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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Leather Tuxedo Sofa by Harvey Probber
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Leather Tuxedo Sofa by Harvey Probber
Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather
Leather tuxedo sofa by Harvey Probber. Original saddle leather upholstery. Walnut dowel legs. Patina to similar to that of a Classic leather club chair. Call or email for detailed condi...
Pair of Low Lounge Chairs with Curves Harvey Probb...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Open back curved seat and fin legs makes these chairs real stunners. Chairs were most likely reupholstered in the eighties. If two are not enough there is a second pair available as wel...
Harvey Probber Two-Piece Tuxedo Sectional with Tex...
Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
Upholstery, Walnut
Stunning and sleek sectional by Harvey Probber. Measures just over 9 feet on each side. Cushion foam is all good. Upholstery is in ok condition but would be beautiful with a new upholst...
Rare Harvey Probber Credenza
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Rare Harvey Probber Credenza
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Leather, Wood
Custom faux parchment painted design. Woven sliding doors with flat brass bars in between. Plinth base wrapped in leather.
Harvey Probber Sofa Newly Upholstered in Holly Hun...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Brass, Down, Foam, Wood, Wool
Harvey Probber, during a career that spanned over 40 years, launched many ideas now taken for granted; however, his reputation rests primarily on the elegant residential furniture he de...
Harvey Probber Sofa Newly Upholsterd in Paul Smith...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Lucite, Upholstery, Wood, Wool
Harvey Probber was a modernist and his designs were Classic modern, but never minimal. His designs were modern; however, his use of materials such as brass, stone, high gloss lacquer, r...
Harvey Probber Rosewood Wall-Mounted Console
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s Console Tables
Rosewood
This is such a cool and versatile piece; it would be great as a bedside table, a small desk, a console or a bar. Made with blonde finished rosewood contrasting with dark stained rosewoo...
Brass Inlaid Terrazzo Top Side Tables by Harvey Pr...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Mahogany, Terrazzo
Three hexagonal side tables by Harvey Probber. Brass inlaid terrazzo tops in neutral colors of grey, cream, and sand. Newly refinished mahogany legs in dark walnut color. Excellent cond...
"Knight's Bench" by Harvey Probber
Azalea Modern
"Knight's Bench" by Harvey Probber
Harvey Probber
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
"Knight's Bench" by Harvey Probber.
Pair of Harvey Probber 'Fraschini' Swivel Chairs i...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Stainless Steel, Wood
A pair of Harvey Probber swivel chairs, model #3451, with a wonderfully spare form and sleek, stainless steel bases that swivel a smooth 360 degrees. Known as the 'Fraschini' chair and ...
Pair of Harvey Probber Swivel Club Chairs
Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Strong geometric shapes are expressed in both the squared Silhouette and the round, walnut swivel base. The off-white satin upholstery is in excellent condition and is accented by a neu...
Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sofa
Danish Teak Classics
Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sofa
Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofas
Upholstery
Cozy Harvey Probber sofa on new casters. Model #1257/90. Professional, skilled furniture restoration is an integral part of what we do every day. Our goal is to provide beautiful, f...
Rare Brass and Mahogany Writing Desk by Harvey Pro...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Laminate, Mahogany
Rare brass and mahogany writing desk by Harvey Probber, 1960s. See this item in our private NYC showroom! Refine Limited is located in the heart of Chelsea at the history Starrett-Le...
Harvey Probber Walnut and Travertine Coffee Table
Harvey Probber
Antique Mid-19th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Travertine, Walnut
This geometric coffee table adds a breath of modernism to any space, as a solid slab of travertine lies atop a wood base.
Harvey Probber Two-Door Cabinet
Pegboard Modern
Harvey Probber Two-Door Cabinet
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Mahogany
Harvey Probber's refined aesthetic is on display in this three-door cabinet. Crafted of mahogany, it has two sliding doors with octagonal leather inserts framed in brass which conceal t...
