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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Chairs

British, 1905-1976
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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Creator: T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
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Mid-Century Dining Chairs by Widdicomb
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Pair of Unusual Slipper Chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Widdicomb, circa 1950s
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A pair of rare and unusual French style slipper chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, circa 1950s.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Chairs

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Walnut

Pair of T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Arm Chairs Produced by Widdicomb
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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos Chairs by Saridis, Athens
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
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Classically elegant and beautifully proportioned T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos chairs with original woven leather strap seats, 1960s, produced by Saridis of Athens. Three available...
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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos Chairs by Saridis, Athens
By Saridis, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Riverdale, NY
Classically elegant and beautifully proportioned T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos chairs with original woven leather strap seats, 1960s, produced by Saridis of Athens. TWO available in...
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1960s Greek Greek Revival Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Chairs

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Leather, Wood

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Slipper Chairs, Pair
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Classic pair of slipper chairs designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, circa 1954. The frames are walnut and the chairs have been recently reupholstered in button tufted soft Yves Klein ...
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Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Open Armchairs
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Restored T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings maple framed open armchairs with new dark chocolate wool upholstery.
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Velvet, Maple

Midcentury Widdicomb Tufted Highback Robsjohn-Gibbings White Quilted Chair
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in West Hartford, CT
Widdicomb chair in original white faux leather fabric from the 1950's. Most of the tag has fallen off but we believe it to be T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings designed based on tag present and...
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Wood, Faux Leather

Leather Rope Chair by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos for Saridis
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Brussels, BE
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Iconic T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Splayed Leg Desk Chair
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in East Hampton, NY
Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings (United Kingdom, 1905-1976) for production by John Widdicomb in the 1950s, this chair was manufactured in February of 1957. Makes for a perfect des...
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Pair of T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Slipper Chairs, 1950s
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Hamburg, PA
A luxurious pair of T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings slipper chairs for Widdicomb Furniture Company. The chairs are structurally sound and newly refinished wood, new upholstery is recommended....
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Chairs

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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings chairs for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs. T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings chairs are available for sale. 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 stock 20 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings were created in North America during the mid-20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Thayer Coggin, Warren Platner and Jens Risom. Prices for T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,350 and tops out at $16,900, while pieces like these can sell for $5,375 on average..

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