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Harvey Probber Furniture

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 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 the simple lines now associated with mid-century modernism 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 sofas, case goods and other 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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Creator: Harvey Probber
Dealer: Modest Designs
Set of Six "Classic Dining Chairs" by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of six model 1055 side chairs, in dark stained mahogany with padded back and seat upholstered in a vintage patchwork fabric.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Mahogany

Harvey Probber Rosewood Coffee Table Bench
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautifully figured rosewood top raised on tubular mahogany legs joined by x-strechers and brass cuffs. A rare and unusual design. Unsigned, but from an NYC Harvey Probber furnishe...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Brass

Pair Harvey Probber Model 915 Chair
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Elegant pair of lounge chairs in bleached mahogany with caned sides. The tapered and tailored design easily works in both traditional and ultra-modern interiors.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Cane, Mahogany

Harvey Probber Architectural Brass Serving Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Chic and rare brass table with glass top. Raised on casters and with elegant curved handles, this would make a stirking bar or serving table, but can also double as a coffee table. T...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Brass

Harvey Probber Teak and Mahogany Side Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
American, the rectangular teak top on dark stained mahogany curved slat X-base, with brass pin hardware, circa 1960. Model 1216 in the Harvey Probber catalog.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Mahogany, Teak

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Harvey Probber Side Table in Teak and Polished Stainless Steel, 1960s
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
Minimalist Harvey Probber teak end table with inset solid bar mirror polished stainless steel legs. Well constructed and very substantial.
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Harvey Probber Style Marble Top Coffee Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Charleston, SC
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6 Harvey Probber Cane Back Dining Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hanover, MA
Set of six original Harvey Probber dining chairs from the collection of a 35 year employee in Fall River, MA. Nearly in New Old Stock (NOS) condition. Minimalist design with loose cu...
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Cane

6 Harvey Probber Cane Back Dining Chairs
6 Harvey Probber Cane Back Dining Chairs
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Set of Six Harvey Probber Style Dining Chairs 4 Side 2 Arm
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
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Harvey Probber End Table
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By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
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Harvey Probber Rosewood Bar Table
By Harvey Probber
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Harvey Probber Walnut and Marble Side Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Great Moroccan-esque arched marble table with hexagonal marble top.
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Pair of Harvey Probber Club Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
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Harvey Probber Flip-Top Console or Dining Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Bookmatched rosewood top on mahogany base. Top opens to become a dining table that seats six.
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Pair of Harvey Probber Cube Chairs
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Great 1960s design. Mahogany frame with imbedded chromed brass legs and tufted mohair cushions. Tres chic!
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Pair of Harvey Probber Cube Chairs
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Harvey Probber furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Harvey Probber furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Harvey Probber furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Harvey Probber were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall, and Florence Knoll. Prices for Harvey Probber furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $750 and can go as high as $35,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,491.

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