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Paul McCobb

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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Origami Chair
Origami Chair
Symmetric Group Sofa
Symmetric Group Sofa
1950's Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Sofa
By Paul McCobb
Located in Burbank, CA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern couch for sale. Manufactured in the 1950's, and is an original Paul McCobb piece with the original fabric. It's in need of reupholstery. We had the legs re...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Fabric, Wood

  • 1950's Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Sofa
  • 1950's Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Sofa
  • 1950's Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Sofa
  • 1950's Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Sofa
H 28.5 in. W 81.75 in. D 32.5 in.
MCM Custom Craft Pair of Model 100 Planner Group Slipper Chairs by Paul McCobb
By Custom Craft Inc., Paul McCobb
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous pair of mid-century modern Model 100 Planner Group slipper chairs by Paul McCobb for Custom Craft. They are upholstered in an overall chartreuse green tweed-like fabric with...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb

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Fabric, Wood

Paul McCobb Pair of Lounge Chairs in Original Turquoise Upholstery and Walnut
By Directional, Paul McCobb
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul McCobb for Directional Designs, pair of lounge chairs model 1322, walnut, fabric, 1950s. This pair of lounge chairs is designed by Paul McCobb. The quintessential design featu...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Fabric, Walnut

Beautiful Midcentury Cane Brass Headboard by Paul McCobb for Calvin King
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture bed headboard #7703 in wonderful vintage condition cane shows patina. Finely crafted with brass details. Fits a King sized mattress. Bed He...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb

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Brass

Midcentury Paul McCobb #1559 Hanging Jewelry Chest Mirror Vanity Maple Brass
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Rare Paul McCobb #1559 small hanging flip up vanity mirror in solid maple construction with maple blonde finish. Very high quality construction with original brass pulls. Made to han...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Brass

1960s Paul McCobb Linear Group for Calvin Room Divider Base Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb
Located in Lambertville, NJ
This is the base of a Paul McCobb Linear Group room divider that we are offering as a coffee table or base for a flat screen television.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Aluminum

Planner Group Maple Chest Designed by Paul McCobb Mid-Century Modern
By Paul McCobb
Located in Toledo, OH
Mid-Century Modern maple three-drawer chest designed by Paul McCobb for Planner Group. Brass cone pulls with tapered legs. Small dent middle front drawer. Minor surface wear on top. ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Modern Paul McCobb

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Maple

Clean Lined Slipper Chair by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Located in Atlanta, GA
Clean lined modern slipper chair by Paul McCobb, American, circa 1950s. It has been completely restored in an navy blue and gray color striped wool blend upholstery and the base fin...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul McCobb

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Upholstery, Wood

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Paul McCobb Sellers

Liberty & 33rd
4.9
Modern Hill Inc.
4.6
Horseman Antiques Inc.
4.9
Original in Berlin
5.0
Century Design Ltd.
5.0
Danish Modern LA
5.0
Soho Treasures
4.7

Paul McCobb furniture for sale on 1stDibs

The Paul McCobb furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Paul McCobb furniture collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 764 vintage editions of these items, while there are 5 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Paul McCobb was created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Edward Wormley, Dunbar and George Nelson. Prices for Paul McCobb furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $445 and tops out at $21,500, while pieces like these can sell for $3,729 on average.

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