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Retailer CB2 launches new furnishings line by esteemed MCM designer Paul McCobb
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Pavilion travertine coffee table.

Many of McCobb's furniture pieces, lamps, and fixtures were fairly affordable in the mid-century, such as the popular Planner Group by Winchendon Furniture. Others were more upscale, such as pieces using brass and walnut for Directional Furniture.

Sadly, 23 years after leaving the Army on a medical discharge, McCobb died at a relatively young 51, having furnished the patios and living rooms of much of mid-century America.

Reflecting on McCobb's ubiquitous brand of modernism, Kodja suggests, "Certain aesthetics have waves [of popularity]. These pieces are humble in the sense that they can live and complement a lot of different looks forever."

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Exposior travertine table lamp.

Crate & Barrel itself is a mid-century creation, having been founded by a couple of 23-year-olds in Chicago during 1962. By the mid-2000s, it had expanded to more than 130 stores in ten countries, and in 2000 it launched CB2 as a home furnishing affiliate geared to young adults. CB2 now has 34 locations, including four in California: Berkeley, Costa Mesa, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

"One of the major figures of mid-century modern furniture design, Paul McCobb understands the sexiness of simplicity," notes the company website, adding that his work "brings a timeless cool to your space."

CB2 has chosen to reissue the Pavilion line of metal-framed, indoor-outdoor chairs, priced from $449 to $799. In particular, the models with simple, airy wire arms and Sunbrella-upholstered cushions in a choice of grey or white all look tres Moderne. The line also offers a few planters, and a range of five tables from $1,199 to $2,999.

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Pavilion black and white planters.

McCobb lighting designs are being reissued by CB2 under the name Exposior and include standing and table lamps, pendants, and sconces ranging from $129 to $499.

For more information about CB2's Paul McCobb Collection, click here.