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Harvey Probber Furniture

Harvey Probber (USA, 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 the 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 simple lines 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 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.

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Harvey Probber Mid-Century Modern Chaise Lounge or Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
Harvey Probber Classic midcentury, open end sofa or chaise with ottoman on small brass castors. This sofa seems to have been re-upholstered in the late 1980s or early 1990s, but is i...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Upholstery

Pair of Harvey Probber Terrazzo and Brass Inlay End Tables
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
Rare set of Mid-Century Modern rectangular end tables by Harvey Probber with terrazzo tops, brass inlay on mahogany frames. Signed in wax pen under one top. Inside of legs are rounde...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Brass

Harvey Probber Asymmetrical Lounge Chair
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Suede, Mahogany

Pair of Harvey Probber Terrazzo Hexagonal Side Tables
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of Classic Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber terrazzo top and brass insert tables. Perfect to use for side, end or drink tables. Mahogany bases refinished in dark espresso and r...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Terrazzo, Mahogany

Large Harvey Probber Mahogany and Brass Dining Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
Classic Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber mahogany dining table with heavy brass cross stretchers and sabots, includes two 16.5" leaves. Table to be refinished as shown, custom color...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Brass

Harvey Probber Mahogany and Rosewood Chest of Drawers
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
Nice compact Harvey Probber chest of drawers, has mahogany frame with rosewood handles on plinth base. Top two drawers have smooth white bottoms. First and second drawers are 2.5" H ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Harvey Probber Rosewood, Brass and Mahogany Dresser
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Harvey Probber Mid-Century Modern Curio Display Case
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Brass, Mahogany

Large Elegant Harvey Probber Two-Piece Sectional Sofa - Labeled
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Rare Pair of Harvey Probber Sling Chair, circa 1948
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
Rare pair of Harvey Probber sling chairs. This design was selected for by the Museum of Modern Art in 1948 for their good design exhibit. Bentwood frame with new chocolate brown velv...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Upholstery, Bentwood

Harvey Probber Midcentury Tuxedo Sofa, circa 1950s
By Harvey Probber, Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood

Harvey Probber Asian Style Side Table with Dark Travertine Top
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
Harvey Probber Asian style side table with Italian walnut Roman travertine. The sculptural mahogany base has just been refinished, color matched to original dark brown.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Travertine

Harvey Probber Rosewood Coffee Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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