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Visit Mister Robert Fine Furniture for Unique, Quality Items

Mister Robert Fine Furniture and Design began as a dream of Sara Jean and Bob Calonkey more than 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.

When Sara Jean and Bob first opened Mister Robert, Norman and the Oklahoma City Metro area had very few options for customers seeking fine furnishings. Sara Jeans’ father owned Landsaw’s of Norman, which had started in the 1930’s. The couple decided to cater to a market that would not directly compete with their family members. They quickly built a reputation of selling products of exceptional quality that would last. 

Mister Robert continues to be the place where discerning consumers find unique, one of a kind, quality items that will not only improve their homes appearance, but lasts for years. Mister Robert constantly attends national furniture markets and searches for pieces, which their customers can’t find anywhere else. Whenever possible they buy American made products from vendors while utilizing sustainable practices. 

In this time of COVID-19, Mister Robert is offering digital assistance to customers. People can shop their brands from links on their website, Facebook, and Instagram and communicate with their professional design staff remotely. They continue to serve customers digitally and will be here ready to help them make their homes a place of beauty when this pandemic is passed.

As far as their approach, Mister Robert takes on each design project with a clean slate ready to listen to our clients likes and desires. While some have every interior look the same, they individualize each project with the assistance of renowned interior design professionals to reflect the likes and lifestyles of those clients to help them create the space of their dreams. 

Mister Robert fosters an atmosphere of teamwork among a staff that they see as family. Everyone who works at this store has a role to play. They continue to provide commission-free shopping to customers because, they agree with their founder’s idea, that teamwork and idea sharing is the best way to serve the needs of customers. Shopping at Mister Robert allows you to take your time, privately or with assistance, and gives you an opportunity use their expertise to buy from their showroom or special-order items specific to your tastes. They carry no products that are not of the quality they would place in our own homes. If you see it here, you know it’s well-made.

This comes in large part because Mister Robert sells only fine quality, customizable products, most of which are made in the United States and lovingly created by skilled craftsmen. They know furniture and only carry brands they trust for their quality. Their innovative and professional staff provides clients with exquisite design solutions and exceptional customer service that is second to none.

When asked about their crowning achievement, one word came to mind, Keven.  Keven is well known and respected in the industry as a top Interior 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 seven years in a row. She has also won eighteen ASID Excellence in Design awards for her outstanding residential and commercial design projects. She has created a professional design staff who can work to create spaces to meet the need of the client, be that traditional, transitional, or contemporary.

Throughout their 66-year marriage, Sara Jean and Bob 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 lasting a lifetime.