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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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.

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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Bench for Widdicomb
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Located in Dallas, TX
A walnut bench by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Original webbing and new upholstery.
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1950s Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Walnut

Coffee Table by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Dallas, TX
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1950s Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of Nightstands by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
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Mahogany

Pair of Slipper Chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
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Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of slipper chairs with bleached walnut frames. Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.
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1950s Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of Lounge Chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
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Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of beautifully restored lounge chairs designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.
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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Daybed or Bench
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Lounge Chair by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
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Lounge Chair and Ottoman by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
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Set of Eight Dining Chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
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Set of Four Dining Chair by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
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Pair of Slipper Chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
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Bench by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
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Pair of Lounge Chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
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A pair of leather strapped lounge chairs with walnut frames. Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.
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1950s Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

Tabletop Mirror by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
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Sofa by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
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Saber Leg Table by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
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A large saber leg side table designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.
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