Tables by Lane
Over the past few years I have become increasingly aware of the necessity for context in research. At the very beginning of this project I was so narrowly focussed on getting information about Paul McCobb that I ignored anything else that wasn’t about McCobb. For instance, when I scanned the 1962 Lane catalog I entirely ignored the rest of it, only scanning those pages which dealt directly with Paul McCobb’s work. I later regretted this decision but there was really nothing to do about it as the catalog was in California and I wasn’t.
Fortunately life has conspired to make it so that I can finally right this egregious oversight, Gerard O’Brien of Reform Gallery (the fellow who has the Lane catalog) having decided to show select pieces from his Paul McCobb collection at the upcoming Los Angeles Antiques and Los Angeles Modernism shows at the Barker Hanger this April has called me in to work with him co-producing these Paul McCobb retrospectives, which means that once again I find myself in Los Angeles for an extended period of time with unrestricted access to what might be the very best privately held mid-century design research library on the planet. Yay!
While I am here, besides working around the clock getting the two shows up, I am also going back over the ground which I have already covered in my Paul McCobb research (in my off hours...) and this time making sure to acquire the background information to provide context to my main research materials. Amongst other things I have finally gotten a complete scan of that 1962 Lane Catalog.
Now I’m not about to blurt out everything I have learned about Paul McCobb’s involvement with Lane, after all I have to save something for the book which I have been diligently but ever so slowly putting together. What I would like to provide is some context in the form of identifying information for the other Lane groups in existence at the time Paul McCobb was designing for the company. So, without further preamble, here they are in the order in which they appear in the 1962 "Tables that make your room are made by Lane" catalog:
Dimension - Group # 1003
Acclaim - Group #900
Hy-Lite - Group #’s 928, 929, 930
Tuxedo - Group #921
New Amsterdam - Group #957
Chatham Hall - Group #958 and 959
Monte Carlo - Group #973
Award - Group #966 and 972
Rhythm - Group #997
Lido - Group #’s 975, 978, 994
Cosmopolitan - Group #209
Esteem - Group #983
Prophecy - Group #996 and 1006
Accent - Group #991
Calais - Group #’s 953, 954, 955, 956, 968, 969
Capri - Group #999
Regal - Group #1002
Perception - Group #908 and 990
Cameo - Group #967