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Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

​​A brand known to vintage mid-century modern furniture collectors everywhere, Directional Furniture opened its doors after American furniture designer Paul McCobb created the high-end Directional Modern line of sofas distributed by the New York–based Modernage Company.

In his pivotal introduction of postwar modernism to the mass market, the revered Massachusetts-born McCobb had established several lines, from the affordable and refined Planner Group for Winchendon to the swooping and unexpected arms of the Symmetric Group for Widdicomb, a Shaker-inspired collection that included a sofa and a lounge chair. Like all of McCobb’s designs, the Directional pieces for Modernage are defined by a sleek aesthetic in which the focus is on elegant functionality, frequently using fine materials such as brass and walnut. In 1949, in partnership with New York furniture salesman B.G. Mesberg, McCobb set up the Directional Furniture Company.

The pair’s first pieces were upholstered chairs, intended to harmonize with the modular Multiplex pieces designed by Martin Feinman. McCobb then designed an array of furniture including storage, dining, seating, desks and other pieces with details such as leather tops, wood finishes and Roman Travertine surfaces. While Directional stopped production of McCobb’s work in the early 1960s, it still released numerous pieces by leading designers manufactured by a variety of companies.

Designer Paul Evans led the factory for a time after joining in 1964. His provocative work for the company often reflected his understanding of materials from his early training as a silversmith, such as the popular Cityscape series — a milestone in brutalist design — with its blocky forms accented with brass and chrome. At his shop in Lambertville, New Jersey, he collaborated with a design team to clad furniture pieces in metallic surfaces, like the Argente line that began production in 1968 and involved an acetylene torch to give its aluminum material a textural quality. He also worked on the Sculpted Bronze series with hand-formed resin shaped over plywood or steel that was then coated with atomized bronze.

Other Directional designers included Vladimir Kagan, who contributed biomorphic sofas and swivel chairs; Milo Baughman, who created tables and dressers inspired by Scandinavian modernism; and Jack Lenor Larsen, who covered sofas in dynamically patterned fabric.

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Creator: Directional
Mid Century Paul Evans Cityscape Wall Mirror & Console Table Shelf in Brass
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An incredible design combination, a cityscape wall shelf and mirror designed by Paul Evans in the 1970's. The set features fine heavy construction with brass clad patchwork design. I...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Paul Evans Cityscape Cabinet in Chrome and Burl Patchwork
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Highland, IN
This stunning credenza by Paul Evans studio for Directional is from Evans' PE 400 Cityscape series and has the most pleasing composition of walnut burl and chrome patchwork. Of parti...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Steel

Paul Evans for Directional "Cityscape II" Sideboard in Chrome and Brass
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul Evans for Directional, 'Cityscape II' sideboard, chromed steel, brass, glass, United States, 1975 A striking sideboard from the “Cityscape II” line, designed by Paul Evans fo...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass, Chrome

Vintage Patchwork Flip-Top Bar Cabinet by Paul Evans
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Burbank, CA
An exceptional vintage patchwork flip –top bar cabinet designed by iconic designer Paul Evans for Directional, circa 1970s. This studio piece by Paul Evans exemplifies the perfect co...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass, Bronze, Copper, Pewter

Paul Evans Cityscape Credenza
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Atlanta, GA
Paul Evans Cityscape Credenza, American, circa 1960s. Executed in beautifully burled maple and aluminum. This piece is a versatile size and can be used as a credenza, cabinet, buffet...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Aluminum, Metal

Milo Baughman for Directional Miniature Jewelry Chest
By Milo Baughman, Directional
Located in San Diego, CA
Milo Baughman for Directional miniature jewelry chest or silver cabinet. Original chocolate colored finish with brass pulls. Retains original paper label on the back and metal label ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Paul Evans Patchwork Copper Sideboard Cabinet w Slate Top for Directional, 1967
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning and rare copper clad sideboard cabinet by Paul Evans for Directional, produced in circa 1967. This incredible piece of design history is fabricated from patinated pieces of ...
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1960s American Brutalist Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass, Copper, Pewter

Pair of Milo Baughman for Directional Burled Olive Wall-Mount Cabinets
By Directional, Milo Baughman
Located in Chicago, IL
Uncommon pair of burled olive wood floating wall cabinets by Milo Baughman for Directional. The nice figural bookmatched doors open with a pair of Lucite pulls to reveal dark chocola...
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1960s American Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Burl, Lucite, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Kipp Stewart for Calvin“Directional” Walnut 10-Drawer Dresser
By Kipp Stewart, Directional
Located in Shippensburg, PA
An interesting ten-drawer tall dresser designed by Kipp Stewart for the “Directional“ collection of Calvin Furniture Co., the cabinet form is sleek and austere. By utilizing a pair o...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Walnut

Milo Baughman for Directional Walnut and Ebonized Buffet Server or Bar Cabinet
By Milo Baughman, Directional
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern sideboard, buffet server, or bar cabinet By Milo Baughman for Directional USA, 1960s Gorgeous book-matched walnut, with ebonized plinth bas...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Directional Black Lacquer Credenza 3 Drawer 2 Cabinet Doors
By Milo Baughman, Directional
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid-Century Modern directional black lacquer 3 Drawer 2 cabinet doors credenza sideboard with 2 doors and 3 middle drawers also has 2 Glass adjustable shelves. High gloss Black Lacqu...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Glass, Wood, Lacquer

