The designer and co-founder who gave us our look

The designer and co-founder who gave us our look

The story of Mister Robert is about quality furnishings, unique designs, and impeccable customer service.  These characteristics perfectly sum up our co-founder Sara Jean Calonkey.  

We Are Growing!

We Are Growing!

Now Hiring for an Interior Designer/Sales Person!

We are seeking talented and creative team members for positions in Interior Design and Sales.

An ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design with sales experience in the furniture industry, knowledge of fine-furniture products, and the proven ability to assist clients in all aspects of their design project.

In addition to expertise and experience, a candidate should have a positive attitude, be coach-able, have a strong work ethic, be detail oriented, passionate, and have a solution-based mindset.

If selected, one would be expected to remain innovative, assist customers to complete sales and design transactions, and complete projects on time.

Apply to join the team by emailing your resume and list of references to misterrobert@misterrobert.com using “application” in the subject line.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

The Story Behind Why Our Flags Fly

The Story Behind Why Our Flags Fly

 Founder, Bob “Mister Robert” Calonkey

Founder, Bob “Mister Robert” Calonkey

Over the past 60 years, the City of Norman has experienced immense growth and development as it has moved into the 21st century. New buildings, public works, developments, and businesses have made Norman a modern and thriving city. If you were to drive down Norman’s historic Main Street today, it would look drastically different from its humble beginnings in years past.

One thing that has remained constant over the past 60 years, however, is the Mister Roberts Fine Furniture storefront and their ever present American Flags. This July 4th, we would like to honor the brave men and women who fought for our freedom by telling the story of our founder, Bob “Mister Robert” Calonkey, and his service.

Bob entered the U.S. Army in 1943 and proudly served as a cryptographer for General Douglas MacArthur during the Second World War.  For his service, he was awarded the Southwest Pacific Medal with three battle stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two battle stars, Japanese Occupation Medal, and the Republic of the Philippines Presidential Citation. After the war, he attended The University of Oklahoma, where he met Sara Jean Landsaw. The couple married and eventually opened Mister Robert Fine Furniture in downtown Norman.

Never forgetting his service to the United States of America, Bob dutifully insisted that Mister Robert Fine Furniture fly the American Flag year round. For the past 60 years, Mister Robert has honored the wishes of its founder by maintaining this patriotic tradition. To this day, we are proud of our founder’s service and the service of those who have sacrificed for this country.

From the Desk of… Give your workspace an upgrade

From the Desk of… Give your workspace an upgrade

The Einstein quote says, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” His cheeky implication is clear, but perhaps even worse, what if you have no desk at all? While the desk is not considered an essential in comparison to seating or dining room tables, don’t we all need somewhere to write letters or pay bills?

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Mister Robert partners with Visual Comfort & Co.

Mister Robert partners with Visual Comfort & Co.

Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design has a new gallery partnership with Visual Comfort & Co., showcasing lighting designs from AERIN, Kelly Wearstler, Kate Spade New York and others.

“Our Visual Comfort Gallery adds a new dimension to shopping at Mister Robert,” designer Steve Simpson said. “It showcases a great selection of lighting from one of the industry's hottest companies.”

President Keven Carl said, “Whether you are building a new home or freshening up an existing space, the gallery provides our customers with the tools they need to make a statement for their home or office.”

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 Lighting designs from Visual Comfort & Co.

Lighting designs from Visual Comfort & Co.


405 Magazine: Design Elevated at The Show House

405 Magazine: Design Elevated at The Show House

The Symphony Show House has been a showcase for the combined talents of the metro’s star furnishers, designers and decorative pros for four solid decades now – and even after all that time it’s as vibrant and inspiring as ever. In fact, the 2014 Show House takes style to a whole new level: the 18th floor of the landmark Founders Tower. You’re invited to the home design version of high fashion May 3-18 as over a dozen top-tier decorative professionals present “A View to a Thrill.”

Read the full article here.

