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Brilliant self-trained American designer Paul McCobb collaborated with New York salesman B.G. Mesberg to create what is now a widely revered collection of mid-century modern furniture called the Planner Group. Produced by renowned manufacturer Winchendon Furniture Company, vintage Planner Group dressers, credenzas, chairs and other pieces bring honesty and heritage into any interior.

More than any other designer beside Russel Wright, the Massachusetts-born 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.

Of McCobb’s cohesive lines of furnishings, his best-known Planner Group gave homes an instant “look.” McCobb designed for several companies, most notably Directional, the New York firm he cofounded with Mesberg that also produced designs by other legends such as Paul Evans and Vladimir Kagan.

Known for their superior quality and affordable prices aimed at new homeowners, vintage Winchendon case furniture, side tables and desks were must-have staples for middle-class Americans in the postwar years. McCobb and Mesberg’s Planner Group for the manufacturer boasts a wide range of furnishings created in woods such as walnut and maple.

McCobb drew on the simplicity of Shaker furniture and Windsor chairs and was an advocate for modular furniture. A new homeowner could plan for properly furnishing each room with the Planner collection — a brochure touted its versatility — beginning with a couple of pieces from the series and gradually introducing more seating, cabinets and tables, stacking and combining as needed.

McCobb shared the limelight with the likes of celebrated American designers Charles and Ray Eames and was supposed to appear in a 1961 issue of Playboy magazine — a mid-century tastemaker of sorts — alongside other designers such as Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom and Edward Wormley. A social and charismatic figure, McCobb can be found in photos from a party that took place the night before, but he was too hungover the next day to join the photo shoot.

For more than a decade beginning in 1950, the Planner designs comprised the best-selling furniture suite in the United States.

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Pair of Paul McCobb 1503 Planner Group Maple & Black Two Drawer Chests
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb, Winchendon
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group by Winchendon maple nightstands, cabinets, chests, end tables, 1950's. Featuring Model 1503 ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Maple

Paul McCobb Planner Group Model 1500 Maple & Black Single Drawer Cabinet, 1950s
By Winchendon, Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Paul McCobb Planner Group for Winchendon Single Drawer Maple Nightstand. Cabinet. End Table. Featuring a Black lacquered surround with solid Maple Drawer, original Aluminum donut rin...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Small Dresser or Tall Night Stand by Paul McCobb in Maple
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A beautiful 1950's small chest of drawers by Paul McCobb and produced by Winchendon. A versatile piece constructed of solid maple with warm patinated brass pulls.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Maple

Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Planner Group Night Stand or Side Table in Maple
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A classic design from an iconic American designer, Paul McCobb. This case piece features 2 deep drawers, warm patina brass pulls and constructed of solid maple.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Matching Pair of Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Twin Bed Headboards Walnut Brass
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Matching pair of Mid-Century Modern Paul Mccobb twin bed headboards walnut brass. All solid maple construction, walnut finish, brass details. You ar...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Midcentury Paul McCobb #1587 Nightstands Black Lacquer Brass Knobs End Tables
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group #1587 maple low nightstands lamp end sofa tables single drawer Planner Group Brass knobs in original black lacquer finish. Original finish...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

1950s Paul McCobb 4-Drawer Correspondence Letter Chest Jewelry Box Dresser
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Hyattsville, MD
A wonderful tabletop letter cabinet for desktop or atop a dresser. It is in original unrestored condition and finish. Some wear to top surface and nor...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Steel

1950s Paul McCobb Iron Rod Birch Sofa End Tables Vintage Mid-Century
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Hyattsville, MD
1950s rare early Paul McCobb iron rod sofa end tables. Pair of solid staved Canadian Birch surfaces on 1/2 inch iron rod bases and plastic feet on each leg ti...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Two-Tier Side Table or Nightstand in Birch
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A simple design by Paul McCobb for his Planner Group line in the 1950s that was produced by Winchendon Furniture. This table features solid maple construction and in well cared for c...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Maple

Midcentury Paul McCobb #1586 Nightstands Black Lacquer Finish Brass Knobs
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group #1586 maple nightstands lamp tables single drawer Planner Group brass knobs Minimalist black lacquer. Very delicate designed pair of night...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Nickel

Mid century Paul McCobb 2-Drawer #1503 Nightstands Black Lacquer T Pulls
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful pair of Paul McCobb 1950s #1503 maple nightstands end tables double-drawer planner group. Black T pull knobs. Refinished in black lacquer. Very modern designed pair of nigh...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Steel

Midcentury Paul McCobb Small Single Drawer Nightstands Brass Knobs
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Simple pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group maple nightstands lamp tables single drawer Planner Group brass knobs Minimalist original Tobacco blonde finish. Very delicate geometric desi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid Century Maple Nightstands - Pair
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid Century Maple Nightstands - Pair Each nightstand measures: 22 wide x 17 deep x 24 inches high All pie...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Maple

Pair of Midcentury Paul McCobb Single Drawer #1500 Nightstands Black T Pulls
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful pair of Paul McCobb planner group #1500 maple nightstands end tables single drawer. Black T pull knobs. Good vintage condition with Black lacquer finish on maple. Very mode...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Steel

