Building on its curated collection of fresh, modern and iconic furnishings, M2L is proud to present the newest addition to its premier line of in-house furniture: M2L BRAND for Harvey Probber. After signing an exclusive agreement with the Harvey Probber Design Archive, M2L will 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 the popular Architectural Series as well as the modular Nuclear Coffee Table, sculptural Mayan Sofa, stylish Sling Chair and Deep Tuft sectional sofa. Additional products will be released next year.
According to Michael Manes, Founder and President of M2L, “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. 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.”
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 his 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.
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 and includes:
Sling Chair (1948) – an elegant sling-back chair with a bent wood frame that was selected for MoMA’s Good Design exhibition in 1951.
Nuclear Coffee Table (1949) – a circular, two-piece wooden coffee table with a metal insert that can be reconfigured to form an s-shape or two half-moon tables.
Architectural Series (1960) – a wood-wrapped desk, buffet, credenza, lounge chair, sofa and bench characterized by more straightforward, architectural forms.
Deep Tuft Sofa (1972) – a sumptuous sectional sofa with plump, tufted cubes available in three basic units.
Mayan Sofa (1981) – an upholstered sofa with beautiful, clean lines and sweeping silhouette created by wrapping multiple-density foam over a hardwood frame.
Founded in 1992, M2L has gained an internationally recognized reputation for presenting fresh and iconic modern design solutions to the North American A&D community. Through its website and showrooms in New York, Boston, Washington, DC and Toronto (starting October 1), M2L has introduced a myriad of pioneering designers including Josef Hoffmann, Eileen Grey, Alvar Aalto and Pierre Paulin as well as today's design stars such as EOOS, Patrick Norguet and Manfred Petri. In addition to the company’s portfolio of design-driven brands, M2L produces its own line of architectural cabinetry and timeless seating called M2L BRAND. For more information, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.m2l.com/" www.M2L.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter @M2Linc.
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