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Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Camel Upholstery
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of vintage camel upholstery nautilus chairs by Vladimir Kagan.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery

Vladimir Kagan Nautilus "Corkscrew" Swivel Club Chairs and Ottoman
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Dallas, TX
Classic pair of swiveling "Nautilus" lounge chairs with ottoman by esteemed designed by Vladimir Kagan, circa 1990s. Features a sloping asymmetrical back on a swiveling base. The cha...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Pair of Vintage Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Chairs in Muslin
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in New York, NY
The pair of iconic chairs has new upholstery in muslin and is ready to be reupholstered in COF (Customer Owned Fabric). Total 10 yards of fabric is required for the pair. Upholstery ...
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Muslin, Upholstery

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Tan Leather Swivel Lounge Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of nicely "broken in" tan leather upholstery swivel chairs by Vladimir Kagan.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Vladimir Kagan for Nautilus Chairs in Blush
By Weiman Preview Furniture, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Southampton, NJ
Beautiful set of chairs in perfect condition. Just had professionally cleaned and they are spotless. Any "flaw" you think you may see is only shadows. Blush fabric has no rips, te...
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1990s American Chairs

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Ultrasuede

Pair of Swiveling "Nautilus" Chairs by Vladimir Kagan in Smoked Platinum
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in New York, NY
This pair of Nautilus chairs exemplify the stunning organic Futurist forms and clean lines for which Vladimir Kagan one of the most esteemed furniture designers of the 20th century i...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Hardwood

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Black on Black Upholstered Nautilus Swivel Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Dallas, TX
Fabulous pair of Vladimir Kagan for Directional "Nautilus" swivel chairs. The chairs feature a sloping, asymmetrical backs and the chairs rest on swivel bases. The chairs are upholst...
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Vintage 1980s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Pair of Swiveling "Nautilus" Chairs by Vladimir Kagan in Smoked Platinum
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in New York, NY
This pair of Nautilus chairs exemplify the stunning organic Futurist forms and clean lines for which Vladimir Kagan one of the most esteemed furniture designers of the 20th century i...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Hardwood

Vladimir Kagan "Nautilus" Swivel Lounge Chairs Vintage Pair of
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in North Miami, FL
These corkscrew swivel vintage design lounge chairs by Vladimir Kagan for Directional are extremely comfortable. They have been newly upholstered in an off-white textural raised beau...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Swiveling "Nautilus" Chairs by Vladimir Kagan in Holly Hunt Fabric
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in New York, NY
This pair of Nautilus chairs exemplify the stunning organic Futurist forms and clean lines for which Vladimir Kagan one of the most esteemed furniture designers of the 20th century i...
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Pair of Swiveling "Nautilus" Chairs by Vladimir Kagan in Luxe Charcoal Velvet
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in New York, NY
This beautiful pair of nautilus chairs exemplify the stunning organic futurist forms and clean lines for which Vladimir Kagan one of the most esteemed furniture designers of the 20th...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Velvet

Vladimir Kagan “Nautilus” Black and Blue Ultra Suede Swivel Club Chairs, a Pair
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of vintage black and blue ultra suede swivel club chairs by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. Swivel bases are wrapped in ultra suede and maintains Directional labels. Use with or...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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Ultrasuede

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Swivel Lounge Nautilus Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A stunning matching pair of Nautilus chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan and produced by Directional. These feature their original upholstery and swiveling flat black lacquered bases. ...
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Vintage 1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Pair of Midcentury Kagan Curved Nautilus Swivel Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in West Hartford, CT
Magnificent pair of Kagan Nautilus swivel chairs. The fabric is an off beige/brown with geomtetric design and still in good condition. The ultimate in comfort and design and one of t...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Wood, Fabric

Pair of Mid Century Kagan Curved Nautilus Swivel Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in West Hartford, CT
Magnificent pair of Kagan Nautilus swivel chairs. The fabric is an off beige/brown with geomtetric design and still in good condition. The ultimate in comfort and design and one of t...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Lounge Chairs and Ottoman in Ivory Bouclé
By Weiman Preview Furniture, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Amongst the most popular Vladimir Kagan designs, these Nautilus swivel lounge chairs are sculptural, comfortable and fun, and were recently professionally reupholstered in cozy Ivory...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Bouclé

