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Mid-Century Modern Sofa by Paul McCobb



A midcentury three-seat sofa by Paul McCobb for Directional, model 1301, circa 1950s-1960s. A very clean look with a design nodding to the wing back chair. It features three removable back and seat cushions on a conforming upholstered frame, supported by dark mahogany legs. Fully upholstered to be placed anywhere in the room as a versatile piece. Attractive "Madman" silhouette from side and back.


  • Creator
    Paul McCobb (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31 in. (78.74 cm)Width: 82 in. (208.28 cm)Depth: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Seat Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Generally clean with minute scattered spotting stains and a couple of pulled area on the fabric. Reupholstered in a more recent time and re-foamed and we rate the upholstery condition 7 out of 10; Minor wear on wood frame in keeping with age.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU945022892882

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About the Designer

Paul McCobb

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 mid-century modern work has warmth and presence. As you can see from the offerings on 1stDibs, Paul McCobb designs are the pin-striped suit, or the little black dress, of a décor: an essential.
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4.9 / 5
Located in Atlanta, GA
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