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Harvey Probber Seating

American, 1922-2003
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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Creator: Harvey Probber
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 Seating

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Fabric, 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 Seating

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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 Seating

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Leather, Oak

Harvey Probber Geometric Lounge Chair with Ottoman
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber lounge chair with ottoman. Fully restored and reupholstered. Set appears to float with its reflective chrome bases.  
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

Black Leather Leather 'Cubo' Sectional Sofa by Harvey Probber 1970s
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
Thirteen-section black leather 'Cubo' sofa designed by Harvey Probber. The Cubo sectional is comprised of five sections with attached back cushions, one corner section with attached ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Leather

Harvey Probber Lounge Chair, Restored, Purple Maharam Fabric and Brass Legs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Kansas City, MO
Large and very comfortable lounge chair designed by Harvey Probber. Expertly reupholstered in purple Maharam Hallingdal fabric. Polished brass tubular legs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Brass

Harvey Probber Deep Tuft - In Stock
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Harvey Probber deep tuft designed in 1972. M2L has the exclusive licensee to produce and distribute Harvey Probber designs. Manufactured in 2019 by M2L under license from the Prob...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Fabric, Velvet

Mid-Century Harvey Probber Burger Bun Pink Velvet Settee
By Harvey Probber, Adriano Piazzesi
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Fantastic Mid-Century Modern settee designed by Italian architect Adriano Piazzesi for Harvey Probber, Inc. Burger bun is a whimsical kidney shaped form design settee crafted from a ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Steel

Pair of Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs, USA 1960s
By Harvey Probber
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of Harvey Probber lounge chairs in yellow upholstery. The chairs have vintage upholstery.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Upholstery

Walnut Chair Designed by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Stamford, CT
Walnut chair designed by Harvey Probber. Newly upholstered. Measures: Seat height 18.5".
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Walnut

Lounge Chair by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Chic and stylish mid century lounge chair designed by Harvey Probber. This example is in good original condition, showing light cosmetic wear normal and consistent with age. Measur...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

Harvey Probber 1048 "Gazelle" Ebonized Dining Chairs Set of Six Mid Century
By Harvey Probber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Incredible and interesting set of dining chairs, ebonized and upholstered in an azure velvet makes a gorgeous combination. The horn shape of these chairs is unique and distinctive. ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Wood

Pair of Harvey Probber Lounge Swivel Barrel Back Club Chairs with Wooden Bases
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Pair of beautiful and comfortable barrel back lounge chairs designed by Harvey Probber. These chairs swivel 360 degrees on a solid wooden base. The upholstery is useable as is, but t...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Harvey Probber Mid Century Lounge Chairs, Pair
By Harvey Probber
Located in Countryside, IL
Harvey Probber Mid Century lounge chairs - Pair This chair measures: 26 wide x 26 deep x 29 inches high, with a seat height of 18 and arm height of 25.25 inches All pieces of f...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Chrome

1950s Harvey Probber Dining Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
1950s Harvey Probber dining chairs. Nicely designed chairs with curved backs, splayed legs and tufted cushioned seats.
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Mahogany

Draft Harvey Probber MCM Bleached Mahogany and Cane Dining Chairs, Set of 6
By Harvey Probber
Located in Countryside, IL
Harvey Probber mid century bleached mahogany and cane dining chairs - set of 6 These chairs measure: 20 wide x 21.5 deep x 35 inches high with a seat height of 18.75 inches ?Al...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Cane, Mahogany

Vintage Harvey Probber Suspension Chair in California Sheepskin and Leather
By Harvey Probber
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
Harvey Probber once said, "design has a fourth dimension—the intangible quality of aging gracefully." We love this Suspension lounge chair for that fact. The design is still as relev...
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1940s American Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Leather, Sheepskin

Harvey Probber Tufto Cubo Sectional Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Tufto sofa by Harvey Probber. This large sofa set consists of 3 large sofas, which each contain 3 sections, a total of 9 sections. Fully restored and reupholstered with polished chro...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Fabric, Foam, Wood

Pair of Woven Cane Cubes by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of woven cane cube stools / tables from the Artisan Collection by Harvey Probber. These came from the personal estate of Harvey Probber. Paper manufacturer's label to undersid...
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1970s Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Cane

Set of Four Harvey Probber "X" Dining Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A good set of four "X" dining chairs by Harvey Probber for Probber Inc. in original fabric.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Brass

Mid Century Harvey Probber 3 Seater Sofa with Chrome Base
By Harvey Probber
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1960's vintage Harvey robber 3 seat sofa with steel over wood plinth base. In original as is fabric.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Chrome

Harvey Probber Midcentury Tuxedo Sofa, circa 1950s
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
Harvey Probber even arm sofa with dark mahogany base, t-shaped seat cushion with buttons and three-back cushions, price includes having the base refinished. Seat height measures is 1...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

