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Harvey Probber Cabinets

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
Midcentury Modern Decagon Cabinet by Harvey Prober, circa 1950
By Harvey Probber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Midcentury Modern walnut Decagon cabinet by Harvey Probber, circa 1950. With the original label. The interior features an open storage space with one top drawer.
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1950s Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

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Walnut

Harvey Probber Two-Part Cabinet or Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant two-part cabinet or credenza, designed by Harvey Probber, circa 1960s. This piece is a versatile size and can be used as a vitrine, display cabinet, credenza, bar, or bookshe...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

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Metal, Brass

Harvey Probber Rosewood and Brass Breakfront Bookcase or Bar Cabinet, Refinished
By Harvey Probber
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous mid-century modern breakfront bookcase, sideboard, or bar cabinet By Harvey Probber USA, 1950s Rosewood, with brass trim. Measures: 71.25"W x 18"D x 74"H. N...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Storage Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful rosewood and Mahogany storage cabinet features side by side storage behind elegant sliding doors. Shelf space on one side with set of four drawers on the other, this v...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Rosewood, Mahogany

Small Cabinet with Cane Doors by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dorchester, MA
Designed by Harvey Probber, this small midcentury cabinet features a mahogany case on a plinth base. Cane-front sliding doors conceal, on the left, three deep drawers with white lacq...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Cane, Mahogany, Lacquer

Custom Harvey Probber Rosewood / Lacquer and Steel Bi-Fold Door Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning cabinet custom made for M&T Corporate office's,,,downtown Buffalo NY,, Wonderful book-matched rosewood,,left and right b-fold doors /shelves.. center door /four drawers.. Bl...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

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Steel

Pair of Harvey Probber Bleached Mahogany and Tiffany Blue Leather Front Cabinets
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare pair of Harvey Probber two door cabinets with Tiffany blue leather covered recessed door panels. Bleached and toned mahogany casement, conical legs, door frames and shelves. One...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

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Leather, Mahogany, Lacquer

Harvey Probber Bleached Mahogany & Ivory Leather Tall Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber bleached mahogany tall dresser or gentleman's chest, with ivory leather-clad sliding doors that feature brass flat bar appointments. Behind the doors there are four dr...
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1950s American Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Sliding Door Cabinet by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
For use as a cabinet or dry bar, this vintage piece by Harvey Probber features a unique design with sliding front doors and an opening top surface. Woven panels on the sliding doors ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Metal

Harvey Probber Credenza, 1960s, USA
By Harvey Probber
Located in Miami, FL
Burl wood credenza by Harvey Probber. Cabinet has four drawers and two doors revealing two adjustable shelves.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Burl

Harvey Probber Lift Top Demilune Liquor Cabinet
By Harvey Probber, Paul McCobb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Beautiful demilune style shape bar, sideboard or a liquor cabinet. Outstanding design and craftsmanship.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Handsome Harvey Probber Small Chest Cabinet Nightstand Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome small-scale chest or side table designed by Harvey Probber.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Mahogany

Harvey Probber Two-Door Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Highland, IN
Harvey Probber's refined aesthetic is on display in this three-door cabinet. Crafted of mahogany, it has two sliding doors with octagonal leather inserts framed in brass which concea...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Harvey Probber Long Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern long credenza designed by Harvey Probber. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Harvey Probber Midcentury Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Modern style sliding door cabinet designed by Harvey Probber with patterned front. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Walnut

Harvey Probber Sliding Door Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern cabinet with drawers and shelf. Designed by Harvey Probber with patterned front doors. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).     
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Walnut

Ebonized Mahogany and Rosewood Cabinet by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dorchester, MA
Designed by Harvey Probber, this ebonized mahogany cabinet features two large brass-trimmed medallions of rosewood on the sliding doors at top. Behind the doors are five shallow draw...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Exceptional Harvey Probber Decagonal Bleached Rosewood Bar Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Seldom seen Harvey Probber bleached rosewood decagonal bar cabinet with single drawer and piano hinged door with integral shelving. Door and drawer are accessed via a split hour glas...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Wood, Rosewood

Ebonized Mahogany and Brazilian Rosewood Large Dresser by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Miami, FL
Stunning Harvey Probber large dresser or cabinet. The dresser features an ebonized mahogany case with contrasting Brazilian rosewood sliding doors and sculpted handles. The rosewood ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Mahogany, Rosewood

Two tone large breakfront with adjustable glass shelves by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Ferndale, MI
Large cabinet with adjustable wood and glass shelves by Harvey Probber for Probber. Blonde tone doors on dark stain cabinet . All in excellent condition .
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Glass, Walnut

Harvey Probber Wall Mounted Credenza with Inset Caned Doors, 1950s
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Wall-mounted credenza in mahogany with brass pulls and inset caned doors by Harvey Probber, American, 1950s. “Harvey Probber” label inside the top drawer on right side.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Leather Faced Probber Chest
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
Luxurious Harvey Probber leather faced chest of drawers. Sliding doors open to reveal an abundance of cork lined shelving. Retains original label. Coordinating dresser available from...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Harvey Probber Signed Sideboard in Mahogany with Gold Trim, 1960s
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
Fully restored. Harvey Probber sideboard with two front sliding doors in a gold leaf finish. Interior has four sets of drawers on each side. Right side of sideboard has four sets of ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Cabinets

Materials

Brass

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By Harvey Probber
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  • Harvey Probber Rattan and Mahogany Cabinet
H 29.93 in. W 42.13 in. L 29.93 in.
Mid Century Modern Walnut Cabinet by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Monumental Harvey Probber Cabinet with Doors and Shelves with Alternating Woods
By Harvey Probber
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Harvey Probber Cabinet with Sliding Doors
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Cabinets

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  • Harvey Probber Cabinet with Sliding Doors
  • Harvey Probber Cabinet with Sliding Doors
  • Harvey Probber Cabinet with Sliding Doors
  • Harvey Probber Cabinet with Sliding Doors
H 57 in. W 42 in. D 18.25 in.
Harvey Probber Mahogany Sideboard with Floating Wall Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber sideboard with floating china cabinet. Sideboard of dual-tone mahogany wood. Brass pulls and quarter round molding surround front door and drawer section. Four doors o...
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Rattan Door Cabinet by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dorchester, MA
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H 29.75 in. W 42 in. D 18 in.
Harvey Probber Cabinet with Jewelry Enamel Doors
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Cabinet or dresser featuring inset high-fired enamel-on-copper doors with a richly colored floral decorative motif. Dark mahogany case with brass pulls and sabots; white-lacquered in...
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H 35.25 in. W 65.25 in. D 18 in.
Two-Piece Bar Cabinet by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dorchester, MA
This mahogany and brass bar cabinet by Harvey Probber provides ample storage. The top of the cabinet hinges open to reveal a small laminate drawer and serving space. The lower cabine...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Cabinets

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Brass

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  • Two-Piece Bar Cabinet by Harvey Probber
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H 57 in. W 42 in. D 18 in.
Pair of Harvey Probber Rosewood End Tables with Storage Space
By Harvey Probber
Located in North Miami, FL
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Rare Harvey Probber Decagonal Bleached Rosewood Bar Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
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Located in Dorchester, MA
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Harvey Probber cabinets for sale on 1stDibs

Harvey Probber cabinets are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Harvey Probber Cabinets collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 25 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original cabinets by Harvey Probber were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider cabinets by Florence Knoll, Henredon and Milo Baughman. Prices for Harvey Probber cabinets can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,850 and tops out at $9,500, while pieces like these can sell for $4,550 on average.

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