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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 Bleached Mahogany Saber Leg Dining Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Bleached and toned mahogany sabre leg dining table by Harvey Probber. Parquetry bordered and exceptional wood grained top with solid carved mahogany saber style legs. Measure: Two 16...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Mahogany

Harvey Probber Walnut and Mahogany Parsons Dining Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Brass, Mahogany, Walnut

Harvey Probber Hexagonal Mahogany and Terrazzo Marble Side Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
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Harvey Probber Olive Ash Burl, Rosewood and Mahogany Gentleman's Chest
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
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Mahogany, Rosewood, Cork, Burl, Lacquer

Harvey Probber Bleached Ribbon Mahogany Long Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
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1950s American Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Brass, Mahogany, Lacquer

Exceptional Harvey Probber Decagonal Bleached Rosewood Bar Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Wood, Rosewood

Pair of Harvey Probber Bleached Mahogany and Tiffany Blue Leather Front Cabinets
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
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Set Four Bleached & Bent Mahogany Dining Chairs Marketed by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
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1960s German Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Harvey Probber Tiffany Blue Leather and Mahogany Side Chair
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
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Leather, Cane, Mahogany

Harvey Probber Bleached Mahogany & Ivory Leather Tall Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
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Brass, Mahogany

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Early 1950s Pair of Harvey Probber Club Chairs in Smokey Gray Mohair
By Harvey Probber
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Four Harvey Probber Game Table Chairs
By Harvey Probber
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Set of four restored and reupholstered Harvey Probber low game table chairs. Ebonized mahogany octagonal legs with original casters. Upholstered in a ecru based harlequin patterned ...
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  • Four Harvey Probber Game Table Chairs
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H 30.5 in. W 24.5 in. D 26 in.
Harvey Probber Walnut & Mahogany Parsons Dining Table
By Harvey Probber
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Stylized Parsons dining table by Harvey Probber. Beveled and recessed panel apron, with octagonal legs and recessed cylindrical solid brass sabots. Frame is a dark stained mahogany, ...
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Harvey Probber Rosewood Game Table With Decagon Base
By Harvey Probber
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Set Four Harvey Probber Bleached & Bent Mahogany Dining Chairs
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Harvey Probber Terrazzo & Mahogany Double Dodecagon Coffee Table
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Harvey Probber Mahogany Sideboard with Floating Wall Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
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Harvey Probber sideboard with floating china cabinet. Sideboard of dual-tone mahogany wood. Brass pulls and quarter round molding surround front door and drawer section. Four doors o...
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Harvey Probber Mahogany Dodecagon & Terrazzo Side Table
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Harvey Probber Rosewood Game Table Or Center Table With Decagon Base
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Exquisite Harvey Probber Rosewood & Saber Leg Dining Table.
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
One of the best Harvey Probber rosewood saber leg dining tables available. Fully restored to as new condition. Sold with 4 16" leaves enabling a total length of 112" with center leg ...
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Round Harvey Probber Figured Walnut & Marble Game Table
By Harvey Probber
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Harvey Probber round figured walnut and white Carrera marble top inset game table with large dowel style brass inlaid legs, brass banding and x stretcher base. At 24.5" high, would a...
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