Pair of Swiveling "Nautilus" Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of vintage leather Italian armchairs, by Vladimir Kagan, conversation type when bring closer.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chair
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in New London, CT
Clean example of a popular Kagan design. This is a right arm and could use new upholstery.
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wool

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H 29.25 in. W 35.5 in. D 34.5 in.
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of Nautilus chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan with return to center swivel bases. The set consist of right and left side. There are no tears to the fabric.
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Vintage 1970s American Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

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H 28.5 in. W 35 in. D 35 in.
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chairs Redone in Silk
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A lovely pair of Vladimir Kagan designed Nautilus chairs re done in a beautiful citrus colored silk. Were not sure who manufactured these, as at some time according to our books on K...
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20th Century American Lounge Chairs

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chairs with Swivel Bases
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sculptural pair of Nautilus chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan, the chairs swivel and the set consists of the right and the left side. Both chairs are upholstered in the original fab...
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Vintage 1970s American Lounge Chairs

Vintage Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chair and Ottoman in Brazilian Cowhide
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
Vladimir Kagan's work commands the eye with its freshness, energy, sensuality, and wit. Kagan made furniture sexy. And sexy is what you get with this one-of-a-kind Nautilus chair com...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Cowhide

Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Lounge Chair
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pasadena, TX
A mid century modern Nautilus lounge chair designed by Vladimir Kagan. The chair swivels and has very elegant curves.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric

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H 29.5 in. W 37 in. D 37 in.
Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Lounge Swivel Chair
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pasadena, TX
A Nautilus swivel lounge chair designed by Vladimir Kagan. A fine expression of asymmetry in contemporary furniture design. Upholstered in an off-white plush fabric with a contrast...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chairs & Ottoman in Edelman Leather
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vladimir Kagan designed Nautilus lounge chairs and ottoman upholstered in a beautiful Edelman leather which matches the Vladimir Kagan Serpentine sofa we have listed (this was purcha...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Leather

Vladimir Kagan "Nautilus" Corkscrew Chairs
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This pair of contemporary lounge chairs sit on a swivel base and feature a unique "corkscrew" shape with sloped arms that flow into a barrel back. Please confirm item location (...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Vladimir Kagan Swivel Corkscrew or Nautilus Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Dallas, TX
Vladimir Kagan meets Kelly Wearstler. Newly upholstered nautilus chairs in Duralee fabric with faux leather trim.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Swivel Nautilus Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in New York, NY
Pair of swiveling club chairs by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. Recently reupholstered.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Vladimir Kagan Pair of Nautilus Swivel Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Miami, FL
A pair of Nautilus swivel chairs by Vladimir Kagan. Super comfortable. The design is plush with interesting lines from any angle.
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1990s American Club Chairs

Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Chair for Directional
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in San Diego, CA
Nautilus lounge or club chair on swiveling base designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional Furniture upholstered in a plum red velvet fabric.
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20th Century American Modern Lounge Chairs

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Style Nautilus Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Their beautiful and unique shape are a homage to Kagan’s nautilus style swivel chair from the 1980s. The beautiful and unique corkscrew shape also feature a comfortable sculpted barr...
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Late 20th Century Swivel Chairs

Materials

Velvet

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pasadena, CA
Pair of Vladimir Kagan nautilus swivel chair in their original upholstery. Upholstery is in good condition. Recently cleaned.
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Vintage 1980s American Swivel Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

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H 28.5 in. W 32 in. D 32.0 in.
Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Corkscrew Swiveling Lounge Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of swiveling Nautilus corkscrew lounge chairs with patterned contract fabric manufactured by the Directional Furniture company.
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Late 20th Century American Modern Lounge Chairs

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Designed Nautilus Swivel Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Vladimir Kagan designed nautilus swivel chairs reupholstered in grey velvet.
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Vintage 1970s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet

Nautilus Swivel Chair by Vladimir Kagan
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pasadena, CA
This Classic nautilus chair by Vladimir Kagan for Directional swivels 180 degrees.
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Late 20th Century American Swivel Chairs

