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Vladimir Kagan

American, German, 1927-2016

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.

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Iconic Designs from Vladimir Kagan
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Serpentine Sofa
Serpentine Sofa
Omnibus I
Omnibus I
Crescent Chair
Crescent Chair
Floating Curved Sofa
Floating Curved Sofa
Vladimir Kagan Mom & Pop Rockstar Rocking Lounge Chairs in Ivory Bouclé c. 1990
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Saint Louis, MO
You rock in this pair of Vladimir Kagan Mom and Pop rocking lounge chairs newly professionally reupholstered in soft deliciously textured ivory white bouclé. Rock all day with some R...
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Early 2000s American Post-Modern Vladimir Kagan

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Bouclé, Upholstery

Vladimir Kagan Juno Wingback Recliner Chairs in Soft Ivory White Bouclé
By Room and Board, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Stately Post Modern Pair of Vladimir Kagan Wingback reclining chairs made by American Leather professionally reupholstered in super soft Ivory White bouclé. New cushioning and lots o...
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1990s American Post-Modern Vladimir Kagan

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Bouclé, Upholstery

Vladimir Kagan Sofa
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in San Francisco, CA
A "Tangent" sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Weiman Furniture. Produced in North Carolina late in Kagan's career as he re-visited his early catalog and reinterpreted it for today's trends....
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vladimir Kagan

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Upholstery, Wood

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H 38 in. W 92 in. D 57 in.
Vladimir Kagan for Directional “Nautilus” Swivel Chairs, 1980
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Chicago, IL
Vladimir Kagan for Directional “Nautilus” Suede Swivel chairs, 1980.
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1980s Vintage Vladimir Kagan

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Suede

Vladimir Kagan A-Symmetric Settee in Ivory Bouclé by Directional, c. 1991
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Asymmetrical and chic Directional Vladimir Kagan Post Modern Settee professionally reupholstered in soft ivory white bouclé. All new cushioning and upholstered in ivory white bouclé ...
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1990s American Post-Modern Vladimir Kagan

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Bouclé, Upholstery

Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Cloud Sofas in Ivory Boucle, a Pair, Directional
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These sofas are breathtakingly beautiful. A rare pair of Vladimir Kagan serpentine cloud sofas upholstered in sumptuous ivory white, heavily textured sherpa boucle. Vladimir Kagan fu...
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1990s American Post-Modern Vladimir Kagan

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Bouclé

Vladimir Kagan, Armchair / Side Chair, Walnut, White Boucle, Kagan-Dreyfus 1960s
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A sculptural organic armchair designed by Vladimir Kagan. Organicly carved walnut is paired with a high-end bouclé fabric.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vladimir Kagan

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Bouclé, Walnut

Vladimir Kagan Fettucini Lounge Chair in Sienna Leather with Metal Base
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Clifton, NJ
The kinetic lines of the Fettucini Chair fold together and gracefully join along the legs, drawing the eye across each contour.The floating backrest flows into twisting curves of the...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Vladimir Kagan

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Fabric

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Vladimir Kagan Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Vladimir Kagan Furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Vladimir Kagan Furniture collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 201 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 25 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Vladimir Kagan were created during the 20th century in Mid-Century Modern style in North America. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Thayer Coggin, Directional and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The prices for Vladimir Kagan furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $1,200 and tops out at $60,000, while pieces like these can sell for $10,800 on average.