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Harvey Probber

American, 1922-2003

A popular designer who had his heyday from the late 1940s into the 1970s, Harvey Probber is one of the post-war American creative spirits whose work has been recently rediscovered by collectors. His designs are by-and-large simple and elegant, but his signal achievement was to pioneer one of the key innovations of mid-20th century furniture: sectional, or modular, seating.

Even as a teenager, the Brooklyn-born Probber was making sketches of furniture designs — and selling them to Manhattan furniture companies. He began working as a designer for an upholsterer once he finished high school and, apart from a few evening classes he took as an adult at Pratt Institute, he was self-taught about design and furniture making.

After wartime service — and a stint as a lounge singer — Probber founded his own company in the late 1940s. A lifelong familiarity with the needs of New York–apartment dwellers doubtless sparked his most noteworthy creation: a line of seating pieces in basic geometric shapes — wedges, squares, half-circles — that could be arranged and combined as needed. Modular furniture remained the core idea of Probber’s business throughout his career.

As a self-trained designer, Probber was never wed to any particular aesthetic. He preferred the simple lines now associated with mid-century modernism for their inherent practicality, but often used hardware to enliven the look of his pieces, or added elements — such as a ceramic insert in the center of a round dining table — that was visually interesting and could serve as a trivet. He gravitated toward bright fabrics with attractive, touchable textures that might be satin-like or nubbly. Above all, Probber insisted that the sofas, case goods and other products that came out of his Fall River, Massachusetts, factory be built to last.

“The quality of aging gracefully,” Probber once told an interviewer, is “design's fourth dimension.” This quality he realized: Probber furniture is just as useful and alluring now as it was when made — and maybe even more stylish.

Find a collection of vintage Harvey Probber side tables, sectional sofas, chairs and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Harvey Probber Cubo Sofa
Harvey Probber Cubo Sofa
Harvey Probber Architectural Sofa
Harvey Probber Architectural Sofa
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Harvey Probber Architectural Chair
Set of Six Harvey Probber Ebonized X-Base Dining Chairs, Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Set of six X-base dining chairs by Harvey Probber. Brass hardware contrasts and compliments the dark ebonized mahogany. Cushions are in nice vintage condition and are easily reuphols...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber

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Brass

Harvey Probber Double Chest and Vanity with Leather and Brass
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hanover, MA
Two beautifully restored complimentary chests flanking a hanging vanity case from Harvey Probber's "Cabinet Series" circa 1957. Hazelnut finished maho...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber

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Brass

Architectural Harvey Probber Bench Low Etagere Console
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Elegant architectural Harvey Probber bench etagere. Very thoughtful in all of the proportions and placements of forms. A fine example of Harvey Probber work. Probber craftsmanship is...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber

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Harvey Probber Leather & Brass Bench
By Harvey Probber
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Harvey Probber button tufted leather mahogany and solid brass bench circa mid 1950’s. Newly upholstered and finished.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber

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Brass

Rare Harvey Probber Patchwork Leather Sectional Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Asheville, NC
Discover the epitome of mid-century modern elegance with this rare 8-piece sectional sofa from the iconic Harvey Probber "Cubo" line. Crafted with exquisite camel-colored patchwork l...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber

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Leather

Harvey Probber Mid-Century Modern Rosewood and Brass Bookcase Cabinet, 1960s
By Harvey Probber
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mid-Century Modern bookcase cabinet By Harvey Probber USA, 1960s Beautiful rosewood, with brass trim and brass finished steel hairpin legs. Measures: 60"W x 14"D x 60"...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber

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Brass

HARVEY PROBBER Hexagonal Side Table.
By Harvey Probber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid Century Table by Harvey Probber. Hexagonal in shape with dark grey top . Made of Teak Wood.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber

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Teak

HARVEY PROBBER Hexagonal Side Table.
HARVEY PROBBER Hexagonal Side Table.
H 15.25 in W 19.5 in D 17 in
Elegant Newly Upholstered Curved Harvey Probber Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hudson, NY
Stunning freshly upholstery Harvey Probber sofa. The upholstery is a modern and sensible cotton blend weave which will wear and clean very well. The overall color reads as a creamy w...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber

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Upholstery, Walnut

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Harvey Probber Cubo Sofa
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Harvey Probber furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Harvey Probber furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Harvey Probber furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Harvey Probber were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall, and Florence Knoll. Prices for Harvey Probber furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $750 and can go as high as $35,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,491.

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