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Paul McCobb Eight-Drawer Dresser Marble Top for Calvin Furniture, 1950s

$8,500

About

Paul McCobb eight-drawer walnut dresser is part of McCobb's Irwin line manufactured by Calvin Furniture of Grand Rapids during the 1950s. The cabinet has 2 folding doors of three panels each that conceal eight ample drawers. The six panels are bookmatched walnut veneer. The crème toned travertine marble top has a vein of light blue running its length flanked by light blue threads. The case is in very good original vintage condition with minor wear consistent with its age and gentle use.

Details

  • Creator
    Paul McCobb (Designer),Calvin Furniture (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 71 in. (180.34 cm)Depth: 19 in. (48.26 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Marble,Walnut,Chamfered,Lacquered,Veneer
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1955
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Very good vintage condition with minor touchups.
  • Seller Location
    Camden, ME
  • Reference Number
    Seller: App 4441stDibs: LU89842372392

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Ships From: Camden, ME
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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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, 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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