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Kipp Stewart Seating

American, 1928-2022

The ultimate multi-hyphenate, Kipp Stewart 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, Stewart 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 Declaration 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.

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Creator: Kipp Stewart
Kipp Stewart for Calvin Mid Century Walnut and Leather Dining Chairs - Set of 4
By Calvin Furniture, Kipp Stewart
Located in Countryside, IL
Kipp Stewart for Calvin Mid Century Walnut and Leather Dining Chairs - Set of 4 Each chair measures: 21 wide x 18 deep x 35 high, with a seat height of 18 inches All pieces of furn...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Leather, Walnut

Channeled Postmodern Lounge Chair by Kipp Stewart for Directional
By Directional, Kipp Stewart
Located in Chicago, IL
c. 1970s. Brass base with new nubby wool upholstery. Designed by Kipp Stewart for Directional.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Wool

Mid Century Kipp Stewart “Arc Lounge Chairs” for Directional
By Kipp Stewart, Directional
Located in Baltimore, MD
A stunning pair of mid-century modern 1960s “Arc” lounge chairs designed by Kipp Stewart for Directional furniture. An exceptional pair, both for their form and quality. The pair emb...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Chrome

Pair of Walnut and Off White Fabric Lounge Chairs by Kipp Stewart
By Kipp Stewart
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Glamorous pair of lounge chairs designed by Kipp Stewart in the 1960’s. Newly recovered with an off white fabric. The walnut legs are in original vintage condition, they show minor ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Fabric, Walnut

Kipp Stewart for Drexel Declaration Mid Century Walnut Dining Chairs - Set of 8
By Drexel, Kipp Stewart
Located in Countryside, IL
Kipp Stewart for Drexel Declaration Mid Century Walnut Dining Chairs - Set of 8 Each armless chair measures: 19.75 wide x 18.5 deep x 32 high, with a seat height of 17.75 inches Eac...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Upholstery, Walnut

Set of 2 Windsor Chairs in Solid Walnut by Kipp Stewart for Drexel, USA, c. 1960
By Kipp Stewart
Located in Deland, FL
Introducing a set of visually captivating "Centennial" Chairs designed by the iconic design duo of Kipp Stewart and Stewart MacDougal for the lauded Drexel Furniture Co. Taking inspi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Walnut

Set of Ten Kipp Stewart for Drexel "Centennial" Chairs
By Drexel, Kipp Stewart
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare set of ten Kipp Stewart chairs. Eight side and two armchairs in solid walnut by Drexel.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Walnut

Mid Century Modern Drexel Declaration Dining Chairs
By Kipp Stewart
Located in Tulsa, OK
Mid Century Modern Drexel Declaration Dining Chairs Above average vintage condition and structurally sound. Have some expected sligh...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Walnut, Upholstery

Kipp Stewart for Directional Chairs
By Kipp Stewart, Directional
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of spectacular mid-century modern lounge chairs designed by Kipp Stewart. Scoop frame with soft leather set on polished chrome. Please confirm location NY or NJ
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Kipp Stewart Seating

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Chrome

MCM Kipp Stewart for Drexel Declaration Bowtie Back Side Chairs - Pair
By Kipp Stewart
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid Century Modern Kipp Stewart for Drexel Declaration Bowtie Back Side Chairs - Pair Wonderful mid century modern pair of Danish style side chairs designed by Stewart MacDougall a...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Kipp Stewart Seating

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Wood

Kipp Stewart Black Leather and Chrome Arc Lounge Chairs for Directional - a Pair
By Directional, Kipp Stewart
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of black leather and chrome Arc lounge chairs designed by Kipp Stewart and manufactured by Directional. The leather backrest and leather cove...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Kipp Stewart Seating

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Chrome

Kipp Stewart for Directional Lounge Chairs in Jack Lenor Larsen Velvet
By Edward Wormley, Directional, Dunbar Furniture, Harvey Probber, Kipp Stewart
Located in Decatur, GA
Exceptional and rare pair of barrel back lounge chairs by Kipp Stewart for Directional with all original Jack Lenor Larsen velvet. Solid dark mahogany bases with brass casters. An el...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Velvet

Stunning Pair Kipp Stewart Dining Armchairs Jack Lenor Larsen, Calvin Furniture
By Calvin Furniture, Kipp Stewart
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning pair of Jack Lenor Larsen dining chairs, designed by Kipp Stewart for Calvin, American, circa 1960s. The original Larsen fabric is amazing, vibrant, and in relatively good c...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

Kipp Stewart for Drexel "Centennial" Dining Chairs, Set of 6
By Kipp Stewart, Drexel
Located in Denton, TX
Set of Six Kipp Stewart for Drexel "Centennial" dining chairs designed by Kipp Stewart and Stewart McDougall and produced by Drexel in the 1950s and 1960s. 2 arm chairs and 4 side ch...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Kipp Stewart Seating

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Walnut

Set of 8 Kipp Stewart Dining Chairs - Refinished & Reupholstered in Your Fabric
By Kipp Stewart, Calvin Furniture
Located in Atlanta, GA
Set of Eight Curvaceous Dining Chairs, designed by Kipp Stewart for Calvin, American, circa 1960s. These chairs are currently being refinished ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Upholstery, Wood, Walnut

