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Paul McCobb

A prominent figure in 1950s and ’60s furniture design, Paul McCobb was one of the most popular and influential American designers of mid-century modern style. McCobb began his career as a commercial window stylist but soon became enamored with the design and manufacture of furniture. In the 1940s, he moved to New York and established his own firm, which offered classically inspired silhouettes — but with a distinct sense of modern sleekness and functionality. His excellent design abilities ultimately garnered him the Good Design Award, bestowed by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, five times. McCobb’s inimitable design sense led to a wide variety of projects, including glassware, timepieces and ceramics, which, along with his most famous collections such as the Planner Group collection, established him and his work as premier examples of mid-century modern design.