- Want more images or videos?Request additional images or videos from the seller
Pair of Armchairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, United States, c. 1950
- CreatorT.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings (Designer)
- DimensionsHeight: 33 in. (83.82 cm)Width: 23 in. (58.42 cm)Depth: 23.25 in. (59.06 cm)
- Sold AsSet of 2
- StyleMid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
- Materials and Techniques
- Place of Origin
- Date of Manufacturecirca 1950s
- ConditionReupholstered. Refinished. Frame has been refinished in a high-gloss paint; reupholstered in a grey linen.
- Seller LocationNew York City, NY
- Reference NumberSeller: FRN05561stDibs: LU916528392862
Shipping & Returns
- ShippingShips From: New York, NY
- Return Policy
A return for this item may be initiated within 10 days of delivery.
About the Designer
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.
- Located in New York City, NYRare and highly collectible pair of pine and cowhide armchairs by Georges Carpentier, France, c. 1973. Rusti...Category
Vintage 1970s French ArmchairsMaterials
Cowhide, Rope, Pine
- Located in New York City, NYMid-Century Upholstered Metal Armchair in the Manner of Prouve, France, c. 1950s Sleek design consists of a c...Category
Vintage 1950s French ArmchairsMaterials
- Located in New York City, NYPair of Gothic-Style Brown Leather and Oak Armchairs, England, circa 19th Century. These handsome and dramatic...Category
Antique Late 19th Century English ArmchairsMaterials
- By Franco Albini, ArflexLocated in New York City, NYRare and exquisite "Fiorenza" armchair by Franco Albini, Italy, c. 1953. This highly collectible model was man...Category
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern ArmchairsMaterials
- By Giuseppe Pagano PogatschnigLocated in New York City, NYCurved laminated wood armchair by Giuseppe Pagano, Italy, c. 1940s. This stunning armchair was originally de...Category
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern ArmchairsMaterials
- Located in New York City, NYVintage deer hoof table lamp mounted onto a nickel base. This lamp has been newly rewired with polished nick...Category
Vintage 1960s French Table LampsMaterials
You May Also Like
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Vintage 1950s American Armchairs
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Vintage 1950s American Modern Armchairs
20th Century American Modern Lounge Chairs
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Wood, Walnut
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Recently ViewedView More
1970s Corporate America Has Never Looked So Chic
Photographer Susan Ressler revisits the office life of decades past, whose style still resonates.
Robert Stilin’s Interiors Are Infused with a Laid-Back Sophistication
The New York City– and Hamptons-based designer creates deeply layered interiors that project warmth and comfort.
The 1stDibs PromiseLearn More
Expertly Vetted Sellers
Confidence at Checkout
Insured Global Delivery