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Bleached Mahogany and Brass Credenza or Bar Cabinet
By Paul McCobb, Directional, Calvin Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern sideboard, credenza, or bar cabinet By Paul McCobb for Directional and produced by Calvin Furniture, "Irwin Collection" USA, 1950s Bleached...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Kay Leroy Ruggles Umbo Corner Shelving Unit, Directional, Ivory Cream, 1972
By Kay Leroy Ruggles, Directional
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Kay Leroy Ruggles Umbo corner shelving unit, directional, ivory cream, 1972 UMBO was published in New York magazine on September 25, 1972 and became a huge hit for Directional (altho...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Plastic

Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Brutalist Sideboard, USA, 1969
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Miami, FL
Paul Evans Brutalist sculpted bronze cabinet Sculpted-bronze series cabinet, Exceptional abstract forms, solid volumes and powerful brutal shapes, Two bi-fold doors concealing s...
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Bronze

Paul Evans Cityscape Patchwork Burlwood Credenza
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Houston, TX
Paul Evans Cityscape patchwork burlwood credenza. This stunning long mid-century credenza or chest is comprised of cabinets on either side each with a shelf, 4 drawers in the center ...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Milo Baughman Directional MCM Walnut 4 Drawer Lowboy Dresser Sideboard Credenza
By Milo Baughman, Directional
Located in Countryside, IL
Milo Baughman for Directional Mid Century Walnut 4 Drawer Lowboy Dresser Sideboard Credenza Credenza measures: 72 wide x 18.25 deep x 30.5 inches high All pieces of furniture c...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Walnut

Paul Evans CityScape Sideboard for Directional Brass Tiles & Burl Wood Doors
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in St. Louis, MO
Rare 1970s Paul Evans Cityscape sideboard with waterfall ends for Directional with brass tiles and book matched Burl wood doors. Interior laminated in black with adjustable shelves, ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Paul Evans for Directional Chrome and Glass Floating Shelves or Console Tables
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare pair of mid-century modern floating wall shelves or console tables By Paul Evans for Directional, "Cityscape" Collection USA, 1970s Patchwork chrome L-brackets, with ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Chrome

Mid Century Paul Evans Cityscape Floating Shelf or Console Table Glass & Brass
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An incredible design, a cityscape wall shelf designed by Paul Evans in the 1970's. The set features fine heavy construction with brass clad patchwork design. Includes two L shaped wa...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Mid-Century Campaign Style Long Chest or Cabinet
By Directional
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chic mid-century chest or cabinet crafted in mahogany featuring multiple components including brass campaign style hardware including three drawers and three doors. Plenty of storage...
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Mid-20th Century American Campaign Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Paul McCobb for Directional Mahogany, Brass, and Leather Credenza, Refinished
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb, Directional
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern sliding door sideboard, credenza, or bar cabinet By Paul McCobb for Directional and produced by Calvin Furniture USA, 1950s Mahogany, with ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Mahogany, Leather, and Brass Credenza, 1950s
By Paul McCobb, Directional, Calvin Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional Mid-Century Modern sideboard, credenza, or bar cabinet By Paul McCobb for Directional and produced by Calvin Furniture, "Irwin Collection" USA, 1950s ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Vintage Paul Evans Cityscape Bar Cart Pe 200 Series for Directional
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful signed Mid-Century Modern bar cabinet by Paul Evans for Directional. A wonderful patchwork design with a flip top and two cabinet doors below. Sleek case piece that looks g...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Chrome

Set of Walnut Cabinets by Kipp Stewart, 1950s
By Directional, Kipp Stewart
Located in Stamford, CT
Walnut cabinets, designed by Kipp Stewart for Drexel, circa 1950-1959. Doors with push-to-open mechanisms open up to reveal shelving. Excellent grain to contrast their minimalist des...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Walnut

Paul Evans Cityscape Console in Burl Wood and Chrome
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Dallas, TX
1975 Paul Evans Cityscape console in burl wood and chrome. Beautiful console featured in Paul Evans book.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Chrome

Milo Baughman for Directional Monumental His and Hers Dresser, 1960s
By Milo Baughman, Directional
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and outstanding Mid-Century Modern dresser or credenza designed by Milo Baughman for his Country Villa collection for Directional. The dresser features stunning and rich wood ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Credenza for Directional
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning vintage modern cabinet features the iconic patchwork design by Paul Evans. The cityscape burl wood and chrome design is sure to complement any setting. A versatile case...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Chrome

Midcentury Paul Evans Brutalist Sideboard for Directional
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An iconic vintage modern design by Paul Evans with an elaborate chrome patchwork design. This stylish case piece boasts a spacious black interior hidden behind four cabinet doors. A ...
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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Chrome

Milo Baughman for Directional, Miniature Cabinet/Jewelry Chest
By Milo Baughman, Directional
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A fantastic miniature cabinet. Useful as either a jewelry or silver cabinet. Or a side table.
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1960s American Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Milo Baughman Mid-Century Modern Cabinet
By Directional, Milo Baughman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A sleek mid-century modern executive cabinet by Directional for their custom collection is crafted out of walnut wood covered in an exotic burl veneer and has been stained a rich wal...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Milo Baughman for Directional Walnut and Ebonized Sideboard Credenza, Refinished
By Milo Baughman, Directional
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional mid-century modern sideboard, credenza, or bar cabinet By Milo Baughman for Directional USA, 1960s Gorgeous book-matched walnut, with ebonized legs and accent...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Directional Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Walnut

Directional case pieces and storage cabinets for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs Directional case pieces and storage cabinets are available for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of direction case pieces and storage cabinets, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 34 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original case pieces and storage cabinets by Directional were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider case pieces and storage cabinets by Ello, Pace Collection and Brown Saltman if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Directional case pieces and storage cabinets can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$1,250 and tops out at US$90,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$7,575.

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