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Harvey Probber

American, 1922-2003

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.

Find a collection of vintage Harvey Probber side tables, sectional sofas, chairs and other furniture on 1stDibs.

Iconic Designs from Harvey Probber
Explore timeless pieces that have earned their place in history.
Cubo Sofa
Cubo Sofa
Architectural Chair
Architectural Chair
Architectural Sofa
Architectural Sofa
Probber Blue & White Terrazzo, Mahogany Tripod Legs and Brass Hexagon Side Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber aqua blue and off white terrazzo stone hexagon shaped top with brass inlay, on splayed tripod mahogany legs side / end or occasional ta...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber

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Brass

Pair of Harvey Probber Terrazzo Hexagonal Side Tables
By Harvey Probber
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of Classic Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber terrazzo top and brass insert tables. Perfect to use for side, end or drink tables. Mahogany bases refinished in dark espresso and r...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber

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Terrazzo, Mahogany

Harvey Probber Modern Swivel Lounge Club Chairs in Boucle
By Harvey Probber
Located in Miami, FL
A pair of Harvey Probber swivel lounge chairs. New boucle upholstery. Medium walnut bases.
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1960s American Vintage Harvey Probber

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Upholstery, Wood

Harvey Probber 1048 "Gazelle" Dining Chairs Set of Six Midcentury
By Harvey Probber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Incredible and interesting set of dining chairs, ebonized and upholstered in an azure velvet makes a gorgeous combination. The horn shape of these chairs is unique and distinctive. ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair w Large Ottoman by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous and all original lounge chair with ottoman c1958 by Harvey Probber, tag is present. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear to the wood, foam is a little dry and th...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber

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Fabric, Walnut

Harvey Probber Bleached Mahogany & Ivory Leather Tall Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber bleached mahogany tall dresser or gentleman's chest, with ivory leather-clad sliding doors that feature brass flat bar appointments. Behind the doors there are four dr...
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1950s American Vintage Harvey Probber

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Brass

Rare Harvey Probber Hexabloc Island Seating Suite
By Harvey Probber
Located in South Charleston, WV
A pair of low profile chairs with Ottoman by Harvey Probber from the "Hexabloc" series. Each chair measures 33.5" x 33.5" at the widest point, otherwise 30" x 30" from facet to facet...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber

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Steel

1940s Harvey Probber Sleek Hollywood Regency Sleek Sculptural Curved Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hudson, NY
Amazing sleek curvy design on this Harvey Probber sofa from the 1940s. Very low profile 'invisible' casters were added to the feet at some point for ease of movement. This is a very ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

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Harvey Probber Sellers

Horseman Antiques Inc.
4.9 / 5
Liberty & 33rd
4.9 / 5
Soho Treasures
4.7 / 5
ReMod Gallery
4.9 / 5
Lobel Modern, Inc
5 / 5
20CDesign.com
4.4 / 5
BG Galleries
4.9 / 5
Assemblage Ltd.
4.9 / 5

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Harvey Probber Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Harvey Probber Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Harvey Probber Furniture collection there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 308 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Harvey Probber were created during the 20th century in Mid-Century Modern style in North America. Many customers also consider furniture by Florence Knoll, Adrian Pearsall and Thayer Coggin if you are looking for additional options. The prices for Harvey Probber Furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $400 and tops out at $39,500, while pieces like these can sell for $4,995.