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Harvey Probber Sofa from the North Carolina Museum of Art

About

Known for his sleek modern lines and flexible modular units, innovative designer Probber left an indelible stamp on the living rooms and dens of American families. He practically invented modular residential furniture. Later in his career, Probber turned his attention to office furniture, where his influence was as pervasive as it was in home design. This example came from the North Carolina Museum of Art. Covered in a stretchy man-made, charcoal gray fabric, it measures 84" x 28" x 29". Condition is very good vintage. Foam is good, but fabric will need cleaning and has a couple of small tears. Great for either office or residential loft / modernist home use. Measurements: 84" wide x 29" deep x 28" high If you are coming to our show room to see a piece please call ahead of time because due to our large inventory some items are available by appointment only. All of our sales are final, no refunds, no exchanges and no returns no exceptions.

Details

  • Condition
    Fair. Sofa is very sturdy and well constructed, fabric must be changed due to some rips to the fabric due to use and age.
  • Dimensions

    H 28 in. x W 84 in. x D 29 in.

    H 71.12 cm x W 213.36 cm x D 73.66 cm

  • Seat height
    16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Seller location
    West Hollywood, CA
  • Reference number
    U1204258817589

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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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