Pair of Kipp Stewart for Directional Lounge Chairs
By Directional, Kipp Stewart
Located in Norwalk, CT
Great modern lines on this pair of lounge chairs designed by the notable designer, Kipp Stewart, for Directional. An outstanding partnership that combined elegant design with fine qu...
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Upholstery

Kipp Stewart Set of Five Centennial Dining Chairs for Drexel Circa 1960s
By Drexel, Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall, Kipp Stewart
Located in Peabody, MA
Set of five walnut dining chairs designed by Stewart MacDougall & Kipp Stewart for the Drexel Centennial line, circa 1960s. Arm chairs measure 21" w...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Walnut

Set of Six Kipp Stewart Mid-Century Modern Restored Dining Room Chairs
By Kipp Stewart
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous set of six totally restored chairs by Kipp Stewart for Calvin. Refinished walnut and reupholstered with new foam and cotton velvet fabric. Grea...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Velvet, Walnut

Pair of Kipp Stewart for Directional Walnut, Cane, and Blue Leather Chairs
By Kipp Stewart, Directional
Located in New York, NY
PAIR of American Mid-Century pull up chairs with rounded back walnut frames with caned backs and sides and blue leather seat cushions, resting o...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Kipp Stewart Seating

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Wood, Leather, Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Apertura Barstools by Kipp Stewart for Summit Furniture
By Kipp Stewart
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An early and rare pair of Aperture barstools in teak by Monterey, California, designer, architect, and artist Kipp Stewart for Summit Furniture. Impr...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Teak

Set of 4 First Cabin Dining Chairs by Kipp Stewart for Summit Furniture
By Kipp Stewart
Located in Los Angeles, CA
We have 12 chairs in total or 3 sets of 4. Introducing the Set of 4 First Cabin Dining Chairs by Kipp Stewart for Summit Furniture, the perfect addit...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Teak

Pr. Barcelona Style Chairs by Kipp Stewart for Drexel
By Drexel, Kipp Stewart
Located in New York, NY
Rare pair of Barcelona style lounge chairs, designed by Kipp Stewart for Drexel. Like the iconic Mies chair, but the American designed and made version. These chairs are actually mu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Kipp Stewart Seating

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Chrome

Elegant Restored Pair of Walnut Cane Chairs by Kipp Stewart for Directional
By Directional, Kipp Stewart
Located in Atlanta, GA
These magnificent chairs are shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Meticulously professionally restored and installation ready. Expert custom...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Cane, Walnut

Pair of Kipp Stewart for Directional Lounge Chairs
By Kipp Stewart
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Kipp Stewart for Directional lounge chairs. Upholstered in linen. Legs are wood with casters.
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Linen, Wood

Directional Kipp Stewart Two-Piece Tufted Sofa Sectional Mid-Century Modern
By Kipp Stewart
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous Kipp Stewart for Directional two-piece tufted sectional sofa. Yes, this piece will need to be re-upholstered but that's what you designers are looking for anyway-right?
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Wood, Upholstery

Pair of Kipp Stewart for Drexel "Centennial" Arm Chairs
By Stewart MacDougall, Kipp Stewart, Drexel
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Beautiful pair of modern Windsor style armchairs designed by Kipp Stewart and Stewart MacDougal for Drexel Furniture. Handcarved back splats with flattened form, bentwood arm and car...
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20th Century American Kipp Stewart Seating

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Walnut

Kipp Stewart Modern Lounge Chairs by Directional
By Directional, Kipp Stewart
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stylish pair of Mid-Century Modern "Arc" lounge chairs features heavy chrome frames and sleek Kipp Stewart design. Quality vintage craftsmanship by Directional furniture, this p...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Kipp Stewart Seating

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Chrome

Pair of Slipper Lounge Chairs by Kipp Stewart for Directional 1960s
By Directional, Kipp Stewart
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Pair of Slipper Lounge Chairs by Kipp Stewart for Directional 1960s Newly upholstered in slate gray / dark indigo cotton fabric with fiv...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Kipp Stewart Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

Lounge Chair by Kipp Stewart for Calvin Furniture
By Kipp Stewart
Located in Danville, CA
Handsome occasional chair with mahogany frame meticulously refinished in dark brown lacquer and upholstered in luxurious charcoal grey velvet. All work done with painstaking quality...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Velvet, Mahogany

Kipp Stewart Directional Original Leather Stainless Steel Lounge Chair Ottoman
By Directional, Kipp Stewart
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Wow, original and buttery soft, off-white leather! On a polished and hefty stainless steel base. This super cool "Arc" lounge chair and ottoman, a complete and original matching set,...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart Seating

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Stainless Steel

Kipp Stewart seating for sale on 1stDibs.

Kipp Stewart seating 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 Kipp Stewart seating, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original seating by Kipp Stewart were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 1950s. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider seating by George Mulhauser, John Stuart, and Nicos Zographos. Prices for Kipp Stewart seating can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $6,900 and can go as high as $6,900, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $6,900.

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