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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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...
Paul McCobb Brass Benches for Calvin
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.
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...
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.
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...
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
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
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
Three-Seat Sofa by Paul McCobb for Directional
On Hold
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
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
Paul McCobb Set of Six Shovel Chairs
Modern Living Supplies
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.
Paul McCobb for Directional Lounge Chairs in Mohai...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Mohair, Walnut
Pair of fully restored, super comfy lounge chairs by Paul McCobb for Directional. Walnut bases full restored. Newly recovered in green mohair.
Pair of Paul McCobb Sofas for Directional
Pair of Paul McCobb Sofas for Directional
New Order Modern
Pair of Paul McCobb Sofas for Directional
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Wood
Pair of Paul McCobb sofas for Directional.
Paul McCobb for Directional High Back Chair, 1950s...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Maple, Velvet
Splendid example of the Mid-Century model 314 lounge chair by the legendary American modern designer Paul McCobb for Directional Furniture. Together with its original wedge shaped back ...
Paul McCobb Dining Chairs for Calvin
Paul McCobb Dining Chairs for Calvin
The Swanky abode
Paul McCobb Dining Chairs for Calvin
Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Chairs
Leather, Wood
Designer: Paul McCobb. Manufacturer: Calvin Period/Model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Wood, leather. Condition: These dining chairs are in excellent vintage condition. The woo...
Paul McCobb Lounge Chairs for Directional
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 ...
Ebonized "Planner Group" Lounge Chair by Paul McCo...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Maple, Upholstery
A handsome lounge chair from Paul McCobb's "Planner Group" manufactured by the Winchendon Furniture Co., circa 1950s. Featuring a solid ebonized maple frame with curved caned back and u...
Paul McCobb Mahogany and Brass Dining Chairs
Paul McCobb Mahogany and Brass Dining Chairs
Eerdmans Fine Art
Paul McCobb Mahogany and Brass Dining Chairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Set includes three side and two armchairs. With mahogany frame, upholstered back and set, and polished brass stretchers. A fourth side chair is available but needs to be restored. With ...
Set of 10 Paul McCobb Spindle Back Chairs for Winc...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Maple
Set of ten planner group maple spindle back dining chairs by Paul McCobb for Winchendon. An iconic McCobb design. Original label on the bottom. Very good condition.
Set of 12 Paul McCobb Screw Planner Series Dining ...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Wood
Gorgeous set of restored planner series dining chairs. Ten chairs put two captains chairs totaling 12.
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: ...
Pair of Brass X Base Stools by Paul McCobb
Pair of Brass X Base Stools by Paul McCobb
Archive 20th Century
Pair of Brass X Base Stools by Paul McCobb
Directional, Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Brass, Naugahyde
Pair of brass X base stools Paul McCobb for Directional Furniture Co.
Large Collection of Paul McCobb Ottoman or Stools
Large Collection of Paul McCobb Ottoman or Stools
20th Century Interiors
Large Collection of Paul McCobb Ottoman or Stools
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Steel
A wonderful and playful collection of seven Paul McCobb ottoman or stools. The stools are upholstery ready and can be upholstered for an addition cost. (Key word search: Edward Worml...
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 Sofa for Winchendon
Paul McCobb Sofa for Winchendon
New Order Modern
Paul McCobb Sofa for Winchendon
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Modern Sofas
Linen, Maple
Early Paul McCobb sofa for Winchendon.
Paul McCobb for Directional Lounge Chair Exception...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Walnut
A classic lounge chair by Paul McCobb for Directional with a sculptural walnut frame with inward curving arms. This rare edition has a wonderful citrus yellow frame and a lime green bo...
Paul McCobb Set of Six Shovel Chairs
Paul McCobb Set of Six Shovel Chairs
Modern Living Supplies
Paul McCobb Set of Six Shovel Chairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s 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...
Rare Set of Cane Dining Chairs by Paul McCobb for ...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Cane, Leather, Mahogany
This rarely seen dining chair set — two armchairs and four side chairs — by Paul McCobb for H. Sacks features generous curved cane backs on mahogany frames with tapered legs. The sid...
Paul McCobb Iron Dining Chairs, Set of Four
Paul McCobb Iron Dining Chairs, Set of Four
2-b-Modern
Paul McCobb Iron Dining Chairs, Set of Four
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Iron, Naugahyde, Wood
Set of four black iron and wood backed dining chairs designed by Paul McCobb. Newly reupholstered black Naugahyde seats.
Set of Three Paul McCobb Stools
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 Wichendon upholstered in faux leather.
