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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
Harvey Probber Tuxedo Sofa in Jack Lenor Larsen Velvet
By Harvey Probber, Jack Lenor Larsen
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber tuxedo style sofa in original Jack Lenor Larsen green velvet floral upholstery. This sofa is in incredible original condition showing very minimal wear for its age and...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Velvet, Wood

Harvey Probber Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in San Francisco, CA
A three-seat sofa by Harvey Probber. Curved front. Loose cushions on the seat, back and sides. Sofa sits on 6 wooden feet.
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1960s American Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Wood

Harvey Probber Curved Crescent Sofa, 1960s, 2 Available
By Harvey Probber
Located in Culver City, CA
Available right now, we have this stunning crescent sofa by design master, Harvey Probber! Picture this: You're lounging in sheer opulence on a sofa that's as curvy as the bird streets, and equally as glamorous. And guess what? We've got not one, but two of these rare 1960's gems, both dressed up in the most lavish off-white bouclé fabric you've ever seen, and priced per sofa. The Crescent Sofa by Harvey Probber is the epitome of swanky sophistication, originally designed in the late 40's early 1950's, Its unique crescent shape cradles you in heavenly comfort, like a warm embrace from an old friend. It's not just a sofa; it's a lifestyle statement. When you think of luxury, this is what you see. Now, about that off-white bouclé upholstery. It's the stuff of dreams, folks. Imagine sinking into those plush cushions, feeling like you're floating on a cloud. It's the kind of fabric that practically begs you to kick off your shoes and sprawl out in utter relaxation. And yes, it's as Instagram-worthy as it gets. #BoucléGoals, anyone? Harvey Probber was a design genius with a vision as big as the moon. Born in 1922, this guy knew a thing or two about making furniture that oozed class and charisma. He took inspiration from design royalty like Edward Wormley, Tommi Parzinger, and Vladimir Kagan. Edward Wormley, the king of mid-century modern, knew how to balance clean lines and timeless elegance. Wormley's influence on Probber is evident in the sofa's sleek, yet inviting silhouette. Tommi Parzinger, with his penchant for glamorous details, inspired Probber to add that extra touch of opulence to his designs. It's all about the details, darling! And speaking of details, Vladimir Kagan's knack for avant-garde shapes pushed Probber to think outside the box (or in this case, the crescent). Kagan's audacious designs encouraged Probber to create pieces that were as daring as they were luxurious. Elevate your home and decor...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Bouclé, Walnut

Harvey Probber Sloped Arm Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hanover, MA
At last, a mid-century sofa at a comfortable seat height thanks to its 10 inch high legs. Original Harvey Probber mid-century modern sofa with distinctive sloped arms and square tap...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Brass

Spectacular Harvey Probber Even Arm Tuxedo Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Spectacular Harvey Probber even arm Tuxedo sofa. This sofa was reupholstered by the original owners in this sensational tropical abstract fabric probably in the 80's-has been well ca...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

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 Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Stylish Harvey Probber Super Deep 3 Seat Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stylish Harvey Probber 3 seater sofa with super deep cushions. We just love everything about this handsome mid-century sofa from the 37"deep seat cushions to the Dorothy Leibes attri...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Walnut, Upholstery

Harvey Probber American Mid-Century Green Velvet Round Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century large round sofa with a low curved partial backrest and emerald green velvet upholstery with a button tufted removable seat cush...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sofas

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Brass, Metal

Harvey Probber Impressive 16 Foot Angle Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
This sofa has a wow factor. The upholstery is actually good and we think the seat cushion could be flipped to show the unfaded section. It can also be reupholstered to update. This s...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Harvey Probber Gold and Orange Patterned Upholstered Sled Base Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century sofa with orange, yellow, and gold sunburst patterned upholstery, resting on an ebonized wooden sled base. (HARVEY PROBBER).  
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sofas

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Wood, Fabric, Upholstery, Ebony

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

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

Mid-Century Harvey Probber Burger Bun Pink Velvet Settee
By Harvey Probber, Adriano Piazzesi
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 des...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sofas

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Steel

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 Sofas

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Upholstery

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

Sofa by Harvey Probber, USA C. 1955
By Harvey Probber
Located in Jersey City, NJ
96 inch long Sofa designed by Harvey Probber supported on six solid, stained, wooden legs and upholstered in deep purple/plum velvet. Arm height: 22 inches
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

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

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

Red and Blue 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

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

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 Sofas

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Wool

Harvey Probber Nuclear Sert Sofa in STOCK
By Harvey Probber, M2L BRAND
Located in New York, NY
Harvey Probber nuclear sert sofa upholstered in bute tiree. Tubular legs in matte brass metal. Measures: 92" wide width, 84" seating area. 4" thick arms M...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sofas

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Fabric

Sofa by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
A Harvey Probber sofa with oak bases. Fully restored.
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1970s Vintage Harvey Probber Sofas

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Oak

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Outrageous Harvey Probber style Purple Velvet Curved Sofa Mid-Century Modern
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Jack Lenor Larsen Milo Baughman Style Mid Century Sofa
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Large Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Two-Piece Sectional Sofa, Labeled
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Vintage Mid-Century Modern Hexagonal Curved Sectional Sofa after Harvey Probber
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Harvey Probber Tuxedo Sofa in Quality Couture Fabric
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Angular Sofa by Harvey Probber One Piece Configuration Nuclear Sert Series 1960s
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By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
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Harvey Probber Six Pieces Deep Tuft Modular Sofa in Stock
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
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Harvey Probber Mayan Styled Sofa for Probber Furniture Company
By Harvey Probber
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Custom Angular Sofa by Harvey Probber with Sofa Table / Writing Desk
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
Custom angular sofa designed by Harvey Probber with custom sofa table writing desk with two drawers. This beautiful set is in excellent-restored condition with new upholstery.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Sofas

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Brass

Mid-Century Harvey Probber Burger Bun Pink Velvet Sofa
By Harvey Probber, Adriano Piazzesi
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Spectacular Mid-Century Modern sofa designed by Italian architect Adriano Piazzesi for Harvey Probber Inc. Burger bun is a whimsical kidney shaped form desi...
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Harvey Probber Deep Tuft Black Modular Sofa Upholstered in Raf Simmons Velvet
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
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Harvey Probber Sofa No. 1573 with Ash Block Legs, 1960s
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Clean line sofa model no. 1573 with laminated ash block slab leg design by Harvey Probber, American, 1960's. Newly upholstered in dark gray ultra suede by Lobel Modern. The sofa look...
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Harvey Probber sofas for sale on 1stDibs.

Harvey Probber 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 sofas, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original sofas 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 sofas by George Nelson, Paul McCobb, and Weiman. Prices for Harvey Probber sofas can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,600 and can go as high as $24,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $9,500.

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