Vladimir Kagan was born in Germany in 1927 and moved to the U.S 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 combined his innovative thinking and technical skills to develop furniture designs, unlike anything imagined before him. Vladimir took inspiration from the new ideology of modern design while resisting geometry in favor of organic forms, which he infused with a signatures Kagan flair. After a prolific career spanning nearly 70 years, Vladimir passed away on April 7th of 2016, at 88 years old.

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An outstanding custom wing desk rendered in Koa wood and acrylic with patinated brass hardware, its curved form floats on a Lucite base. Giving happiness to its appearance, the other end of the desk rests upon the adjacent cabinet, fitted with drawers and shelves for ample storage.

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His serpentine sofa, perhaps the best known of all Mr. Kagan’s creations, is an armless, curvilinear swoosh of a thing, often upholstered in velvet.

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We love the modular chaise lounge by Vladimir Kagan. The chaise lounge becomes an intimate love-seat, perfect for conversation. Featuring rounded lines and a cantilevered foot. These elegant and modern designs epitomize Kagan’s organic and sleek iconic furniture.

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The Vladimir Kagan/Ralph Pucci collaboration on the making of the fiberglass chair was born out of a simple conversation and viewing of sketches of Kagan’s 1950’s designs in a variety of materials, including fiberglass that was never developed. Vladimir Kagan had always wanted to do a plastic chair, as his designs were so ideally suited for the medium.

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We love these pair of nesting tables! Especially the curved Lucite bases with Formica laminate tops, and burled maple pattern.

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Their sensual curves and sculptural beauty define Vladimir Kagan’s iconic furniture designs. Early commissions included the Delegate’s Cocktail Lounges for the first United Nations Headquarters in Lake Success, N.Y.

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We love this sleek modern design of this innovative cubist table, making this piece as relevant and prominent today as it was when first issued. It is constructed of mainly rosewood, chrome, and glass. The versatility of this Vladimir Kagan furniture piece allows for it to be used as a compact glass table, or fully extended to become a dining or conference table.

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Love this fabulous Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofa in the original Aqua Suede Upholstery. This sofa is exquisite! From the curved chrome feet to the swooping backrest, this is a perfect statement sofa for any style space!

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How unique is this roll-top writing desk in oak with Lucite legs and a leather writing surface? The desk features a tambour roll top concealing a red leather writing surface and letter organizer.

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One of our favorites! This Midcentury Modern coffee table has a unique snail-like walnut base and glass surface designed by Kagan for Selig circa 1950s.

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Fabulous! Vladimir Kagan “Crescent” swivel lounge chairs. This chair makes for a great 1960s vintage designer piece.

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Vladimir Kagan was a very innovative and creative thinker! This outstanding Sofa with Lucite legs and floating rosewood side tables demonstrates it all.

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Vladimir Kagan Lucite armchairs with brass detail. Holly Hunt Great Outdoors aqua velvet.

This classic coffee table is the perfect example of Kagan’s approach to design. It has a sculptural dark walnut base, which gorgeously supports a pristine kidney-shaped glass top.

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Kagan for directional lounge chair! Upholstered in Holly Hunt great plains “Deep in Thought” fabric. Rosewood plinth bases with a return swivel mechanism.

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WOW! Love this fifth avenue angled Kagan sofa.

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