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Pair of Midcentury Paul McCobb Single Bookshelves #1516 Maple Walnut Finish

US$3,250per set


Pair of vintage midcentury Paul McCobb single high bookcases bookshelves #1516 original walnut finish over solid maple with solid maple 4 leg base. Beautiful bookcase set by Paul McCobb, circa 1950s Planner Group, single center fixed shelf, solid maple with dark Walnut brown finish on standard base. Good vintage condition. Original maple backing. Vintage condition shows wear with a beautiful patina. Each bookcase has original McCobb Foil label. Paul McCobb Planner Group. This listing is for (2) bookcases (2) bases total as seen as in photos.


  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33 in. (83.82 cm)Width: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Depth: 12 in. (30.48 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading. Original Vintage Condition All original shows age and wear - beautiful walnut finish shows use and fading amazing patina.
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  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1793223779502

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    Ships From: BROOKLYN, NY
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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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