His Models Give the Picture: Harvey Probber, New York designer here for the July Market, has a new method of selling furniture. He is demonstrating a living room suite to Alice Songailo, Chicago department store buyer.
Meet versatile Harvey Probber, who's here for the July Furniture Market.
Only 26, Probber, a New Yorker, has established himself as a furniture designer and has his own market display in the Exhibitors Building, but any time he may drop furniture making to fill an engagement as a nightclub crooner.
He's been a furniture designer since he was 16, when he earned his first commission while an art student in high school, but Probber is more widely known as an entertainer.
During the war, he had a feature spot with a United States Coast Guard band that toured the country and has since appeared with many big name orchestras.
Probber, a persuasive salesman as well as designer, goes in for American modern, claiming there's a bigger demand for it now than for period furniture. His showroom here is lavishly furnished with his own conception of modern and he uses modern art, borrowed from New York galleries, to set off his furniture display. One painting on his walls is by Bascioni, who recently won a nation-wide modern art contest.
Probber says there's a close connection between modern painting and modern furniture design and will point out the similarity of ideas in the furniture he sells.
His latest interest is foam rubber for upholstery. A number of pieces in his showroom use it.
Attendance at the July Furniture Market hit 2,650 Thursday. The Market has two more days to run.