I am surprised with the increasing number of readers from across the world interested in my paper on T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. When I published the paper in Journal of Interior Design in 2008, only handful people were interested in the designer who sought to shape the American taste in the mid-century years. He was a trained architect, accomplished decorator, innovative furniture designer, arbiter of taste, publicist, writer, and wit, who dominated American decor for over four decades. Fully acquainted with the spirit of the age, he redefined national, familial, and individual identities by promoting his vision of the modern dwelling and its attendant lifestyle. Robsjohn-Gibbings was concerned
with disappearing furniture forms and national identity and their integration into mainstream or modern culture. As a furniture designer, the British-born designer created some of the twentieth century’s most enduring design archetypes, emphasizing intimacy over technology, refinement over pedigree, and organic materials over synthetic constituents. His signature aesthetics included fine timbers, deep finishes, and a great attention to detailing, all subject modern principles and Greco-Roman proportions and language.