1 of 10 images

Harvey Probber Swivel Cube Lounge Chair


Harvey Probber swivel cube lounge chair with original Jack Lenor Larsen fabric.


  • Condition
    Good. original fabric is in very good original condition. Minor wear in areas.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller location
    Pelham, MA
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

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

About Harvey Probber (Designer)

A popular designer who had his heyday from the late 1940s into the 1970s, Harvey Probber is one of the post-war American creative spirits whose work has been recently rediscovered by collectors. His designs are by-and-large simple and elegant, but his signal achievement was to pioneer one of the key innovations of mid-20th century furniture: sectional, or modular, seating.

     Even as a teenager, the Brooklyn-born Probber was making sketches of furniture designs — and selling them to Manhattan furniture companies. He began working as a designer for an upholsterer once he finished high school and, apart from a few evening classes he took as an adult at the Pratt Institute, he was self-taught about design and furniture making. After wartime service — and a stint as a lounge singer — Probber founded his own company in the late 1940s. A lifelong familiarity with the needs of New York–apartment dwellers doubtless sparked his most noteworthy creation: a line of seating pieces in basic geometric shapes — wedges, squares, half-circles — that could be arranged and combined as needed. Modular furniture remained the core idea of Probber’s business throughout his career.

     As a self-trained designer, Probber was never wed to any particular aesthetic. He preferred simple lines for their inherent practicality, but often used hardware to enliven the look of his pieces, or added elements — such as a ceramic insert in the center of a round dining table — that was visually interesting and could serve as a trivet. He gravitated toward bright fabrics with attractive, touchable textures that might be satin-like or nubbly. Above all, Probber insisted that the products that came out of his Fall River, Massachusetts, factory be built to last. “The quality of aging gracefully,” Probber once told an interviewer, is “design's fourth dimension.” This quality he realized: Probber furniture is just as useful and alluring now as it was when made — and maybe even more stylish.

About the Seller

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2009
Typical response time: 5 hrs
Located in Pelham, MA
More From This Seller

Pair of Swivel Cube Lounge Chairs

$6,800 / set
Pair of Swivel Cube Lounge Chairs
Milo Baughman
American Swivel Chairs
Pair of swivel cube lounge chairs.
Pair of Ward Bennett Swivel Lounge Chairs
Ward Bennett
American Swivel Chairs
Pair of Ward Bennett swivel lounge chairs for Lehigh Leopold.
H. W. Klein Swivel Leather Lounge Chair
H.W. Klein
Danish Swivel Chairs
H. W. Klein swivel leather lounge chair.
Rare Large-Scale Milo Baughman Swivel Chair
Milo Baughman
American Swivel Chairs
Rare large-scale Milo Baughman swivel chair. Walnut base.
You May Also Like
Pair of Harvey Probber 'Fraschini' Swivel Chair...
Harvey Probber
Italian Lounge Chairs
Stainless Steel, Fabric, Wood
A pair of Harvey Probber swivel chairs, model #3451, with a wonderfully spare form and sleek, stainless steel bases that swivel a smooth 360 degrees. Known as the 'Fraschini' chair a...
Harvey Probber Lounge Chair
Harvey Probber
American Lounge Chairs
Velvet, Mahogany
Handsome occasional chair with mahogany frame meticulously refinished in dark brown lacquer and upholstered in luxurious charcoal grey velvet. All work done with painstaking quality...
Harvey Probber Lounge Chair
Harvey Probber
Harvey Probber lounge chair. Black vinyl upholstery with a lacquered stretcher base.

Pair of Heywood Wakefield Swivel Lounge Chairs

$3,600 / set
Pair of Heywood Wakefield Swivel Lounge Chairs
Heywood-Wakefield Co.
American Lounge Chairs
Stylish pair of swiveling lounge chairs by Heywood Wakefield of Gardener, Massachusetts. Price is for the pair.
Vladimir Kagan Swivel Lounge Chair for Directional
Vladimir Kagan
American Lounge Chairs
An incredibly stylish and comfortable swivel lounge chair designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. A great form with an unusual wing-back detail and its original pale-sage suede u...
Pair of Midcentury Swivel Leather Lounge Chairs
Norwegian Lounge Chairs
Leather, Rosewood
Stately pair of Norwegian dark brown leather lounge chairs. Original vintage leather has a beautiful patina. The chairs swivel on four-star teak bases. The tall and low back matching...
Pair of Red Leather Cube Club or Lounge Chairs ...
Harvey Probber
American Club Chairs
Leather, Wood
Quality pair of vintage, post-mid-century modern, cube form club chairs in red leather on rolling casters. The chairs features clean lines, comfortable form, solid frames, loose cush...
Pair of Gardner Leaver for Steelcase Black Swiv...
Steelcase, Gardner Leaver
American Lounge Chairs
Stainless Steel, Leather
A pair mid century modern lounge chairs designed by Gardner Leaver and made by Steelcase. New black leather tufted seat and back cushions with stainless steel frames and swivel bases.

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries