Saturday, March 14, 2009

Chair #73

—Designed by Harvey Probber

This lounge chair with polished aluminum frame and diamond tufted seat and back was designed by American furniture designer Harvey Probber, circa 1960’s. Probber's elegant, innovative modern furniture was popular in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. He was known for introducing Americans to sectional, modular seating in the 1940’s. Brooklyn born, Probber sold his first design of a sofa for $10 when he was just 16 year old. Probber once had brief secondary career as a cabaret singer, but it was design that he loved most. He appreciated the value of patience, and considered it a necessary virtue in furniture design. In an interview in 1958, he once described "the quality of aging gracefully as being design’s fourth dimension.’’ He himself aged gracefully, and lived to be 80.

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