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Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

American, German, 1927-2016
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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Vladimir Kagan Desk Chair in Shearling for Kagan-Dreyfuss, circa 1950s
By Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc., Vladimir Kagan
Located in Stamford, CT
An elegant swiveling desk chair featuring a distinctively shaped seat floating above a sculptural cruciform carved walnut support. Designed by Vladimir Kagan for Kagan-Dreyfuss, circ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Wool, Walnut

Vladimir Kagan, Organic 'Cosmos' Lounge Chair, Beige Fabric, Lucite, America
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A "Cosmos" lounge chair, designed by Vladimir Kagan. Produced by Kagans own firm Vladimir Kagan Designs Inc in the 1970s. The soft organic form contrasts the original Lucite base...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Fabric, Lucite

Vladimir Kagan Sculpted Lucite Leather & Chrome Executive Desk Chair, circa 1970
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This stunning lucite, warm brown leather and chrome executive desk chair is by Vladimir Kagan for Vladimir Kagan Designs, circa 1970. This Kagan desk chair features swivel, recline, ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Steel

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Leather for Directional Nautilus Corkscrew Swivel Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Pair of Vladimir kagan leather for Directional Nautilus corkscrew swivel chairs Chairs are signed 'Directional'.
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20th Century American Post-Modern Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Leather

Nautilus Swivel Chair by Vladimir Kagan for Weiman, 1990s
By Weiman, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Hamburg, PA
A sculptural "Nautilus" swivel chair by Vladimir Kagan for Weiman. This beautiful chair would work in any interior. The chair is structurally sound, new upholstery is recommended. ...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery

Kagan-Dreyfuss Swivel Chairs, Model 100A, by Vladimir Kagan
By Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc., Vladimir Kagan
Located in Stamford, CT
Rare set of swivel chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Kagan-Dreyfuss. Newly upholstered in Italian bouclé. Walnut bases fully restored. New swivel mechanisms. Priced as pair. O...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Bouclé, Walnut

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Crescent Swivel Chairs in Ivory Bouclé with Brass Bases
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Stunningly chic pair of freshly reupholstered Vladimir Kagan crescent large scale swivel chairs set upon glowing brass bases and dressed in soft ivory bouclé. These are large modern ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Vladimir Kagan for Directional Swivel Lounge Chairs in Faux Persian Lamb
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Stylish, sculptural and incredibly comfortable pair of tilt and swivel Vladimir Kagan lounge chairs for Directional. Our shop has carried several Vladimir Kagan lounge chairs in our ...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Faux Fur

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Lounge Chairs and Ottoman in Ivory Bouclé
By Vladimir Kagan, Weiman Preview Furniture
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 Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Bouclé

Mom & Pop Pair Vladimir Kagan Wingback Swivel Chairs & Ottomans in Ivory Bouclé
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Saint Louis, MO
If you want to be the envy of your friends and fellow designers, here's how you do it. Our shop is very excited to offer a rare pair of Mom & Pop Vladimir Kagan swivel wingback chair...
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1990s American Post-Modern Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Bouclé

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 Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Muslin, Upholstery

Pair of Swivel Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of swivel chairs by Vladimir Kagan, newly upholstery, USA, 1960s.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Fabric

Vladimir Kagan for Directional Swivel Lounge Chairs in Ivory Velvet
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in New York, NY
Vladimir Kagan for Directional pair of ivory velvet swivel lounge chairs with slightly curved backs and seats which tilt back and forth and swivel on upholstered round base. These ch...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

Pair of Custom Swivel Attributed to Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of swiveling armchairs with tufted mohair on walnut bases designed for a Park Ave apartment full of furnishings by Vladimir Kagan. Two pair available.
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1950s Vintage Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Mohair

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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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vladimir Kagan Swivel 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 Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Velvet, Hardwood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Swivel Lounge Nautilus Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
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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1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Vladimir Kagan Corkscrew Swivel Lounge Armchair
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Wayne, NJ
Vladimir Kagan corkscrew swivel lounge armchair.
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1990s American Modern Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Fabric

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Weiman Preview Bilbao Swivel Lounge Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Weiman Preview Bilbao swivel lounge chairs. Original fabric in a latte color. Some wear to the original fabric. Some areas on seat. I have not taken anywhere ...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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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 Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Velvet, Hardwood

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 Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Wood, Fabric

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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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Velvet

Vladimir Kagan Leather and Mohair Executive Desk Chair, circa 1979, Signed
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This gorgeous leather, mohair and brass executive desk chair by Vladimir Kagan for Vladimir Kagan Designs, Inc is a rare authentic signed example with its original label underneath t...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Brass

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 Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

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 Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery

Swiveling Sculptural "Cork Screw Chair" by Vladimir Kagan
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in New York, NY
Swiveling sculptural "Cork Screw Chair" by Vladimir Kagan, American, 1992 (retains original "Directional" label).
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery, Foam, Wood

Early and Rare American Modern Pair of Barrel Swivel Chairs, Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Hollywood, FL
Pair of Barrel Swivel chairs of typical form, in original fabric, in fine working order.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

Pair Lucite Cross Base Swivel Lounge Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in New York, NY
A pair of swank low slung lounge chairs with a plush seat, back and arms in a cream upholstery all raised on a swivel cross form Lucite base, which creates a floating effect. By Vla...
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1970s American Vintage Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery, Lucite

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Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

The Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of Vladimir Kagan's original Swivel Chairs were created in the Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 20th Century. Many customers also consider Swivel Chairs by Thayer Coggin Swivel Chairs, Karl Springer Swivel Chairs and Charles and Ray Eames Swivel Chairs when they are looking for additional options. The prices for Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at US$1,750 and tops out at US$34,200, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for US$8,475.