCobb Polished Brass Ottomans
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Ottomans and Poufs
Pair of Paul McCobb polished brass ottomans.
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Set of Four Paul McCobb Planner Group Dining Chair...
Paul McCobb, Planner Group, Winchendon Furniture Company
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Wood
An early, and iconic set of dining chairs chairs designed by Paul McCobb for Winchendon Modern. These chairs were newly ebonized and are ready for use.
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Fiberglass Origami Chair by Paul McCobb
Tishu Miami
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Fiberglass Origami Chair by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Fiberglass, Metal
A rare design by Paul McCobb (American, 1917-1969) for St. John, circa 1950s, this all original Origami Chair if made of a light blue fiberglass seat and black iron rod frame. The seat ...
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Paul McCobb Armchair
Fresh Kills
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Paul McCobb Armchair
Directional, Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Wood, Upholstery
Handsome, elegant and in fine condition. Richly dark-stained wood frame. Contrasting textured ivory upholstery. Manufactured by Directional.
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Set of Six Paul McCobb Connoisseur Dining Chairs f...
Paul McCobb, H. Sacks & Sons
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Set of six dining chairs by Paul McCobb for H. Sacks & Sons "Connoisseur" Collection. These chairs are among his most graceful designs, and bear the influence of Italian design upon the...
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Lounge Chair Designed by Paul McCobb
Sputnik Modern
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Lounge Chair Designed by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s Lounge Chairs
A walnut framed lounge chair designed by Paul McCobb. Fully restored.
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Planner Group Entry Bench by Paul McCobb for Winchendon
Spruce Design + Decor, Inc.
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Planner Group Entry Bench by Paul McCobb for Winch...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
A rare classic. Bench or table with splayed, tapered legs surmounted by a movable cabinet with two drawers. Cabinet may be placed anywhere along the length of the base. Dimensions be...
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Pair of Paul McCobb Wrought Iron Stools in Teal Bl...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Velvet
Beautiful pair of stools or ottomans by Paul McCobb. Wrought iron bases are in nice vintage condition. Stools are freshly upholstered in a luxe teal velvet.
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Paul McCobb Cane Back Armchairs
Via Verso - 20th Century Design
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Paul McCobb Cane Back Armchairs
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Armchairs
A lovely pair of cane-backed armchairs by legendary designer Paul McCobb. Bone-colored lacquered frames against color-matched silk linen truly set this pair apart from the rest. A ver...
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Original 1950s Paul McCobb Wrought Iron Base Bench...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Iron, Leather
Original 1950's Paul McCobb Wrought-Iron-Base Benches. Leather upholstery.
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Paul McCobb 3082-E Lounge Chair
Vestige
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Paul McCobb 3082-E Lounge Chair
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Mahogany, Upholstery
Rare Paul McCobb 3081-E lounge chair. Recently reupholstered, circa early 1950s.
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Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb
Vestige
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Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Paul McCobb Lounge Chair #3045. Excellent reupholstered condition. Circa 1950s.
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Planner Group Dining Chairs, Set of Six by Paul Mc...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Dining Room Chairs
Birch, Steel
Signed with partial applied manufacturer's label to underside of four examples: [Planner Group Designed by Paul McCobb Winchendon Furniture Company Winchendon Mass].
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Pair of Stools by Paul McCobb for CalvinOn Hold
Sputnik Modern
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Pair of Stools by Paul McCobb for Calvin
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s Stools
A pair of brass stools with original vinyl upholstery. Designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin.
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Set of Three Ebonized Caned Chairs by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Cane, Mahogany, Upholstery
Set of three chic ebonized caned chairs by Paul McCobb. From the Connoisseur Collection. Restored and reupholstered.
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Planner Group Dining Set by Paul McCobb
Hildebrandt Studio
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Planner Group Dining Set by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Maple, Wood
Planner Group Collection dining set in solid maple designed by Paul McCobb and made by Winchendon Furniture Co., Massachusetts, 1950s. Dimensions of chairs: 31" high x 19.5" wide x 19...
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New Upholstered Paul McCobb Sectional Planner Grou...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Wood
Rare Planner Group sofa by American designer Paul McCobb for Winchendon in new Kvadrat wool fabric and new foam. The corner is 250 x 263 cm.
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Paul McCobb for Directional Sofa, Model #1307
Stamford Modern
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Paul McCobb for Directional Sofa, Model #1307
Directional, Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Felt, Walnut
Classic Paul McCobb for Directional sofa newly upholstered in a dark grey tweed. Wooden base newly refinished in dark walnut. COM / COL available.
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Paul McCobb Loveseat - One Left
Open Air Modern
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Paul McCobb Loveseat - One Left
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Loveseats
ONLY ONE LEFT. We have two of these lovely mid-century small sofas designed by Paul McCobb. These matching love seats are covered in the original amazing quilted cream fabric, which has...
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Paul McCobb Brass Benches for Calvin
Modern Drama
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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.