Harvey Probber Bench in Mahogany, Brass and Lush Green Mohair
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
Fully restored an iconic bench by Harvey Probber. Floating brass stretcher and brass sabots have been polished to their original luster. Mahogany wood frame and a plush mohair fabric.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Brass

Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs in Rosewood
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful matching pair of Harvey Probber lounge chairs feature uniquely sculpted rosewood frames with plush upholstered seating. Unique lines and cutaway hardwood seat back add...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Upholstery, Rosewood

Harvey Probber Knights Bench in Mahogany, Brass and Leather, Signed, 1950s
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1950s Harvey Probber 'Knights' bench, model number 1173, with arched base and slatted seat in steam-bent mahogany with brass accents, and finished with a channel-tufted cushion. Bras...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Brass

Harvey Probber Cerused Oak Bench
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury solid oak bench with a cerused finish and newly upholstered seats and back using a heavy silk/cotton fabric. Mint restored.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Oak

Harvey Probber Mayan Styled Sofa for Probber Furniture Company
By Harvey Probber
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A well crafted sofa / loveseat upholstered in a beige, sand, cream toned salt and pepper contract fabric. Great design with floating platform and tight arms having plinth styled legs...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Upholstery

Harvey Probber Pair of Chairs, Artisan Collection, 1970s
By Harvey Probber
Located in Miami, FL
These chairs are spectacular in their apparent simplicity. Both retain the original removable leather cushions. Seat height is 20" with the cushion.
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1970s American Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

Materials

Cane

Pair of Gondola Lounge Arm Sculptural Side Chairs by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Wayne, NJ
Pair of gondola lounge arm side chairs by Harvey Probber.
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Upholstery

Harvey Probber Sectional Sofa, circa 1955
By Harvey Probber
Located in Raleigh, NC
An extraordinary 1950s two piece sectional from Harvey Probber. Fully restored with new foam and upholstery. This magnificent sofa sits atop walnut legs with brass sabots. Clearly ha...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Upholstery

Harvey Probber Bronze Base Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pasadena, TX
A Mid-Century Modern sofa designed by Harvey Probber. Mint green upholstery with a button tufted back and two detached seat cushions on a bronze anodized base. Size: 7.5ft.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Metal

Mid-Century Harvey Probber Burger Bun Pink Velvet Sofa
By Harvey Probber, Adriano Piazzesi
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Spectacular Mid-Century Modern sofa designed by Italian architect Adriano Piazzesi for Harvey Probber Inc. Burger bun is a whimsical kidney shaped form design sofa crafted from a ste...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

Materials

Steel

Timelessly Chic Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Navy Blue Crescent Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
Simply stunning a rare find 1960's Harvey Probber curved sofa. This sofa features a streamlined curved back design with walnut legs that has been expertly reupholstered in a lush nav...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

Harvey Probber Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Harvey Probber three cushion sofa on mahogany stained walnut base with six legs. Circa 1963. Tight back with buttons. We also have the matching armchair and the matching large scale...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Upholstery, Walnut

Harvey Probber Black, White Cerused Oak Bench
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Rare Mid-Century Modern Classic black/white Cerused oak plinth base bench with three white calf skin seats. Mint restored frame and new upholstery.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Hide, Oak

Rare Pair of Signed Harvey Probber Cube Lounge Chairs, Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Outstanding and rare signed Harvey Probber pair of cube lounge chairs. This unusual pair rests on two chunky walnut legs that extend up the back-very handsome! These chairs retains t...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Curvaceous Tub Chairs by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of Curvaceous tub chairs by Harvey Probber, American, circa 1960s. These chairs are currently being restored and can be completed in your fabric. The price noted below includes ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Aluminum

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Cantilevered Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
Adorable pair of Harvey Probber occasional lounge chairs. Very comfortable chairs with chrome cantilevered frames upholstered in their original light tan color fabric. Can be used as...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Chrome

Harvey Probber Pair of Leather & Chrome Slipper Lounge Chairs Cantilevered Seats
By Harvey Probber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This elegant pair of Probber lounge chairs has a dynamic profile acheived by the use of a cantalievered seat supported by polished stainless steel frames. The origina chocolate-brown...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Harvey Probber Side Chairs in Bouclé
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Harvey Probber side or lounge chairs. The chairs have mahogany and caned frames, splayed legs with a cushioned seat done in Bouclé. Mid-Century Modern.
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Bouclé, Cane, Mahogany

Set of Four Harvey Probber Club Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Set of four Harvey Probber club chairs. Chairs have the original upholstery with black lacquered frames.
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Harvey Probber Mid Century Wicker and Chrome Cantilever Dining Chair
By Harvey Probber, Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Baltimore, MD
An amazing vintage model D43 wicker and chrome cantilever chair designed by Preben Fabricius & Jorgen Kastholm for Harvey Probber in Denmark. A rare chair of Probber chairs featuring...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Chrome

