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Mid-Century Modern Ottoman in Creations Metaphor Silk Blend Fabric, Paul McCobb



This refined and understated ottoman were designed by Paul McCobb- one of the most celebrated and influential figures in 20th century design- in America, circa 1950. The ottoman offers conical legs in ebonized walnut. McCobb once opined: “Design appeal is based on integrity of form, simplicity of line, and true organic function.” This ottoman is a stunning testament to that quote- understated, elegant and versatile, blending perfectly with any style of interior from Classic Mid-Century Modern to contemporary. It has been newly reupholstered in a luxe sky blue and pearl silk blend fabric by Creations Metaphor, and is in mint restored condition. American, circa 1950 Dimensions: 29" W x 19" D x 18.5" H.


  • Creator
    Paul McCobb (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 18.5 in. (46.99 cm)Width: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Depth: 19 in. (48.26 cm)Seat Height: 18.5 in. (46.99 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU793419625282

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    Ships From: New York, NY
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About Paul McCobb (Designer)

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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