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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

British, 1905-1976

British-born designer, interior decorator and author T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings was one of the great American tastemakers in the middle decades of the 20th century. Much like Edward Wormley, Robsjohn-Gibbings was a design classicist by education and inclination, but he would come to create some of the most gracious and livable modern furnishings of the era.

Robsjohn-Gibbings studied architecture at the University of London, then held various jobs that included designing décors for passenger liners and working as the art director of a film studio. In the early 1930s, while employed by the upper-crust interior designer Charles J. Duveen, Robsjohn-Gibbings experienced an epiphany during a visit to the British Museum.

Examining the furniture depicted on ancient Greek ceramics — lithe stools and klismos chairs — he realized that he had found a design touchstone. By 1936, Robsjohn-Gibbings had moved to New York and set up a showroom on Madison Avenue for his modern reinterpretations of Classical Greek designs. Aided by contacts he’d developed while working with Duveen, he quickly established a clientele that included Elizabeth Arden, Doris Duke and Thelma Chrysler Foy.

Through his writings for magazines and books, Robsjohn-Gibbings earned a public following and was established as an urbane arbiter of taste. From 1943 to 1956, he produced an understated line of modernist furnishings for Widdicomb, which included one of the icons of the period: the tiered, biomorphic Mesa coffee table (1951). Robsjohn-Gibbings moved to Athens, Greece, in 1966, and created a new line of antiquity-inspired pieces for the firm Saridis. The series turned out to be his swan song.

Collectors’ interest in Robsjohn-Gibbings was reignited in the 1980s when the 200-plus pieces from his 1936–38 commission for the Bel-Air estate of Los Angeles socialite Hilda Boldt Weber — pared-down neoclassical pieces rendered in blond wood (with the occasional flourish) — came on the market. (Up until then, the collection had remained in the house, despite its having changed hands several times.) 

But his work for Widdicomb remains his most widely known, appreciated for its elegance and generous proportions. Robsjohn-Gibbings despised the stern aesthetic associated with his Bauhaus contemporaries, and a keynote of his modernist pieces is that they have no sharp angles. His chair and sofa frames, table legs and even many cabinets feature softly contoured edges. In whatever style he designed, Robsjohn-Gibbings was guided by simplicity and timelessness. He wanted his furniture to be lived with happily.

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Iconic Designs from T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
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Th Robsjohn Gibbings Tripod Floor Lamp
Th Robsjohn Gibbings Tripod Floor Lamp
Th Robsjohn Gibbings Colosseum Cocktail Table
Th Robsjohn Gibbings Colosseum Cocktail Table
Th Robsjohn Gibbings Colosseum Cabinet
Th Robsjohn Gibbings Colosseum Cabinet
Pair of Klismos Leg Side Tables by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Atlanta, GA
Klismos leg side tables, designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, American, circa 1950s. They are priced individually. ONLY ONE IS AVAILABLE.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Walnut

T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Iconic Free Form Coffee Table with Brass Legs 1950s
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
Iconic coffee table model no. 1759 in walnut with tapering conical brass legs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, American 1950's (signed with Widdicomb label on bottom). This ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Brass

Walnut Modernist Bench by Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Montreal, QC
Walnut modernist bench by Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb with sabre feet. Bearing sticker Widdicomb.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Walnut

Rare T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Bleached Walnut & Vellum Strap Sofa Settee
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A rare, likely custom ordered Sofa or Settee, designed by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings with a bleached Walnut frame and Vellum Strapping. Stunning, elegant neo-classical design. One long ...
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1940s British Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Walnut

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Elegant Chest of Drawers with Silver Plate Accents 1950s
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
Elegant chest of drawers model no 5003 in walnut with spear pulls with tips in polished silver plate by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, American 1950's (Label in drawer reads, ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Silver Plate

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Chest of Drawers in Walnut
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Waalwijk, NL
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Furniture Co., chest of drawers, walnut, cane, brass, United States, 1950s This lovely chest of drawers is designed by British designer T.H. Rob...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Brass

T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings 'Saridis' Tripod Walnut Table with Polished Bronze Base
By Saridis, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Brooklyn, NY
T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Saridis of Athens Tripod Walnut Table, Polished Bronze Lion Claw Foot Legs with Scrolling Details, c 1960, signed, numbered H:...
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1950s Greek Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Bronze

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Custom Brass Cocktail for Kandell Residence
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Unique, one-of-a-kind, solid cast brass table with original 1” thick green glass top, circa 1953. The smallest of the three faux bois bamboo-form low tables we have available, all from the grand living room of the Kandell Penthouse apartment at the original Ritz Carlton on Park Ave. South. This 1953 Robsjohn-Gibbings commission by the buildings owners, for their personal residence, included custom interiors with bespoke furniture designs for all rooms. Interior still photos...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Brass

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Th Robsjohn Gibbings Tripod Floor Lamp
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At a time when much of the world was enraptured by modernism’s anti-ornamental, function-forward aesthetic, Terence Harold “T.H.” Robsjohn-Gibbings (1905–76) — “Gibby” to his friends and close clients — was something different: an unapologetic classicist. That said, you’d be forgiven for not recognizing as much in some of his work, such as 1950’s refined Tripod floor lamp; the designer had a way of distilling classical forms to their essence so that the end result was actually similar to that...
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T.h. Robsjohn-gibbings furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings 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 furniture by Widdicomb Furniture Co., Charles Hollis Jones, and Karl Springer. Prices for T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $125 and can go as high as $125,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $6,000.

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