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Harvey Probber Swivel Club Chair in Original Fabric, circa 1960, Signed

$2,150Asking Price


This incredibly cool signed Harvey Probber swivel club chair from circa 1960 possesses its original fabric, which remains in fantastic original vintage condition and ready to be used immediately. The wild shapes and pattern on this Probber armchair's fabric is comprised of green and off-white colors. The squared chair top sits atop a round wood swivel base. Two loose cushions provide ample support and comfort. Ideal for the Mid-Century Modern purist and collector, who wants signed and all-original examples which are in very good to excellent and usable condition. Also interior designers, consider this for your project, while the fabric is definitely usable - this is also a great candidate for reupholstery as it is sturdy and structurally sound, all parts are complete and the chair is fully signed with all originals in-tact which is underneath the seat cushion so you can easily transfer it to the new upholstery fabric or leather. This signed Harvey Probber swivel lounge chair would work great in a Mid-Century Modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a Contemporary, Hollywood Regency or Post-Modern room. Also consider mixing it up in a Traditional, Classical or Art Deco room with a splash of juxtaposition. Being highly durable, this armchairwould also be an Apt choice in a commercial project such as a hotel lobby lounge, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. Condition: Very good original vintage condition. Freshly steam cleaned. Ready to be used immediately. Measurements: H 23" x W 30" x D 30" Seat height 14.5" Seat depth 23".


  • Creator
    Harvey Probber (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 23 in. (58.42 cm)Width: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Depth: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Seat Height: 14.5 in. (36.83 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very good original vintage condition. Freshly steam cleaned. Ready to be used immediately.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330216901351

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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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Located in Los Angeles, CA

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