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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings (U.K., 1905–76)
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings (U.K., 1905–76)

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.

Iconic Designs from T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
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Tripod Floor Lamp by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Hansen Lighting
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Hansen Lighting Co.
Located in Hudson, NY
Solid brass tripod floor lamp model 206, first introduced in 1950. This example is likely from the early 1970s and retains a clean, tarnish-free high-polish brass finish with a light...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Brass

Pair TH Robsjohn-Gibbings End Tables
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Hudson, NY
Elegant and amply proportioned side tables, each with one frieze drawer and lower shelf. Finished in original dark mahogany stain on all sides to allow floating placement. Widdicomb ...
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1950s American Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Mahogany

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Custom Walnut Bench for the Kandell Residence
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Hudson, NY
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1950s American Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Custom T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Brass Coffee Table, for Kandell Residence
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Hudson, NY
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Bronze

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Occasional or Center Table for Baker
By Baker Furniture Company, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Hudson, NY
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Walnut

Custom Set of Six Dining Chairs by Robsjohn-Gibbings
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Hudson, 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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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Custom Brass Curule Bench for the Kandell Residence
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Hudson, NY
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1950s American Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Brass

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Custom Brass Cocktail for Kandell Residence
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Hudson, NY
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1950s American Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Brass

Custom T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Walnut Cocktail Table
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Hudson, NY
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1930s American Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Walnut

Rare Custom Robsjohn-Gibbings Wastebasket
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Hudson, NY
Walnut wastepaper basket with two brass ring handles from a 1938 custom Manhattan NY interior by Robsjohn-Gibbings. This is part of a library suite we acquired directly from the desc...
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1930s American Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Walnut

Custom T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Walnut Bookcase
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Hudson, NY
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1930s American Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

Robsjohn-Gibbings Lamp for Hansen
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Hansen Lighting Co.
Located in Hudson, NY
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