Lerone Bennett Ebony Magazine Harvey Probber Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofa For Sale
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Lerone Bennett Ebony Magazine Harvey Probber Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofa

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Vintage Harvey Probber sofa from the Estate of Lerone Bennett Jr. Harvey Probber is the first name in quality, hardwood and smart design. Often called "the peoples historian" Bennett was a trusted and revered scholar! His books, poems and short stories have been translated into 6 different languages. He is the author of more than 10 books that speak to the black experience in the USA. He's received numerous awards, letters and honors, one of the highest being the "MLK, Salute to Greatness" award. Did I mention he was classmates with Dr. King? They were both Morehouse Men! So without further ado, we present to you this exquisite Harvey Probber vintage sectional, from the estate of the Man, the Legacy, the Legend, Mr Lerone Bennett! 2 Sections together measure 16 ft 16 inches COA and name plaque included with purchase.

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  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    Newly and completely re-upholstered Harvey Probber sectional sofa. Beautiful condition. Comes with COA from the estate of Lerone Bennett, who was the Editor of Ebony magazine for 50 plus years.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 29 in. x W 194 in. x D 32 in.H 73.66 cm x W 492.76 cm x D 81.28 cm
  • Seat Height
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    LU1597214012742
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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.

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