Wrought Iron Paul McCobb Night Stand Planner Group US 1950s
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Berlin, DE
Highly desirable Paul McCobb #1572 nightstand or occasional table from his Planner Group collection for Winchendon, c. 1950s. It features an exposed black wrought iron frame, single ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wrought Iron

Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Full Bed Headboard Maple Iron Rare
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Rare Mid-Century Modern Paul Mccobb full bed headboard maple and iron. All solid maple construction, tobacco blonde maple finish, iron details. You...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Iron

Paul McCobb Planner Group Black Lacquered Nightstands, Newly Refinished
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish pair of Mid-Century Modern single drawer nightstands or end tables. By Paul McCobb for Winchendon furniture, "Planner Group". USA, 1950s. Black lacquered...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Paul McCobb for Planner Group Midcentury Nightstand
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for planner group midcentury nightstand. This nightstand measures: 22.25 wide x 14.25 deep x 23 inches high. All pieces of fu...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Chrome

Refinished Dresser and Mirror by Paul McCobb for Planner Group
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in South Charleston, WV
Mirror measures: 47" x 17". Dresser is 60" wide, 18.25" deep and 33" tall. Paul McCobb Dresser and Mirror. A sophisticated restoration has been performed on two pieces and both are listed separately. This pieces provided a contrast between the black lacquer and the birch elements and brass knobs. An uncommon element to this suite is the seldom seen original Paul McCobb mirror...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Tallboy by Paul McCobb for Planner Group
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in South Charleston, WV
42.25" tall, 36" wide and 18.25" deep. Masculine Upright dresser by Paul McCobb. A sophisticated restoration has been performed on two pieces and both...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Paul McCobb Planner Group Black Lacquered Nightstands, Newly Refinished
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish pair of Mid-Century Modern single drawer nightstands or end tables By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Black lacquered so...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Paul McCobb Planner Group Mid-Century Modern Bachelor Chests, Newly Refinished
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An iconic pair of Mid-Century Modern bachelor chests or large beside chests By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA,...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Matching Pair of Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Twin Bed Headboards Maple Brass
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Matching pair of Mid-Century Modern Paul Mccobb twin bed headboards maple brass. All solid maple construction, blonde maple finish, brass details. Y...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Paul McCobb Planner Group White Lacquer and Brass Twin Headboards, Refinished
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous pair of Mid-Century Modern twin headboards By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s White lacquered maple, with brass spindles. Meas...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Paul McCobb Planner Group Solid Maple Nightstand, Newly Refinished
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish Mid-Century Modern nightstand or side table By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Solid maple, with original brass drawer pu...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Paul McCobb Planner Group Mid-Century Modern Solid Maple Nightstand, 1950s
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish Mid-Century Modern nightstand or side table By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Solid maple, with original brass drawer pu...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

1950s Vintage Paul McCobb Iron Rod Planner Group Side Table Abstract Midcentury
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Hyattsville, MD
The early 1950s lesser seen end table model from the Planner Group. Beauty through function and cost-effective materials. The Planner Group Line by Paul McCobb, Model#1305 table, Win...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Iron

Paul McCobb Planner Group Mid-Century Modern Full-Size Headboard Brass and Birch
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome yet simple full-size headboard from the Planner Group designed by Paul McCobb for Winchendon. It is in fabulous original vintage condition with no outstanding flaws we have detected. Please see photos, circa mid-20th century. Paul McCobb (1917-1969), is a 20th century design genius. He wanted to be an artist from childhood and studied drawing and painting for a time but left his studies to enlist in the Army in 1942. Only serving a short time and was medically discharged in 1943. McCobb’s design genius was first noticed while working as a design and decorating consultant for Martin Feinman’s Modernage Furniture in New York City in 1948. While there he met B.G. Mesberg who later became his business partner in the Planner and Directional furniture lines. He won many awards and is represented in museums around the world. His other well-known furniture lines are Predictor, Calvin Group, Directional, Irwin...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Full-Size Maple Planner Group Bookcase Headboard by Paul McCobb for Winchendon
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Dorchester, MA
Paul McCobb designed this solid maple headboard, model 1553, as part of the Planner Group line for Winchendon Furniture. The frame fits a full-size bed...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Iron

Midcentury Paul McCobb 2 Drawer #1503 Nightstands Blonde maple T Pulls
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful pair of Paul McCobb 1950s #1503 blonde maple nightstands end tables double-drawer planner Group. Black steel T pull knobs.Finished in raw blonde maple. Very modern designed...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Steel

Paul McCobb Planner Group Black Lacquered Bedside Chests, Newly Refinished
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern three-drawer nightstands or bachelor chests By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Black lacquered solid bir...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Planner Group more furniture and collectibles for sale on 1stDibs.

Planner Group more furniture and collectibles are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Planner Group more furniture and collectibles, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original more furniture and collectibles by Planner Group were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider more furniture and collectibles by John Widdicomb, Dunbar, and Widdicomb Furniture Co.. Prices for Planner Group more furniture and collectibles can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $995 and can go as high as $6,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,499.

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