Paul McCobb Ottomans and Poufs

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.

Set of Three Paul McCobb for Directional Model 1306 Brass Ottomans, 1950s
Set of Three Paul McCobb for Directional Model ...
Directional, Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Brass, Animal Skin
1956 designed, Trio of Paul McCobb for Directional, Cross Frame Brass Occasional Stools. Featuring all Brass square seat, X base, four tubular legs. Original condition with old Bronz...
Pair of Paul McCobb Brass X-Base Stools
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.
Paul McCobb 1950s Iron Stool or Ottoman
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 Symmetric Group Widdicomb Ottoman Hourglass Walnut Legs Midcentury
Paul McCobb Symmetric Group Widdicomb Ottoman H...
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.
Paul McCobb Lounge Chair with Ottoman for Calvin, American, 1950s
Paul McCobb Lounge Chair with Ottoman for Calvi...
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 c...
Paul McCobb Stool or Ottoman
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. From the curated collection Space 20th Century Modern.
Pair of X-Base Brass and Leather Stools or Benches by Paul McCobb
Pair of X-Base Brass and Leather Stools or Benc...
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.
Paul McCobb for Directional Ottoman
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 Planner Group All Round Square Stools Winchendon, Mid-Century Modern
Paul McCobb Planner Group All Round Square Stoo...
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...
Paul McCobb Brass X-Stretcher Stool
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Stools
Classic McCobb design in all-original condition.
Paul McCobb for Directional Set of Three Brass ...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Ottomans and Poufs
A really special find indeed is this set of three Paul McCobb ottomans from the 1950s designed for Directional. We believe this to be the original fabric and cushions. They are in go...
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