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Kipp Stewart Dining Room Chairs

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
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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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Kipp Stewart for Drexel Declaration Mid Century Walnut Dining Chairs - Set of 8
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Mid Century Modern Drexel Declaration Dining Chairs
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Mid Century Modern Drexel Declaration Dining Chairs Above average vintage condition and structurally sound. Have some expected sligh...
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Stunning Pair Kipp Stewart Dining Armchairs Jack Lenor Larsen, Calvin Furniture
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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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Set of 8 Kipp Stewart Dining Chairs - Refinished & Reupholstered in Your Fabric
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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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Kipp Stewart Set of Five Centennial Dining Chairs for Drexel Circa 1960s
By Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall, Kipp Stewart, Drexel
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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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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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Pair of Kipp Stewart for Drexel "Centennial" Arm Chairs
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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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Kipp Stewart dining room chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Kipp Stewart dining room chairs 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 dining room chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original dining room chairs by Kipp Stewart were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider dining room chairs by Conant Ball, Arthur Umanoff, and KI Krueger International . Prices for Kipp Stewart dining room chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,800 and can go as high as $5,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,273.

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