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Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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
Midcentury Paul McCobb #1560 Double Drawer Desk Blonde Maple Finish Ring Pulls
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb Planner Group #1560 double drawer desk blonde maple finish with aluminum ring pull knobs solid maple. Desk has been professional refinished. Very beautiful desi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

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 and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Midcentury Desk by Paul McCobb, Planner Group
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic midcentury desk designed by Paul McCobb for Winchendon's "Planner Group". Maple wood construction, with tapered and splayed legs. Would make a great addition to any modern in...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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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 and Writing Tables

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Wood

Mid Century Modern Paul McCobb for Winchendon Planner Group Desk
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A very fun and iconic "Planner Group" desk by Paul McCobb for Winchendon, the desk is model # 1560 and was executed in maple with a tobacco finish. It is austere and streamlined, the...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Paul McCobb Planner Group Black Lacquered Double Pedestal Desk, Newly Refinished
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern double pedestal executive writing desk. By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" Collection USA, 1950s Solid black lacquere...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Paul McCobb for Calvin MCM Ebonized Mahogany Brass and White Laminate Desk
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
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 and Writing Tables

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Brass

Paul McCobb Double Pedestal Ring Pulls Solid Birch Desk
By Paul McCobb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Paul McCobb solid birch desk in good vintage condition.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch

Paul McCobb Planner Group Black Lacquered Double Pedestal Desk, Newly Refinished
By Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern double pedestal executive writing desk By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Solid black lacquered birch, wit...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Midcentury Paul McCobb #1560 Double Drawer Desk Blonde Maple Finish T pulls
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb Planner Group #1560 double drawer desk blonde maple finish with steel T pull knobs solid maple. Desk has been professional refinished. Very beautiful designed d...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Paul McCobb Architectural 'Delineator' Desk
By Paul McCobb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
handsome design clean crisp lines geometric front deep drawers original pulls solid thin wood legs original condition has not been refinished wonderful walnut grain minor wear with n...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Paul McCobb Planner Group Desk
By Paul McCobb
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautifully restored, the iconic Planner Group desk by Paul McCobb.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Black Lacquer and Brass Lift-Top Vanity, Refinished
By Paul McCobb, Directional, Calvin Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional mid-century modern vanity or dressing table. By Paul McCobb for Directional and produced by Calvin Furniture, "Irwin Collection" USA, 1950s Black lacq...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Paul McCobb Planner Group Mid-Century Modern Maple Double Pedestal Desk, 1950s
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern double pedestal executive writing desk By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Solid maple, with original alumi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

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 and Writing Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb for Winchendon Planner Group Two-Tone Desk
By Paul McCobb
Located in Munroe Falls, OH
This is an excellent Planner Group 1560 desk in maple and black lacquer with brass pulls, by Paul Mccobb for Winchendon, ca. 1950’s.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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Maple

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 and Writing Tables

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Brass

Midcentury Paul McCobb #1560 Double Drawer Desk Blonde Maple Finish T Pulls
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb Planner Group #1560 double drawer desk blonde maple finish with steel T pull knobs solid maple. Desk is in great original vintage condition. Very beautiful desi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Paul McCobb Planner Group Black Lacquered Double Pedestal Desk, Newly Refinished
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern double pedestal executive writing desk By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Solid black lacquered birch, wit...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Midcentury Paul McCobb #1560 Double Drawer Desk Blonde Maple Finish Ring pulls
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb Planner Group #1560 double drawer desk blonde maple finish with Aluminum ring pull knobs solid maple. Desk is in good original vintage condition top shows littl...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

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 and Writing Tables

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Maple

Exceptional Paul McCobb Planner Group Writing Desk, Four Drawers, Great Example
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in Kansas City, MO
Excellent smaller scale Paul McCobb desk with the original pulls and in excellent condition.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

Mid-Century Paul McCobb #1560 Double Drawer Desk Black Lacquer Finish
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb planner group #1560 double drawer desk Black Lacquer on maple with aluminum ring knobs solid maple. Desk is in great Refinished condition. Very beautiful design...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Paul McCobb Planner Group Mid-Century Modern Writing Desk, Newly Refinished
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Minimalist Mid-Century Modern writing desk By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Black lacquered solid maple, with original bras...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

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Brass

Midcentury Paul McCobb #1546 Coffee Table Bench Blonde Maple Finish
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
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Midcentury Paul McCobb Triple-Drawer #1506 Nightstands Blonde Maple Black Pulls
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Midcentury Paul McCobb #1584 Coffee Table Bench Blonde Maple Iron 2-drawer
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Located in BROOKLYN, NY
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Midcentury Paul McCobb 8-Drawer Dresser Credenza #1507 Walnut Maple Brass Pulls
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Located in BROOKLYN, NY
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Brass

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Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Black Lacquer and Brass Lift-Top Vanity, Refinished
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Located in South Bend, IN
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Paul McCobb Desk for Planner Group in Solid Maple, 1950s
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Berlin, DE
This exceptional early desk was designed by Paul McCobb and produced by Planner Group. Executed in solid maple, angular tapered legs and two desk drawers with conical brass pulls.
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Paul McCobb Desk for Planner Group in Solid Maple, 1950s
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Berlin, DE
This exceptional early desk was designed by Paul McCobb and produced by Planner Group. Executed in solid maple, angular tapered legs and two desk drawers with conical brass pulls.
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Brass

Paul McCobb Planner Group Mahogany Desk for Winchedon, circa 1950
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
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By Paul McCobb
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
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  • Writing Desk by Paul McCobb, ca. 1955
  • Writing Desk by Paul McCobb, ca. 1955
  • Writing Desk by Paul McCobb, ca. 1955
  • Writing Desk by Paul McCobb, ca. 1955
H 29 in. W 48 in. D 18.25 in.
Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid Century Maple Desk
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Countryside, IL
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Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid Century Maple Desk
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Located in Countryside, IL
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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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Paul McCobb desks and writing tables for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs has Paul McCobb desks and writing tables available for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Paul McCobb desks and writing tables, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 27 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Paul McCobb's original desks and writing tables were created in Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 20th century. Many customers also consider desks and writing tables by George Nelson, Herman Miller and Dunbar if you’re looking for additional options. Pricing for Paul McCobb writing desks and desks can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $2,000 and tops out at $8,650, while pieces like these can sell for $3,000 on average.

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