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Harvey Probber Club 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
Set of Club Chairs by Harvey Probber, C. 1950s
By Harvey Probber
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of club chairs designed by Harvey Probber, circa 1950-1959. The walnut supports have been completely restored, reupholstered in grey stripped velvet. Perfect fit in a living room...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Club Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Pair Vintage Harvey Probber Wicker & Chrome Chairs Leather Cushions
By Harvey Probber
Located in Toledo, OH
Vintage pair Harvey Probber wicker, tubular chrome and leather side chairs. Cantilever design in very nice condition. Measures: 24" wide x 25" deep x 27" tall.
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20th Century North American Modern Harvey Probber Club Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Black Leather Harvey Probber Swivel Lounge Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
If you're looking for a set of classic barrel chairs that'll stand the test of time, consider Harvey Probber, Model 303A swiveling chairs. The chair's solid-body design is perfectly ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Club Chairs

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Wood, Leather

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 Club Chairs

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Mahogany, Textile, Down

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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Pair of Mid-Century Modern Tufted Aluminum Lounge Chairs by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant pair of Mid-Century Modern Sculptural tufted lounge chairs by Harvey Probber. Alcoa aluminum is the main material making up the beautiful frames. Button tufted wit...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Club Chairs

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Large Lounge Chair on Walnut Frame Base by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber, Paul McCobb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice large Harvey Probber lounge chairs on walnut base. Good upholstery condition.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Club Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Adorable Pair of Harvey Probber Club Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Adorable pair of Harvey Probber club chairs. Can be used as occasional chairs, game chairs or slipper chairs. Proportions are compact, low in height and comfortable. We have six tota...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Club Chairs

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Upholstery

Pair of "Raphael Lounge Chairs" in Black Leather by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Raphael Lounge Chairs" model no. 4121 in black leather by Harvey Probber, American, circa 1982 (label on bottom reads "Harvey Probber".) Harvey Probber is synonymous with gr...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Club Chairs

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Harvey Probber Cube Lounge Chairs, Classic Modern Design, Probber Label
By Harvey Probber
Located in Buffalo, NY
Harvey Probber Cube lounge chairs, Classic Modern design, Retain original probber Labels, Extremely comfortable, original off white wool upholstery. Hand delivery avail to New York C...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Club Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Harvey Probber Cube Lounge Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Harvey Probber cube lounge chairs in original condition with labels.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Club Chairs

Flat Bar Chair with Button Tufted Leather
By Harvey Probber
Located in Norwalk, CT
Incredible newly upholstered lush button tufted leather back and seat. Square brushed chrome frame. Beautiful chair, great for desk chair, lounge chair, or occasional chair. Milo Bau...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Club Chairs

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Chrome

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Harvey Probber club chairs for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs Harvey Probber club chairs are available for sale. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Harvey Probber Club Chairs collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 11 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original club chairs by Harvey Probber were created in the Mid-Century Modern style in United States during the 20th Century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider club chairs by Dunbar, Edward Wormley and Adrian Pearsall. Prices for Harvey Probber club chairs can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $2,400 and tops out at $18,500, while pieces like these can sell for $4,750 on average.

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