Pair of Harvey Probber Mayan Sofas
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Pair of Harvey Probber Mayan Sofas
Harvey Probber
American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Pair of graphic and architectural sofas by Harvey Probber.
Harvey Probber Two-Piece Sectional Sofa
Mode Moderne
Harvey Probber Two-Piece Sectional Sofa
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
Fabric
Graceful two-piece sofa retaining the original Harvey Probber label. Needs new upholstery but structurally sound. One rounded and one flat end gives this sofa its unique shape.
Harvey Probber Serving or Bar Cart
Mainly Art Vintage Modern Furniture
Harvey Probber Serving or Bar Cart
Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bar Carts
A well-grained bleached mahogany Probber serving or bar cart with single upper middle drawer, brass pole frame and wheels, by the Havery Probber furniture company.
Harvey Probber Travertine Side Table
City Foundry
Harvey Probber Travertine Side Table
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Travertine, Walnut
Mid-Century Modern side table by Harvey Probber with octagonal, mosaic, travertine top and walnut pedestal base.
Capiz Shell and Brass Coffee Table by Harvey Probb...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Rattan, Shell
Cool sophistication with the warmth of natural materials. Beautifully restored coffee table by Harvey Probber. Polished brass frame with textural rattan caned shelves and gleaming, pear...
Harvey Probber Hexagonal Side Table
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Harvey Probber Hexagonal Side Table
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
A rare three-legged hexagonal side table by Harvey Probber. The heavy terrazzo top is supported by three bent mahogany legs. Brass inlay, inset from the edges of the tabletop, accentuat...
Harvey Probber Three-Piece Sectional Sofa
MoModerne
Harvey Probber Three-Piece Sectional Sofa
Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Rare three-piece sectional sofa by Harvey Probber with tall legs. This sofa has the original upholstery but is waiting for your new fabric.
Harvey Probber Credenza Sideboard
MoModerne
Harvey Probber Credenza Sideboard
Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Mahogany and front canning two-door credenza by Harvey Probber. Two sliding doors open to reveal shelving on the right and four drawers on the left. Original tag inside top drawer.
Harvey Probber Caned Lounge Chair
Azalea Modern
Harvey Probber Caned Lounge Chair
Harvey Probber
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Harvey Probber caned lounge chair.
Harvey Probber Three-Door Mahogany Cabinet
Pegboard Modern
Harvey Probber Three-Door Mahogany Cabinet
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Mahogany
Harvey Probber's refined aesthetic shines in this three-door cabinet. Crafted of mahogany, it has three sliding doors with octagonal leather inserts framed in brass which conceal two co...
Harvey Probber Rare Blue Terrazo Floating Top Side...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Stone, Walnut
Designer: Harvey Probber. Manufacturer: Harvey Probber. Period/style: Mid-Century Modern. Country: United States. Date: 1950s. Dimensions: 20.75″ H x 31.5″ L x 18.5″ W. Material...
Harvey Probber Rare Blue Terrazzo Floating Top Cof...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Stone, Terrazzo, Walnut
Designer: Harvey Probber. Manufacturer: Harvey Probber. Period/style: Mid-Century Modern. Country: United States. Date: 1950s. Dimensions: 17″ H x 72.5″ L x 19.25″ W. Materials:...
Pair of Cane Back Lounge Chairs by Harvey Probber
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s Lounge Chairs
A pair of fully restored cane back lounge chairs designed by Harvey Probber.
Pair of Harvey Probber Cube Lounge Chairs on Walnu...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Pair of Harvey Probber cube lounge/club chairs on a solid walnut plinth base. Upholstered in a linen blend fabric. Measures: 30" H (to back cushion) x 34" D x 32.5" W.
Pair of Harvey Probber Swivel Chairs with Jack Len...
Harvey Probber, Jack Lenor Larsen
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Velvet, Wood
Two icons in one pair of chairs! This lovely set of Harvey Probber swivel chairs sit atop dark walnut bases and are covered in a bright Jack Lenor Larsen fabric. Sturdy and comfortable....
