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Planner Group Seating

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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.

Find vintage Planner Group furniture and other Paul McCobb furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Planner Group
Set of Three Paul McCobb Wrought Iron Stools
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Berlin, DE
Paul McCobb Iron stools with new light leather upholstery.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Iron

Rare Paul McCobb Blonde Planner Group Extension Table with Six Chairs
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Ferndale, MI
Paul McCobb designed dining table with six matching dining chairs from the Planner group series for Winchendon Furniture. Estate fresh and fine original condition. Table top shows ve...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planner Group Seating

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Maple

Set of Eight Stained Maple Dining Chairs by Paul McCobb for Perimeter
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of eight stained maple dining chairs designed by Paul McCobb for his Perimeter Group and manufactured by Winchendon Furniture (circa 1957). Shapely backrests and long tapered leg...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Leather, Maple

Paul McCobb Planner Group Black Lacquered T-Back Side Chair, Newly Refinished
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern T-back side chair, desk chair, or dining chair By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Solid sculpted maple, in black...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Maple, Lacquer

Mid-Century Paul McCobb Planner Group Dining Chairs Maple Spindle Back Chairs
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Set of 6 All original midcentury maple Paul McCobb Planner Group spindle back side chairs. Solid maple seat and curved back on tapered legs. Original vintage condition. Original blon...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planner Group Seating

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Maple

Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid Century Lounge Chair
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid Century Lounge Chair This lounge chair measures: 30 wide x 33 deep x 31 high, with a seat height of 16 and arm height/chair clearance 21 inches Al...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

1950s Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Planner for Group Dining Chairs
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Charleston, SC
A set of four dining chairs Designed by Paul McCobb's iconic for Winchendon Furniture Planner Group series, manufactured from 1950-1964. These chairs have been professionally resto...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planner Group Seating

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Maple

Paul McCobb Planner Group Maple and Iron "Shovel" Side Chair, Fully Restored
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern "shovel" dining chair, desk chair, or side chair By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Sculpted solid maple seat an...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Iron

Paul McCobb Planner Group Maple and Iron "Shovel" Side Chairs, Fully Restored
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern "shovel" dining chairs or side chairs By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Sculpted solid maple seats and ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Iron

Paul McCobb Planner Group Maple and Iron "Shovel" Dining Chairs, Fully Restored
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional set of four Mid-Century Modern "shovel" dining chairs By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Sculpted solid maple seats and back suppor...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Iron

Paul McCobb Planner Group Mid-Century Modern Spindle Back Dining Chairs, Pair
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of iconic mid-century modern solid maple spindle back dining chairs By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Measures: 19.5"W x 19.5...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Maple

Mid-Century Modern Planner Group Dining Chairs Paul McCobb for Winchendon Set 5
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous set of five Mid-Century Modern Planner Group style #1534 dining chairs by Paul McCobb for Winchendon. Comprised of a dark walnut finished maple. They have been newly upholstered at some point in their recent past in a brown background fabric with chenille squiggly undulating lines in gold and turquoise or teal. Beautiful condition with age-appropriate wear as you would expect with vintage pieces. Two of the chair backs do have small nicks. One has been repaired. All chairs have been re-glued. We have used restore-a-finish on the original finish to bring back its original shine. Please see photos. Circa 1949-1964. Simply Amazing!! What a fabulous set of five Mid-Century Modern dining chairs! They are part of the Planner Group for Winchendon designed by internationally known and revered designer Paul McCobb. They are style number 1534, and they are comprised of a beautiful maple frame with a dark walnut finish. The foam seats are covered in a brown chenille fabric with raised fiber squiggly undulating lines in colors of gold and turquoise or maybe its teal. The fabric is so awesome it reminds us of a comfy chenille bedspread...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planner Group Seating

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Fabric, Maple

Paul McCobb Planner Group Maple and Iron "Shovel" Dining Chairs, Fully Restored
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional set of six Mid-Century Modern "shovel" dining chairs By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Sculpted solid maple seats and back support...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Iron

Midcentury Paul McCobb Planner Group Captain Lounge Maple Arm Chair
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful all original midcentury maple Paul McCobb Planner Group Captain arm chair. Solid maple seat and curved back on tapered legs. Original vint...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planner Group Seating

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Maple

Midcentury Paul McCobb Planner Group Dining Chairs Maple Spindle Back Chairs
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
All original midcentury maple Paul McCobb Planner Group spindle back side chairs. Solid maple seat and curved back on tapered legs. Original vintage condition. Original blonde finish...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planner Group Seating

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Maple

Paul McCobb for Planner Group Midcentury Sofa
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Planner Group midcentury Sofa. This sofa measures: 75.5 wide x 33 deep x 30.5 inches high, with a seat height of 16 and arm ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

Paul McCobb Set of Two Mid-Century Iron Stools with New Leather Upholstery
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Set of 2 Mid-Century Modern iron stools by Paul McCobb. Newly reupholstered as they originally were, with no-sag springs, foam and a thick vintage ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Iron

Paul McCobb "Tub" High Back Lounge Chair Model 3045, Priced Low for Reupholstery
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Kansas City, MO
Rare Paul McCobb "Tub" chair for the Planner Group. High back with cantilevered armrests and walnut legs. Important design in need of reupholstering and is priced accordingly. This is a great opportunity to get this chair for a low price...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Upholstery, Walnut

