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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Coveted Pair of Saffron Walnut Chests by Robsjohn-...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
An incredible, surviving pair of chests from a limited series designed by T H Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, circa 1950. Seldom are these chests available for sale and research of auc...
Elegant Modern Chest with Reed Wrapped Handles by ...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Mahogany, Reed
Elegant modern chest, designed by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb, American, circa 1950s. It is a versatile size and can be used as a chest or dresser in a bedroom, or as a storage...
Mid-Century Modern Walnut High Chest of Drawers by...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
This is a 1960s Mid-Century Modern high chest of drawers by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. Walnut wood in its original light walnut finish. Has five drawers with long wood handles and silver p...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Coffee Table
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
Large round cocktail table by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. Meticulously restored, refinished in dark espresso tone.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings X-Base Bench
Modern Drama
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings X-Base Bench
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Mahogany, Mohair
X-base bench by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. New charcoal mohair upholstery over dark walnut finish base.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Two-Tier Console Table
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
A console table by Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb in dark walnut. With two floating tiers supported on tapered, angled legs.
Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Walnut
Very nice super clean original condition Gibbings dresser for Widdicamb.
T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Center Hall Occasional Tri...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Center Tables
T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings center hall occasional tripod table for Widdicomb.
Elegant Oval Coffee Table by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
ABC Modern
Elegant Oval Coffee Table by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbing...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
Elegant oval coffee table, designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, American, circa 1950s. This piece is currently being refinished and can be completed in your choice of color...
"Lotus" Coffee Table by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Galerie QUARTZ
"Lotus" Coffee Table by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
Designed for Widdicomb, U.S.A, circa 1950, labeled and stamped. Dark "espresso" finish.
T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Sectional
Century Design Ltd.
T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Sectional
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
Wood, Upholstery
Three-piece sectional, two loveseat size straight sections and one curved connecting section. Dark brown finish on walnut base and newer Schumacher upholstery. 98" each way (L) total ...
Pair of Robsjohn-Gibbings Small Chests
Eric Appel LLC
Pair of Robsjohn-Gibbings Small Chests
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
A pair of Robsjohn-Gibbings small chests, circa 1950s.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Dining Chairs...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Wood
A complete set of six dining chairs designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Two armchairs and four sides. A matching dining table is also available. Upholstery is original and...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings X-Base Dining Table for Wid...
John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Wood
An iconic high style dining table designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. We also have matching chairs available. One 20 inch leaf (not shown) is included. The table has been ...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lounge Chairs
Modern Drama
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lounge Chairs
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Wool
Pair of lounge chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, circa 1950s. Fully restored and reupholstered in soft wool fabric.
Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Slipper Chairs
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Classic Gibbings side chairs with deep espresso legs and new keltic knot upholstery. COM also available.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Three-Door Credenza
Mid Century Antiques
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Three-Door Credenza
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Walnut
Triple mint three-door walnut credenza by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Newly refinished in a natural walnut with stunning grain. The interior boasts both drawers and shelves fo...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Pair of X-Base Trestle Benc...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Mahogany, Mohair
Beautiful pair of X-base benches by TH Robsjohn-Gibbings. Fully restored. Espresso finish frames with new mohair upholstery.
Square Coffee Table in Bleached Walnut by T.H. Rob...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Square two-tier coffee table in bleached walnut by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, American, 1940s (label on bottom).
Fine T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos Saridis Chair
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1940s Side Chairs
Leather, Walnut
The exaggerated curved legs and curved back, supporting the leather strap work seat. Original labels and impressed numbers.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Dining Table
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1940s American Dining Room Tables
Mahogany
Early Gibbings dining table with mahogany sunburst tabletop. Designed for Widdicomb, late 1940s. Three leaves. Restored. 3 - 16" leaves. Measurement to the bottom of the apron 25 1/4 "....
Gibbings Ring Pull Handle Split Multi-Drawer Chest...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Walnut
The rectangular case with five coffered drawers, on long bottom drawer and four split drawers above.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Walnut End Ta...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Brass, Walnut
Exquisite pair of walnut nightstands or end tables by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, USA, circa 1950s. Walnut has been restored to its original finish allowing for the wood gr...
Lounge Chair by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdico...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Gorgeous lounge chair designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbing for Widdicomb.
Pair of Ebonized, Lacquered T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Night Stands
Walnut
A sleek pair of nightstands by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.
Custom Order Robsjohn-Gibbings Sofa with Brass Leg...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Wood, Linen
Custom order Robsjohn Gibbings sofa with brass legs, circa 1950s, reupholstered in 100% Belgian linen.
Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings "Lotus Plume" Mahog...
John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Walnut
Designed circa 1950 by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for the Grand Rapids, Michigan based furniture manufacturer John Widdicomb, this long rectangular mahogany veneered coffee or cocktail tabl...
Mahogany Bench with Woven Strapping by Robsjohn-Gi...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Mahogany
Square bench or stool in solid mahogany with woven strapping, by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, American 1950s. 26 1/2 in square, height 16 1/2 in.
Elegant Writing Desk by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Wood
Sensuous writing desk with tapered saber legs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, circa 1950s. Two flanking drawers on either side of center pencil drawer. Finished back allows thi...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Daybed
Roxy Klassik
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Daybed
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s British Scandinavian Modern Daybeds
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings daybed in teak, canvas and new halingdal wool 100. Made for Illums Bolighus, circa 1060. Maker Widdicomb Furniture Company.
T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Double Pedestal Dining Tab...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Tables
Mahogany
Rare Robsjohn-Gibbings dining table for Widdicomb, rectangular table with rounded ends, double pedestals each with three saber legs, an elegant table, three leaves, ten feet fully exten...