Pair of Paul McCobb for Widdicomb Symmetric Lounge...
Paul McCobb, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
This pair of vintage Mid-Century high back lounge chairs was designed by Paul McCobb for Widdicomb's Symmetric Group line in the 1960s.
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 Elegant Slipper Chairs
Paul McCobb Elegant Slipper Chairs
Vangard21 Art & Design
Paul McCobb Elegant Slipper Chairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Lounge Chairs
A great pair of timeless designs. They are in the original vintage / used condition. They are made of walnut with sensual sculpted lines with the original silk upholstery. They show ...
Paul McCobb High Back Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Paul McCobb High Back Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Full Circle Modern
Paul McCobb High Back Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Lounge Chairs
Velvet, 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 wood legs t...
Pagoda Sofa by Paul McCobb for Custom Craft
Pagoda Sofa by Paul McCobb for Custom Craft
Continuum 20th Century Design
Pagoda Sofa by Paul McCobb for Custom Craft
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Pagoda sofa by Paul McCobb for custom craft.
Modernist Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb
Modernist Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb
ABC Modern
Modernist Lounge Chair by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
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 bei...
Paul McCobb Sofa, circa 1960s
Paul McCobb Sofa, circa 1960s
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Paul McCobb Sofa, circa 1960s
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Nice sized three-seat sofa by Paul McCobb with handsome sculptural details. Ebonized wood frame with six legs in very good condition. Back cushions are quality feather/down. Woven fabri...
Pair of Paul McCobb for Directional Lounge Chairs
Directional, Paul McCobb
20th Century Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Pair of lounge chairs by Paul McCobb.
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...
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...
Paul McCobb for Directional 1312 "High Back" Loung...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Walnut, Fabric
1956 designed sculptural and ergonomic Paul McCobb for Directional model 1312 high back club chair with walnut frame and red wool upholstery. Arm height 21".
Paul McCobb 1312 High Back Club Chairs and 314 Ott...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Walnut
This is a matching pair of club chairs and ottoman that are in need of new upholstery and one chair need to have the wood matched to the other chair and ottoman. Arm height is 21. Ottom...
Pair of Paul McCobb Club or Lounge Chairs, circa 1...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Maple
Planner Group pair of McCobb lounge chairs in brown will fabric. This pair can be reupholstered in our own atelier in leather or fabric. Please ask for quotes!  
Pair of Paul McCobb Stools
Pair of Paul McCobb Stools
Hudson Supermarket
Pair of Paul McCobb Stools
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Iron, Upholstery
All round square stools by Paul McCobb for Winchendon.
Handsome Pair of Paul McCobb Club or Lounge Chairs...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Textile, Wood
A handsome pair of Paul McCobb club or lounge chairs, circa 1950.
Paul McCobb for Directional Sofa in Cognac Leather...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather, Walnut
Designed by Paul McCobb for Directional, newly recovered in cognac leather. Walnut legs newly refinished.
Paul McCobb for Directional Pair of Armchairs with...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
We were able to build new seat and back cushions and replace the original Jack Lenor Larsen fabric covers. In remarkably good original condition showing only the slightest wear. Wonderf...
Early Paul McCobb Dining Chairs for Planner Group,...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Paul McCobb Planner Group for Winchendon chairs, circa 1950s, Measures: 31" high, 18" seat height, 17" wide. Any questions please call, email or hit request more information.
Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Directional Upholst...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Walnut
Vintage, 1960s, Mid-Century Modern sofa by Paul McCobb for Directional is fully restored with walnut frame and reupholstered in a plush chenille chartreuse upholstery.
Pair of Paul McCobb Armchairs
Pair of Paul McCobb Armchairs
20th Century Interiors
Pair of Paul McCobb Armchairs
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Birch
A pair of Paul McCobb armchairs.
Pair of Lounge Chairs by Paul McCobb
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 caned back lounge chairs 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...
Wingback Chair by Paul McCobb
Wingback Chair by Paul McCobb
Morristown Modern
Wingback Chair by Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Wingback chair w. ottoman by Paul Mccobb in newly upholstered velvet.
Set of Twelve Paul McCobb Dining Chairs
Set of Twelve Paul McCobb Dining Chairs
CONVERSO
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"...
Sofas by. Paul McCobb
Sofas by. Paul McCobb
Morristown Modern
Sofas by. Paul McCobb
Directional, Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Walnut
Pair of upholstered sofas by Paul McCobb for Directional. Upholstered in Herringbone fabric atop walnut frames.