Paul McCobb Planner Group Pair Dining Chairs
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Fraser, MI
Please message us for a cost effective shipping quote to your location. Pair Paul McCobb dining chairs. Both chairs have full labels.
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1960s Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Birch

Paul McCobb Planner Group Black Lacquered T-Back Dining Chairs, Set of Eight
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional set of eight Mid-Century Modern T-back dining chairs By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Solid sculpted maple, in black lacque...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Maple, Lacquer

Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid Century Dining Chairs, Set of 6
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Planner group mid century dining chairs - set of 6 Each armless chair measures: 20.25 wide x 19 deep x 30.25 high, with a seat height of 18 inches Each captains c...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Wood

Set of 4 Dining Chairs by Paul McCobb for the Winchendon Furniture Co.
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Set of four dining chairs designed by Paul McCobb for the Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group) Co. Solid maple with a spindle supported backrest and signature inlay screw on each sea...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Wood

Pair of Midcentury Paul McCobb Planner Group Captain Lounge Maple Arm Chairs
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Pair of rare all original midcentury maple Paul McCobb Planner Group Captain arm chairs. Solid maple seat and curved back on tapered legs. Original ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planner Group Seating

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Maple

Paul McCobb for Planner Group Winchendon Maple and Cane Dining Chairs, Set of 6
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Planner Group Winchendon Maple and Cane dining chairs - Set of 6 Each chair measures: 18 wide x 19 deep x 3...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Upholstery, Cane, Maple

Vintage MCM Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, Dining Chairs, Set of 4
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fantastic set of vintage 4 MCM dining chairs. Designed by the legendary Paul McCobb, a Midcentury giant. Gorgeous spindle back with the coveted inlay screw on each seat. Acquired fro...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Planner Group Seating

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Wood

Paul McCobb Planner Group Black Lacquered Coffee Table or Bench, Refinished
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish Mid-Century Modern coffee table or bench By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Black lacquered solid birch Measures: 60"...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Birch, Lacquer

Expertly Restored - Paul McCobb "Bowtie" Dining Chairs for Winchendon Furniture
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul McCobb "Bowtie" dining chairs for Winchendon Furniture. ________________________________________ Transforming a piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture is like bringing history ...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Leather, Foam, Walnut

Paul McCobb Planner Group Iron and Maple Coffee Table, Newly Refinished
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern coffee table or bench By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Iron frame and solid maple top, with black lacquered drawers...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Iron

Paul McCobb Sectional Corner Sofa Custom Craft/ Planner Group Newly Upholstered
By Paul McCobb, Custom Craft Inc., Planner Group
Located in Berlin, DE
Sectional corner sofa by Paul McCobb for Custom craft or Planner Group, US. Newly upholstered with fabric by Chase Erwin.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planner Group Seating

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Fabric, Upholstery, Wood

Paul McCobb "Planner Group" Iron & Maple Dining Chairs for Winchendon Furniture
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul McCobb "Planner Group" iron and maple dining chairs for Winchendon Furniture. ________________________________________ Transforming a piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture is ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Iron

Paul McCobb Planner Group Tobacco Finish Birch Coffee Table, Bench
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Early Paul McCobb Winchendon Planner Group high Coffee Table, Bench. Bed End Bench. Nightstand, 1950s. Featuring a sturdy, rectangular Black lacquered i...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Iron

Paul McCobb Planner Group Iron Base Stool or Side Table
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
A newly refinished planner group iron base stool or side table By Paul McCobb USA, 1970s Maple and iron Measures: 20" W x 20" D x 13.75" H...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Iron

Four Paul McCobb Dark Maple Spindle-Back Dining Chairs
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of four Planner Group dark maple spindle back dining chairs by Paul McCobb for Winchendon. An iconic McCobb design.
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1950s American Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Maple

Four Paul McCobb Winchendon Open Back Dining Chairs
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Chicago, IL
Rarely offered set of four Paul McCobb for Winchendon maple dining chairs with open back and large curved top rail. Free of ornamentation, the clean lined shape is only broken up by ...
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1950s American Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Maple

Set of Five Different Paul McCobb Planner Group Chairs for Winchendon
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Berlin, DE
Curated set of five chairs by Paul McCobb planner group for Wichendon. Chairs are in good condition with a vintage patina. All chairs are recently glued.  
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Iron

Paul McCobb Planner Group Black and White Lacquer Double Pedestal Desk and Chair
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern double pedestal executive writing desk and spindle back chair By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Solid bla...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Planner Group Seating

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Brass

Rare Mid-Century Paul McCobb #1584 Coffee Table Bench All Black
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb Planner Group #1584 - 60 inch coffee table bench all original black Lacquer finish, Minimalist Iron structure with 2 drawers...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planner Group Seating

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Iron

Planner Group seating for sale on 1stDibs.

Planner Group seating 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 seating, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original seating by Planner Group were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider seating by Frank Lloyd Wright, John Stuart, and John Salterini. Prices for Planner Group seating can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $599 and can go as high as $16,199, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,350.

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