Planner Group features unit simplicity—styled in solid waxed birch—finished in natural or ebony black—combined with an upholstered group—created around a contemporary tailored appearance with the accent on comfort, developed price-wise for budget selling, designed especially for the versatility require in today's living.

Planner Group manufacturer's catalog, 1950

It Came from Sloane's!

Featured Designs in the New York Times

McCobb's stool model illustrated in an advertisement for Sloane's department store in the New York Times from November 28, 1954.

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.

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Auction Results Paul McCobb

PAUL MCCOBB, Nightstands model 8714, pair | wright20.com

Paul McCobb

Nightstands model 8714, pair

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $13,750
PAUL MCCOBB, chaise | wright20.com

Paul McCobb

chaise

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $8,125
PAUL MCCOBB, Irwin Collection console, model C9315 | wright20.com

Paul McCobb

Irwin Collection console, model C9315

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $7,500
PAUL MCCOBB, mirror | wright20.com

Paul McCobb

mirror

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $6,875
PAUL MCCOBB, vanity and chair | wright20.com

Paul McCobb

vanity and chair

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $6,875
PAUL MCCOBB, Rare Directional Modern lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Paul McCobb

Rare Directional Modern lounge chairs, pair

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $6,875
PAUL MCCOBB, Floor lamp | wright20.com

Paul McCobb

Floor lamp

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $6,875
PAUL MCCOBB, floor lamp | wright20.com

Paul McCobb

floor lamp

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $6,875
PAUL MCCOBB, wall-mounted vanity | wright20.com

Paul McCobb

wall-mounted vanity

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $6,250
PAUL MCCOBB, coffee table from the Irwin Collection | wright20.com

Paul McCobb

coffee table from the Irwin Collection

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $6,250
PAUL MCCOBB, Connoisseur Collection desk, model 7021 and armchair, model 9102 | wright20.com

Paul McCobb

Connoisseur Collection desk, model 7021 and armchair, model 9102

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $6,250
PAUL MCCOBB, Planner Group cabinet, model 1510-L | wright20.com

Paul McCobb

Planner Group cabinet, model 1510-L

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,938