1 of 10 images

Rare T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Chaise Lounge for Saridis of Athens

About

Rare and very elegant chaise longue designed by Gibbings and manufactured by Saridis of Athens, Greece. Finely detailed and well constructed. Chaise in original off-white lacquer with new linen cushion. Original leather seat is perfect.

Details

  • Date of manufacture
    1970s
  • Period
  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 33 in. x W 55 in. x D 24 in.

    H 83.82 cm x W 139.7 cm x D 60.96 cm

  • Seller location
    Pawtucket, RI
  • Reference number
    LU90995323593

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings (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.

About the Seller

Recognized
Top Seller
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2011
Typical response time: 3 hrs
Located in Pawtucket, RI
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller

Stool by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb

$6,500
Stool by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
American Stools
A rare and elegant stool designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings in 1957. This very clean example was manufactured by Widdicomb for a short time and features a walnut frame atop tapered b...
Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Nickel Table Lam...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
American Table Lamps
Pair of Robsjohn-Gibbings desirable brushed nickel tripod table lamps manufactured by Hansen Lighting Co. with original shades and signed diffusers.
Maya Lin "Longitude" Chaise for Knoll, 1998
Maya Lin
American Chaise Longues
This rare work is from the "Earth is (not) Flat" series, sculptor Maya Lin's first venture in production furniture design. Knoll International, 1998. With black leather seat and fabr...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Coffee Table for Widdicomb
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Ovoid coffee table with saber legs by Gibbings and manufactured by Widdicomb. Signed and restored.
You May Also Like

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Classic Chaise, 1950s

$12,000
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Classic Chaise, 1950s
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
American Chaise Longues
Linen, Foam, Walnut
Chaise longue No. 1708 upholstered in pale blue linen with walnut frame designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, American, 1950s. This is a Classic Robsjohn-Gibbings design.
Klismos Chaise Longue, in the Manner of T.H. Ro...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Leather, Walnut
Klismos chaise longue, in the Manner of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, of walnut and woven leather, an iconic form, unmarked. The woven seat measures 60" x 26".  

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Chaise Longues

$12,960
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Chaise Longues
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
American Chaise Longues
Walnut
Newly upholstered in dark navy linen. T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings chaise longues. Restored dark walnut finish to frame. Designed for Widdicomb.

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Daybed

$4,800
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Daybed
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
American Daybeds
Upholstery, Wood, Walnut
Elegant daybed, designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, American, circa 1950s. This daybed is currently being refinished and can be completed in your choice of color. The p...
Robsjohn-Gibbings Chaise Longue
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
American Chaise Longues
Iconic design for Widdicomb. Walnut frame is in near-mint original condition. Cleaned and waxed, it maintains a wonderful honey patina. Re-sprung seat is reupholstered in Donghia cre...
1960s Klismos Stools in the Manner of Robsjohn ...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Saridis
American Stools
Large-scale pair of 1960s vintage Klismos stools wrapped in cording with hair on hide cushions. In the style of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Saridis of Athens. Measure: The height ...

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos Chairs by Saridis, Athens

$12,500 / item
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos Chairs by Saridi...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Greek Chairs
Leather, Walnut
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...

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos Chairs by Saridis, Athens

$12,500 / item
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos Chairs by Saridi...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Saridis
Greek Chairs
Leather, Wood
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 ...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries