Design 101: The Best of Paul McCobb

Design 101: The Best of Paul McCobb

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Lauren Hannel
Feb 2, 2017
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You know a beautiful piece when you see it, but can you pick a Saarinen from a Baumritter? In an ongoing effort to bring a little background into the world of design, I'm sharing some favorite old-school designers who's pieces are still being coveted to this day. So diehard minimalists, I'd like to introduce you to your new favorite person: Paul McCobb.

Paul McCobb for Planner Group Maple Console at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $1,400.
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Before becoming the icon of modern design we know him to be today, Paul McCobb began his studies at Boston's Vesper George School of Art. After a brief stint in the military, he returned to his roots as a design consultant at Martin Feinman's Modernage Furniture in New York.

Paul McCobb End Tables for Calvin Group at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $4,000.
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In terms of Paul McCobb's signature design style, there is a constant focus on sleek, functional and beautifully simple pieces. His Planner Group contemporary furniture line was considered one of the best-selling lines of the 1950's, filled with tapered legs, smooth lines and minimal adornment. An authentic piece should have an identifying nameplate attached, letting you know you're getting the real deal and not a close-call knockoff.

Paul McCobb Calvin Collection Buffet at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $2,295.
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Paul McCobb Planner Group Dining Chairs at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $1,000.
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Paul McCobb Credenza for Calvin/Irwin Collection at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $7,900.
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Since his pieces are still in high demand, the Apartment Therapy Marketplace has a ton of authentic McCobb to get your hands on. I've gone ahead and picked out a few that best exemplify his design style (which also happen to be the ones I'm most intensely coveting). If you're looking for an investment piece that's streamlined and well-made, there has to be something that catches your eye among this group.

Paul Mccobb Single Pedestal Desk at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $1,200.
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Mid-Century Paul McCobb Side Table at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $495.
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Paul McCobb Sliding Door Console at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $600.
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Vintage Paul McCobb Coffee Table at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $1,000.
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Feeling confident in your McCobb knowledge? Shop the rest of his pieces on the Apartment Therapy Marketplace!

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