Designer: T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

We celebrate the visionary designs of one of America's most important taste-makers. An exponent of modern sensibilities, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings also revered classical forms and seamlessly melded both old and new in his timeless designs. 

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There must be a profound understanding of the past as well as an awareness of the present if there is to be a future.

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

Did you know?

Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings was known as Gibby to his friends

He modeled his Madison Avenue showroom after an ancient villa from the Greek city of Olynthus

He coined the term Modern Americana

Robsjohn-Gibbings was a great admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright for his “organic unity of form and material”

He spent three decades studying Greek artifacts to accurately reproduce ancient furniture for his Klismos line

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Greek furniture has the freshness of youth and the restfulness of utter simplicity. A return to it for inspiration is inevitable.

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings 1905–1976

Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings was born in England in 1905. While studying architecture at the University of London, Robsjohn-Gibbings was fascinated by the restrained elegance of Greek and Roman art, so he often spent his spare time wandering the galleries of the British Museum. In 1929, he moved to New York where he worked for famed tastemaker Charles Duveen before establishing a career as an independent interior designer in 1936. In 1938, Harper’s Bazaar stated that Robsjohn-Gibbings felt that “the modern should stem from the very ancient,” as he believed that furniture should be steeped in the symmetry and rationality of Greek design. In 1946, Robsjohn-Gibbings had the chance to make his ideals manifest when he was invited to design a line of furniture for Widdicomb Furniture Company. His furniture line was hailed as a triumph by House Beautiful, and his design for a butler’s table was featured in the landmark Good Design exhibit of 1951 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

In addition to working as an interior designer, Robsjohns-Gibbings was also an astute critic of design culture in America and he was noted for his humorous novels like Goodbye, Mr. Chippendale, which poked fun at the American craze for all things antique in interior design. During the 1960s, Robsjohn-Gibbings moved to Athens, the birthplace of classicism, and his apartment overlooked the Parthenon. While living in Greece, Robsjohn-Gibbings designed interiors for both Aristotle Onassis and the Niarchos family. Robsjohn-Gibbings passed away in 1976. He left behind a legacy of classically-derived forms, and his elegant works reside in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, among many others.

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To be simple is to be great.

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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