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Pair of Paul McCobb for Directional 1320 Slipper Chairs

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Exquisite pair of Mid-Century Modern slipper lounge chairs from the highly esteemed Directional collection, dating from the 1950s. The refinished chairs have been recovered in stunning soft champagne Kravet upholstery. The beautifully sculpted walnut wood frame has amazing lines and splayed back legs. The chairs are extremely comfortable. These are truly to die for pieces of American modern design. Throughout the years and many collaborations with different manufacturers that brought to life all his design endeavors, Directional is by far the highest quality manufacturer Paul McCobb collaborated with, producing furniture of the finest quality. In 1949, Directional furniture began as a line of upholstered chairs to complement Martin Feinman's multiplex modular case goods. Directional went on to include hundreds of individual designs manufactured by a multitude of companies. Directional ceased producing Paul McCobb's designs sometime in 1962.

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  • Period
  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Excellent. Refinished and reupholstered. One back leg has a professional repair.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 32.5 in. x W 25 in. x D 30 in.

    H 82.55 cm x W 63.5 cm x D 76.2 cm

  • Seat height
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Seller location
    Miami, FL
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference number
    LU195835207053

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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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