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Harvey Probber Lounge 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
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 Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Harvey Probber Chic Lounge Chair 1960s
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Lounge chair No. 1427A with polished aluminum frame and diamond tufted seat and back by Harvey Probber, American 1960’s. Aluminum polished and reupholstered in velvet by Lobel Modern...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

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 Lounge Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

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 Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery

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 Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Harvey Probber Lounge Chair
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
SATURDAY SALE Oct. 2018 Harvey Probber lounge chair on mahogany stained walnut legs. Tight back with buttons. Includes matching large-scale rectangular ottoman which is the size of...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs

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Mahogany

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 Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

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 Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Sheepskin

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 Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

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 Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, 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 Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, 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 Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Oak

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 Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

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 Lounge Chairs

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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 Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Harvey Probber Midcentury Tufted Swivel Barrel Chairs, Walnut Plinth Base
By Milo Baughman, Harvey Probber, Thayer Coggin, Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Decatur, GA
Pair of stunning Mid-Century Modern tufted swivel slipper style barrel chairs with walnut plinth bases by Harvey Probber. Boucle style nubby white upholstery is in good condition and...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Club Chairs by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
Lounge chairs by Harvey Probber. Excellent condition, price is for the pair.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Harvey Probber Mid Century Walnut Case and Chrome Lounge Chairs, Pair
By Harvey Probber
Located in Countryside, IL
Harvey Probber Mid Century walnut case and chrome lounge chairs - Pair These chairs measure: 28.5 wide x 25 deep x 29 inches high, with a seat height of 17 and arm height/chair cl...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

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 Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery

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 Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

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 Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Pair of Harvey Probber Elegant Cane Back Mahogany Framed Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hudson, NY
Beautiful pair of Harvey Probber chairs. Stained mahogany frame. Lovely upholstery with beautifully caned back.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Cane, Mahogany

Pair of Swivel Cube Lounge Chairs by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
A pair of low conversational swivel lounge chairs in cube form raised on round ebonized bases. By Harvey Probber. American, circa 1950. COM.  
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1950s American Minimalist Vintage Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs

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Mahogany, Upholstery

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 Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

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 Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Lacquer

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 Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

1950's Harvey Probber Leather Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of crisply tailored club/lounge chairs by Harvey Probber, circa 1950's. The chairs feature deep seats with loose seat cushions and enveloping barrel backs making a cozy embrace,...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Rare Pair of Harvey Probber Sling Chair, circa 1948
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
Rare pair of Harvey Probber sling chairs. This design was selected for by the Museum of Modern Art in 1948 for their good design exhibit. Bentwood frame with new chocolate brown velv...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Bentwood

Harvey Probber Pair of Modern Swivel Cube Occasional Lounge Club Chairs, #1461
By Harvey Probber
Located in Toledo, OH
Pair of modern swivel cube occasional chairs by Harvey Probber. Original heavy wool Knoll fabric, cube form chairs on a round swivel base. Model # 1461, circa 1970's. Chair measureme...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs

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Wool

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 Lounge Chairs

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Mahogany, Textile, Down

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 Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Harvey Probber Slipper Chair White Boucle Solid Brass Legs Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A rare offering from Harvey Probber. Very few examples have surfaced of this chair. Fully restored in white boucle with great curves floating on thin solid brass legs. Condition: ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs

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Brass

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 Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Harvey Probber Gondola Slipper Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning pair of Mid-Century Gondola chairs by Harvey Probber makes an elegant statement in any setting. Comfortable high back design is accentuated by beautiful upholstery and ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Pair of Mid-Century Harvey Probber Slipper Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning pair of modern lounge chairs by Harvey Probber feature tufted vinyl seat backs with wide slipper seats. Cantilevered heavy chrome frame makes for an impressive mid-cent...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

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 Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Foam, Wood

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 Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Gondola Chairs by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant pair of Gondola chairs by Harvey Probber. Totally refinished and reupholstered. Black and white Grey tweed style fabric. In excellent condition with minimal wear, ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Hardwood

Gondola Slipper Chairs 'Model 1053' in Mahogany by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Belmont, MA
Pair of Mid-Century Modern 1950s gondola slipper chairs with a graceful mahogany frame and splayed rear legs designed by Harvey Probber, American. Chairs have sturdy mahogany frames ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs

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Mahogany

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 Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Rosewood

Harvey Probber Set of Three Armchairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Highland, IN
These light, lithe and elegant armchairs by Harvey Probber are scaled perfectly to serve as part of a larger seating group or on their own as occasional chairs. Their proportions and...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Mahogany

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 Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Pair of Harvey Probber Floating Lounge Chairs
By Harvey Probber
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Matching pair of Harvey Probber floating lounge chairs on original casters. Professionally cleaned in beautiful neutral fabric with very comfortable seats. Casters glide easily a...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs

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Fabric

Harvey Probber lounge chairs for sale on 1stDibs

The Harvey Probber lounge 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 lounge chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 34 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Harvey Probber's original lounge chairs were created in the mid-century modern style in North America during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider lounge chairs by Eero Saarinen, Craft Associates and Paul McCobb. Prices for Harvey Probber lounge chairs can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $875 and tops out at $12,000, while pieces like these can sell for $5,825 on average.

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