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Multi-Position Reclining Chair in Red Offered by Vladimir Kagan Design Group

$7,760

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Modern multi-position reclining chair in red. The signature Kagan contour sling seat was first imagined alongside traditional midcentury materials like walnut wood. This update to the classic design boasts a floating seat, which sits within a flowing polished steel frame. A notched metal backrest allows the sitter to select different grades of pitch for a relaxed upright sit or to lay back and unwind. Pairs with the matching Footstool in Red for kick-back comfort. Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. He studied Architecture at Columbia University before joining his father, a master cabinetmaker, to apprentice in his woodworking shop and learn the essentials of furniture design from the ground up. Vladimir took inspiration from the new philosophy of modern design molded by the Bauhaus but resisted geometry in favor of organic shapes, which he infused with a signature Kagan flair. In 1948 he opened his first shop in New York, where the Kagan name quickly became synonymous with undulating, sinuous lines and superior craftsmanship. Kagan products have exhibited this craftsmanship for more than six decades. From the selection of raw materials, to the matching of wood grains, to the artistry of the upholsterers, immense precision is put into every phase of construction. Each piece also features a custom-made placard with individual serial number designating its authenticity. Vladimir received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Brooklyn Museum, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the American Society of Furniture Designers, and was an inductee into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. Along with being the father of 3 and grandfather of 6, Vladimir’s legacy is far reaching and will continue to be felt for decades to come.

Details

  • Creator
    Vladimir Kagan (Designer, Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Width: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Depth: 34 in. (86.36 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Current Production
  • Production Type
    New & Custom(One of a Kind)
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Clifton, NJ
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 175 SS1stDibs: f3792118061111041063fs

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About Vladimir Kagan (Manufacturer)

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 these pages, even decades after their conception, Kagan pieces still command the eye, with their freshness, energy, sensuality and wit.

About The Maker

Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. He studied Architecture at Columbia University before joining his father, a master cabinetmaker, to apprentice in his woodworking shop and learn the essentials of furniture design from the ground up. Vladimir took inspiration from the new philosophy of modern design molded by the Bauhaus but resisted geometry in favor of organic shapes, which he infused with a signature Kagan flair. In 1948 he opened his first shop in New York, where the Kagan name quickly became synonymous with undulating, sinuous lines and superior craftsmanship. Kagan products have exhibited this craftsmanship for more than six decades. From the selection of raw materials, to the matching of wood grains, to the artistry of the upholsterers, immense precision is put into every phase of construction. Each piece also features a custom-made placard with individual serial number designating its authenticity. Vladimir received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Brooklyn Museum, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the American Society of Furniture Designers, and was an inductee into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. Along with being the father of 3 and grandfather of 6, Vladimir’s legacy is far reaching and will continue to be felt for decades to come.
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