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Thu 19.12.

M2L Revives Harvey Probber Furniture Classics (US)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 19.12.2013 - Tagged as: , ,

Architectural Series (1960) – a wood-wrapped lounge chair characterized by a more straightforward, architectural form.

Architectural Series (1960) – a wood-wrapped lounge chair characterized by a more straightforward, architectural form.

American design brand M2L has signed an exclusive agreement with the Harvey Probber Foundation to reissue a number of Probber’s modern, elegant and innovative furniture designs that captured people’s hearts for the second half of the 20th century. The initial launch will include pieces from his popular Architectural Series as well as the modular Nuclear Coffee Table, sculptural Mayan Sofa, Sling Chair and Deep Tuft sectional sofa.

 

 

Deep Tuft Sofa (1972) – a sumptuous sectional sofa with plump, tufted cubes available in three basic units.

Deep Tuft Sofa (1972) – a sumptuous sectional sofa with plump, tufted cubes available in three basic units.

Harvey Probber was a prolific and largely self-taught designer, maker, and artist that introduced Americans to sectional, modular seating in the 1940’s. During a career that spanned well over four decades, Probber made substantive contributions to the development of new forms and technologies in the furniture industry. He sold his first design to the Superior Upholstery Company when he was just 16 and seven years later established his own firm, Harvey Probber, Inc. Before his 30th birthday, his sling chair and nuclear seating had been featured in a “Good Design” exhibition at the MoMA.

 

Architectural Series (1960) – wood-wrapped credenza

Architectural Series (1960) – wood-wrapped credenza

Probber was admired for his sleek forms, finely crafted details and luxurious finishes. Though primarily known as a designer of elegant, residential furniture, his company eventually made the transition to office furnishings, applying the concept of modularity to the booming contract market. Since selling his company in 1986, Probber’s designs have become highly prized collector’s items on auction sites and vintage shops around the world. Through M2L, Probber’s iconic furniture designs will once again become accessible to the North American market.

 

Sling Chair (1947) – an elegant sling-back chair with a bent wood frame that was selected for MoMA’s Good Design exhibition in 1948.

Sling Chair (1947) – an elegant sling-back chair with a bent wood frame that was selected for MoMA’s Good Design exhibition in 1948.

“Harvey Probber is an American icon who has earned his place in the history of modern design in North America. He is generally credited with introducing the concept of building furniture into modules and can therefore be seen as the father of modularity.” says Michael Manes, Founder and President of M2L. “As Harvey would say, ‘the true test of great design is time’ and I wholeheartedly agree. For over 20 years, M2L’s goal has been to present the A&D community with fresh, timeless and genuine design. The introduction of Harvey Probber by M2L BRAND furthers this mission.”

 

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