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Paul McCobb Brass Stools in Nate Berkus Fabric
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Stools
Brass, Upholstery
Two elegant Paul McCobb stools newly upholstered in Nate Berkus cotton fabric. Thin ribbon brass stretchers connect square brass legs.
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Set of Six or Eight Paul McCobb Dining Chairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Brass, Mahogany
Set of Six Modern Dining Chairs, designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin, circa 1950s. This set is currently being refinished and reupholstered. It can be completed in your choice of color a...
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Pair of Iron-Base Stools by Paul McCobb
Full Circle Modern
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Pair of Iron-Base Stools by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Vintage 1950s American Stools
Upholstery, Wrought Iron
Paul McCobb benches with black wrought iron frames and legs. Recently reupholstered in a lovely lavender woven fabric.
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Clean Lined Modern Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Wood
Clean Lined Modernist Lounge Chair, designed by Paul McCobb, American, circa 1950s. This piece is currently being refinished and reupholstered. The price noted below INCLUDES refinishin...
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Paul McCobb Sofa
Modern Drama
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Paul McCobb Sofa
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Wool, Wood
Paul McCobb designed sofa for Directional, circa 1950s.
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Paul McCobb High Back Windsor Chair
New Order Modern
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Paul McCobb High Back Windsor Chair
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Windsor Chairs
Paul McCobb for O'Hearn. This chair features a beautiful hand rubbed lacquer finish.
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Midcentury Pair of Paul McCobb Chairs for Calvin
Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Textile, Wood
A vintage pair of lounge chairs in a cream color patterned upholstery by Paul McCobb for Calvin.
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Pair of Paul McCobb Benches in Red Linen
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Linen, Wrought Iron
Pair of Paul McCobb benches with wrought iron bases, circa 1955. Completely restored and reupholstered (including new foam) in red linen. If you would like a swatch of this fabric plea...
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Paul McCobb Planner Group Sectional Sofa
Vangard21 Art & Design
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Paul McCobb Planner Group Sectional Sofa
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery
A nice L shape that kicks out a little. It has brushed aluminum legs with the original glides.
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Paul McCobb Set of Six Planner Group Dining Chairs...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Chairs
Maple, Upholstery
Paul McCobb Planner Group solid maple dining chairs finely restored in a hand rubbed lacquer finish. Paul McCobb (1917-1969) is an American designer best known for the Planner Group, h...
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Paul McCobb Planner Group Sofa
The Hudson Mercantile
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Paul McCobb Planner Group Sofa
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Sofas
This sofa is similar in style to the version McCobb design for Directional. Curved, slightly winged back sits atop square tapered legs in black. Black and white woven houndstooth fabric...
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Paul McCobb Brass Stools for Calvin
Modern Drama
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Paul McCobb Brass Stools for Calvin
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Brass, Velvet
Pair of brass frame stools. Designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture. Newly upholstered in bone velvet.
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Paul McCobb Set of four Shovel Chairs
Modern Living Supplies
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Paul McCobb Set of four Shovel Chairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Chairs
Iron, Maple
Paul McCobb maple and Iron shovel chairs Ca. 1950s in restored condition. Solid sculpted maple seat with turned spindle back supports on iron framework. Paul McCobb (1917-1969) is an A...
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Stylish Mid-Century Paul McCobb Planner Group Chai...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Wood
Stylish mid century Paul McCobb Planner group desk/side chair.
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Elegant Paul McCobb Armchair in Danish Wool
Reeves Antiques
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Elegant Paul McCobb Armchair in Danish Wool
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Wool
Beautiful armchair or lounge chair designed by Paul McCobb. Chair is freshly upholstered in a decadent, neutral Danish wool. Three buttons low on the back rest provide visual interest a...
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Magnificent Pair of Paul McCobb Walnut Frame Loung...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Lounge Chairs
Paul McCobb for Directional Furniture
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Paul McCobb Executive Chair
DeAngelis
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Paul McCobb Executive Chair
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs
Important and rare high back tilt and swivel executive office chair designed by Paul McCobb, circa 1955. Original condition chair from the estate of important "California School" paint...
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Ten Bat Wing Dining Chairs by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Cane, Mahogany
Set of 10 Paul McCobb Connoisseur collection dining chairs with sculpted mahogany frames and caned backs. Chairs have been re caned. Price includes reupholstery with client's material a...
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Paul McCobb for Calvin Mahogany Dining Chairs
Paul McCobb, Calvin
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Fabric, Wood
A complete set of six dining chairs designed by Paul McCobb. The chairs feature solid mahogany wood and blue velvet upholstery. Armchairs H34" W23" D21" - Unmarked
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Set of Six Dining Chairs designed by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Bouclé, Wood
Set of Six Dining Chairs, designed by Paul McCobb for Directional, circa 1950's. This set has been completely restored in an ultra-deep brown lacquer with ivory boucle upholstery. The t...
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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
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