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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

Recognized as one of the most preeminent and leading designers of the 20th century, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings designed interiors for such prominent figures as Elizabeth Arden, Aristotle Onassis, and Alfred Knopf. Robsjohn-Gibbings first studied architecture at the University of London before ultimately opening his own design firm on Madison Avenue in New York. His designs were heavily influenced by both classical Greek design and the Art Deco style, inspiring pieces that are light, elegant, and often quite sculptural – a signature aesthetic that has become highly recognized. Between 1943 and 1956, the designer collaborated with the Widdicomb Furniture Company, resulting in some of his most iconic and sought-after pieces, namely the Mesa coffee table of 1951. Rejecting many of the tenets of mid-century modernism, Robsjohn-Gibbings favored contoured edges and lightness over the bulky, sharp edges of many contemporaneous designs. Though he died in 1976, his designs continue to be popular and collected worldwide.