Our Story & Heritage

Our Story & Heritage

 Read the full article from Norman Living's  A Family Affair: Celebrating a Half Century of Excellence

Read the full article from Norman Living's A Family Affair: Celebrating a Half Century of Excellence

The Story of Mister Robert.
     Mister Robert Fine Furniture and Design began as a dream of Bob and Sara Jean Calonkey almost 60 years ago. Since opening its doors on October 1, 1958 with a single store front offering high-end designer-oriented furniture on Norman’s historic Main Street, Mister Robert has been a symbol of style and excellence, as well as a pillar of the community for decades. During its storied career, Mister Robert has remained dedicated to Bob and Sara Jean’s mission: to make Oklahoma beautiful, one room at a time.
     Throughout their 66 year marriage, Bob and Sara Jean worked to lead Mister Robert into the next millennium with unmatched attention to style, quality, and service. Together they made Mister Robert a business synonymous with timeless elegance and class. This landmark family-owned and operated business continues to this day under the leadership of their daughter, Keven Calonkey Carl, who quite literally was raised in the business.  Keven grew up knowing she wanted to be an Interior Designer and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Interior design.  

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“As a child I went to clients’ homes with my mom and learned the design aspect of the business.  I saw how dad ran the business and learned from him the financial aspects of running a business.  I am proud to carry on their legacy at Mister Robert.”   
     Keven is well known and respected in the industry as a top designer and remains dedicated to providing Oklahoma with distinguished furnishings and exceptional customer service.   She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and is nationally certified though the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). She has won The Oklahoman’s Readers Choice Award for Best Interior Designer five times. She has also won sixteen ASID Excellence in Design awards for her outstanding residential and commercial design projects. 
     Mister Robert offers customers the very best in furnishings for their homes and businesses.  Our team of talent designers are known for their ability to listen to clients dreams and turn them into a reality.  The store impact reaches customers throughout the state and is built on a solid foundation of proven customer service, quality products, and personalized service.
     Mister Robert selects each piece in the store from top lines like Henredon, Maitland-Smith, Theodore Alexander, E.J Victor, Sherrill, John Richard, and many more.  Boasting a vast and captivating collection of home accessories, original oil paintings, vibrantly colored rugs, and more, Mister Robert continues to beautify homes and offices one room at a time.  

 

 

Designers transform mansion into 2016 Symphony Show House

Designers transform mansion into 2016 Symphony Show House

 Steve Calonkey of Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design treated the entryway leading to the grand staircase in the Symphony Show House. [PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Steve Calonkey of Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design treated the entryway leading to the grand staircase in the Symphony Show House. [PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Kathy Funston first saw the Johnson-Hightower mansion as a first-grader accompanying her mother to a charity event in the stately home that towers over the corner of Walker Avenue and NW 16 in Heritage Hills. 

Funston recalled being “spellbound” by the home's grandeur — its marble floors and grand staircase. In the third-floor ballroom, her eyes “became the size of platters” when she saw what waited for her there: an indoor swing!

More than 50 years later, Funston, owner of Kathy Funston Design at 3515 N Classen Blvd., is among 26 interior designers who have transformed the distinctive home at 439 NW 15 into the 2016 Symphony Show House.

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405 Magazine: On With the Symphony Show House

405 Magazine: On With the Symphony Show House

 PHOTOS COURTESY OKC ORCHESTRA LEAGUE

PHOTOS COURTESY OKC ORCHESTRA LEAGUE

Timing is crucial in life. The 2016 Symphony Show House was planned for a different property east of I-35, but all the pieces didn’t come together on schedule – and for a brief time it seemed dreadfully possible that this luxury-laden annual event wouldn’t take place at all – but a property that hadn’t been previously available came up as a possibility and the results could hardly be finer: The grand Johnson-Hightower home in Heritage Hills is the site, and the Show House must go on.

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Keven Calonkey Carl wins interior design award

Keven Calonkey Carl wins interior design award

Keven Calonkey Carl, of Mister Robert Fine Furniture and Design in Norman, has been awarded first place in the 2014 ASID Excellence in Design competition for her library in the Oklahoma City Symphony Designers Show House. This is the 13th Excellence in Design award Carl has won.

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