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Paul McCobb Desks

American, 1917-1969
American, 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, McCobb's 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 mid-century modern work has warmth and presence.

As you can see from the offerings on 1stDibs, vintage Paul McCobb designs are the pin-striped suit, or the little black dress, of a décor: an essential.

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Creator: Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Winchendon Planner Group Mid-Century Modern Desk in Dark Espresso
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in St. Louis, MO
Paul McCobb Planner Group desk shown in dark espresso stain, with bank of drawers with polished tapered brass pulls on left side and two tapered angular dowel legs on the right, To b...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Brass

Midcentury Paul McCobb #1567 Four Drawer Desk Blonde Maple Finish Brass Pulls
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb Planner Group #1567 four drawer desk blonde maple finish brass pulls solid maple. Desk is in original vintage condition. Very beautiful designed desk on straigh...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Desks

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Brass

Paul McCobb Planner Group for Winchendon Mid Century 2 Drawer Birch Desk
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb Planner Group for Winchendon mid century 2 drawer birch desk This desk measures: 48 wide x 24 deep x 29 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Chrome

Paul McCobb Planner Group Midcentury Modern Secretary Desk with Grasscloth Doors
By Winchendon Furniture Company, Planner Group, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in Decatur, GA
Stellar Paul McCobb model 1564-b drop down desk with moss green grasscloth sliding doors, circa 1953. This example is unique on the market currently. Desirable inset splayed tapered ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Brass

Midcentury Paul McCobb Double Pedestal Desk
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning vintage modern desk boasts a large top ensuring plenty of workspace and five hefty drawers for ample storage. A unique design by Paul McCobb for planners group with whi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Metal

Clean Lined Modern Desk by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Located in Atlanta, GA
Clean lined modern desk, designed by Paul McCobb, American, circa 1960s. This desk is currently being refinished and can be completed in your choice of finish color. The price noted ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Brass

Paul McCobb 'Cache Desk Organiser' Wood and Steel by Karakter
By Paul McCobb
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Storage unit designed by Paul McCobb in 1952. The foundation of the Cache series, part of Paul McCobb’s extensive Planner series, is a beautifully simplistic and easy table with ...
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Desks

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Steel

Paul McCobb Planner Group Style MCM 2 Piece Blonde Drop Front Desk Bar Record
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Planner Group style mid century 2 piece blonde drop front desk bar record credenza This desk set measures: 36 wide x 16.25 deep x 54.5 inches high All pieces of...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Wood

Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid Century Maple Ebonized Desk
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Planner Group mid century maple ebonized desk The desk measures: 48 wide x 24 deep x 29.5 high, with a chair clearance of 28.25 inches All pieces of furniture ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Maple

Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Pedestal Desk
By Paul McCobb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage modern pedestal desk features the iconic mid-century design of Paul McCobb. Single sided writing desk offers two drawers for storage and organization and a spacious form...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Wood

Paul McCobb Planner Group Drop Front Desk with Sliding Door Credenza, Refinished
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional Mid-Century Modern drop front secretary desk cabinet with a lower sliding door credenza By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 195...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Brass

Paul McCobb Writing Desk for Winchendon
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This Mid-Century Modern writing desk by Paul McCobb features a wonderful maple finish with unique brass drawer pulls. Tapered legs and spacious four drawer design make this a stylish...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Brass

Rare Midcentury Paul McCobb #1562 Drop Lid Desk on Low Credenza Maple White
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb planner group #1562 drop lid desk and sliding white doors 2 adjustable shelves blonde maple finish solid maple. This desk is refinished really nice vintage cond...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Desks

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Steel

Paul McCobb for Calvin MCM Ebonized Mahogany Brass and White Laminate Desk
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Calvin mid century ebonized mahogany brass and white laminate desk Desk measures: 54.5 wide x 26 deep x 29 inches high, with a chair clearance of 26.5 inches All...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Brass

Midcentury Paul McCobb #1567 four drawer Desk Maple black Finish brass Pulls
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb Planner Group #1567 four drawer desk solid maple black finish brass pulls solid maple. Desk is in original vintage condition. Very beautiful designed desk on st...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Desks

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Brass

Double Pedestal Planner Group Desk by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
A fine example of a double pedestal desk with vintage finish and solid brass "golf tee" hardware. By Paul McCobb for the Planner Group line from Winchendon. American, circa 1950.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Maple

Desk by Paul McCobb Planner Group for Winchendon in Maple
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in Denver, CO
Model #1560 double drawer Planner Group desk in maple by Paul McCobb for Winchendon. Original brass pulls. This desk is structurally sound, but ready for refinishing. Expert profes...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Maple

Paul McCobb Double Pedestal Desk for Planner Group Midcentury
By Paul McCobb
Located in Wallkill, NY
Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb double pedestal desk with brass hour glass pulls. Five drawers as well as a pullout / pull-out writing tray. Be sure to check our storefront for many m...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Maple

