T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings


Individual
1905 – 1976
Description
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings was an English-born architect and furniture designer, who was prominent in the 1930s and 1940s. His designs fall into the Ancient Greek classification, although much of his work is indicative of Mid-century Modernism. From 1943 until 1956, Robsjohn-Gibbings worked in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Widdicomb Furniture Company. He eventually moved to Athens, Greece, where he became the designer for Aristotle Onassis.

A hallmark of Mid-century Modern design, Robsjohn-Gibbings' work has decorated the homes of many celebrities throughout the 20th century. 

In 1944, he wrote "Good-bye, Mr. Chippendale," a sardonic book that discussed his views on the early- to mid-20th century's fascination with Georgian and Victorian furniture styles, which he regarded as gaudy and unneccessary. In addition, he discusses the Bauhaus style and, in his view, its lack of humanity. 

A controversial and revered designer from the 20th century, Robsjohn-Gibbings vocally despised the American and European inclination to decorate their homes with 17th and 18th century ornate reproductions, while fiercly advocating for the designs of ancient Greece. 

Related Maker/Donor
Widdicomb Furniture Company
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