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Harvey Probber Furniture

Harvey Probber (USA, 1922–2003)
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.

Iconic Designs from Harvey Probber
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Harvey Probber Mid-Century Modern Nuclear Sert Two-Piece Sectional Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern 2-piece sectional sofa designed by Harvey Probber for his Nuclear Sert line. From one owner estate, older coral floral re-upholstery, is in need of re-upholstery, ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Large Mid-Century Modern 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

Pair of Harvey Probber Terrazzo Hexagonal Side Tables
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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Terrazzo, Mahogany

Large Harvey Probber Mahogany and Brass Dining Table
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

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

Rare Pair of Harvey Probber Sling Chair, circa 1948
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
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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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Harvey Probber Asian Style Side Table with Dark Travertine Top
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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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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Harvey Probber Nucleus Cocktail Table
By Harvey Probber
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Harvey Probber Bench with Brass Floating Frame Below Seat
By Harvey Probber
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Harvey Probber Asymmetrical Lounge Chair
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Harvey Probber Mahogany End Table
By Harvey Probber
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Pair of Harvey Probber travertine top side tables
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