Calvin began his career as a stage set designer, working with Warhol “superstars” Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling, and Jackie Curtis on the Lower East Side of New York. He studied with Oliver Smith [West Side Story, Hello Dolly] at NYU and received a Drama Critics Award for Outstanding Set Design when he was seventeen years old.
“...the young designer in a denim jacket...”
He was the Art Director of Fiorucci (the Italian clothing store known for its “pop” marketing materials and tight jeans) in the 1970’s, and designed “scenery” for New York’s storied night clubs, Mudd Club, and Studio 54.
In the 1980’s his work was shown at P.S.1 (now the Museum of Modern Art) in Queens, The Dia Art Foundation in Bridgehampton, Long Island, and the Holly Solomon and Barbara Gladstone galleries in New York City. He designed a prototype “Dream House” for “Le Nouveau Theatre de la Mode,” an exhibition of haute couture Barbie doll fashions, curated by BillyBoy* and sponsored by Mattel, which opened in Paris and toured throughout France; and, for Bloomingdale’s, created backgrounds for Hollywood photographer Horst P. Horst. He designed a line millinery for Bergdorf Goodman.
Calvin was a contributing editor at Martha Stewart Living and a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine. He successfully launched Nautica’s first home collection before joining Ralph Lauren in 2000, where, as Vice President, he designed over one hundred collections and over a thousand pieces of furniture and lighting.
In 2017, Calvin launches Churchman and Company and collaborates with Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture on his first collection of home furnishings. Jonathan Charles’ extraordinary abilities are matched by Calvin’s succinct narrative. The Spring ’18 Collection includes a period style French sofa on an elaborately carved frame, inlaid and hand painted occasional tables, an art deco bedroom suite, Chinese cabinets, and an unusual hand turned Louis Philippe campaign desk befitting an apartment or townhouse in Paris, London, Hong Kong, or New York.
“…a quiet evening at home…”
Calvin lives in a small penthouse behind the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, and has homes on Chicago’s lakeshore and the Italian Riviera; he spends much of his time in Saigon.