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Calvin Furniture

American

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.

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Creator: Calvin
Dealer: Century Design Ltd.
Paul McCobb for Calvin Dining Table with Brass X Cross Support Pick your Finish
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Designed by Paul McCobb for his Irwin collection for Calvin, this Philippine Mahogany dining table has brass X stretcher between tapered legs, includes two 12" extension leaves. Leng...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin Furniture

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Brass

Paul McCobb for Calvin Console Table with White Vitrolite Top and Brass Frame
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern console table or server designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture, part of his Irwin collection. Console has two drawers and two lower shelves in mahogany that ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin Furniture

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Brass

Paul McCobb Mid-Century Modern Tall Gentleman's Chest of Drawers - Calvin Group
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
One of Paul McCobb's most desirable designs, rare model 1013 gentleman's chest of drawers or tall dresser in mahogany from the Calvin group. Elegant and stately, it is loaded with re...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin Furniture

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Brass

Paul McCobb for Calvin Dining Table with Brass X Cross Support, Customizable
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Philippine Mahogany dining table with brass X stretcher between tapered legs, designed by Paul McCobb, part of his Irwin collection for Calvin. Includes two 15" extension leaves, len...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin Furniture

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Brass

Paul McCobb Mid-Century Modern King Headboard for Calvin with Caned Panels
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Paul McCobb king size headboard for Calvin with caned panels. Aluminum edge, mahogany frame and caned panels. Caning has a few losses, ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin Furniture

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Aluminum

Paul McCobb for Calvin Round Mahogany, Wicker with Brass Trim Side or End Table
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Restored Paul McCobb for Calvin model 8734 round side or end table with Mahogany top, having brass trim edge with lower wicker shelf. Refinished in a medium brown walnut stain, re-gl...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin Furniture

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Brass

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Paul McCobb for Calvin Irwin Upholstered King Size bed Teak Headboard, C 1950
By Paul McCobb
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A Paul McCobb for Calvin Irwin upholstered king size bed teak headboard with brass trim and two floating drawers, labeled in drawer. C.1950.
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Midcentury Paul McCobb Lamp or End Table
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Mid-Century Modern Walnut Dining Table by Paul McCobb for Calvin 2 Leaves
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Beautiful Midcentury Cane Brass Headboard by Paul McCobb for Calvin King
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Beautiful Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture bed headboard #7703 in wonderful vintage condition cane shows patina. Finely crafted with brass details. Fits a King sized mattress...
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Paul McCobb X-Base Dining Table
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Paul McCobb X-base modern dining table, American, circa 1950s. This table has been refinished in an ultra-deep brown lacquer. This table does not have any leaves.
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Mid-Century Modern Century Walnut & Cane King Headboard
By Century Furniture
Located in Clarksboro, NJ
This listing is for a Mid-Century Modern Century King Headboard. Featuring a straight line design, made up of solid wood with cane over top, and a beautiful walnut finish. This is an...
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Pair of American Midcentury Headboard Paul McCobb for Calvin
By Paul McCobb
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of twin-size bed headboards by Paul Mccobb designed for Calvin, circa 1950s. This pair can also be placed together and used as a king size headboard. Constructed with heavy br...
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Brass

Paul McCobb for Planner Group Dining Table in Maple
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
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Paul McCobb for Planner Group, dining table model 1522, maple, United States, 1950s Dining table ‘1522’ in maple by designer Paul McCobb. This model features blond maple wood that i...
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Beautiful Midcentury Brass Headboard by Paul McCobb for Calvin King
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
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Beautiful Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture bed headboard in wonderful vintage condition. finely crafted with brass frame with red upholstery details. Fits a King sized mattress. Bed ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Calvin Furniture

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Brass

Midcentury Paul McCobb Chest of Drawers on Brass Base
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb rare 4 drawer dresser Irwin Collection by Calvin- Irwin Collection. Walnut case piece on a brass base. In wonderful original co...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Calvin Furniture

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Brass

Beautiful Mid-Century Brass Headboard by Paul McCobb for Calvin King
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture bed headboard in wonderful vintage condition. finely crafted with brass frame with walnut details. Fits a King sized mattress...
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Paul McCobb for Calvin #1003 Chest of Drawers or Dresser with Brass X Stretcher
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
A very nicely tailored medium dark mahogany Mid-Century chest designed by Paul McCobb for the Calvin Furniture Company. Having two smaller upper drawers and three larger lower drawer...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin Furniture

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Pair of Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb for Calvin Lounge Chairs with Brass
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of Paul McCobb for Calvin lounge or club chairs in the original fabric with brass stretchers and tapered mahogany wood legs. The brass has been polished and the legs refinished ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin Furniture

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Paul McCobb for Calvin Round Mahogany, Wicker with Brass Trim Side or End Table
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Restored Paul McCobb for Calvin model 8734 round side or end table with Mahogany top, having brass trim edge with lower wicker shelf. Refinished in a medium brown walnut stain, re-gl...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin Furniture

Materials

Brass

Paul McCobb King Headboard for Calvin with Caned Panels
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Paul McCobb king size headboard for Calvin with caned panels. Aluminum edge, mahogany frame and caned panels. Caning has a few losses, ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin Furniture

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Aluminum

Paul McCobb for Calvin Leather Top and Caned Front Dresser or Sideboard
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
To be restored, Paul McCobb for Calvin Group dresser, sideboard or credenza with original leather top, brass edge and caned front panels. Shown in original condition, front panels to...
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Brass

Pair of Paul McCobb for Calvin End Tables or Nightstands
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of Paul McCobb for Calvin mahogany end tables or nightstands with asymmetric or offset tops on tapered legs. Table one is offset to the left and the second table to the right. H...
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Brass

Paul McCobb for Calvin Dining Table with Brass X Cross Support Pick your Finish
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Philippine Mahogany dining table with brass X stretcher between tapered legs, designed by Paul McCobb, part of his Irwin collection for Calvin. Includes two 12" extension leaves, len...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb for Calvin Lounge Chairs with Brass
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of Paul McCobb for Calvin lounge or club chairs in the original fabric with brass stretchers and tapered mahogany wood legs. The brass has been polished and the legs refinished ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin Furniture

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Brass

Paul McCobb Room Divider, Storage Unit
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Paul McCobb Wall Unit / Room Divider, Calvin Linear Group, c. 1956, Walnut and Aluminum, back is finished. Two Lower drawers on left side. 75.25"overa...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Calvin Furniture

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Aluminum

Paul McCobb Room Divider, Storage Unit
Paul McCobb Room Divider, Storage Unit
H 75.25 in W 60.25 in D 18.25 in

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 Furniture
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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