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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lighting

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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T.H.Robsjohn-Gibbings Brass Floor Lamp
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A rare T.H.Robsjohn-Gibbings designed for Widdicomb floor lamp. Brass with original shade and finial. Model #213 in the Widdicomb catalog.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lighting

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Brass

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Hansen Table Lamp, White Marble, Brass
By Hansen Lighting Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in New York, NY
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Hansen table lamp, white marble and brass. Small to medium scale table lamp in white and gray Carrara marble with brass two light cluster. The marble base ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lighting

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Marble, Brass

Pair of Tripod Nickel Floor Lamps by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Hansen
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Nickel frame floor lamps with silk shade, fabric cord, two lights per lamp. Newly rewired.
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Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Floor Lamps for Hansen Lighting
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Chrome

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for George Hanson Travertine Marble Table Lamp
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Iconic early 1950s white travertine marble table lamp designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. Manufactured by George Hanson lighting in various materials, this example with oak and brass...
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Polished Chrome Tripod Reading Lamp by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Hansen
Located in New York, NY
A floor standing reading lamp comprising three polished chrome poles that intersect at a solid cylindrical hub, with three bulbs and a linen shade. Mod. no. 206, stamped “Hansen New ...
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Brass

Robsjohn-Gibbings for Hansen New York Solid Brass Floor Lamp
By Hansen Lighting Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Metalarte Spain
Located in Hingham, MA
Iconic floor lamp designed by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Hansen Lighting of New York and produced by Metalarte, Barcelona. Solid brass square-bar cruciform base and stem. Switch on ...
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Brass

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Brass Floor Lamp
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
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Robsjohn-Gibbings Marble Table Lamp by Hansen Lighting, 1950s
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Hansen Lighting Co.
Located in Hamburg, PA
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By Hansen Lighting Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
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Solid brass tripod floor lamp model 206, first introduced in 1950. This example is likely from the early 1970s and retains a clean, tarnish-free high-polish brass finish with a light...
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Brass

Marble Block Lamp by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Hansen
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Located in Sagaponack, NY
Rectangular black marble table lamp with patinated brass hardware. Marble base height 16 inches.
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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Pair of Marble Table Lamps by Hansen
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Highland, IN
A sublime design by Robsjohn-Gibbings, this pair of model no. 180 table lamps take a minimalist design and luxurious materials to their logical conclusion. Rectangular bases of beaut...
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T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Calcutta Gold Marble Pair of Table Lamps
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Chicago, IL
A pair of Minimalist tall rectangular tables lamps in Calcutta gold marble with brass fittings by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Hansen. American, circa 1950-1960 with patinated original...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lighting

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Marble

T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Floor Lamp by Hansen
By Hansen, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Highland, IN
This beautiful brass floor lamp designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Hansen is classic Gibbings– understated, refined, exquisitely detailed and timeless. The cruciform base support...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lighting

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Brass

Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Marble and Brass Lamps with Shades
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Original T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings marble and brass lamps with new silk shades. The pair have been completely restored - the marble has been polished, the stems are original vintage tha...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lighting

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Pair of Square Marble Table Lamps by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Minimalist tables lamps in Calcutta Gold marble with brass fittings by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Hansen. American, circa 1950.
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1950s American Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lighting

Marble Lamp by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Hansen
By Hansen, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Mid-Century Modern rectangular beige marble table lamp with patinated brass hardware. Designed by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and manufactured by Hansen in the USA, circa 1960s.
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Monolithic Marble Lamp by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings
By Hansen, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant marble lamp, designed by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Hansen, American, circa 1950s. Beautiful black marble with white veining and original patinated brass hardware. It has bee...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lighting

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T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Brushed Nickel Tripod Floor Lamp with Parchment Shade
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Hansen Lighting Co.
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Robsjohn-Gibbings for Hansen Lighting Co. Brushed Nickel Tripod Reading Floor Lamp, Early 1950's. Featuring Brushed Nickel and Nickel Plate tripod legs, cylindrical clasp and newly ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lighting

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Robsjohn-Gibbings Lamp for Hansen
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Hansen Lighting Co.
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Early, simple Machine Age design. Brushed nickel stem and base with rotating three-way switch. Stamped Hansen.
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1950s American Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lighting

Rare Lucite and Chrome Column Lamp by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings
By Hansen, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rare Lucite and Chrome Column Lamp, designed by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Hansen, circa 1960's. It is signed with the Hansen impressed mark on the diffuser. Price noted below includ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lighting

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Chrome

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

Robsjohn-Gibbings lighting are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many choices in our T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings lighting collection, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 24 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original lighting by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings was created in the Mid-Century Modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional lighting options, many customers also consider lighting by Paul Mayen, Kurt Versen and James Mont. Prices for T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings lighting can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $950 and tops out at $12,100, while pieces like these can sell for $4,575 on average.

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