Harvey Probber Hexagonal Side Table with Bronze Top

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A classic design by Harvey Probber, this hexagonal side table has three splayed legs of mahogany supporting a top covered in a richly textured and patinated bronze.

The top measures 19" across at the flat sides and 22.5" from point to point on the hexagon.
Details
Creator
Harvey Probber (Designer)
Of the Period
Mid-Century Modern
Place of Origin
United States
Date of Manufacture
1950s
Period
1950-1959
Materials and Techniques
Bronze
Mahogany
Condition
Good. Original condition with age appropriate wear and patina. .
Wear
Wear consistent with age and use
Dimensions
17.25 in. H x 22.5 in. W x 19 in. D
44 cm H x 57 cm W x 48 cm D
Dealer Location
Chicago, IL
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU90915731803

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.

Address
Pegboard Modern
1746 W 35th St.
Chicago IL 60609
US
Associations
  • 20th Century Specialists
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