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Rare Paul McCobb Drop Lid Desk Cabinet

$8,650per set

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Amazing Mid-Century Modern maple and brass secretary or bar cabinet, designed by Paul McCobb for Planner Group and manufactured by Winchendon Furniture in the early 1950s. The set includes a #1504 double chest that can work as a sideboard or dresser; a rare #1562 drop lid desk with a black fall-front surface utilizable for either writing or serving, fitted with an organizer (two drawers within a black iron frame); and a #1516 bookcase. A very versatile piece that can be used as a bar, cupboard, server or buffet; the bookshelf hutch and desk cabinet are removable and can be used separately. The cabinet section would also look great used alone, mounted on a wall. The bottom low credenza section, which also could be used free-standing, features a total of four drawers with the designer's signature brass cone pulls. An incredible collector's example of American Modern that works well with traditional, contemporary and Danish Modern interiors. Dresser: 60 in x 18.5 in x 26.25 in H Cabinet: 60 in x 15 in x 19.5 in H Bookshelf: 36 in x 12 in x 24 in H.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 70 in. (177.8 cm)Width: 60 in. (152.4 cm)Depth: 18.5 in. (46.99 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 3
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950
  • Condition
    Replacements made: New hinges on fall-front. Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. The back of the cabinet has been drilled to allow passage of cables.
  • Seller Location
    Miami, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1958323575622

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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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