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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: Almond & Co.
Harvey Probber Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
A three-seat sofa by Harvey Probber. Curved front. Loose cushions on the seat, back and sides. Sofa sits on 6 wooden feet.
Category

1960s American Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Wood

Two-Part Sofa by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
An extra long two-part sofa by Harvey Probber restored in a luxurious wool bouclé fabric by Holland and Sherry with down filled cushions and box ...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Wool

Harvey Probber Geometric Dining Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
A bold, geometric dining table with cross hatching legs, and an octagonal top of travertine outlined by a thick beveled edge, finished in bla...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Travertine

Mahogany Console Table by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
A console table of mahogany. Drawers slide out from both of the shorter sides of the triangle. Marked by the manufacturer.
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Harvey Probber Short Drum End Table for Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
A spectacularly veneered occasional table or pede stal table. Very grained pattern in walnut.  
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Harvey Probber Two-Part Sectional
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
A very early two-part sectional sofa with rarely seen brass legs. Restored in a luxurious wool bouclé fabric from Holland & Sherry.
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Brass

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  • Harvey Probber Terrazzo Coffee Table
  • Harvey Probber Terrazzo Coffee Table
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as Found Eight Foot Sofa Attributed to Harvey Probber
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Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Pyramid Table by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Rare hard to find table in the form of a pyramid base with a quartered top in wenge wood. Spectacular design. In excellent vintage condition with minimal...
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Located in Chicago, IL
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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 minimalist design was a huge hit in the 1950s in upscale Mid-Century homes and now is a classic sought-after design by collectors and interior designers alike. This grand-scale dining table extends with two leaves up to 112" and can seat 12 people comfortably. The table top features Mahogany throughout the center area and the edge is banded in ribbon Mahogany for an exotic look. The base features dark Mahogany with six legs capped with brass sabots and accented with brass cross stretchers. This Harvey Probber extendable...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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Mid-Century Modern Chrome Sofa in the Manner of Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in North Hollywood, CA
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

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1960s Harvey Probber Terrazzo & Walnut Side Tables, a Pair
By Harvey Probber
Located in Marietta, GA
Handsome pair of side tables, from the iconic Harvey Probber. The terrazzo and walnut tops and done in a grid pattern. The bases are in a darker finish( I have seen bases done in lig...
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Materials

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Harvey Probber Midcentury Sectional Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Countryside, IL
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  • Harvey Probber Midcentury Sectional Sofa
  • Harvey Probber Midcentury Sectional Sofa
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Harvey Probber Attributed Three-Piece Sectional Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
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Category

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Materials

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Harvey Probber Asian Modern End Side Tables by Henredon
By Harvey Probber, Henredon
Located in Southampton, NJ
Scarcely seen Henredon Fine Furniture single drawer side end tables or nightstands in Mahogany wood USA circa 1950s. Features include oversi...
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Previously Available Items
Harvey Probber, Tuxedo Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
A long “Tuxedo” sofa from the Harvey Probber for modern collection. Recently restored in a brown velvet with down filled cushions. Retains the original ...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Velvet, Walnut

  • Harvey Probber, Tuxedo Sofa
  • Harvey Probber, Tuxedo Sofa
  • Harvey Probber, Tuxedo Sofa
  • Harvey Probber, Tuxedo Sofa
H 28 in. W 89 in. D 35.5 in.
Pair of Side Tables by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber, Drexel
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of wooden side tables by Harvey Probber. Features a square tabletop with a trapezoidal base. Manufacturer's mark to underside "Drexel".
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

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  • Pair of Side Tables by Harvey Probber
  • Pair of Side Tables by Harvey Probber
  • Pair of Side Tables by Harvey Probber
  • Pair of Side Tables by Harvey Probber
H 17.5 in. W 19 in. D 19 in.
Harvey Probber Hexagon Side Tables
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of patinated bronze hexagon shaped side tables with tripod base of splayed wood legs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Wood

  • Harvey Probber Hexagon Side Tables
  • Harvey Probber Hexagon Side Tables
  • Harvey Probber Hexagon Side Tables
  • Harvey Probber Hexagon Side Tables
H 17 in. W 22 in. D 19 in.
Harvey Probber Short Drum End Table for Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
A spectacularly veneered occasional table or pede stal table. Very grained pattern in walnut.  
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Furniture

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Harvey Probber Tuxedo Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
A three-seat Tuxedo sofa by Harvey Probber recently restored in a square-form quilted jab fabric, down cushions.
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Polyester

  • Harvey Probber Tuxedo Sofa
  • Harvey Probber Tuxedo Sofa
  • Harvey Probber Tuxedo Sofa
  • Harvey Probber Tuxedo Sofa
H 23.5 in. W 90 in. D 32.5 in.
Harvey Probber Side Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of Harvey Probber side chairs in ebonized mahogany with taupe leather seat cushion.
Category

20th Century American Art Deco Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

  • Harvey Probber Side Chairs
  • Harvey Probber Side Chairs
  • Harvey Probber Side Chairs
  • Harvey Probber Side Chairs
H 36 in. W 20 in. D 21 in.
Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of Tuxedo lounge chairs by Harvey Probber. Newly restored in a soft white wool and down cushions. Swiveling walnut base.
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Walnut, Wool

  • Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs
  • Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs
  • Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs
  • Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs
H 22 in. W 29.5 in. D 29.5 in.
Harvey Probber - Rare Long Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
A very rare and important three seater sofa designed by Harvey Probber for Probber Inc. Newly recovered and re-foamed in a garnet red silk velvet from B. Mori. Features a long bench ...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Velvet, Walnut

  • Harvey Probber -  Rare Long Sofa
  • Harvey Probber -  Rare Long Sofa
  • Harvey Probber -  Rare Long Sofa
  • Harvey Probber -  Rare Long Sofa
H 27.75 in. W 90 in. D 30.25 in.
Harvey Probber - Triangular Corner Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
A rare living room set including a sofa, coffee table, and triangular corner table designed by Harvey Probber. All original mahogany and car...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

  • Harvey Probber - Triangular Corner Table
  • Harvey Probber - Triangular Corner Table
  • Harvey Probber - Triangular Corner Table
  • Harvey Probber - Triangular Corner Table
H 28.5 in. W 66.5 in. D 33.5 in.
Harvey Probber - Triangular / Surfboard Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
Triangular coffee table. Part of a rare living room set.
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Harvey Probber - Occasional Table, Pair
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of occasional tables made of walnut and topped with travertine. Signed with stamped distributor's mark to underside of on example. [Marmol Spain Novelda} Items priced separat...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Travertine

Harvey Probber Dining Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
A Set of 4 Harvey Probber Dining Chairs. Ebonized Wood legs and Wool Crepe Upholstery.
Category

1960s American Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture

Materials

Wood, Wool

  • Harvey Probber Dining Chairs
  • Harvey Probber Dining Chairs
  • Harvey Probber Dining Chairs
  • Harvey Probber Dining Chairs
H 30 in. W 25.5 in. D 24 in.

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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