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Harvey Probber Chairs

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
1950s Set of Eight Mid Century Modern Dining Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary 1950s set of eight Mid-Century Modern dining chairs by Harvey Probber that are handcrafted out of mahogany wood & cane combination and has been fully restored by our...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Chairs

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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 Chairs

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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 Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

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 Chairs

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Brass

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 Chairs

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Harvey Probber Mid Century Wicker and Chrome Cantilever Dining Chair
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Harvey Probber
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 Chairs

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Chrome

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 Chairs

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Cane

Open Frame Lounge Chairs, Attributed to Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Open frame lounge chairs, attributed to Harvey Probber. Chairs have been fully restored and upholstered in leather.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Chairs

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Leather, Lacquer

Harvey Probber Cantilevered Lounge Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Dynamic pair of Harvey Probber cantilevered lounge slipper chairs. Extremely comfortable, prefect sitting position. Polished steel exposed frames with a chrome appearance having lev...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Sculptural Harvey Probber Model 1053 Gondola Slipper Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hudson, NY
Stunning pair of Harvey Probber Mode; 1053 chairs.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Chairs

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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 Chairs

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Aluminum

Gondola Chair, Model 1053, by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dorchester, MA
Harvey Probber designed his gondola chair, model no. 1053, with an elegantly curved high-back frame in deep mahogany. The chair has been newly upholstered in Knoll's Classic Bouclé i...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Chairs

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Stylish Set of Six Harvey Probber Dining Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stylish set of midcentury dining chairs features the unique sculptural design of Harvey Probber, making a comfortable yet stylish addition to any dining room setting. Four match...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rarely seen pair of lounge chairs. Comfortable and stylish.
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1960s American Vintage Harvey Probber Chairs

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Aluminum

Set of Four Elegant Dining Chairs by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A set of elegant, high back dining chairs by Harvey Probber. Finished in black lacquer.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Chairs

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Mahogany

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Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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Located in Miami, FL
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Located in New York, NY
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Harvey Probber chairs for sale on 1stDibs

Harvey Probber Chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Harvey Probber collection of chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 15 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Harvey Probber's original chairs were created during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style in the United States. Many customers also consider chairs by Ward Bennett, Norman Cherner and George Nakashima if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Harvey Probber chairs can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at US$985 and tops out at US$10,395, while pieces like these can sell for US$4,600 on average..

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