Sculptural Inlaid Walnut Parquetry Dining Table by Vladimir Kagan Designs For Sale
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Sculptural Inlaid Walnut Parquetry Dining Table by Vladimir Kagan Designs

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Reminiscent of his earlier work with Kagan-Dreyfuss, this gorgeous Vladimir Kagan sculpted leg dining table (or also an amazing choice as a breakfast, center, or game table) was custom produced for a family friend of his in 1998. Sharing similarity to the Trisymmetric tables he created in the 1950s, this table is crafted from Walnut and features four tailored legs tapering in to the center of the table, with a thick inlaid walnut parquetry top. The family who we acquired this table from was friends with Kagan for many years and he created a number of items for them throughout the decades, which we have acquired a number of. One includes a custom mosaic dining table sitting atop a cylindrical lucite base, the mosaic work very similar to his earlier Kagan-Dreyfuss mosaic designs, this table and other select pieces we acquired along with a signed conceptual color pencil sketch by Vladimir Kagan himself. For many of these pieces we acquired, we have and will provide the authentication plaques and copies of the original receipts upon the sale of this table. Incredible provenance on a highly collected designer who's designs have wonderfully appreciated over the years. Whether you're a designer seeking a quintessential piece or a collector or investor adding to your modern design collection, this highly collectible table stands the test of time. Ideal for a mid-century modern dining room or reception room, but also a great choice for a contemporary or traditional entryway room, kitchen, living room, study, or den. Designers, consider this structural table for a creative studio or design showroom, hotel lobby lounge, restaurant / cafe or a corporate location, such as; a private members club, conference room or executive office. This extremely well-cared-for table is in excellent vintage condition with a shiny and clean finish. No damage or issues to the gorgeous sculptural legs or top. Sturdy and structurally sound. Only very minor wear noticeable upon close inspection, otherwise looks near mint and is design magazine cover-worthy. "Certificate of Authenticity" will be provided upon request. Measurements: Height 29", diameter 42".

Details

  • Period
    1990-1999
  • Materials and Techniques
    ParquetryWalnut
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Excellent original condition. Only very minor wear is visible upon close inspection. Ready to be used immediately. Beautiful finish.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 29 in. x Dm 42 in.H 73.66 cm x Dm 106.68 cm
  • Diameter
    42 in. (106.68 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU1330213329832
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About Vladimir Kagan (Designer)

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.

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