In the late 1930s and 1940s he was the most important decorator in America
Robsjohn-Gibbings studied architecture at London University. He afterwards worked briefly as a naval architect, designing ocean liner interiors, and then as art director for a motion picture studio. In 1926, he became a salesman for an antiques dealer who specialized in Elizabethan and Jacobean furniture, and Robsjohn-Gibbings was assigned prominent accounts such as Elizabeth Arden and Neiman Marcus. In the late 1930s and 1940s he was the most important decorator in America.
The design work of T. H. Robsjohn Gibbings is hallmarked as a modern mixture of the classical elements of Ancient Grecian design, and Art Deco design. It features mosaic floor reproductions, sculptural fragments, and sparse furnishings, all combining to achieve his trademark brand of modern historicism. He disliked the prevailing tastes of the day, describing them as “an indigestible mixture of Queen Anne, Georgian and Spanish styles.” He likewise considered Bauhaus-style modernism a fraud; he expressed his views in his writings such as Goodbye, Mr. Chippendale (1944), a spoof of modern interior design, Mona Lisa’s Mustache: A dissection of Modern Art (1947), and Homes of the Brave (1953).
In 1960, he met Greek cabinetmakers Susan and Eleftherios Saridis, and, together, they created the Klismos line of furniture, which drew heavily on classical forms. It is still in production.
PAIR OF COMMODES AND MIRRORS
H 116, 5 x L 86,5 x P 53 (commodes)
H 82 x L 46 cm (mirrors)
PAIR OF SOFAS
Walnut and Fabric
H 77 x L 126 x P 78 cm
H 30 x L 49 x 30 inches
Kline chair, circa 1960
Walnut and leather
Manufactured by Saridis, Athens
H 84 x W 139 x D 63,5 cm
H 33 x W 55 x D 25 in.