Stunning 2 Piece Harvey Probber Sectional Sofa Mid-century
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Wonderful 2 piece signed Harvey Probber sectional sofa. This piece is in vintage condition with it's original floral tapesty fabric. The fabric does show some wear to the corners but...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Upholstery

Set of Six Harvey Probber Ebonized X-Base Dining Chairs, Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Set of six X-base dining chairs by Harvey Probber. Brass hardware contrasts and compliments the dark ebonized mahogany. Cushions are in nice vintage condition and are easily reuphols...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Brass

Architectural Harvey Probber Bench Low Etagere Console
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Elegant architectural Harvey Probber bench etagere. Very thoughtful in all of the proportions and placements of forms. A fine example of Harvey Probber work. Probber craftsmanship is...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Wood

Pair of Ottomans by Harvey Probber, New White Upholstery, Signed, Ready to Use
By Harvey Probber
Located in Kansas City, MO
Two matching Harvey Probber ottomans expertly reupholstered in a white / ivory soft blended fabric. The metal black enameled legs show signs of wear and some loss to the finish, but ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Upholstery

Harvey Probber Tuxedo Lounge Chair
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Tuxedo club chair by Harvey Probber. Reupholstered in teal fabric in the 1990s, which is in good condition.  
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Fabric

Sofa by Harvey Probber, circa 1955 Made in America
By Harvey Probber
Located in Jersey City, NJ
96 inch long Sofa designed by Harvey Probber supported on six solid, stained, wooden legs. The sofa has been recently upholstered in deep purple velvet. Arm height: 22 inches
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

Mid-Century Club Chair and Ottoman by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dorchester, MA
This classic mid-century club chair by Harvey Probber offers a comfortable rest with down-filled cushions on an upholstered frame set on mahogany feet. The corresponding ottoman feat...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Mahogany, Textile, Down

Harvey Probber & Jack Lenor Larsen Happiness Sectional Sofa, Lacquer Red 1968
By Harvey Probber, Jack Lenor Larsen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Harvey Probber & Jack Lenor Larsen Happiness corner sectional sofa, lacquer red, 1968-1972. Gorgeous low slung modern sectional seating set of three. This is a truly extraordinary, m...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Textile, Wool, Mohair

Set of Six Harvey Probber X-Base Dining Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of 6, Mid-Century Modern, dining chairs by Harvey Probber feature black lacquered, slat mahogany, intersecting, X-bases that look fantastic from all angles.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Brass

Harvey Probber Sofa with Jupe by Jackie Hand Embroidered Fabric
By Harvey Probber, Jack Lenor Larsen
Located in Berlin, DE
Hard to believe, that this art piece is completely hand embroidered by master artisans in India. The superb color combination of sky blue cotton thread on the deep red silk velvet ba...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Cotton, Silk, Wood

Magnificent 9-Piece Harvey Probber Caramel Brown Leather 'Cubo' Sectional Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Harvey Probber caramel brown leather 'Cubo' sectional sofa nine sections of Harvey Probber designed 'CUBO' modular seating. Set includes six seating units and three ottomans. The sec...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Leather, Wood

Rare Pair of Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs and Ottoman Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
This is a rare pair of large scale Harvey Probber lounge chairs with one matching ottoman. These are perfect candidates for your magnificent new upholstery which we can assist you wi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Extremely Rare Harvey Probber Chaise Longue w/ Cane Armrest
By Harvey Probber
Located in East Hampton, NY
Nubby boucle fabric in natural tone. Fairly clean and lightly used condition. A couple of spots that are minimal. Walnut trimmed cane panel to one side and original brass legs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Brass

Harvey Probber Swivel Lounge Chairs, 1980
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Robber swivel lounge chair, 1970. All original.
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1970s Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

Materials

Upholstery

Harvey Probber Mid Century Barrel Back Chrome Lounge Chairs in Knoll Fabric
By Harvey Probber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Absolutely stunning, sleek design by Harvey Probber, chrome frame with floating armchair. Gorgeous example of timeless modern styling, and in an enviable pair. Chrome is in excel...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Seating

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Chrome

Harvey Probber Pair of Benches with Mahogany Legs and Castors 1950s
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Chic pair of rectangular upholstered benches with round mahogany legs and brass castors by Harvey Probber, American 1950's. Refinished and reupholstered by Lobel Modern.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Seating

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Brass

Harvey Probber seating for sale on 1stDibs

Harvey Probber seats are 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 seating collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 118 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Harvey Probber's original seating was created in the mid-century modern style in North America during the 20th century. Many customers also consider seating from Paul McCobb, Charles Eames and Craft Associates. Prices for Harvey Probber seating can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $800 and tops out at $39,500, while pieces like these can sell for $6,500 on average.

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