Paul McCobb 1917–1969

Paul McCobb studied painting at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston but never completed his course work. With the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the Army Corps of Engineers but was honorably discharged shortly thereafter due to health issues. McCobb moved to New York to work as a product development engineer in the new medium of plastics and in 1945, he opened his own design firm, Paul McCobb Associates. In 1950, McCobb launched his first mass produced line of furniture known as the Planner Group in collaboration with B.G. Mesburg; this collection, with its sleek lines and warm finishes, was a hit, and the pieces were showcased in living rooms across America.

McCobb took inspiration from classic American styles like Windsor and Shaker, but transformed them into new and modern forms. As McCobb stated, “we don’t design fads,” and indeed his designs are imbued with a timeless quality. Further, McCobb pioneered the concept of the room divider, to which he attached desk sets, cabinets and shelves, coining the term “living walls.” His work was featured prominently in the Museum of Modern Art’s Good Design exhibitions (1950–1955), and he received MoMA Good Design awards in 1950, 1951, 1953, and 1954. In the 1960s, McCobb worked as an interior design consultant for corporations like Columbia Records, Singer Manufacturing Company, Bell & Howell Company, and Alcoa Aluminum Corporation. McCobb died in 1969 and today his designs are featured in the museum collections of the Copper Hewitt Design Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, among many others.

Auction Results Paul McCobb

PAUL MCCOBB, Irwin Collection desk, model C8804 | ragoarts.com

Paul McCobb

Irwin Collection desk, model C8804

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,080
PAUL MCCOBB, Planner Group dining chairs model 1533, set of eight | ragoarts.com

Paul McCobb

Planner Group dining chairs model 1533, set of eight

estimate: $2,200–2,800
result: $4,063
PAUL MCCOBB, lounge chair, model 302 and ottoman | ragoarts.com

Paul McCobb

lounge chair, model 302 and ottoman

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,500
PAUL MCCOBB, Irwin Collection coffee table, model 8705 | ragoarts.com

Paul McCobb

Irwin Collection coffee table, model 8705

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,860
PAUL MCCOBB, Pair of lounge chairs | ragoarts.com

Paul McCobb

Pair of lounge chairs

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $5,000
PAUL MCCOBB, Rare early floor lamp | ragoarts.com

Paul McCobb

Rare early floor lamp

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,125
PAUL MCCOBB, Table and four chairs from the Pavilion Collection | ragoarts.com

Paul McCobb

Table and four chairs from the Pavilion Collection

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,000
PAUL MCCOBB, sofa | ragoarts.com

Paul McCobb

sofa

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $1,188
PAUL MCCOBB, Irwin Collection coffee table, model C3905 | ragoarts.com

Paul McCobb

Irwin Collection coffee table, model C3905

estimate: $800–1,000
result: $975
PAUL MCCOBB, Mr. & Mrs. Chest, model 1510 | ragoarts.com

Paul McCobb

Mr. & Mrs. Chest, model 1510

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,600
PAUL MCCOBB, Nightstand, model 8714 | ragoarts.com

Paul McCobb

Nightstand, model 8714

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,000
PAUL MCCOBB, Early floor lamp | ragoarts.com

Paul McCobb

Early floor lamp

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $6,875