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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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Th Robsjohn Gibbings Tripod Floor Lamp
Th Robsjohn Gibbings Tripod Floor Lamp
Th Robsjohn Gibbings Colosseum Cabinet
Th Robsjohn Gibbings Colosseum Cabinet
Th Robsjohn Gibbings Colosseum Cocktail Table
Th Robsjohn Gibbings Colosseum Cocktail Table
Pair of Robsjohn-Gibbings, for Widdicomb Lounge Chairs
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Robsjohn-Gibbings, for Widdicomb Lounge Chairs, Model 1651. Frame made of solid maple spindles which secure tub, reupholstered with heavy plush cotton, button, with solid tur...
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1950s British Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Upholstery, Maple

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. ONLY ONE IS AVAILABLE.
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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 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 T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Open Armchairs
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Chicago, IL
Restored T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings maple framed open armchairs with new dark chocolate wool upholstery.
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1950s American Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Velvet, Maple

Iconic T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Chaise Lounge
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Providence, RI
Chaise Lounge, designed by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, and produced by Widdicomb Furniture Company, circa 1950. Chaise is in immaculate condition for it's age, and appears to have been ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Walnut

  • Iconic T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Chaise Lounge
  • Iconic T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Chaise Lounge
  • Iconic T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Chaise Lounge
  • Iconic T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Chaise Lounge
H 33.50 in. W 25 in. D 60 in.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbons Pair of Arm Chairs and Foot Stool, Widdicomb 1950's
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in London, GB
Pair of elegant and timeless Mid Century lounge chairs designed and foot stool by the legendary T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. U.S.A., Widdicomb Furniture Co, circa 1955, United States. Tw...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Wool, Walnut

Gibbings for Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern Round Walnut Coffee Table Tapered Legs
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Gibbings for Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern round walnut coffee table tapered legs.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Walnut

Elegant Modern Chest Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant Modern Chest designed by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb, American, circa 1950's. It has been refinished in a deep brown lacquer and the silver plated metal handles have...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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Metal

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Th Robsjohn Gibbings Tripod Floor Lamp
Th Robsjohn Gibbings Tripod Floor Lamp
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$6,400
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Th Robsjohn Gibbings Tripod Floor Lamp
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
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Metal, Brass, Bronze, Nickel, Paper, Parchment Paper
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Mid Century Modern
At a time when much of the world was enraptured by modernism’s anti-ornamental, function-forward aesthetic, Terence Harold “T.H.” Robsjohn-Gibbings (1905–76) — “Gibby” to his friends and close clients — was something different: an unapologetic classicist. That said, you’d be forgiven for not recognizing as much in some of his work, such as 1950’s refined Tripod floor lamp; the designer had a way of distilling classical forms to their essence so that the end result was actually similar to that...
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Th Robsjohn Gibbings Colosseum Cabinet
Th Robsjohn Gibbings Colosseum Cabinet
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Th Robsjohn Gibbings Colosseum Cabinet
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
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Th Robsjohn Gibbings Colosseum Cocktail Table
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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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