1 of 11 images

Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Slipper Chairs for Widdicomb

About

A pair of elegant, Classic slipper chairs designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Furniture Co. walnut frames with new linen upholstery. Medium or dark brown finish.

Details

  • Date of manufacture
    1950s
  • Period
  • Condition
    Good. very good restore condition, frames restored, natural linen upholstery.
  • Dimensions

    H 31.25 in. x W 26.5 in. x D 33 in.

    H 79.38 cm x W 67.31 cm x D 83.82 cm

  • Seat height
    16.5 in. (41.91 cm)
  • Seller location
    St.Petersburg, FL
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference number
    LU80297449943

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

Top Seller
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2004
Typical response time: 1 hr
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Pair of Classic T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Armchair...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
American Armchairs
A pair of classic arm chairs by T.H.Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Timeless styling, long, elegant arms. Attached seat and tapered lose back cushion. Restored and newly upholstered...
A Pair of Elegant Slipper Chairs
American Slipper Chairs
Mahogany, Upholstery
A pair of elegant tufted silk, slipper chairs.

Pair of Karpen High Back Slipper Chairs

$4,800 / item
Pair of Karpen High Back Slipper Chairs
Karpen of California
American Slipper Chairs
A pair of unusual high back, upholstered slipper chairs by Karpen of California. Original fabric and labels. These chairs are very comfortable and elegant. On chunky, tapered wood le...

Pair of Classic Slipper Chairs by Kroehler

$2,800 / set
Pair of Classic Slipper Chairs by Kroehler
Kroehler Mfg. Co.
American Slipper Chairs
A pair of elegant slipper chairs by Kroehler. Original upholstery, white laquered legs.
You May Also Like
Pair of Velvet Slipper Chairs by Robsjohn-Gibbi...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
American Slipper Chairs
Upholstery
Beautifully restored pair of Slipper Chairs in the style of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings.

Pair of Slipper Chairs by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings

$8,500 / set
Pair of Slipper Chairs by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
American Slipper Chairs
Velvet, Wood
Pair of Slipper Lounge Chairs by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings. This pair has been upholstered in a charcoal velvet.

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Slipper Chair

$7,500
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Slipper Chair
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
American Slipper Chairs
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings designed WMB slipper chair for Widdicomb. Elegant form of dark stained wood and pale colored upholstery. A Robsjohn-Gibbings Classic design, with tapered legs...
Rare T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Walnut Slat Back Chair
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
American Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
A rare walnut chair with curved slat back and narrow tapering angled legs by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. American, circa 1950s In stock.
Pair of Classic T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widd...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
American Lounge Chairs
Cotton, Velvet, Walnut
This pair of Gibbings chairs exemplify his clean, Classic style. The model number is WWZ. The frames are in excellent original condition, and the cushions are newly recovered in a pe...
Pair of Lounge Chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
American Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
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...
Pair of Vintage Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
American Armchairs
Upholstery, Birch
Vintage pair of Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb lounge chairs. Birch and upholstery. Grand Rapids, MI, 1960s.

Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lounge Chairs

$7,800 / set
Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lounge Chairs
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
American Lounge Chairs
This unique pair of his and hers chairs feature upholstered seats with simple yet shapely black lacquer frames. Exquisite modern design by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings makes a striking imp...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries