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Harvey Probber 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
Scrumptious Pair Harvey Probber Butterscotch Even Arm Sofas Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Scrumptious pair of Harvey Probber even arm sofas. These wonderful sofas were reupholstered sometime in the past and still look amazing! The fabric is a heavyweight butterscotch-colo...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Harvey Probber Six Pieces Deep Tuft Modular Sofa in Stock
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Harvey Probber deep tuft designed in 1972. SIZE ADVERTISED FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL MODULE 4 armless modules 2 arms modules UPHOLSTERED IN Pollack Geneva 4206/02 Smoke M2L is the exc...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sofas

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Fabric

Harvey Probber Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Rare Harvey Probber 3-seat sofa with criss cross base in solid walnut with brass accents. Fully restored.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sofas

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Textile, Walnut

Mid-Century Harvey Probber Burger Bun Pink Velvet Settee
By Adriano Piazzesi, Harvey Probber
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Fantastic Mid-Century Modern settee designed by Italian architect Adriano Piazzesi for Harvey Probber, Inc. Burger bun is a whimsical kidney shaped form design settee crafted from a ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sofas

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Steel

Mid-Century Sofa by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A very well crafted sofa with the original contract fabric loose back and lower cushions, round solid wood tube styled legs I satin black and constructed with springs to the bottom o...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sofas

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Upholstery

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

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Upholstery

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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Fabric, Foam, Wood

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 Sofas

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Wool

Harvey Probber Sofa with Jupe by Jackie Hand Embroidered Fabric
By Harvey Probber, Jack Lenor Larsen
Located in Berlin, DE
Hard to believe, that this art piece is completely hand embroidered by master artisans in India. The superb color combination of sky blue cotton thread on the deep red silk velvet ba...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Cotton, Silk, Wood

Harvey Probber Mayan Styled Sofa for Probber Furniture Company
By Harvey Probber
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A well crafted sofa / loveseat upholstered in a beige, sand, cream toned salt and pepper contract fabric. Great design with floating platform and tight arms having plinth styled legs...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sofas

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Upholstery

Long Curved Harvey Probber Button Tufted Leather Mid-Century Modern Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Breathtaking 105" sculptural sofa by Harvey Probber in original leather and button tufted upholstery. Item features clean modern lines, loose cushions, curved solid wood floating fra...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Leather, Wood

Sofa by Harvey Probber, circa 1955 Made in America
By Harvey Probber
Located in Jersey City, NJ
96 inch long Sofa designed by Harvey Probber supported on six solid, stained, wooden legs. The sofa has been recently upholstered in deep purple velvet. Arm height: 22 inches
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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 Sofas

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Upholstery

Harvey Probber Tuxedo Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
Newly upholstered in a chenille weave fabric that works with many color schemes. Beautiful lines. A Classic. Six walnut legs.   
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Harvey Probber, Pair of Sofas, 1940s
By Harvey Probber
Located in Berlin, DE
Harvey Probber. Pair of sofas, 1940s. Brass and upholstery.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Brass

Harvey Probber Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hanover, MA
Harvey Probber three cushion sofa on mahogany stained walnut base with six legs. Circa 1963. Tight back with buttons. We also have the matching armchair and the matching large scale...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Stunning Harvey Probber 4-Seat Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning Harvey Probber 4-seat sofa. This stylish sofa was re-upholstered about 15 years ago and still looks great-light cleaning recommended.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Mid Century Harvey Probber 3 Seater Sofa with Chrome Base
By Harvey Probber
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1960's vintage Harvey robber 3 seat sofa with steel over wood plinth base. In original as is fabric.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sofas

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Chrome

Vintage/MCM Harvey Probber Tuxedo Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
For sale we have a beautiful Harvey Probber Tuxedo sofa. It features brown tweed upholstery. It doesn't have any marks or stains.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Harvey Probber Bronze Base Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pasadena, TX
A Mid-Century Modern sofa designed by Harvey Probber. Mint green upholstery with a button tufted back and two detached seat cushions on a bronze anodized base. Size: 7.5ft.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Metal

Harvey Prober Tuxedo Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Tuxedo 3 seater sofa by Harvey Probber. Down feather back cushions. Recently reupholstered in Kvadrat Maharam fabric. Labeled.   
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Wood

Harvey Probber, Tuxedo Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
A long “Tuxedo” sofa from the Harvey Probber for modern collection. Recently restored in a brown velvet with down filled cushions. Retains the original label.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Velvet, Walnut

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Scrumptious Harvey Probber Enameled Door Credenza Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
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Fantastic Harvey Probber Style Even Arm Tuxedo Lounge Chair Mid-Century Modern
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Located in Pemberton, NJ
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Harvey Probber sofas for sale on 1stDibs

The Harvey Probber sofas 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 sofas, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 28 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Harvey Probber's original sofas were created in the Mid-Century Modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider sofas by Herman Miller, Craft Associates and Florence Knoll. Prices for Harvey Probber sofas can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$4,400 and tops out at US$35,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$12,293.

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