36 North Ferry Rd, P.O. Box 1920 Shelter Island, NY 11964 United States 917.318.1239
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$ 18,000

Harvey Probber Sofa

Documentation Makers Label/Invoice
Period 1950-1979
Materials Cotton Felt Blend bengaline Weave
W. 132 in; D. 33 in;
W. 335.28 cm; D. 83.82 cm;
Seat H. 16 in; Back H. 30 in;
Seat H. 40.64 cm; Back H. 76.2 cm;
Condition Good. Good condition, original upholstery. Some minimal staining.
Description Incredible Harvey Probber designed sofa with original tags, cushions, and upholstery. A simple, yet elegant design emblematic of the famed furniture maker and designer, this comfortable and classy sofa is fabricated with a square-quilted upholstery, specifically fashioned to be stylish, resilient, and lasting. This sofa features its original one continuous eleven-foot seat cushion, five back cushions, two loose back cushions, and two tuxedo arm cushions. The sofa maintains not only its original form, upholstery, and materials, but it also is still labelled with its original label and even its original sales tag.

Harvey Probber was one of the most influential furniture designers of his era, defining an entire movement of furniture in his creation and propagation of the Modular Design school of interior design. Probber was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York during the interwar years. Throughout his childhood, Probber was interested in furniture and design, and would carry that curiosity into his first part-time job in a furniture store in his early teen years. It was here that he stoked this intrigue into prodigal talent. While learning the ins and outs of the furniture business on the job, he spent his free time conceptualizing and sketching new ideas and designs for sofas and other furniture. By age 16, his sketches were impressive enough to be sold and created, sparking a career and passion that Probber would dedicate his life to. After graduating high school, he accepted a job as designer for Trade Upholstery, where he continued to hone his craft and take inspiration from the burgeoning modernist movement in furniture design. Following a brief period of wartime service, Probber founded his own design company, Harvey Probber Inc., in 1945. It was at this time that Probber would conceive of what would become his most revolutionary contribution to the design world: modular design. Inspired by the limited and often changing spaces of New York City apartments, Probber devised a line of seating pieces that were focused around basic geometric shapes that could be arranged and combined in any necessary configuration that one’s situation demanded. Sections and pieces of the modular furniture could now be matched to any space, and thereby be accessible to all living areas. This philosophy became the core of his design principle, and its popularity and influence would bound him to the top of America’s design world throughout the middle of the twentieth century.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern
Incollect Reference Number 420070
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