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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Paul McCobb Connoisseur Collection Walnut and Brass Dining Table
Paul McCobb Connoisseur Collection Walnut and Bras...
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drop-leaf and Pembroke Tables
Paul McCobb connoisseur collection walnut and brass dining table. Table has two Leaves that can be added- Measurement with both leaves: 40.5" D x 69" W x 29" H Measurement with...
Paul McCobb Drop Leaf Dining Table from the Planner Group

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Drop Leaf Dining Table from the Planne...
Paul McCobb
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drop-leaf and Pembroke Tables
A solid maple wood drop leaf dining table with conical legs designed by Paul McCobb from the planner group collection. Retains the manufactures tag from the Winchendon Furniture Company...
Paul McCobb Drop-Leaf Dining Table

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Drop-Leaf Dining Table
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Drop-leaf and Pembroke Tables
Maple
Solid maple expanding drop leaf dining table with two leaves designed by Paul McCobb for the Planner Group furniture line. Expands from 52.5" wide to 76.5" with two (12") leaves inserte...
Paul McCobb Connoisseur Drop-Leaf Dining Table

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Connoisseur Drop-Leaf Dining Table
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Drop-leaf and Pembroke Tables
Brass, Wood
Designed by Paul McCobb for the Connoisseur Collection by Sack and Sons, Brookline, MA, this beautifully made dining table was constructed of mahogany with brass band and stretchers acc...
Paul McCobb Extension Dining Table by Calvin

By Paul McCobb
Paul McCobb Extension Dining Table by Calvin
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Drop-leaf and Pembroke Tables
Mahogany
This versatile design has two drop leaves and a pair of 12" extension leaves to accommodate a variety of spaces and seating configurations.