Skip to main content

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.

Average Sold Price
$5,575
Styles
Materials
Iconic Designs from T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Explore timeless pieces that have earned their place in history.
Tripod Floor Lamp
Tripod Floor Lamp
Colosseum Cocktail Table
Colosseum Cocktail Table
T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Lounge Chairs, 1960
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Chicago, IL
T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb lounge chairs, 1960. Fully restored and reupholstered in Mohair.
Category

1960s Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

Materials

Mohair, Walnut

  • T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Lounge Chairs, 1960
  • T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Lounge Chairs, 1960
  • T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Lounge Chairs, 1960
  • T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Lounge Chairs, 1960
H 29.500 in. W 26.500 in. D 32.500 in.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Kneehole Desk in New Black Piano Lacquer Finish
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in PAU, FR
Stunning T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings kneehole or double pedestal desk in new black piano lacquer finish. The desk is equipped with 3 drawers in each pedestal and a middle drawer mounted ...
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

Materials

Birch, Walnut, Lacquer

Mid Century T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Blonde Maple 3 Door Keyed Credenza
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful blonde maple three door 'MING' credenza sideboard with oversized surface and sculptural, tapered legs designed by Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Circa 1950. The left and r...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings pair of night stands for Widdicomb, 1950s
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Camden, ME
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbingspair of nightstands designed by for Widdicomb, from the 1950s. The walnut nightstands are in their original Espresso lacquer that has been conserved not refini...
Category

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

Materials

Wood

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Strap Side Chair for Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A cotton webbed side chair with solid mahogany sculptural frame and cast brass legs by iconic Mid Century designer T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for the Widdicomb Furniture company noted fo...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

Materials

Mahogany

T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Marble and Walnut Cocktail Table
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Dallas, TX
A beautiful table with a beautifully figured marble top and stout walnut base by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

Materials

Marble

Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb Step End Table as is
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
Architectural mid-century step end table designed by Robsjohn - Gibbings, manufactured by Widdicomb. This example is selling as is and as found, please see images. Top section 11....
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

Materials

Mahogany

Ebonized Walnut Bedside Tables by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1950s
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Stamford, CT
Rare set of matching bedside tables or chests of drawers designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, circa 1950-1959. Completely restored walnut cases done in ebony, contrastin...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

Materials

Nickel

Browse all Furniture from T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Shop Now

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.

Recently Viewed

View More