Harvey Probber Three Decomposable Pieces Sofa
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Harvey Probber Three Decomposable Pieces Sofa
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Sofas
Fabric, Walnut
Harvey Probber three decomposable pieces sofa. It has been completely restored and the upholstered with a Aura outdoor fabric. Measurements specification is necessary: Twins parts ...
Harvey Probber Mayan 90" Sofa
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Harvey Probber Mayan 90" Sofa
Harvey Probber
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Mohair, Wood
Harvey Probber Mayan Sofa USA, circa 1983 Fall River, Massachusetts Newly upholstered in beige mohair over wood frame. 90 w x 32 d x 28 h 229 w x 81 d x 71 h cm
Harvey Probber Console Table
New Order Modern
Harvey Probber Console Table
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Console Tables
Stone, Walnut
Harvey Probber console table.
Harvey Probber Curved Front Sofa
Modern Drama
Harvey Probber Curved Front Sofa
Harvey Probber
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Mahogany, Silk
A large curved sofa designed by Harvey Probber. Fully restored. Reupholstered in charcoal silk velvet over refinished espresso tone legs.
Rosewood and Ebonized Jewelry Cabinet by Harvey Pr...
Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Chrome, Rosewood, Walnut
A tabletop jewelry chest with a fully ebonized case and three rosewood drawers each with central chrome metal and black lacquered ball hardware. Designed by Harvey Probber, circa 1950s....
Harvey Probber Terrazzo and Walnut Dining Table
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Travertine, Walnut
Harvey Probber Terrazzo and Walnut Dining Table, American, circa 1960s. This table is a versatile size, and can be used as a dining table, game table, or dinette table. It would great w...
Set of Six Sculptural Mahogany "Otter" Dining Chai...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Rosewood, Walnut, Cane, Mahogany
Set of six sculptural mahogany "Otter" dining chairs by Harvey Probber, 1965. These chairs are simply gorgeous. The rich dark mahogany finish just glows. Quality is exceptional. They ar...
Custom Ribbon Mahogany and Rosewood Dresser Set by...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Mahogany, Rosewood
Absolutely gorgeous and rare pair of ribbon mahogany and bleached rosewood dressers or credenzas by Harvey Probber Studio, 1965. The handles are brass with a bleached rosewood detail. T...
Handsome Trapezoidal Walnut and Brass End Tables b...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Brass, Walnut
Handsome trapezoidal walnut and brass end tables by Harvey Probber, 1960s. These tables have been completely restored and are in excellent condition. See this item in our private NY...
Tuxedo Sofa in Velvet with Button Detail by Harvey...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Velvet
Stunning tuxedo sofa in velvet with button detail by Harvey Probber, 1960s. This is one of the sexiest sofas we've had. The button detail is both gorgeous and unusual. It has been fully...
Large Two-Piece Floating Mahogany Buffet by Harvey...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Buffets
Brass, Glass, Mahogany
Large two-piece floating mahogany buffet by Harvey Probber Studio, 1965. Total length of 130 inches. Excellent condition. Felt lined silver drawer, spun brass pulls and lots of storage....
Harvey Probber Teak Table with Brass Inlaid Terraz...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Brass, Teak, Terrazzo
Rare Harvey Probber side table with sculptural teak base and floating terrazzo top in our favorite cream and grey tones, with gleaming brass inlays. Large enough to use it sideways as a...
Harvey Probber Lounge Chair
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Harvey Probber Lounge Chair
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Mahogany, Velvet
Handsome occasional chair with mahogany frame meticulously refinished in dark brown lacquer and upholstered in luxurious charcoal grey velvet.
Pair of Harvey Probber Slipper Chairs
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Pair of Harvey Probber Slipper Chairs
Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs
Mahogany, Mohair
Probber, tufted slipper chairs, solid mahogany legs with curved back legs, reupholstered with great plains mohair.
