1 of 4 images

Pair of Oversized Harvey Probber Lounge Chairs and Ottoman

About

Deep and wide lounge chairs with thick down-filled cushions and down padded arms, on inset floating mahogany legs. Great period look and excellent construction. Harvey Probber label on decking. Measure: Ottoman is 32" W x 22" D x 15.5" H.

Details

  • Creator
  • Place of origin
  • Date of manufacture
    Early 1950s
  • Period
  • Condition
    Good. Very good original. Upholstery is clean, cushions plush. .
  • Dimensions

    H 29 in. x W 32 in. x D 40 in.

    H 73.66 cm x W 81.28 cm x D 101.6 cm

  • Seat height
    16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Seller location
    Hudson, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 3
  • Reference number
    U12050880021048

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

Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2004
Typical response time: 1 hr
Located in Hudson, NY
Associations:
20th Century Specialists
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lounge Chairs...
Edward Wormley
American Lounge Chairs
Mint condition rosewood and Mahogany frames in original, totally unworn Jack Lenor Larsen Fabric. Custom upholstered cube was made to function as an ottoman or extra seating.
Finn Juhl Armchair and Ottoman
Finn Juhl
Danish Lounge Chairs
Rare "Westermanns Kaminstol" chair in beechwood. Model number BO-59. This is an early edition, made by Bovirke. Reupholstered in a burgundy Bergamo wool.   
Dunbar Lounge Chair
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
American Lounge Chairs
High back lounge chair with crisply tailored angled seat on sculpted walnut legs, circa 1950s. Unsigned but attributed to Dunbar Furniture.
Paul McCobb Brass X-Stretcher Stool
Paul McCobb
American Stools
Classic McCobb design in all-original condition.
You May Also Like
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs and Ot...
Milo Baughman
American Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Pair of Mid-Century Modern lounge chairs and ottoman, attributed to Milo Baughman for James Furniture, unsigned, American, circa 1960s. These pieces are currently being refinished an...
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Pink Rasberry Wicker...
American Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Wicker
The colors are killer on the set of two matching pairs of wicker lounge chairs with matching ottomans. Four pieces in all.

Pair of Lounge Chairs by Harvey Probber

$3,900 Sale Price / set
25% Off
Pair of Lounge Chairs by Harvey Probber
Harvey Probber
American Lounge Chairs
Brass, Upholstery, Wood
This pair of lounge chairs retains their original beige fabric. They have black stained feet with a brass hardware finish. They are extremely comfortable! 22" is the inside s...
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Selig Lounge Chairs ...
Selig
American Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Maple
This gorgeous pair of vintage modern lounge chairs offers plenty of comfort with their thick padded seating and arm rests. Sleek design with angled and tapered legs made of solid map...
Lounge Chair and Ottoman Model Sandra by Cinna ...
Annie Hiéronimus, Cinna (Ligne Roset)
French Lounge Chairs
Leather
This iconic sofa was designed by Annie Hieronimus for Cinna Ligne Roset Model name is Sandra Vison color, will age beautifully.  
Mid-Century Cantilevered Chrome Lounge Chair an...
Design Institute America
American Lounge Chairs
Metal
Mid-Century cantilevered chrome lounge chair and ottoman, designed by the design institute of America (DIA), American, circa 1960s. This chair is currently being reupholstered and ca...
Pair of Chrome Lounge Chairs by Erwin-Lambeth, ...
Erwin-Lambeth, Harvey Probber
American Lounge Chairs
Chrome
This stylish Mid-Century Modern pair of lounge chairs feature tufted vinyl upholstery and heavy chrome frames. Iconic Harvey Probber style design offers spacious seating proportions ...
Pair of Low Mid-Century Slipper Lounge Chairs A...
Harvey Probber
American Slipper Chairs
Wood, Upholstery
Classic pair of low Mid-Century slipper lounge chairs in the style of or after Harvey Probber. Newly upholstered in a fabulous pale lilac-colored cotton/linen fabric with a professio...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries