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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

British, 1905-1976

British-born designer, interior decorator and author T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings (1905–76) 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, he had moved to New York and set up a showroom on Madison Avenue for his modern reinterpretations of classic 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 styled he designed, Robsjohn-Gibbings was guided by simplicity and timelessness. He wanted his furniture to be lived with happily.

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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sideboard or Cabinet in Walnut, Rattan and Brass
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb rare 1950s sideboard or cabinet in rich deep walnut including central drawers with original circular woven rattan handles and brass end caps, cab...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Brass

Vintage Klismos Chair by T H Robsjohn Gibbings for John Widdicomb, USA, 80s/90s
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Hastings, GB
A rare vintage Klismos chair by T H Robsjohn Gibbings - this is the Bexley Heath edition for John Widdicomb. Fully labelled. Walnut with original leather cord seat. Excellent conditi...
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1980s American Neoclassical Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Leather, Walnut

Custom Set of Six Dining Chairs by Robsjohn-Gibbings
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of six dining chairs with black silk-upholstered barrel-backed seats with brass rivets on elegantly sabred bleached walnut legs, circa 1930s. From the estate of Alan Moss.
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1930s American Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Silk, Walnut

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Flip Top Server Bar Cart, Newly Restored
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern extendable bar cart server Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb USA, 1950s Bleached walnut and brass and casters Measures: 3...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Brass

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.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Walnut

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Round Extending Dining Table
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, John Widdicomb
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Elegant Mid-Century Modern dining table designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Furniture Co. The table features two 18 inch leaves that extend the top from 44.5 inches roun...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Walnut

Robsjohn Gibbings Widdicomb Nightstand Side Table with Raffia Cane Covered Pull
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Spokane Valley, WA
Beautiful T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb nightstand or side table. Raffia or cane covered drawer pull on brass tone legs. Robsjohn Gibbings Widdicomb label inside drawer. great...
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Mid-20th Century T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Walnut

Rare Bench by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare bench designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Beautifully refinished and reupholstered.
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1950s Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Walnut

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H 17 in. W 34.5 in. D 18 in.
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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Robsjohn-Gibbings furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 436 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings 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 furniture by Adrian Pearsall, Paul Frankl and Harvey Probber. Prices for T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings furniture may vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $125 and tops out at $125,000, while pieces like these can sell for $5,225 on average.

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