Large Alternating Door Cabinet with Glass Shelves ...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Glass, Walnut
Large alternating door cabinet with glass shelves by Harvey Probber for Probber.
Rare Harvey Probber Black Mid-Century Sideboard
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Super sleek long credenza designed by Harvey Probber with accenting polished metal hardware. Two side cabinets and four wide drawers. Makes a great focal point in your office or living ...
Pair of Harvey Probber Floating Lounge Chairs
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric
Matching pair of Harvey Probber floating lounge chairs on original casters. Professionally reupholstered in beautiful silver/grey tweed fabric and new foam. Casters glide easily and ...
Elegant Ebonized Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs, 196...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Elegant ebonized Harvey Probber lounge chairs, 1960s. See this item in our private NYC showroom! Refine Limited is located in the heart of Chelsea at the history Starrett-LeHigh Buil...
Pair of Bedside Tables by Harvey Probber
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Cube forms with upper drawer and lower storage enclosed by hinged door. Dark-stained mahogany with periwinkle inset drawer pull and interior details. An unusual design with great storag...
Mahogany Coffee Table by Harvey Probber
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Mahogany Coffee Table by Harvey Probber
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Mahogany
Solid mahogany rectangular coffee table, with two offset drawers having brass pulls, raised on four brass legs. Finished on all four sides. By Harvey Probber, American, 1950s. Measures:...
Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs, Pair
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Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs, Pair
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut, Down
Harvey Probber lounge chairs, pair. Harvey Probber Inc. USA, circa 1950s. Upholstery, down feather cushions and walnut. Measures: 30 W x 30 D x 25 H inches.
*ON SALE* Harvey Probber Lacquered Credenza with C...
Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Cane, Lacquer, Wood
Stunning Mid-Century Modern mustard / orange storage credenza designed by Harvey Probber. Sliding caned doors open to four drawers in the center with more storage space on the sides; Th...
Pair of Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs
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Pair of Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Mahogany, Upholstery
Probber for Probber Inc. curved arm lounge chairs, reupholstered with Great Plains cotton blend with new foam and mahogany legs with high gloss finish. Arm height: 4.5". Outer arm heig...
Rare Mosaic S-Top or Round Harvey Probber Two-Piec...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Ceramic, Walnut
Stunning "Nucleus" statement cocktail or coffee table. Consists of two pieces which can be configured in a number of ways. Hard to find very rare tile top version. Freshly refinished wa...
1960s Harvey Probber Terrazzo Top Side Tables with...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Terrazzo, Walnut
A pair of 1960s Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber hexagonal terrazzo topped side tables with brass inlay accent trim. The tables are supported by walnut splayed tripod leg bases.
Vintage Harvey Probber Credenza
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Vintage Harvey Probber Credenza
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s Credenzas
A Harvey Probber chest of drawers in a bleached and blanched satin lacquer finish. It has two sliding doors with a rectangular brass inlay that slides across three sections of shelving ...
Rare Mosaic Top Harvey Probber Two-Piece Nucleus C...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Ceramic, Walnut
Stunning "Nucleus" statement cocktail or coffee table. Consists of two pieces which can be configured in a number of ways. Hard to find very rare tile top version. Freshly refinished wa...
Rare Pair of Harvey Probber Bolster Back Slipper L...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Aluminum, Upholstery
Stunning pair of original bolster back lounge chairs with polished aluminum frames designed by Harvey Probber. Original oatmeal textured upholstery in a neutral tan color.
Rosewood Octagon Side Table Cabinet by Harvey Prob...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Side Tables
Rosewood
Side table cabinet by Harvey Probber for Probber.
Terrazzo and Brass Hexagon Top Tables by Harvey Pr...
Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Terrazzo, Wood
A pair of all original Harvey Probber designed side tables with hexagon shaped brass inlaid sea foam green terrazzo tops set on three very dark mahogany curved wood legs, circa 1960s.