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Serpentine Sofa

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The voluptuous contours of Vladimir Kagan’s (1927–2016) 1950 Serpentine sofa were designed to bring people together. The S-shaped piece provided both flexible group seating on an armless form as well as a focal point for mid-century entertaining. Unlike most sofas, this one was not designed to be pushed against a wall. Also, people were not supposed to sit on the Serpentine in a row. Rather, the sofa presided over the center of the room as a swoosh of plush seating. The original design included casters so it could easily be maneuvered around for a party or to provide a better view of new art on the walls.


Born in Germany, Kagan’s interest in furniture began with his father, a Russian master cabinetmaker. Following the rise of the Nazis, a young Kagan immigrated to the United States in 1938 and shortly thereafter enrolled as an architecture student at Columbia University. Nearly 15 years later, Kagan opened his first furniture company. His concept of modern living was featured in the furniture designs at the Monsanto House of the Future, which was on view at Disneyland from 1957 to 1967.


Upholstered in inviting materials, such as seductively hued velvet and Alcantara, Kagan’s furniture demonstrated how modernism could be beguiling even while breaking with the rigid norms of the past. Reflecting the biomorphic shapes in art and sculpture that such creators as Isamu Noguchi promoted as well as celebrating Scandinavian design, each piece was made for both comfort and form in its organic shape. 


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Vladimir Kagan Curved Serpentine Cloud Sofa for Directional
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vladimir Kagan curved serpentine cloud sofa for Directional. Model# 4891 J. This piece has been expertly restored.  
Category

20th Century American Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Lucite

Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sectional Sofa
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Chicago, IL
Three-piece sectional sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. Original fabric on walnut bases.
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut

Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Cloud Sofa in Holly Hunt Leather
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Vadimir Kagan serpetine cloud sofa expertly reupholstered in Holly Hunt Milano leather in Alabaster (required 6 hides) This is a 1990 production of an early 1950s design. A free form...
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa with Ottoman in Pierre Frey Lambswool Velvet
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vladimir Kagan for Directional, USA, 1956. This sofa was designed by Kagan for Directional One of the most iconic designs by Kagan emphasizing the both sculptural organic form a...
Category

Late 20th Century American Organic Modern Sectional Sofas

Materials

Aluminum

Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Cloud Sofa Upholstered in Heavy Boucle
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Tempe, AZ
This Vladimir Kagan sofa is absolutely stunning! With Kagan's furniture having more curves than Beyonce and the class and sophistication of the queen, it’s obvious why Vladimir Kagan...
Category

1990s American Post-Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé

Vladimir Kagan for Directional 3-Piece Serpentine Sectional
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Southampton, NJ
Note: This sectional will need to be reupholstered. Although this sectional will need to be recovered, it's still one of the best designs from Designer, Vladimir Kagan. The curved...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

Materials

Leather

Vladimir Kagan for Directional Serpentine Cloud Sofa
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Miami, FL
Vladimir Kagan serpentine cloud sofa for Directional, circa 1980s. Cloud sofa with a left facing arm Upholstered cylindrical plinth pedestal bases and center lucite support. Original...
Category

Vintage 1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Ultrasuede, Lucite

Pair of Serpentine Cloud Sofa Vladimir Kagan for Directional
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Miami, FL
Vladimir Kagan serpentine cloud sofas for Directional, circa 1980s. Pair of cloud sofas with a left facing arm Upholstered cylindrical plinth pedestal bases and center Lucite suppo...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Ultrasuede, Lucite

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Cloud Sofas or Chaise Lounges by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan, Weiman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A sculptural asymmetrical pair of cloud sofas designed by Vladimir Kagan and produced by Weiman in the 1980s. These sofas still retain their original upholstery, so a light recoverin...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa, America, 21st Century
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Culver City, CA
Vladimir Kagan serpentine sofa, America, 21st century. Newly upholstered in wool velvet. Manufactured by Directional.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Vladimir Kagan Sofa
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Culver City, CA
Newly upholstered in wool velvet on chrome bases with lucite center leg.   
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Culver City, CA
Newly upholstered in cotton velvet. Manufactured by Directional.    
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Stools

Materials

Velvet

Vladimir Kagan Curved Serpentine Cloud for Sofa in Red/Orange Cotton Velvet
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful sofa by Vladimir Kagan newly upholstered in a rich cotton velvet. For Directional. Double top stitch on seams.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Curved Serpentine Sofa by Vladimir Kagan in Leather and Suede
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A beautiful sculptural Bilboa sofa in purple leather and suede designed by Vladimir Kagan. The sofa was manufactured in the late 1980s and is in excellent condition.
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Suede

Stunning Vladimir Kagan Curved Serpentine Cloud Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning Vladimir Kagan curved serpentine cloud sofa for Directional. We are loving the Brunschwig and Fils and Dongia fabric this sofa has been re-upholstered with about 15 years ag...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Lucite

Huge Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Large version of the Vladimir serpentine sofa, model #150BC. Early version with caster feet.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood