Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 11

Lounge Chair by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb

$5,800

About

A strap lounge chairs designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in. (80.01 cm)Width: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Depth: 35.75 in. (90.81 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Newer restoration. Very good condition.
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU851814488532

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $599 In-Home Delivery Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 3-8 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: New York, NY
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About the Designer

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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
4.8 / 5
Located in Dallas, TX
Recognized Seller
These prestigious sellers are industry leaders and represent the highest echelon for item quality and design.
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 1999
1stDibs seller since 2008
349 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: <1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Classic Walnut Lounge Chair by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Danville, CA
Walnut armchair by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. We have meticulously restored the piece at our in-house workroom; refinishing the frame in Espresso brown lacquer and reupho...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Neoclassical Revival Lounge Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Walnut

Lounge Chair by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, Wrap Around Frame
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Kansas City, MO
Lounge arm chair designed by T. H. Robsjohn - Gibbings for Widdicomb, 1950s. The frame has been expertly refinished and is beautiful (see photos). The upholstery is original and we r...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

1960s T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Widdicomb Lounge Chair
By Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Lambertville, NJ
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Mid-Century Modern lounge chair. Manufactured by Widdicomb, US in 1950s... Beautifully restored, the chair is in very good condition. There is a small imperfe...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wood

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Arm Lounge Chair
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Dallas, TX
Extremely rare lounge chair model 1716 designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, circa 1955. It features a solid walnut frame fully restored and newly upholstered in a chocol...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lounge Chairs, 1950s
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-century ergonomic lounge chairs feature a solid walnut wood frame with angled legs and a slatted back, handsome from all angles, showcasing their modern character. Fully restored...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wool, Walnut

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Leather Lounge Chairs for Widdicomb
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant modern lounge chairs designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings in collaboration with the famous Widdicomb Furniture company in the United States during the 1950s. These midcentury e...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Foam, Wood, Walnut

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1954 for Widdicomb lounge chairs
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Camden, ME
A pair of Classic and comfortable, deep seated club chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb originally purchased in 1954. Elegant midcentury lounge chairs with espresso la...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Lounge Chair Dark Walnut Leather Webbing Widdicomb 1950s
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of lounge chairs / armchairs designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. Produced by Widdicomb Furniture Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, circa 1950s. Executed in dark-stained walnu...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery