Pair of Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Walnut Side or Desk Chairs by Paul McCobb For Sale
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Pair of Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Walnut Side or Desk Chairs by Paul McCobb


This sculptural and elegant pair of side/ desk chairs was realized by the celebrated Mid-Century Modern designer, Paul McCobb, circa 1960. They feature atomic hourglass form backs connect to stiles with circular tops that graduate into rectangular forms with rounded corners. The stiles expand in diameter to the seat, while tapering inward at an angle. The stiles and legs hind legs consist of a single piece of whittled walnut that taper in diameter to the floor while flaring outward in a subtly splayed form. The straight front legs repeats the form of the hind legs to which they connect via a rectangular support with rounded sides. The domed seat has been newly reupholstered in highly textural dove grey fabric with inflections of slate and shell hues. Created by one of the legends of midcentury design, these chairs are as timeless as they are beautiful, blending seamlessly with any style of interior. They would be perfect as either desk or occasional chairs. Mint restored condition. Each chair retains its original manufacturer label and plaque reading "Calvin Furniture Company Grand Rapids/ Furniture Designed by Paul McCobb." Available individually for $2250 each. American, circa 1950 Dimensions: 17.5" W x 20.5" D x 35" H Seat height 20.5" H.


  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Dimensions
    H 35 in. x W 17.5 in. x D 20.5 in.H 88.9 cm x W 44.45 cm x D 52.07 cm
  • Seat Height
    20.5 in. (52.07 cm)
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
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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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