Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 11

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Ebonized Lounge Chairs for Widdicomb

$11,500Asking Priceper set

About

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings ebonized lounge chairs for Widdicomb.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Width: 24 in. (60.96 cm)Depth: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Seat Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Refinished. Reupholstered. Newly Refinished, Newly Reupholstered.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU971120064262

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $630 White Glove Shipping
    to Continental US, arrives in 3-8 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Los Angeles, CA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

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
5 / 5
Located in Los Angeles, CA

A specialist in mid-century modern furnishings and decorative arts, Danish Modern LA focuses on Scandinavian and American pieces by iconic designers like Hans J. Wegner, Greta M. Grossman, Finn Juhl, George Nelson and Florence Knoll. For the past 15 years, the firm’s talented and dedicated artisans have been refreshing and refinishing...

Diamond Seller
This distinction is for experienced sellers who continually surpass customer expectations.
Established in 2009
1stDibs seller since 2013
Typical response time: 2 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lounge Chairs for Widdicomb, circa 1955
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Fabric, Bouclé, Wood

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lounge Chairs for Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Grand Rapids Furniture Co.
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Widdicomb Walnut Lounge Chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Burbank, CA
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Classic Walnut Lounge Chair by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in San Leandro, CA
Category

Vintage 1950s American Neoclassical Revival

Materials

Velvet, Walnut

Lounge Chair by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Dallas, TX
Category

Vintage 1950s

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Arm Lounge Chair
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Dallas, TX
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Lounge Armchair
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Pasadena, TX
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Maple

Pair of Classic T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Lounge Chairs
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery