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Calvin

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The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based company Calvin Furniture opened its doors in 1953 and became a sought-after contract manufacturer for the day’s top furniture designers and brands. Its appealing mid-century modern and Hollywood Regency offerings — nightstands, dressers and more — graced the showrooms of department stores all over North America during the 1950s and 1960s.

Calvin’s relationship with the work of Massachusetts-born designer Paul McCobb is well known to enthusiasts of mid-century modern furniture. McCobb, whose unadorned and efficient storage pieces, seating and desks drew on Shaker simplicity and Bauhaus minimalism, wasn’t exactly a designer for Calvin — in partnership with New York furniture salesman B.G. Mesberg, McCobb set up the Directional Furniture Company in Manhattan in 1949, and Calvin was one of the manufacturers contracted to produce the furniture he designed for Directional (and later, for pieces designed under his own name). 

Among McCobb’s most acclaimed lines made by Calvin Furniture were the Calvin Group and the Irwin Collection. The travertine-topped sideboards and mahogany nightstands of those lines as well as the other Calvin-produced dressers, bookcases and chests of drawers designed by McCobb were elegant and spare, free of unnecessary embellishments. 

Calvin also manufactured the very popular American Design Foundation line of furniture that Kipp Stewart and Stewart MacDougall designed. The Pennsylvania-born, California-raised MacDougall enjoyed a postwar collaboration with West Coast native Stewart that resulted in great success with manufacturers such as Glenn of California and Drexel Furniture. The duo’s celebrated Declaration line for the latter featured streamlined credenzas, dressers and more made in walnut with comely porcelain hardware. The dining chairs, tables and coffee tables manufactured by Calvin flaunt the pair’s signature clean lines, gentle curves and organic shapes. 

In the late 1950s and early ‘60s, Calvin Furniture continued its business relationship with B.G. Mesberg National Sales and Directional Furniture. Calvin finally closed their doors during the early 1970s, but their legacy can be found in enduring pieces of modern furniture that remain popular today.

On 1stDibs, find a selection of vintage Calvin Furniture tables, credenzas, chairs and more.

Mid century Paul McCobb Calvin Credenza Brass Black Lacquer with top unit
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid century American designer Paul McCobb Calvin Irwin Collection credenza unit In Black Lacquer. Has top unit with Glass doors and lower small storage areas. The lower Credenza has...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Calvin

Materials

Brass

Paul McCobb for Calvin MCM Walnut and Stainless Steel Sliding Door Credenza
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Calvin Mid Century Walnut and Stainless Steel Sliding Door Credenza This credenza measures: 48 wide x 18 deep x 34 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin

Materials

Stainless Steel

Mid century Paul McCobb Calvin Credenza Mahogany Brass travertine
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid century American designer Paul McCobb credenza dark Mahogany wood. Original finish in beautiful vintage condition, has original Rare Travertine top with folding mahogany front doors...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Calvin

Materials

Travertine, Brass

Paul McCobb for Directional Black Lacquer and Brass Dining Table, Refinished
By Calvin Furniture, Directional, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern extension dining table By Paul McCobb for Directional and produced by Calvin Furniture USA, 1950s Black lacquered mahogany, with brass stretchers...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Dining Table by Paul McCobb for Calvin 2 Leaves
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
A Mid-Century Modern walnut extension dining table designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture. The table features dark walnut wood grain and aluminum stretchers. The table is in or...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin

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Aluminum

Paul McCobb for Calvin Mid Century Brass X Base Dresser Chest of Drawers - Pair
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Calvin Mid Century Brass X Base Dresser Chest of Drawers - Pair Each chest of drawers measures: 36 wide x 19.25 deep x 36.25 high All pieces of furniture can be had...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin

Materials

Brass

Paul McCobb "Irwin" King Headboard by Calvin Furniture
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Make your bedroom fit for a king with this truly impressive king-size headboard designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Measuring a substantial 78", t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Calvin

Materials

Metal, Brass

Paul McCobb Vanity Table for Calvin, Irwin Collection, Circa 1950s
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Peabody, MA
A mid-century modern vanity table in Honduran mahogany by Paul McCobb, for Calvin Furniture, Irwin Collection, circa late 1950s.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin

Materials

Mirror, Mahogany

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Calvin furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Calvin furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Calvin furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Calvin were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Brown Saltman, Kipp Stewart, and Glenn of California. Prices for Calvin furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $350 and can go as high as $21,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,495.
Questions About Calvin
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 21, 2024
    Calvin Klein is popular for a few reasons. Known for his minimalist, comfortable womenswear as well as a range of sexually provocative ad campaigns that continue to generate conversation decades later, Klein led the designer jeans craze of the late 1970s. The brand’s skirts, jackets, day dresses and shirts, sold at modest prices and frequently created in soft fabrics and understated neutral hues, are still versatile components of everyday wear. Controversial marketing helped broaden the label’s reach, too. During the 1980s, Klein’s jeans were promoted in scandalous ads featuring Brooke Shields and others that were banned by television stations and challenged by politicians. More eye-catching ad campaigns with up-and-coming models and celebrities like Kate Moss and Mark Wahlberg followed in the ‘90s, also bringing fresh attention to the brand. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Calvin Klein apparel and accessories.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 25, 2024
    Yes, Calvin Klein is considered designer. Generally, a designer brand is any that features pieces produced by a particular fashion designer. Calvin Klein fits the definition, having been founded by designer Calvin Klein in 1968. Following Klein's retirement in 2004, other designers, such as Eric Sedeño and Jessica Lomax, have served as creative directors for Calvin Klein. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Calvin Klein apparel and accessories.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    The Calvin Klein brand is known for their sensual ads featuring well-known celebrities as well as for producing simple, understated fashions. Among the brand's most popular offerings are fragrances, men's underwear and jeans for men, women and children. Find a range of Calvin Klein apparel and accessories on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 13, 2024
    Yes, Calvin Klein is a good brand. Known for minimalist, comfortable womenswear as well as sexually provocative ad campaigns that continue to generate conversation decades later, Klein led the designer jeans craze of the late 1970s. The brand’s skirts, jackets, day dresses and shirts, sold at modest prices and frequently created in soft fabrics and understated neutral hues, are versatile components of everyday wear. Shop a range of Calvin Klein apparel and accessories on 1stDibs.

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