The work of celebrated mid-century American designer Paul McCobb has been revitalized by CB2. It's a brand we often look to for modern decorating ideas, and it has now launched an extensive range of his indoor and outdoor furniture and lighting with prices starting at an accessible $129.
In production in the designer’s home country for the first time in half a century, the 36 revived pieces each exhibit McCobb’s signature paired down, linear style. A leading voice in modern American design, McCobb sought to ‘modernize your living room’, and almost 70 years since its inception, his enduring work is doing just that for a new generation.
‘McCobb was a pioneer for modern furniture and his pieces are just as influential today as when they graced the first set of The Today Show or the offices of Columbia Records in the '60s,’ says CB2 President Ryan Turf. ‘We're proud to bring back these pieces of modern heritage.’
Three collections have been bought back to life by CB2, with more to launched over time.
The statement sculptural forms of the Exposior lighting pieces remain as striking as when they were first introduced in 1951, a selection of floor, table and wall lights showing off sharp silhouettes and custom components with finish choices ranging polished nickel, gunmetal black and gleaming brass.
Created in 1951, the outdoor Pavilion collection epitomizes McCobbs’ simplicity of form with angular solid iron frames. Dining chairs, lounge seating and sofas are given a contemporary twist with weather-proof Sunbrella fabric cushions in grey or white, while coffee and dining tables are topped with glass or sand-coloured slabs of travertine.
The 1954-designed Connoisseur nightstand and dresser are key pieces of mid-century furniture and embody an architectural simplicity, bringing black ebonized oak and detailing such as brushed brass bars, Tornado marble tops, lacquered knobs and natural cane to the bedroom.
Keep an eye out for other iconic designers whose pieces will renewed and manufactured by the brand over the next two years.
See the full range at cb2.com (opens in new tab)
Amy Moorea Wong is a freelance interior design journalist with a decade of experience in contemporary print and digital editorial, previously News Editor at Livingetc. She writes on a broad range of modern design topics from news and interior zeitgeist to houses, architecture, travel and wider culture. She has a penchant for natural materials, surprising pops of colour and pattern and design with an eco edge.
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