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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 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

Pair of Harvey Probber Chests 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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Brass, Walnut

Harvey Probber Extendable Dining Table with Solid Brass Stretchers
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Magnificent minimalist design on a grand scale, ebonized mahogany dining table designed and produced by Harvey Probber, circa 1968 with solid brass square bar cross-stretchers and sq...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Brass

Rare Harvey Probber Brass and Mahogany Desk
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Harvey Probber mahogany writing desk with white laminate top with solid brass tubular legs and solid brass flat bar stretchers. Left side oriented three drawer case with original ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Brass

Harvey Probber Hexagonal Table with Fretwork
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
SATURDAY SALE Oct. 2018 I've only ever seen one other of these very rare occasional tables by Harvey Probber. Hexagonal form lacquered wood with fretwork cutout design on its six s...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Wood

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
SATURDAY SALE Oct. 2018 Harvey Probber lounge chair on mahogany stained walnut legs. Tight back with buttons. Includes matching large-scale rectangular ottoman which is the size of...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Harvey Probber Mahogany Corner Triangle Sofa Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Extremely versatile well balanced triangular shaped table by Harvey Probber. Original vintage mid-1950's. Ideally suited as a corner console table behind one of his famous angular Nu...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Brass

Harvey Probber Executive Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Harvey Probber executive credenza with four drawers, one file drawer and two open cabinets in solid walnut with mahogany edges and legs. Finished on all sides. Extremely well cared...
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1960s American Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Mahogany, Walnut

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