Ice Cream Social for 6
The lines of these Paul McCobb dishes are bright, clean and refreshing. Like an ice cream party. Except maybe the clean part. Vintage Vera linens, retro scoops and spoons, and lemonade rounds it out.
Very good vintage conditions. Tiny touch of rust at attachment point of lucite handle and lucite lid on ice bucket.
More reading for you big readers:
Paul McCobb (June 5, 1917 – March 10, 1969) was a modern furniture and industrial designer.
Knowing from a very early age that he wanted to be an artist, McCobb studied art, drawing and painting at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston,although he did not complete his course there.
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 he also designed radios and televisions for CBS-Columbia, Hi-Fi Consoles for Bell & Howell, along with other household items.
His Planner Group, manufactured by Winchendon Furniture Company, was among the best selling contemporary furniture lines of the 1950s and was in continuous production from 1949 until 1964.
Other well-known furniture lines designed by McCobb include Directional by Custom Craft, Predictor by O’Hearn Furniture, The Irwin Group by Calvin Furniture, The Connoisseur Collection by H. Sacks and Sons, The Calvin Group by Calvin Furniture, and The Linear Group by Calvin Furniture.
During the '60s and '70s, the artist known simply as "Vera" was a household name synonymous with contemporary style and a degree of sophistication. The energetic painter, who usually worked in watercolor, oil paints, and collage, made her mark on the art scene at a time when women were just beginning to enter the corporate world.
Her paintings, a fusion of bold color and graphic designs, were inspired by nature and Vera's exotic world travels. Blooming florals, delicate butterflies, bold geometrics, and Asian and African motifs energized the artist's canvases in a palette of vivid colors. Vera's sophisticated designs reflected the design sensibility of the Bauhaus movement and were influenced by both Japanese Sumi calligraphy and folk art. Vera’s work has been displayed in numerous galleries throughout the U.S., and in 1972, the Smithsonian Institution recognized her with a retrospective called "Vera: The Renaissance Woman." The first artist to be commissioned by the Smithsonian's Resident Associate Program, Vera painted the "Foucault Pendulum," a popular work that was prominently displayed in the National Museum of American History. In 1975, the Fashion Institute of Technology honored her with an exhibit of 67 original paintings that dated back to 1945. Silk-screen prints and posters also were displayed.
Many of today's female consumers—both fashion and home enthusiasts—recall Vera's bold, contemporary designs and the iconic ladybug symbol that often accompanied her distinctive signature. Many of her designs were sold and licensed for fashion and home collections, and the artist is remembered for her countless contributions within the world of design. At a time when most home textiles were devoid of color, Vera spiced up the home with a warm palette of sunny oranges and yellows and cooler tones of blues and greens.
America's dinner tables once were draped with Vera's table linens, and home-cooked meals were served on her floral printed plates. Even former President Harry Truman and First Lady Bess Truman lived alongside Vera: One of her wallpaper designs was selected to decorate the walls of the White House. Marilyn Monroe, also a devoted fan, was photographed in the nude while she posed with a handful of sheer Vera scarves. The products Vera once produced now are considered vintage finds, and currently are being sold on eBay. The silk scarves, napkins, and table linens she created in an array of eye-catching colors and patterns still resonate with today's contemporary and design-conscious consumers.