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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.

Average Sold Price
US$2,625
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Kipp Stewart for Drexel Declaration Mid-Century Walnut Writing Desk
By Drexel, Kipp Stewart
Located in Countryside, IL
Kipp Stewart for Drexel Declaration Mid Century Walnut Writing Desk The desk measures: 60 wide x 24 deep x 29.25 high, with a chair clearance of 24.5 inches. All pieces of furn...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart

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Walnut

Kipp Stewart for Directional by Calvin MCM 6 Drawer Bifold Door Lowboy Dresser
By Kipp Stewart, Calvin Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Kipp Stewart for Directional by Calvin Mid Century 6 Drawer Bifold Door Lowboy Dresser This dresser measures: 72 wide x 18 deep x 30 inches high All pieces of furniture can be ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart

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Wood

Kipp Stewart for Calvin Mid Century Modern Dining Chairs Set of 8
By Calvin Furniture, Kipp Stewart
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Set of 8 Kipp Stewart for Calvin dining room chairs. 2 Arm and 6 armless models. Chairs need to be refinished and reupholstered. Decide and do them any way you would like! We can off...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart

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Upholstery, Walnut

Kipp Stewart ARC Lounge Chairs
By Kipp Stewart
Located in New York, NY
Kipp Stewart arc lounge chairs for directional. Meticulously crafted polished stainless steel frames with all new Upholstrey. Divine lounge chairs with striking looks capture the era...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Kipp Stewart

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Stainless Steel

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H 26.5 in. W 27 in. D 30 in.
Kipp Stewart Drexel Declaration Mid Century Walnut Writing Desk
By Drexel, Kipp Stewart
Located in Countryside, IL
Kipp Stewart Drexel Declaration Mid Century Walnut Writing Desk The desk measures: 44 wide x 20 deep x 29 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restore...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart

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Walnut

Kipp Stewart for Drexel Declaration Walnut Dresser or Credenza, Newly Refinished
By Kipp Stewart, Drexel
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern long dresser or credenza By Kipp Stewart for Drexel "Declaration" Line USA, Mid-20th Century Walnut, with original brass hardware. Measu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Kipp Stewart

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Kipp Stewart for Calvin“Directional” Walnut 10-Drawer Dresser
By Kipp Stewart, Directional
Located in Shippensburg, PA
An interesting ten-drawer tall dresser designed by Kipp Stewart for the “Directional“ collection of Calvin Furniture Co., the cabinet form is sleek and austere. By utilizing a pair o...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Kipp Stewart

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Walnut

Kipp Stewart for Drexel Walnut and Rosewood Inlay Coffee Table
By Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall, Drexel, Kipp Stewart
Located in Garnerville, NY
Kipp Stewart designed Drexel declaration walnut with rosewood inlay coffee table. Wonderful figured walnut veneers with round rosewood inlays, circa 1960-1970. Very good condition. S...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kipp Stewart

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Rosewood, Walnut

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Kipp Stewart Sellers

Modern Hill Inc.
4.6
Horseman Antiques Inc.
4.9
Klassik Design
4.8
Liberty & 33rd
4.9
Stamford Modern
4.9
The Modern Republic
5.0
Assemblage Ltd.
5.0
Barbarella Home
4.8

Kipp Stewart furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture from Kipp Stewart 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 collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock of these items we have 91 vintage editions, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many 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 by Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), John Stuart and Heywood-Wakefield Co. Prices for Kipp Stewart furniture 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 $2,595.

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