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Leather 'Matinee' Sofa / Daybed by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Remarkable sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan for American Leather Studios composed of two removable bolster accent pillows and back bolster in leather. The removal of the back bolster ...
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Early 2000s American Post-Modern Sofas

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Leather

Post Modern Matinee Sofa Daybed by Vladimir Kagan
By American Leather, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Remarkable white leather matinee convertible daybed sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan for American Leather Studios. The sofa is composed of two removable bolster accent pillows and a r...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Sofas

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Leather

Vladimir Kagan “Matinee” Sofa/ Daybed for American Leather, Postmodern
By American Leather, Vladimir Kagan
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Vladimir Kagan "Matinee" sofa/ daybed produced by American Leather, 2007. Pewter leather with soft blue backrest and red bolster pillows. Backrest easily lifts off to convert into...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Sofas

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Leather

Beautiful Leather Matinee Daybed Sofa by Vladimir Kagan Sage Green Leather
By Vladimir Kagan, American Leather
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful designer leather matinee daybed sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan for American Leather Studios. Amazing light green sage soft leather. Has a (1) removable back bolster in sag...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

Vladimir Kagan Red Leather “Matinee” Sofa Daybed
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Chicago, IL
Matinee sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan for American Leather. Backrest easily removes to convert sofa to daybed.
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20th Century American Modern Daybeds

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Leather

Vladimir Kagan Matinee Sofa or Daybed in Brown Leather
By Vladimir Kagan, American Leather
Located in Hudson, NY
A Vladimir Kagan Matinee sofa made by American Leather. A discontinued design that is reminiscent of an earlier Kagan sofa. The back cushion is removable to convert it into a daybed.
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

Vladimir Kagan Black Leather Matinee Sofa Daybed 3-seat, American Leather 1990s
By American Leather, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous black leather sofa by Vladimir Kagan for American Leather Studios. The sofa is comprised of two removable bolster accent pillows and long back bolster. The removal of the ba...
Category

Late 20th Century American Modern Daybeds

Materials

Leather

Vladimir Kagan 'Matinee' Sofa / Daybed in Leather
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Remarkable sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan for American Leather Studios composed of two removable bolster accent pillows and back bolster in leather. The removal of the back bolster ...
Category

1990s American Post-Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

  • Vladimir Kagan 'Matinee' Sofa / Daybed in Leather
  • Vladimir Kagan 'Matinee' Sofa / Daybed in Leather
  • Vladimir Kagan 'Matinee' Sofa / Daybed in Leather
  • Vladimir Kagan 'Matinee' Sofa / Daybed in Leather
H 30.5 in. W 85.5 in. D 34.25 in.
Vladimir Kagan for American Leather 'Matinee' Red Leather Sofa Daybed, Signed
By Vladimir Kagan, American Leather
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The red leather on this Vladimir Kagan for American leather Postmodern 'Matinee' convertible sofa daybed is absolutely to die for. Beautiful color and patina throughout, featuring hi...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

vladimir-kagan Biography and Important Works

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.

Finding the Right Sofas for You

Black leather, silk velvet cushions, breathable bouclé fabric — when shopping for antique, new or vintage sofas, today’s couch connoisseurs have much to choose from in terms of style and shape. But it wasn’t always thus. 

The sofa is typically defined as a long upholstered seat that features a back and arms and is intended for two or more people. While the term “couch” comes from the Old French couche, meaning to lie down, and sofa has Eastern origins, both are forms of divan, a Turkish word that means an elongated cushioned seat. No matter how you spell it, sofa just means comfort, at least it does today.

In the early days of sofa design, upholstery consisted of horsehair or dried moss. Sofas that originated in countries such as France during the 17th century were more integral to decor than they were to comfort. Like most baroque furnishings from the region, they frequently comprised heavy, gilded mahogany frames and were upholstered in floral Beauvais tapestry. Today, options abound when it comes to style and material, with authentic leather offerings and classy steel settees. Plush, velvet chesterfields represent the platonic ideal of coziness. 

Vladimir Kagan’s iconic sofa designs, such as the Crescent and the Serpentine — which, like the sectional sofas of the 1960s created by furniture makers such as Harvey Probber, are quite popular among mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts — showcase the spectrum of style available to modern consumers. Those looking to make a statement can turn to Studio 65’s lip-shaped Bocca sofa, which was inspired by the work of Salvador Dalí.

With so many options, it’s important to explore and find the perfect furniture for your space. Paying attention to the lines of the cushions as well as the flow from the backrest into the arms is crucial to identifying a cohesive new piece for your home or office.

Fortunately, with styles from every era — and even round sofas — there’s a luxurious piece for every space. Deck out your living room with an Art Deco lounge or go retro with a nostalgic '80s design. No matter your sitting vision, the right piece is waiting for you in the expansive collection of antique, new and vintage sofas on 1stDibs.