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Pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group Three-Drawer Chest
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Mid-Century Modern 1970s Paul McCobb Style Brass Stand Replogle Globe
By Replogle Globes, Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Often attributed to Paul McCobb, because of the same brass tubing that McCobb used in his furniture. Circa 1970s Replogle globe is in very nice condition with raised topography and t...
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Paul McCobb Connoisseur Collection Mid-Century Modern Mahogany Dry Bar or Server
By H Sacks & Sons, Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Hard to find Paul McCobb dry bar or server for his Connoisseur collection by H. Saks & Sons. To be refinished, custom color available, rounded pulls to be re-plated brass. Top lifts ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Mahogany

Paul McCobb Mid-Century Modern Armchair Model 3049 with Tapered Splayed Legs
By Custom Craft Inc., Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Paul McCobb (American 1917–1969) model 3049 armchair by Custom Craft, Inc. with dowel legs shown with original black stained legs and upholstery. Price includes refinishing of legs, ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Desk with Drop Leaves and File Cabinet in Dark Finish
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Uncommon Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley designed compact desk for Dunbar, with two drop leaf extensions and file cabinet on wheels. Desk has two drawers, one large & medium includ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Stanley Young for Glenn of California Mid-Century Modern Chest in Dark Espresso
By Glenn of California, Stanley Young
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Stanley young for Glenn of California four drawer chest of drawers on tapered dowel legs, walnut refinished in dark espresso with handles of aluminum and bentwood....
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Paul McCobb Model 302 Mid-Century Modern Lounge or Club Chair for Directional
By Paul McCobb, Directional
Located in St. Louis, MO
Paul McCobb Mid-Century Modern lounge chair for his Directional line with original walnut finish to maple frame on tapered legs. Older corduroy re-upholstery, upholstery and foam nee...
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Pair of Paul McCobb for Calvin lounge or club chairs in the original fabric with brass stretchers and tapered mahogany wood legs. The brass has been polished and the legs refinished ...
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Rare Midcentury Paul McCobb #1562 Drop Lid Desk W/Organizer Maple T Pulls
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb planner group #1562 drop lid desk with Rare organizer inside and adjustable glass shelf blonde maple finish T-pulls all solid maple. This desk is in original vi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Desks

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Steel

Paul McCobb Desk Irwin Collection Calvin Travertine Marble Top Brass Mahogany
By Paul McCobb
Located in Dallas, TX
Extraordinary McCobb desk with two writing surfaces that slide out on the left & right side, pencil drawer from the Irwin Collection by Calvin. Desk is in exceptional restored condit...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Desks

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Travertine, Brass

Paul McCobb Planner Group Drop Front Desk with Sliding Door Credenza, Refinished
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional mid-century modern drop front secretary desk cabinet with a lower sliding door credenza By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 195...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Paul McCobb Mid-Century Connoisseur Executive Desk in Mahogany
By Paul McCobb
Located in Miami, FL
Paul McCobb Mid-Century Connoisseur Executive Desk in Mahogany Offered for sale is a rare Mid-Century Modern mahogany Connoisseur Line desk by Paul McCobb. The desk has a floating ...
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Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid Century Desk and Chair
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Planner group mid century desk and chair This desk measures: 48 wide x 24 deep x 29.5 inches high, with a chair clearance of 28 inches This chair measures 17.5 ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid Century Maple Desk
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Planner Group mid century maple desk This desk measures: 53 wide x 26.25 deep x 29 inches high, with a chair clearance of 28.25 inches All pieces of furniture c...
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Paul McCobb Planner Group Writing Desk
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul McCobb writing desk from the Planner Group Collection for Winchedon, c.1950s. This maple desk features five drawers with solid brass knobs. There is a pull out writing table on ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Brass

  • Paul McCobb Planner Group Writing Desk
  • Paul McCobb Planner Group Writing Desk
  • Paul McCobb Planner Group Writing Desk
  • Paul McCobb Planner Group Writing Desk
H 29 in. W 53 in. D 26.25 in.
Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid Century Maple Desk
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Planner Group mid century maple desk This desk measures: 48 wide x 24.25 deep x 29 inches high, with a chair clearance of 28.25 inches ?All pieces of furniture ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks

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Maple

Paul McCobb Connoisseur Collection Mahogany and Cane Bar Cabinet, Refinished
By Paul McCobb, H Sacks & Sons
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional Mid-Century Modern bar cabinet or secretary desk with bookcase By Paul McCobb for H. Sacks & Sons "Connoisseur Collection" USA, 1950s Mahogany, with c...
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Paul McCobb Connoisseur Collection Mahogany and Cane Bar Cabinet, Refinished
By Paul McCobb, H Sacks & Sons
Located in South Bend, IN
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Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid Century Blonde 4 Drawer Desk
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Countryside, IL
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Rare Midcentury Paul McCobb #1562 Drop Lid Desk W/Organizer Maple T Pulls
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb planner group #1562 drop lid desk with organizer and adjustable glass shelf blonde maple finish T-pulls solid maple. This desk is in original vintage condition....
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Paul McCobb desks for sale on 1stDibs

Paul McCobb desks are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Paul McCobb desk collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 18 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 1 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original desks by Paul McCobb were created in the Mid-Century Modern style in United States during the 20th Century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider desks by Jens Risom, Dunbar and Edward Wormley. The prices for Paul McCobb desks can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $725 and tops out at $9,950, while pieces like these can sell for $3,250 on average.

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