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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 Cabinet of Drawers with Sliding Grasscloth Doors
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Mid-Century Modern dresser by Harvey Probber in grain painted blonde mahogany with four matching large center drawers having distinctive Probber recessed pulls and two sliding doors ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Grasscloth, Mahogany

Harvey Probber Double Chest and Vanity with Leather and Brass
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Brass, Leather, Mahogany

Harvey Probber Extendable Dining Table with Solid Brass Stretchers
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Brass, Mahogany

Rare Harvey Probber Brass and Mahogany Desk
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Brass, Laminate, Mahogany

Harvey Probber Model #1144 Hexagonal Pedestal with Filigree
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Mahogany

Harvey Probber Olive Burl Cabinet of Drawers
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Aluminum, Burl

Harvey Probber Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Harvey Probber Lounge Chair
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Mahogany

Harvey Probber Mahogany Corner Triangle Sofa Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Mahogany, Brass

Harvey Probber Executive Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
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1960s American Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Mahogany, Walnut

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Rare Harvey Probber Brass and Mahogany Desk
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Max Keuhne Style Chest of Drawers with Incised Flowers and Brass Strapping
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Previously Available Items
Harvey Probber Five-Drawer Chest
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Vintage 1960s Harvey Probber five-drawer chest of drawers newly restored in ebonized mahogany with distinctive original solid brass conical pulls. Backside is also finished black so ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Brass

  • Harvey Probber Five-Drawer Chest
  • Harvey Probber Five-Drawer Chest
  • Harvey Probber Five-Drawer Chest
  • Harvey Probber Five-Drawer Chest
H 39.5 in. W 36 in. D 18 in.
Pair of Harvey Probber Chests of Drawers
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Beautifully restored dark walnut pair of chests of drawers by Harvey Probber. Four drawers each. Top drawer with dividers. Original label present in both. Clean inside and out. All d...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Harvey Probber Display & Storage Cabinets
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Pair of tall open display cases or shelving and storage units by Harvey Probber. Ebonized oak and rosewood doors. Open glass shelves are illuminated from above. Could easily functi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Rosewood, Glass

Harvey Probber Barrel Back Swivel Club Chair
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Harvey Probber barrel back club chair which swivels on a wood platform base. Loose seat cushion. Original upholstery remarkably clean. Original Probber tag on deck.
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Harvey Probber Credenza Sideboard
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Rarely seen credenza by Harvey Probber of Fall River, MA. Long dark walnut case on two slab legs. Two doors reveal open cabinets on either end with a single adjustable shelf in each....
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Walnut

  • Harvey Probber Credenza Sideboard
  • Harvey Probber Credenza Sideboard
  • Harvey Probber Credenza Sideboard
  • Harvey Probber Credenza Sideboard
H 28 in. W 89 in. D 18 in.
Harvey Probber Three-Piece Sofa Sectional
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Three-piece seating ensemble by Harvey Probber. Newly upholstered in a golden sand colored woven herringbone fabric. New foam to original specs. Immaculate and ready to instal...
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  • Harvey Probber Three-Piece Sofa Sectional
  • Harvey Probber Three-Piece Sofa Sectional
  • Harvey Probber Three-Piece Sofa Sectional
  • Harvey Probber Three-Piece Sofa Sectional
H 28.5 in. W 138 in. D 32 in.
Harvey Probber Rolling Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
SATURDAY SALE Oct. 2018 Harvey Probber (1922-2003) three door sideboard on chromed steel square bar base with four chromed ball casters. Black case, walnut top. Black interior with...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Steel, Chrome

  • Harvey Probber Rolling Credenza
  • Harvey Probber Rolling Credenza
  • Harvey Probber Rolling Credenza
  • Harvey Probber Rolling Credenza
H 31 in. W 58 in. D 18 in.
Curvy-licious Sofa by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Rare Harvey Probber curved back and curved front sofa with angled arms, single loose cushion with buttons, four back cushions and single round pill box pillow. Original upholstery i...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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  • Curvy-licious Sofa by Harvey Probber
  • Curvy-licious Sofa by Harvey Probber
  • Curvy-licious Sofa by Harvey Probber
H 24 in. W 104 in. D 39 in.
Harvey Probber Wicker and Chrome Cantilevered Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Hard to find a set of six of these comfortable and chic woven rattan and chromed tubular steel chairs from Harvey Probber. These are all in very good condition with no broken fibers ...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Chrome

Pair of Harvey Probber Swivel Lounge Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Pair of vintage swivel lounge chairs by Harvey Probber, Model 303A. Foam seat, mahogany swivel base. Swivel has return mechanism.
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Harvey Probber Curved Walnut Top Executive Desk
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Monumental curved top executive desk in walnut by Harvey Probber. This is the largest version of Probber's curved top desk made. 92" wide x 40" deep x 29 1/2" high and a 31" wide kn...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Walnut

Harvey Probber Curved Cloud Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Harvey Probber curvaceous custom cloud sofa with separate ottoman section, circa 1954. Sofa has two loose seat cushions and the ottoman has a single pac-man shaped cushion (pre-fig...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Upholstery

  • Harvey Probber Curved Cloud Sofa
  • Harvey Probber Curved Cloud Sofa
  • Harvey Probber Curved Cloud Sofa
  • Harvey Probber Curved Cloud Sofa
H 27 in. W 163 in. D 63 in.

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