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Harvey Probber

American, 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.

Find a collection of vintage Harvey Probber side tables, sectional sofas, chairs and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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$4,217
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Cubo Sofa
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Architectural Sofa
Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair w Large Ottoman by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous and all original lounge chair with ottoman c1958 by Harvey Probber, tag is present. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear to the wood, foam is a little dry and th...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber

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Fabric, Walnut

Harvey Probber 12-Person Extendable Dining Table in Mahogany and Brass, 1950s
By Harvey Probber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This grand 1950s Mid-Century Modern classic design by Harvey Probber is an extendable dining table in Mahogany and brass and was newly restored in a French Polish lacquer. This m...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber

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Brass

Harvey Probber Mahogany and Brass Sideboard Credenza, Newly Refinished
By Harvey Probber
Located in South Bend, IN
An outstanding Mid-Century Modern sideboard, credenza, or bar cabinet By Harvey Probber USA, 1950s Mahogany, with brass trim. Measures: 77.25"W x 17.75"D x 32.75"H. Ex...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber

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Brass

Harvey Prober Expandable Rolling Serving Two Tier Cart Table Console
By Harvey Probber
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Harvey Prober two tier two drawers serving cart on wheels. Opens up to 59" long.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber

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Walnut

Bench by Harvey Probber in Ketchup / Mustard in Oak, USA 1960s
By Harvey Probber
Located in Berlin, DE
Bench by Harvey Probber in red and yellow with oak base. Excellent original condition.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber

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Foam, Latex, Rubber, Wood

Architectural Series lounge chair in leather designed by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Measures: 30 x 30 x 30, SH 16” Grey stained oak Leather: Panama color: 5402 pearl.
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2010s American Modern Harvey Probber

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Leather, Oak

Harvey Probber Two-Part Cabinet or Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant two-part cabinet or credenza, designed by Harvey Probber, circa 1960s. This piece is a versatile size and can be used as a vitrine, display cabinet, credenza, bar, or bookshe...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber

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Metal, Brass

Harvey Probber Occasional Table with Terrazzo Top
By Harvey Probber
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A classic Harvey Probber occasional table with terrazzo top and brass inlay. Walnut octagonal base with decorative cut outs.
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1960s American Modern Vintage Harvey Probber

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Harvey Probber Sellers

Horseman Antiques Inc.
4.9
Lobel Modern, Inc
5.0
Assemblage Ltd.
5.0
Century Design Ltd.
5.0

Harvey Probber furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Harvey Probber furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Harvey Probber collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 305 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Harvey Probber were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Adrian Pearsall, Florence Knoll and T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. Prices for Harvey Probber furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $400 and tops out at $39,500, while pieces like these can sell for $4,850 on average.

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