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Kipp Stewart

American, b. 1928

The ultimate multi-hyphenate, Kipp Stewart (b. 1928) counted painting, photography, architecture and furniture design among his talents. Known to furniture obsessives for the Declaration series he codesigned for North Carolina’s Drexel Furniture, Stewart was actually born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1928 and is most commonly associated with mid-century design movements of his adopted home state of California. There, in 1972, Stewart designed the Ventana Big Sur, a luxury resort near Montecito for which he oversaw architecture, planning, furniture and interior design across 160 acres of land.

By the time Stewart spearheaded the Ventana, he was already well versed in furniture design. After briefly serving in the U.S. Navy as a teenager, Stewart enrolled at the Chouinard Art Institute (present-day CalArts) in Los Angeles. By the time he graduated, he was steeped in the world of modern seating design, experimenting with new chair models that bridged form and function. Charles and Ray Eames were important influences on his early work, which included a chrome-framed lounge chair whose reclined shape bears a striking resemblance to the Eameses’ iconic lounge.

In the late 1950s, Stewart partnered with another West Coast furniture designer, Stewart MacDougall, on a line of modern furniture for Drexel. (The pair were also producing case pieces and more for Glenn of California.) Drexel soon unveiled Stewart and McDougall’s Declaration line, which was constructed entirely of natural walnut and featured the choice of white porcelain or brass drawer pulls and cabinet door handles. Although its stylish credenzas and other pieces reflect the kind of slim-lined, low-slung silhouettes for which mid-century design has become known, there are also elements that nod to earlier American and European furniture design, such as the dining chairs whose flattened spindle backs recall Shaker and Windsor chair design, distinguishing them from the modern designs becoming prolific in Scandinavia at the time. The pieces were so indicative of a particularly American style, in fact, that several items from the collection were selected by the U.S. government to represent the country at the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958.

While Stewart found success as a painter and with his Ventana hotel project — and had also designed chairs, chests and more for Directional — the Drexel Declaration line is his best-known furniture collection and remains highly sought after by collectors today.

Find a wide range of vintage Kipp Stewart furniture on 1stDibs, including dining room chairs, end tables and more.

Clean Lined Walnut Mirror by Kipp Stewart for Drexel
By Kipp Stewart
Located in Atlanta, GA
Clean lined walnut mirror by Kipp Stewart for Drexel, American, circa 1950s. Retains it's warm original patina. Has been cleaned and Danish oiled. Can be hung vertically or horizonta...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart

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Mirror, Walnut

1960s Kipp Stewart Calvin Walnut Night Stands Pair Vintage Mid-Century
By Kipp Stewart, Calvin Furniture
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful matching pair of walnut nightstands designed by Kipp Steward for Calvin Furniture’s American Design Foundation line. Rare design, with a unique signature white interior bac...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart

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Walnut

1960s Brown Walnut and Cane Lounge Chairs by Kipp Stewart, New Upholstery
By Kipp Stewart, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Directional
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Lounge chairs, walnut and cane, new upholstery, Kipp Stewart, USA, 1960s. Elegant pair of armchairs in solid walnut with caned back and sides designed by Kipp Stewart. The caning ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart

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Upholstery, Wood, Walnut, Cane

Kipp Stewart Bronze Patio Dining Set for Terra
By Kipp Stewart, Walter Lamb, Terra, Brown Jordan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Patio dining set by Kipp Stewart for Terra of California, USA, c.1970s. This set from the "Bronze Age" collection features four patinated bronze tubing framed armchairs with matching...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart

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Bronze

Kipp Stewart for Drexel Declaration Mid Century Walnut Nightstands, a Pair
By Kipp Stewart, Drexel
Located in Countryside, IL
Kipp Stewart for Drexel Declaration mid century walnut nightstands - a pair Each nightstand measures: 20 wide x 16 deep x 24.25 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had i...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart

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Walnut

Kipp Stewart for Drexel Declarations MCM Walnut Tambour Door TV Media Cabinet
By Kipp Stewart, Drexel
Located in Countryside, IL
Kipp Stewart for Drexel Declarations mid century walnut Tambour door TV media cabinet This cabinet measures: 43.5 wide x 17.75 deep x 31.25 inches high ?All pieces of furniture...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart

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Walnut

Kipp Stewart for Drexel Dining Chairs
By Kipp Stewart, Drexel
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sculptural mid century dining chairs, designed by Kipp Stewart for Drexel, circa 1960s. These chairs are currently being reupholstered and can be completed in your fabric. Simply sen...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart

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Upholstery, Walnut

  • Kipp Stewart for Drexel Dining Chairs
  • Kipp Stewart for Drexel Dining Chairs
  • Kipp Stewart for Drexel Dining Chairs
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H 31 in. W 19 in. D 16 in.
Mid-Century Modern King Bed and Headboard, Kipp Stewart, Drexel Declaration
By Kipp Stewart
Located in Buffalo, NY
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern king size sculptural headboard, designed by Kipp Stewart, part of Drexel's Declaration line. Solid walnut, superior construction, amazing detailing.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Kipp Stewart

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Walnut

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Kipp Stewart Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Kipp Stewart Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many choices to choose from in our Kipp Stewart Furniture collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 90 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Kipp Stewart were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture from Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), John Stuart and Heywood-Wakefield Co., if you are looking for additional options. Kipp Stewart Furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $595 and tops out at $16,500, while pieces like these can sell for $2,563.