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Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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
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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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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Fabric, Foam, 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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Leather

Harvey Probber Six Pieces Deep Tuft Modular Sofa in Stock
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Located in New York, NY
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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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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 Sectional Sofas

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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 Sectional Sofas

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Textile, Wool, Mohair

Harvey Probber 12-Piece Cube Sectional Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Harvey Probber 12-piece cube sectional sofa. USA, circa 1970.
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Harvey Probber Sectional Sofa in Black Leather with Mahogany Legs 1950s 'signed'
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Clean line sectional (2 piece) sofa upholstered in Edelman black leather with mahogany legs by Harvey Probber, American 1950's (signed with original label “furniture design by HARVEY...
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Leather, Upholstery, Wood, Mahogany

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 Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery

Two-Piece Sectional Sofa Designed by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
Two-piece sectional sofa and triangular sofa table designed by Harvey Probber. Sofa is in very good original condition and can be used together or separately. The sectional is still ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery, Mahogany

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 Sectional Sofas

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Leather, Wood

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.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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Brass

Handsome Harvey Probber 2-Piece Nuclear Sert Sectional Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome Harvey Probber 2-piece Nuclear Sert series sofa sectional. This piece will need to be re-upholstered-fabric is worn and dated and foam is hardening. This sectional measure 2...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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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 quilted seat, USA, circa 1960s.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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Wool

Large Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Two-Piece Sectional Sofa, Labeled
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
Large Mid-Century Modern 1950s Harvey Probber two-piece sectional sofa with mahogany tapered legs. Sofa has original fabric, it needs to be reupholstered and foam replaced. There is ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Harvey Probber 11 Piece Cubo Modular Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
Let's redo this however you want. We have 11 pieces. Tufting can be added. We attached a few samples to show what the end product could look like. We can add chrome or brass base or ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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Brass

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Harvey Probber sectional sofas for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs Harvey Probber sectional sofas are available for sale. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. In our Harvey Probber sectional sofa collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 16 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Harvey Probber's original sectional sofas were created in the mid-century modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider sectional sofas by Vladimir Kagan, Thayer Coggin and Adrian Pearsall. Prices for Harvey Probber sectional sofas can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,200 and tops out at $39,500, while pieces like these can sell for $16,950 on average.

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