T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings studied architecture at London University. In 1936 he opened his own shop on New York's Madison avenue and gained recognition as one of the most important American interior/furniture designers of the late 1930's and 40's. Gibbings work was widely emulated during that time, for it was unlike the mixture of Queen Anne, Georgian and Spanish styles that were popular. From 1943-56 he designed for Widdicomb Furniture of Grand Rapids, MI. He was most influenced by Ancient Grecian design and eventually moved to Athens and became a designer for Aristotle Onassis.