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Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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Admirers of vintage mid-century modern furnishings likely recognize the Widdicomb Furniture Company name for the fruitful partnerships it forged with iconic designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and Mario Buatta. But there is more to the Widdicomb story than the albeit quite covetable sofas and bedroom furniture it produced during the middle of the 20th century.

A wealth of pine and oak forests rendered Grand Rapids, Michigan, a logging center during the 1800s, and it eventually gained recognition for its furniture industry. The American city became a destination for furniture makers who hailed from across the United States and beyond. Furniture maker George Widdicomb emigrated from England to the United States in 1845, eventually setting up a cabinet shop in Syracuse, New York, before moving west to Grand Rapids. There, he opened a shop with his four sons, including John Widdicomb, whose name would help carry the family legacy into the 20th century.

The Widdicomb shop in Grand Rapids prospered, as the patriarch’s formal English training allowed him to produce pieces with superior craftsmanship compared to those of his competitors. Although the Civil War halted business and took the life of one of the Widdicomb brothers, the family’s survivors would start anew as Widdicomb Brothers and Richards, soon renamed the Widdicomb Furniture Company.

John Widdicomb, however, split from the family business in 1897 to create the John Widdicomb Company, where he would go on to focus on Louis XV- and French Provincial-style furnishings. Chairs made in these styles have distinct characteristics, such as floral motifs carved in the frames and gently angled backrests. John's company also remained a family affair: The founder’s son, Harry, assumed control of the company when his father died in 1910, while John's nephew Ralph Widdicombe — who retained the English spelling of his last name and joined the John Widdicomb Company at its start — designed every single piece of the offerings at his uncle's manufacturing outfit until he retired in 1951. Ralph was an internationally distinguished furniture designer whose modern mahogany bedroom suite won first prize at the Paris Exposition in 1900.

The original iteration of Widdicomb, which was helmed by John's older brother William while John ran his own brand, had shifted from making period revival styles of furniture, such as Georgian and Chippendale, to manufacturing modern pieces in the late 1920s. Today vintage Widdicomb seating, tables and other pieces produced during the postwar years are particularly sought after by collectors of mid-20th-century furniture.

In 1959, master woodworker George Nakashima created his Origins collection for Widdicomb when the firm merged with Mueller Furniture Corporation and was known, for around 10 years, as Widdicomb-Mueller. Origins, a revered Shaker-influenced group of nightstands, upholstered lounge chairs, dining-room tables and more, saw Nakashima working with woods like Carpathian elm and laurel in his Pennsylvania studio.

Eventually, the two Widdicomb companies would combine in 1970, operating under the name John Widdicomb Co.

In 2002, the business closed after more than a century of operations, and its assets were acquired by Stickley Furniture. Interestingly, it was not the first time Widdicomb and Stickley overlapped: In the final years of the 19th century, the companies opened a shared storehouse in London, while John Widdicomb and Albert Stickley would travel Europe together for the purposes of research.

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Creator: Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Bleached Walnut Sofa for Widdicomb
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in East Hampton, NY
Loveseat by T.H Robsjohn Gibbings, for Widdicomb. This sofa features rounded original solid bleached walnut wood frame with armrests. The cushions have been newly reupholstered in a ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Sofa, Walnut, Velvet, USA, 1950s
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in High Point, NC
A walnut and beige velvet fabric sofa designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and produced by Widdicomb Furniture Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, 1950s. Seat height 19.5”
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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Velvet, Walnut

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sofa, Widdicomb
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Raleigh, NC
A sofa, model 1678, designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Furniture Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. In his typical fashion, Robsjohn-Gibbings blends a modern expressio...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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Upholstery, Maple

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Sofa, Walnut, Canvas, Velvet, USA, 1950s
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in High Point, NC
A walnut, beige canvas webbing and brown velvet sofa designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and produced by Widdicomb Furniture Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, 1950s. 16” seat hei...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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Canvas, Velvet, Walnut

Exciting T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbing for Widdicomb Curved Sculptured Wood Edge Sofa
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Rare T. H. Robsjon-Gibbings for Widdicomb sculptural wooden edge sofa. Just look at that sexy curved teak edge along with tall tapered legs-so well designed! This sofa measures 29" T...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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Upholstery, Teak

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 Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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Fabric, Beech

Rare Paul McCobb Symmetric Group Sofa for Widdicomb
By Paul McCobb, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Pawtucket, RI
One of Paul McCobb's final designs, this graceful floating sofa features a symmetrical silhouette on walnut legs. Manufactured by Widdicomb as part of the Symmetric Group. Recently e...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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Textile, Walnut

