While he never rose to the fame of Charles and Ray Eames or Eero Saarinen, Paul McCobb’s 70-year-old furniture lines have endured the test of time. Composing delicate, yet sturdy designs, Paul McCobb had a way with weightlessness. He knew his way around proportions—and mastered modularity long before IKEA made its way to the U.S. "I design things for rooms, not vacuums," he once said. "Form and line are controlled by the obvious need for simplicity." His pieces eschewed ornamentation and were accessible to the middle-class.
A trained artist who served in the Army, McCobb found his prowess in industrial design in his 51 short years. While tables and chairs are his claim to fame, radio design also landed him in the Museum of Modern Art’s Good Design exhibition in 1955—his fifth time in the show. Audiophiles and leg lovers behold: here are six Paul McCobb pieces that make the heart race.
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