Paul McCobb for Calvin Irwin Collection Dresser
Paul McCobb for Calvin Irwin Collection Dresser

Paul McCobb (1917-1969) for Calvin Furniture, USA. Irwin Collection dresser, c. 1950s. Mahogany body with ten drawers. Two bi-fold doors with brass hinges. Milk glass top. Manufacturerís mark: GT 23024 T. Metal tag on the interior reads: “”Calvin Grand Rapids. The Irwin Collection designed by Paul McCobb.””

Lot essay: American artist Paul McCobb is known for his accomplishments in mid-century furniture design. Born in Boston in 1917, McCobbís interest in art began at a young age. He studied at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston for a short time before enlisting in the army. After his discharge in 1943, McCobb settled in New York where he began working for Martin Feinman’s Modernage Furniture. His first company, Paul McCobb Design Associates, was established just two years later in 1945. By 1948, McCobb was a respected designer and consultant for corporations such as Remington Rand, Columbia Records, Goodyear, Singer, and Acola. The Planner Group was initially released in 1950 by McCobb and his friend B.G. Mesberg, whom he had met during his time at Martin Feinmanís Modernage Furniture.

Paul McCobb was a five-time recipient of the MoMA’s Good Design Award between 1950 and 1955. He later received the Contribution to Better Design Award by the Philadelphia Museum of Arts in 1959. Since his death in 1969, McCobbís designs have been showcased at the MoMA, Los Angelesí Reform Gallery, and the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.Height: 34 1/2 in x width: 48 in x depth: 19 in.

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