Mid-Century Walnut Sofa and Armchair Set by T.H. R...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Cotton, Walnut, Wood
This sofa and armchair suite is by Robsjohn-Gibbings, whose modern furniture designs are renowned for their balance and simplicity. The design of this particular suite consists of thick...
Pair of Robsjohn Gibbings Three-Drawer Nightstands...
John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Brass, Walnut
Pair of Mid-Century Classic nightstands with an ebonized walnut case and matte paper white lacquer fronts featuring satin brass door knocker pulls. Designed by TH Robsjohn Gibbings for ...
Walnut and Marble Coffee Table by Robsjohn-Gibbing...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Marble, Walnut
Mid-Century Classic dark brown stained walnut framed coffee table with original creamy white marble top with tonal grey and honey tones.
Gibbings Armchair for Widdicomb
Larry Reilly Collection
Gibbings Armchair for Widdicomb
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Great chair.
Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Very nice mid century modern high chest dresser by Robsjohn Gibbings
Wood Magazine Table by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Areaid Inc
Wood Magazine Table by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Wood
Wood magazine side table by T.H. Gibbings, circa 1950. The table has been refinished.
Pair of T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Chaises Model 1708...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Walnut
A pair of bleached walnut "Daybreak" chaises by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Marble and Brass Table Lamp...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Table Lamps
Brass, Marble
Brass hardware newly re-plated and lamp has been rewired for immediate use. New sockets swivel. Marble base is 12" H.
Pair of Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Walnut and...
John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Wood
Offered are a pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb maple wood and a wheat color wool bouclé` upholstery Klismos armchairs. The backs of this pair are quite unique and sexy with...
"Ming" Cabinet by Robsjohn-Gibbings
Jon Howell Antiques and Design
"Ming" Cabinet by Robsjohn-Gibbings
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Cabinets
Mahogany
Three-door walnut "Ming" cabinet, Classic and simple rectangular form, the body raised on tapered circular legs, the top surface overhanging the body at the front and sides by T.H. Robs...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Sofa
Las Venus by Kenneth Clark
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Sofa
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Velvet
Very elegant sofa with grey shimmery velvet upholstery. The frame is stained a deep espresso color. Please contact for location.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Pouf, Model 1745
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Designed by Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Furniture Company, circa 1950. Satin polished solid brass legs, solid walnut. Button detailed upholstery in grey velvet. Excel...
Custom T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Walnut Bookcase
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1930s American Bookcases
Simple modernist three-shelf bookcase on sleigh legs with lovely striped graining and light coursed surface. This unit is part of a custom designed library suite we acquired from the he...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Cabinet
DeAngelis
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Cabinet
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Impressive walnut four-door cabinet for storage or entertaining designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Four large drawers and two adjustable shelves for components and access...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lamp Tables
Modern Drama
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lamp Tables
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Wood
Pair of end tables by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. Fully restored and refinished. Beautiful dark walnut finish.
T. H Robsjohn-Gibbings Coffee Table for Widdicomb
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut stain solid maple round coffee table with sound top, label under.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Slipper Chair...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Mohair, Walnut
Pair of slipper chairs model number. WMB each in a walnut frame and newly upholstered in a taupe mohair. Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. American, circa 1950.  
1950s T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Mahogany Dresser for ...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Mahogany
This newly refinished mahogany dresser was designed by Robsjohn-Gibbings and manufactured by Widdicomb. It is exquisite craftsmanship, exemplifying the designer's inclination for balanc...
Klini Chaise by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Saridis
LUNA Modern
Klini Chaise by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Saridis...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Saridis
Mid-20th Century Greek Classical Greek Chaise Longues
Leather, Walnut
Rare Klini chaise longue by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Saridis of Athens, Greece, circa 1965. We offer free delivery on most of our items within the Long Island or greater NYC, North...
Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sabre Leg Slipper L...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings sabre leg slipper lounge chairs.
Dresser by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
Collage 20th Century Classics
Dresser by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Dressers
Six-drawer chest with dowel-shaped drawer pulls; bleached walnut. Very nice original condition. Retains label in drawer. Made by Widdicomb.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Leather Bench
Grinard Collection
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Leather Bench
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Leather, Walnut
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings leather bench, of rectangular form with upholstered white leather cushion, raised on a conforming walnut base with tapering legs.
Coffee Table Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
A rare form of coffee table designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. Produced by Widdicomb with label and marked Oil Finish.
Pair of Settees by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Sputnik Modern
Pair of Settees by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s Settees
A matching pair of settees designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Fully restored and upholstered in a grey Maharam wool. Priced and sold individually.
Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Hansen Reading ...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Hansen Lighting Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Hansen reading lamps. Lamps are signed and original shades included.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Magazine Table
FS20
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Magazine Table
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Side Tables
A functional magazine table in mahogany by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. The frame is comprised of tapered styles which cross-lap in the center forming an X on either side. Ther...
Rare Custom Robsjohn-Gibbings Wastebasket
Modest Designs
Rare Custom Robsjohn-Gibbings Wastebasket
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1930s American Trash Cans
Fully documented walnut wastepaper basket with two brass ring handles from a 1938 custom interior by Robsjohn-Gibbings. This is part of a library suite we acquired directly from the des...
Six Black Lacquer Dining Chairs by Robsjohn-Gibbin...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1960s American Dining Room Chairs
Four side chairs and two armchairs in original black lacquer finish over solid walnut by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, circa 1960. Newly reupholstered in organic linen, otherwi...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Pair of Lounge Chairs in Wo...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Mahogany, Wool
Beautiful fully restored pair of lounge chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. Refinished dark frames with soft long pile wool upholstery.