Materials

Suede, Wood, Upholstery

  • Nautilus Swivel Chair by Vladimir Kagan
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H 27.5 in. W 35 in. D 35 in.
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Lounge Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Shapely and sexy pair of tub chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan and attributed to the manufacture of Directional, circa 1980. Vladimir Kagan made furniture sexy. This pair of asymmetr...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Vladimir Kagan Pair of Nautilus Corksrew Swivel Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in West Hartford, CT
Fabulous pair of Kagan Nautilus 360 degree "Corkscrew" swivel chairs with a charcoal gray and off-white luxurious upholstery. The ultimate in comfort and design. Now, more than ever,...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Wood

Swiveling Nautilus Chair by Vladimir Kagan for Directional
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Miami, FL
SOLD In teal blue ultra suede, a nautilus chair by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. In excellent condition, no issues. Turns 180 degrees in each direction on a upholstered circular sw...
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Vintage 1970s American Modern Lounge Chairs

Pair Of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Lounge Chairs & Ottomans
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pasadena, TX
A pair of mid century modern swivel Nautilus lounge chairs and ottomans designed by Vladimir Kagan upholstered in ultra suede. The ottomans measure 30" wide, 16" deep, 15" high.
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Vintage 1970s American Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Vladimir Kagan "Nautilus" Swivel Chairs for Directional, Pair
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Wilton, CT
A stunning pair of true design gems. The great Vladimir Kagan's voluptuous aesthetic rings true for these graceful swivel chairs. Originally designed for Directional, this bubbly duo...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Black Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pasadena, CA
Pair of 1970s swivel chairs by Vladimir Kagan newly reupholstered in a dramatic black thin chenille. The inside depth is 32.5"
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Olive Green Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Chairs, Pair
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pasadena, CA
This pair of Classic Nautilus chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional feature a sloping, asymmetrical backrests and are upholstered in olive green. The chairs rest on swive...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Pair of Nautilus Swivel Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pasadena, CA
A pair of Classic Nautilus chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional featuring sloping, asymmetrical backrests. These lounge chairs rest upon swiveling bases which allow them...
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Swiveling Nautilus Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in New York, NY
1980's chic pair of swiveling nautilus chairs in a Teal Green ultra suede and contrasting Black leather, designed by Vladimir Kagan. Mint, like new condition.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Leather

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Designed Nautilus Chairs with Matching Ottomans
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A newly upholstered pair of Vladimir Kagan nautilus chairs and matching ottomans. They have been redone in a beautiful Citrus Chenille fabric. The round swivel bases have been uphols...
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Late 20th Century American Chairs

Pair of Vladimir Kagan "Nautilus" Swivel Chairs.
By Vladimir Kagan, Weiman
Located in New York, NY
A nice pair of barrel back swivel chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Weiman. Reupholstered in an antique light brown/grey short chevron striped velvet. The swivel bases have an a...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Cotton

Pair of Nautilus Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Pasadena, CA
These classic, Nautilus Chair designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional feature a sloping, asymmetrical backrests. The lounge chairs rest on swivel bases on a return which allow the...
Category

Late 20th Century American Swivel Chairs

Materials

Foam, Wood, Upholstery

Pair of Coral Nautilus Swivel Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Miami, FL
A stunning pair of chairs and ottoman. Designed by Vladimir Kagan. Sculptural furniture at its purest. Original coral ultra suede is in excellent condition.
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Late 20th Century American Swivel Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Vladimir Kagan for Weiman Nautilus Swivel Club Chairs, Pair
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Outstanding pair of swivel club chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Weiman furniture. Albino Tiger print silk upholstery with an ebony platform. They are signed "WEIMAN" on botto...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Lounge Chairs for Directional
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Pair of Nautilus swivel lounge chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. Chairs feature original multicolored fabric and ultra suede trim. Original Directional manufactur...
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Vintage 1980s Post-Modern Chairs

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Ultrasuede, Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Nautilus Chairs by Vladimir Kagan for Directional
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pasadena, CA
A pair of classic Nautilus chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional featuring sloping, asymmetrical backrests. These lounge chairs rest upon swiveling bases which allow them...
Category

