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Planner coffee tables

Fritz Hansen – Paul McCobb, 1950’s

The Planner coffee table is part of a relaunched collection by legendary American designer Paul McCobb. Paul McCobb was one of the leading figures within the American design movement of the 1950s. He was known for creating slender designs where form follows function and the table series is a brilliant example of this.

The table top comes in two kinds of marble, the dark Charcoal and the light Cream, suitable for any modern home valuing the simplicity and materials used in contemporary design. The structured yet minimalist marble surface is placed on a powder-coated steel base. It is an honest design that contains only essential elements – a table top and a base – to serve its purpose as a practical solution for planning your interior.

Materials powder coated steel, marble

charcoal – Ø80 x H40 cm

cream – Ø80 x H40 cm

charcoal – 75 x 45 x H40 cm

cream – 75 x 45 x H40 cm

charcoal – 80 x 80 x H40 cm

cream – 80 x 80 x H40 cm

charcoal – 45 x 45 x H40 cm

cream – 40 x 40 x H40 cm

charcoal – 100 x 100 x H40 cm

cream – 100 x 100 x H40 cm

charcoal – 130 x 70 x H40 cm

cream – 130 x 70 x H40 cm

Paul McCobb

Paul McCobb (1917-1969) was one of the leading contemporary furniture designers on the American design scene in the 1950s and 1960s. Over a timespan of twenty years he designed an impressive range of multi-functional furniture, accessories and textiles, as well as several notable interior design projects. Since his early death in 1969 his designs have not been in production, but are now making their way back to the market through a range of upcoming reissues.

Paul McCobb first came to prominence in 1948 as a design and decorating consultant for Martin Feinman’s Modernage Furniture in New York City. While employed at Modernage, McCobb met B. G. Mesberg, his later business partner in the Planner and Directional furniture lines.

Best known for his furniture designs, McCobb also designed radios and televisions for CBS-Columbia, Hi-Fi Consoles for Bell & Howell, along with other household items. He acted as design consultant to many leading corporations, including Singer, Alcoa, Goodyear, Columbia Records, and Remington Rand. For years, he traveled throughout America for speaking engagements, panel discussions, and appearances on radio and television talkshows, and he had his own syndicated design column in newspapers across the country.

Besides his public engagements, he taught design at Philadelphia Museum School of Art.

Paul McCobb’s design aesthetic is simplicity of form with a lack of ornamentation. Inspired by his New England upbringing and influenced by Shaker Design, McCobb combined slender lines with sculptural forms. He offered a playful take on traditional forms with hints of Scandinavian craftsmanship and International style clarity, often made with affordable and robust materials such as iron, solid wood and durable upholstery.