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; Robsjohn-Gibbings
handled prominent accounts such as
Elizabeth Arden and Neiman Marcus.
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).
much preferred the visual vocabulary
of the classical world, particularly
ancient Greek furniture and design;
it was there that he turned for inspiration
in 1936 when he decided to open a
showroom on Madison Avenue in New