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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: Assemblage Ltd.
Harvey Probber, Custom Series 80 coffee table, model 82
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber Custom Series 80 coffee table, model 82 Harvey Probber, Inc. USA, c. 1962 mahogany, white onyx 20 h x 31 w x 31 d in (51 x 79 x 79 cm) Table features a custom onyx ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Onyx

Harvey Probber Bleached Ribbon Mahogany Long Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber long, low credenza or sideboard with four ascending height drawers and pair of shelved cabinets measuring 16.5" wide x 21" high. Sleek conical brass pulls and dark mah...
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1950s American Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Brass

Harvey Probber Brass Square Stock and Coquina Marble Cocktail Table Circa 1950s
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber, coquina and brass coffee table, c. 1950s, USA, round stone top, architectural polished brass base with square tube legs joined by stretchers, model 917B, 20"h x 30"di...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Marble, Brass

Harvey Probber Olive Ash Burl, Rosewood and Mahogany Gentleman's Chest
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
This sleek clean lined Harvey Probber gentleman's bureau features burl wood doors with recessed rosewood pulls. The doors slide to reveal three cork lined trays and four shirt drawer...
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1950s American Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Burl, Cork, Lacquer, Mahogany, Rosewood

Harvey Probber Bleached Mahogany & Ivory Leather Tall Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber bleached mahogany tall dresser or gentleman's chest, with ivory leather-clad sliding doors that feature brass flat bar appointments. Behind the doors there are four dr...
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1950s American Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Brass

Harvey Probber Bleached Mahogany Saber Leg Dining Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Bleached and toned mahogany sabre leg dining table by Harvey Probber. Parquetry bordered and exceptional wood grained top with solid carved mahogany s...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Exceptional Harvey Probber Decagonal Bleached Rosewood Bar Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Seldom seen Harvey Probber bleached rosewood decagonal bar cabinet with single drawer and piano hinged door with integral shelving. Do...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Wood, Rosewood

Pair of Harvey Probber Bleached Mahogany and Tiffany Blue Leather Front Cabinets
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare pair of Harvey Probber two door cabinets with Tiffany blue leather covered recessed door panels. Bleached and toned mahogany casement, conica...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Leather, Mahogany, Lacquer

Set Four Bleached & Bent Mahogany Dining Chairs Marketed by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of four bleached mahogany frame and bent plywood back dining chairs with new textured black chenille upholstery. Made in West Germany and sold through Harvey Probber, Fall River ...
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1960s German Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Chenille, Mahogany, Walnut

Harvey Probber Hexagonal Mahogany and Terrazzo Marble Side Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Three-legged Harvey Probber side or end table with original hexagonal terrazzo top with inlaid brass. Sculpted bleached mahogany legs with bleached mahogany supports.
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1950s American Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Terrazzo, Walnut

Harvey Probber Tiffany Blue Leather and Mahogany Side Chair
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber side chair, or desk chair, with Tiffany blue leather seats and bleached mahogany frames. V shaped cane back and tapered legs.
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1950s American Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Cane, Leather, Mahogany

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1960's Harvey Probber Style Modern Coffee Table With Terrazzo Top & Walnut Base
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Harvey Probber Dining Chairs Set of Six
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1920s, Mahogany and Oak Compactom Ltd Gentleman's Wardrobe
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Harvey Probber Style Marble Top Coffee Table
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Harvey Probber Executive Credenza
By Harvey Probber
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Harvey Probber Executive Credenza
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1980s Modern Burl Wood Gentleman’s Armoire by John Stuart
By John Stuart
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Campaign Style Lacquered Tall Fitted Cabinets by Henredon, Pair
By Henredon
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Campaign style chifforobes or cabinets, made by esteemed American manufacturer, Henredon. Part of Henredon’s early Scene One collection. Each cabinet professionally lacquered...
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Harvey Probber Coffee Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Atlanta, GA
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Harvey Probber Coffee Table
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Small Mahogany Cabinet with Cane Doors by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dorchester, MA
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Pair of Rosewood and Mahogany Chests by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Pair of tailored chests designed by Harvey Probber, having rosewood drawer fronts, tops and sides with dark mahogany trim, and legs, with brass feet. Both are in good, original condition, showing some cosmetic signs of age and use. Each dresser has three drawers, each drawer front is 7.75 inch H. Originally designed as dressers, these would also function well as large night tables...
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Mid-Century Modern Terrazzo Marble and Walnut Cocktail Table by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous Terrazzo table with walnut blocks pierced through. Surfboard shaped table is 1.5 inches thick. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear. Top does have a few very mi...
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Previously Available Items
Early 1950s Pair of Harvey Probber Club Chairs in Smokey Gray Mohair
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare pair of Harvey Probber club chairs with sloped arms and recessed pyramidal leg base. Completely restored with new foam, new webbing and smokey gray mohair upholstery that has aq...
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Harvey Probber Bleached Mahogany and Ivory Leather Dresser
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber bleached mahogany long dresser with ivory leather-clad sliding doors and plinth base. Three brass flat bars detail each leather do...
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Brass

Harvey Probber Terrazzo & Mahogany Double Dodecagon Coffee Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber terrazzo marble-top double open pedestal coffee table. Each twelve sided mahogany veneered pedestal has twelve pointed oval openings. Boat tail Italian terrazzo marble...
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Harvey Probber Walnut and Mahogany Parsons Dining Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Stylized Parsons dining table by Harvey Probber. Beveled and recessed panel apron, with octagonal legs and recessed cylindrical solid brass sabots. Frame is a dark stained mahogany, ...
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Brass

Harvey Probber Rosewood Game Table Or Center Table With Decagon Base
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber round game table with an open decagon Moorish style dark chocolate lacquered base and beautifully grained rosewood top. This would ...
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Rosewood, Wood

Harvey Probber Bleached Ribbon Mahogany Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber low credenza/sideboard with four ascending height drawers and pair of shelved cabinets measuring 16.5"wide x 21"high. Sleek conical brass pulls and dark mahogany plint...
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Exquisite Harvey Probber Rosewood and Saber Leg Dining Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
One of the best Harvey Probber rosewood saber leg dining tables available. Fully restored to as new condition. Sold with four 16" leaves enablin...
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Harvey Probber Mahogany Dodecagon & Terrazzo Side Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber side table with mahogany veneered dodecagon open base. Twelve sided mahogany veneered pedestal has twelve pointed oval openings that have black lacquer finished edging...
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Harvey Probber Bleached Mahogany Four-Drawer Commode.
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber bleached and toned mahogany four drawer chest. Each drawer features an oval incised carved pull. Set on conical legs, clean line...
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Rare Harvey Probber Decagonal Bleached Rosewood Bar Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Seldom seen Harvey Probber bleached rosewood decagonal bar cabinet with single drawer and piano hinged door with integral shelving. Do...
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1950s American Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Walnut

Four Harvey Probber Game Table Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of four restored and reupholstered Harvey Probber low game table chairs. Ebonized mahogany octagonal legs with original casters. Upholstered in a e...
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Mahogany, Upholstery

Four Harvey Probber Game Table Chairs
Four Harvey Probber Game Table Chairs
H 30.5 in W 24.5 in D 26 in
Harvey Probber Bleached Mahogany Saber Leg Dining Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
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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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