Mid-Century Modern Two-Piece Credenza by Paul McCobb for Planner Group. This unit has been completely, professionally painted in Imron white laquer by an automotive paint shop. The cabinet rests on top of a separate platform base. Features large open cabinet spaces and (4) pull-out drawers. American made, minimalist design accomplished by one of America’s most celebrated furniture designers. It is no mystery why Paul McCobb’s Planner Group pieces have become a favorite among collectors. This unit has been completely, professionally painted in Imron white laquer by an automotive paint shop.
Paul McCobb was born in Medford, Massachusetts to Raymond and Winifred McCobb. Both his father and mother were born in Massachusetts. His father’s family was from Maine and his mother’s family was from Ireland. His father was employed, as of 1920, as a “men’s furnishings” salesman.
He knew from an early age that he wanted to be an artist, and studied drawing and painting at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston. He did not complete his course there, and enlisted in the Army as a Private on December 5, 1942. While enlisted in the Army, he was in the Camouflage Corps of the Army Corps of Engineers. He only served for a short time and was released on medical discharge in 1943.
McCobb came to prominence as a design and decorating consultant for Martin Feinman’s Modernage Furniture in New York City in 1948. While working at Modernage, McCobb met B.G. Mesberg. Mesberg and McCobb would later be business partners in the Planner and Directional furniture lines.
While he became best known for his furniture designs, Paul McCobb also designed radios and televisions for CBS-Columbia and hi-fi consoles for Bell & Howell, along with other household items. His Planner line, manufactured by Winchendon Furniture Company, was among the best-selling contemporary furniture lines of the 1950s and was in continuous production from 1949 until 1964. McCobb’s other well-known furniture lines include Predictor by O’Hearn Furniture, the Calvin Group by Calvin Furniture, Directional by Calvin Furniture, the Irwin Group by Calvin Furniture, and the Connoisseur Collection by H. Sacks and Sons.