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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Stool M. 1730, Walnut, Brass, Canvas, Widdicomb, C. 1950
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A walnut, brass and canvas stool, model 1730, designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and produced by Widdicomb Furniture Company, United Kingdom/USA, c. 1950.  
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T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Model 1676 by Widdicomb Attributed Sofa
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Upholstered Slipper Chair
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Located in Garnerville, NY
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb slipper chair. The slipper chair traditionally is an armless chair that sits closer to the floor than other chairs. Featuring that elegantly tape...
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TH Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb Mid Century Sofa
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Located in Countryside, IL
TH Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb Mid Century Sofa This sofa measures: 91 wide x 33 deep x 29.5 inches high, with a seat height of 20.5 and arm height of 22.75 inches All pieces o...
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Robsjohn Gibbings Widdicomb Lounge Chair
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in New York, NY
Elegant, sexy and sophisticated lounge chair by style master T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings, for Widdicomb Furniture Company. This example is struct...
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Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Lounge Armchair
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Pasadena, TX
Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb lounge armchair Wood splayed legs Plaid upholstery
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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Maple

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Leather Lounge Chairs for Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Dining or Desk Chair
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in St. Louis, MO
Listed is a single classic slat back dining chair by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Shown in original finish, but includes refinishing in color shown or dark espresso, custom ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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Walnut

Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sleek Lined Armchairs for Widdicomb
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Sabre Leg Walnut Stool by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, C. 1950s
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Westport, CT
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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Furniture Co. Blue Leather Slipper Chair
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century slipper chair with a square walnut frame, upholstered in powder blue leather with a button-tufted seat cushion, resting on four gently curved and tapered legs. (T.H. ROBSJOHN-GIBBINGS FOR WIDDICOMB FURNITURE...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood, Walnut, Leather

Previously Available Items
Stunning Paul McCobb Symmetric Group Sofa for Widdicomb
By Paul McCobb, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Buffalo, NY
One of Paul McCobb's final designs, this graceful floating sofa features a symmetrical silhouette on walnut legs. Manufactured by Widdicomb as part of the Symmetric Group. Possibly r...
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Rare T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Strap Sofa, Model 1711, Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A wonderful, iconic, and rare sofa designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Sofa has a minimalist silhouette while maintaining a sophisticated nature. Here is a rare opportu...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sofa
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Raleigh, NC
An elegant modern piece, newly upholstered with refinished walnut toned base. A classic from Robbsjohn-Gibbings with light khaki linen upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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Linen, Hardwood

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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sofa
H 27 in W 82 in D 32 in
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Loveseat
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Raleigh, NC
An elegant modern piece, newly upholstered with refinished walnut toned base. A classic from Robbsjohn-Gibbings with light khaki linen upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

Materials

Linen, Hardwood

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Loveseat
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Loveseat
H 27 in W 56 in D 32 in
Widdicomb Brass and Walnut Sofa by Gibbings Model 1727 circa 1956 Mid Century
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This superbly designed sofa for Widdicomb by T.H. Robjohn-Gibbings is a masterpiece of design. It has had a ground up restoration including being reupholstered in a wonderful white t...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

Materials

Brass

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sofa, Model 1727 for Widdicomb, circa 1955
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings sofa, Model 1727 for Widdicomb, circa 1955. This piece has been professionally restored. The upholstery is Maharam Mohair Supreme: Sage.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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Widdicomb Gondola Sofa
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Located in Hanover, MA
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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Widdicomb Gondola Sofa
Widdicomb Gondola Sofa
H 29.5 in W 92 in D 34.5 in
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sofa for Widdicomb, circa 1955
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sofa for Widdicomb, circa 1955. This piece has been professionally restored.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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Walnut, Fabric

Rare T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Daybed
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

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Walnut

Pair of Mario Buatta for Widdicomb Chinoiserie textured Silk 3 Cushion Sofas
By Mario Buatta, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Hudson, NY
Stunning pair of Mario Buatta for Widdicomb off-white upholstered sofas in great condition. Black chinoiserie base and feet. Absolutely stun...
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Upholstery, Wood

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Sofa, Bleached Walnut, Beige Fabric, Widdicomb, 1955
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in High Point, NC
A sofa, model 1678, designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Furniture Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. In his typical fashion, Robsjohn-Gibbings blends a modern expression with the restrained elegance of ancient Greek and Roman furniture...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sofa, Model 1727
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings sofa, model 1727.  
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Widdicomb Furniture Co. Sofas

Materials

Brass

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sofa, Model 1727
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sofa, Model 1727
H 32.25 in W 74 in D 33 in

Widdicomb Furniture Co. sofas for sale on 1stDibs.

Widdicomb Furniture Co. sofas are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Widdicomb Furniture Co. sofas, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original sofas by Widdicomb Furniture Co. were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider sofas by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, John Wisner, and Lawrence Peabody. Prices for Widdicomb Furniture Co. sofas can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $8,750 and can go as high as $29,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $12,995.

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