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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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Tripod Floor Lamp
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Colosseum Cocktail Table
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 T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
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

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

  • Rare Bench by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
  • Rare Bench by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
  • Rare Bench by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
  • Rare Bench by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
H 17 in. W 34.5 in. D 18 in.
T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Lounge Chairs
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in New York, NY
Collectible pair of Mid-Century Modern lounge chairs featuring sinuous Maple frames, brass drumstick legs and upholstery by Romo. T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb Modern. Mint Re...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Brass

  • T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Lounge Chairs
  • T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Lounge Chairs
  • T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Lounge Chairs
  • T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Lounge Chairs
H 30.75 in. W 24.5 in. D 24 in.
Mid Century Classic Sculptural T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb Arm Chair
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Hudson, NY
Stunning heavy sculptural chair in near excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Upholstery, Wood, Walnut

T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Loveseat for Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Loveseat by T.H Robsjohn Gibbings, for Widdicomb c.1950s USA. This sofa features rounded stained beech wood frame with armrests. The cushions have been newly reupholstered in a gray ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Fabric, Beech

  • T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Loveseat for Widdicomb
  • T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Loveseat for Widdicomb
  • T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Loveseat for Widdicomb
  • T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Loveseat for Widdicomb
H 33.5 in. W 53.5 in. D 32 in.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Curved Back Walnut Dining Chair, Desk Chair Faux Leopard
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in St. Louis, MO
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings bleeched walnut frame curved back with slats, dining chair or could be used as a desk chair. Original finish to frame, shows some wear. older faux leopard prin...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Walnut

Robsjohn Gibbings Widdicomb MCM Walnut Cane and Brass Glovebox Nightstands Pair
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Countryside, IL
Robsjohn gibbings for widdicomb mid century walnut, cane and brass glovebox nightstands - pair. Each nightstand measures: 20 wide x 21.25 deep x 23.25 inches high. All pieces o...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Brass

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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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