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Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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 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 the simple lines now associated with mid-century modernism 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 sofas, case goods and other 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 8 Piece Sectional Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Fraser, MI
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By Harvey Probber
Located in Savannah, GA
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

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 Deep Tufted Sectional from the Nuclear Sert Series Early 1950s
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
This two-piece Harvey Probber Nuclear Sert sectional sofa is one of his earliest designs and was fabricated in the early 1950s. This is a beaut...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Four Piece Cubo Sectional Sofa by Harvey Probber, circa 1972
By Harvey Probber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Introducing the iconic 4 Piece Cubo Sectional by Harvey Probber, originally designed in 1972. This stunning piece exudes timeless elegance and sophistication, making it a must-have a...
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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Chrome

Harvey Probber Midcentury Sectional Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Countryside, IL
Harvey Probber midcentury sectional sofa This sofa measures: 133 wide x 100 deep x 28 inches high, with a seat height of 1...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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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...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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Leather

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, museum-worthy set. Certain Larsen designs have captured the public’s imagination and are recognized as “signature” pieces. According to company records, the Happiness design was inspired by a Chinese robe and Ming Dynasty embroideries in the collection of the Henry Art Gallery of the University of Washington, where Larsen did his undergraduate work. It was introduced with four colorways – amethyst quartz, Ming gold...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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Textile, Wool, Mohair

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 le...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery

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 hardeni...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

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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Two-Part Sofa by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage Harvey Probber sofa, in need of reupholstery due to fabric discoloration. Extra long two-part design, original down filled cushions and box quilted seat. Signature wool bouclé by Holland and Sherry...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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Wool

1972 Harvey Probber Mid Century Modern 6 Piece Brown Cubo Tufted Sectional Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
A RARE Harvey Probber 1972 "Cubo" sectional sofa. A timeless design from an incredible designer in Harvey Probber. Probber designed this iconic sofa in 1972 taking inspiration from t...
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1970s Vintage Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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Fabric

Two-Piece Open End "Nuclear Sert" Sectional Sofa Designed by Harvey Probber 1960
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
Two-piece sectional sofa designed by Harvey Probber from his Nuclear Sert Group. The sofa is in good original condition and can be used together or separately. It is still in the ori...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

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Harvey Probber sectional sofas for sale on 1stDibs.

Harvey Probber sectional sofas are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of fabric and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Harvey Probber sectional sofas, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original sectional sofas by Harvey Probber were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider sectional sofas by Adrian Pearsall, Preview, and Bernhardt. Prices for Harvey Probber sectional sofas can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $6,500 and can go as high as $35,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $14,748.

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