Late 20th Century American Swivel Chairs

Materials

Wood, Upholstery

Pair of Nautilus Chairs by Vladimir Kagan for Directional
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pasadena, CA
A pair of Classic Nautilus chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional featuring sloping, asymmetrical backrests. These lounge chairs rest upon swiveling bases which allow them...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Swivel Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Nautilus Swivel Chair by Vladimir Kagan for Directional
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Nautilus Swivel Chair by Vladimir Kagan for Directional.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Pair of "Nautilus" Swivel Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A pair of newly reupholster swivel "Nautilus" chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. These gorgeous chairs are newly reupholstered in a stunning silver metallic fabric...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus or Corkscrew Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus/Corkscrew chairs in red with black leather trim. Chairs swivel.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery

Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Club Chair for Directional
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in South Bend, IN
A very nice "Nautilus" swivel club chair designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. This iconic club chair simulates the shape of nautilus shells and is very comfortable. The maroon...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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Upholstery

Black on Black Upholstered Pair Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Dallas, TX
Fabulous pair of Vladimir Kagan for Directional "Nautilus" swivel chairs. The chairs feature a sloping, asymmetrical backs and the chairs rest on swivel bases. The chairs are upholst...
Category

Vintage 1980s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Midcentury Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Corkscrew Swivel Chairs New Upholstery, Pair
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in West Hartford, CT
Fabulous pair of Kagan Nautilus 360 degree "Corkscrew" swivel chairs with new beige nubby upholstery. The ultimate in comfort and design. Now, more than ever, home is where the hear...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Fabric, Textile, Wood

Nautilus Chairs by Vladimir Kagan for Directional, Pair
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Pasadena, CA
These classic, Nautilus Chair designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional feature a sloping, asymmetrical backrests. The lounge chairs rest on swivel bases on a return which allow the...
Category

Late 20th Century American Lounge Chairs

Pair of "Nautilus" Swivel Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of "Nautilus" or "corkscrew" swivel chairs by Vladimir Kagan. Chairs needs to be upholstered. Chair backs swoop down in opposite directions-making the perfect pair.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of vladimir kagan nautilus chairs for sale on 1stDibs. Frequently made of fabric, wood and upholstery, all vladimir kagan nautilus chairs available were constructed with great care. Vladimir kagan nautilus chairs have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. Vladimir kagan nautilus chairs made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Modern — are very popular at 1stDibs.

How Much are Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chairs?

Vladimir kagan nautilus chairs can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $4,800, while the lowest priced sells for $200 and the highest can go for as much as $12,800.

vladimir-kagan Biography and Important Works

The pioneers of modern furniture design in America in the mid-20th century all had their moments of flamboyance: Charles and Ray Eames produced the startling, biomorphic La Chaise; George Nelson’s firm created the Marshmallow sofa; Edward Wormley had his decadent Listen to Me chaise. But no designer of the day steadily offered works with more verve and dynamism than Vladimir Kagan. While others, it seems, designed with suburban households in mind, Kagan aimed to suit the tastes of young, sophisticated city-dwellers. With signature designs that feature sleekly curved frames and others that have dramatic out-thrust legs, Kagan made furniture sexy.

Kagan’s father was a Russian master cabinetmaker who took his family first to Germany (where Vladimir was born) and then to New York in 1938. After studying architecture at Columbia University, Kagan opened a design firm at age 22 and immediately made a splash with his long, low and sinuous Serpentine sofa. Furniture lines such as the Tri-symmetric group of glass-topped, three-legged tables and the vivacious Contours chairs soon followed.

Kagan’s choices of form and materials evolved through subsequent decades, embracing lucite, aluminum and burl-wood veneers. By the late 1960s, Kagan was designing austere, asymmetrical cabinets and his Omnibus group of modular sofas and chairs. For all his aesthetic élan, Kagan said that throughout his career, his touchstone was comfort. “A lot of modern furniture was not comfortable. And so comfort is: form follows function. The function was to make it comfortable,” he once commented. “I created what I called vessels for the human body.”

A diverse group of bodies have made themselves at home with Kagan designs. Among the famous names who commissioned and collected his designs are Marilyn Monroe, Gary Cooper, Andy Warhol, David Lynch, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and firms such as Gucci and Giorgio Armani. His work is in numerous museum collections, including those of the Victoria & Albert and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Because of its idiosyncrasy, Kagan’s work did not lend itself to mass-production. Kagan never signed on with any of the major furniture-making corporations, and examples of his designs are relatively rare. As you will see from the offerings on 1stDibs, even decades after their conception, Kagan pieces still command the eye, with their freshness, energy, sensuality and wit.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.