Bench and Chest of Drawers from the "Planner Group"

Designed by Paul McCobb, American, 1917 - 1969. Made from 1949 to 1952 by Winchendon Furniture Company, Winchendon, Massachusetts, 1939-present.

Made in Winchendon, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America

Designed 1949


Bench [1983-5-2]: 15 x 48 x 18 1/4 inches (38.1 x 121.9 x 46.4 cm) Chest of drawers [1983-5-3]: 24 x 24 x 18 1/4 inches (61 x 61 x 46.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Collab: The Group for Modern and Contemporary Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1983

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McCobb introduced a low-cost, modular furniture line called the "Planner Group" in Chicago in January 1950. It was an immediate success. The pieces that made up the line could be used separately or together, and included cabinets, chests of drawers, and benches that also served as coffee tables or bases for drawers. The flexibility of this furniture was well suited to the smaller, multipurpose living spaces of the new American home.