Paul McCobb

Designer Dossier

Designer: Paul McCobb, 1917 - 1969
From: United States - Born in Medford, Massachusetts

Paul McCobb's certainly got a loyal following, but it's always struck us as odd that he's never been as well-known as other more recognizable Mid-Century Modern designers. Odd because in our opinion, Paul's simple, sleek, modern yet extraordinarily elegant furniture pieces are some of the most lovely designs from that era, and no doubt influenced a great many designers (even some of the big name ones) for years to come.

Facts:

  • In 1948 McCobb first made a name for himself window dressing and design consulting for Martin Feinman's Modernage Furniture in New York City.
  • Though he put out several well-received furniture lines, his Planner Group, manufactured by Winchendon Furniture Company, was not just his best-selling line, it was one of the best selling modern furniture lines of the 1950s.
  • McCobb didn't just stick to furniture: he designed textiles, wallpaper, lighting, dinnerware, and radios and televisions.

    Quote: "Design appeal is based on integrity of form, simplicity of line, and true organic function."

    Attended: Studied art, drawing and painting at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston.

    Known for: Elegant furniture, textiles, wallpaper, lighting, dinnerware, radios and more in a simple, modern style that was high-design but still accessible enough for almost anyone to have in their homes.

    Representative Pieces Shown Above: (left to right)

    1) Mr. and Mrs. Chest of Drawers
    2) Set of 6 Bowtie Chairs
    3) Paul McCobb Walnut Sideboard
    4) Travertine Topped Coffee Table
    5) Lounge Arm Chair
    6) Paul McCobb cabinet for Calvin
    7) Pair of Tripod Cigarette Tables
    8) Pair of Brass Travertine Bedside Tables
    9) Planner Group Desk
    10) Tall Dresser for the Calvin Group

    McCobb On the Web:

  • Paul McCobb wiki
  • Paul McCobb Designs Flickr group pool (tons of inspiring photos!)
  • Mid-Centura Feature

    (Images: 1stdibs )

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