Vladimir Kagan (USA, 1927–2016)

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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Vladimir Kagan Erica Chaise Lounge

By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Erica Chaise Lounge
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Lucite
Vladimir Kagan's "Erica" chaise longue on Lucite base. Named after Kagan's wife, this chair features a right sided armrest with an undulating body floating on a Lucite base. The chair ...
Vladimir Kagan Lucite Swivel Chairs

By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Lucite Swivel Chairs
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Upholstery, Lucite
Kagan Designs Inc. Pair of Lucite base swivel chairs, original gently used Kagan designed fabric. Tilt, swivel.
Vladimir Kagan Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair Recliner with Original Pads

By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair Rec...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Iron
Rare to find with the original pads, this lounge chair is in excellent condition. Pads are amazingly in great condition also.
Directional Lounge Chairs by Vladimir Kagan

By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Directional Lounge Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Velvet, Wood
These exceptional rare sculptural lounge chairs were designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. Newly reupholstered in custom velvet. Top quality craftsmanship.
Crescent Desk by Vladimir Kagan, USA, circa 1980

By Vladimir Kagan
Crescent Desk by Vladimir Kagan, USA, circa 1980
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century Desks and Writing Tables
"Crescent" executive desk model number 7045 designed by Vladimir Kagan in 1970, features a curved, cascading rosewood top with nice patina throughout, is supported on two thick Lucite l...
Pair of Vladimir Kagan for Weiman Chairs with Large Ottomans with Labels

By Weiman, Vladimir Kagan
Pair of Vladimir Kagan for Weiman Chairs with Larg...
Weiman, Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Lounge Chairs
A wonderful pair of Vladimir Kagan designed Nautilus chairs with oversize ottomans. The chairs are on swivel bases and the ottomans have castors. They have the Weiman label. We have had...
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Midcentury Capricorn Dining Chairs with Original Covers
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Midcentury Capricorn Dining...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Iron, Lucite
Fabulous pair of Kagan Capricorn dining chairs with the original vinyl covers. Chairs are in outstanding condition with the acrylic feet intact on each chair. The chairs are suitable fo...
Vintage Blue Pillow Kagan Style Mid-Century Modern Lucite Bench or Stool

Vintage Blue Pillow Kagan Style Mid-Century Modern...
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Fabric, Lucite
Vintage Kagan style Mid-Century Modern Lucite bench or stool in newly upholstered blue fabric.  
Vladimir Kagan Midcentury "Cubist" Dining Table with Leaves and Console/Server
Vladimir Kagan Midcentury "Cubist" Dining Table wi...
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Vladimir Kagan midcentury "Cubist" dining table with leaves and console/server, exotic wood plinth with aluminium supports for the glass top and the table base, supports with wood inlai...
Modernist Aluminum Tufted Bench

Modernist Aluminum Tufted Bench
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Aluminum, Leather
Modernist aluminum bench in channel tufted vintage cognac leather. Legs are vintage from 1960's Upholstery is brand new with vintage leather. 1stDibs offers flat rate shipping for $369 ...
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Directional Leather and Walnut Swivel Chairs

By Vladimir Kagan
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Directional Leather and Wal...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Walnut
Pair of Vladimir Kagan for Directional swivel and reclining lounge chairs, circa late 1970s. These stunning examples have been newly upholstered in a beautifully patinated olive leather...
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Large Swivel Greige Lounge Chairs for Directional
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Large Swivel Greige Lounge ...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
A pair of Vladimir Kagan large lounge chairs for Directional featuring a sculptural shield shaped back extending from a curved lower form resting on a circular base allowing the chairs ...
Midcentury Sideboard Credenza

Midcentury Sideboard Credenza
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Four-door credenza, opens to reveal shelved storage and interior drawers. This example shows cosmetic wear to the finish, as shown. Design after Kagan, classic 1950s lines, good usable ...
Vladimir Kagan Style Diamond Front Walnut Nightstands, Set of Three

By United Furniture Corporation
Vladimir Kagan Style Diamond Front Walnut Nightsta...
Vladimir Kagan, United Furniture Corporation
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Walnut
One of the most iconic designs of the era! Beautiful diamond-shaped front with two bevelled drawers, glowing walnut wood, tapered feet. Selling individually or as a lot. Buy one to comp...
Pair of Vladimir Kagan for Directional Nautilus "Corkscrew" Swivel Club Chairs

By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Pair of Vladimir Kagan for Directional Nautilus "C...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Set of two right-facing Kagan Nautilus swivel chairs. Light cream colored fabric textured with black specks topped by micro-suede like black accent along the top edge and arms. Cond...
Vladimir Kagan “Snail” Coffee Table for Selig

By Selig, Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan “Snail” Coffee Table for Selig
Selig, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Walnut
Iconic coffee table designed by German-born architect and furniture designer Vladimir Kagan for Selig in the 1960’s. Relocated to America, Kagan’s vision was to make furniture pleasant ...
Vladimir Kagan Style Serpentine Cloud Sofa Right Arm
Vladimir Kagan Style Serpentine Cloud Sofa Right A...
Vladimir Kagan
1990s American Modern Sofas
Vladimir Kagan style serpentine cloud sofa. Opposing arm in our other listings. If not shown, it has been sold.
Serpentine Cloud Sofa Two-Tone, Lucite Leg, Style ...
Weiman, Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Modern Sofas
Suede, Lucite
Kagan-style sofa for Weiman Furniture. Sensual serpentine/cloud shape, raised on lucite leg. Two-tone upholstery, woven black on gray spiral pattern and black suede-like material. Comes...
Adrian Pearsall Style Glass Top Solid Oak Base Cof...
Adrian Pearsall, Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Oak
Mid-Century Modern coffee table with rectangle planter at centre. The amorphic design is reminiscent of works by Adrian Pearsall and Vladimir Kagan. The three pronged solid wood base pe...
Vladimir Kagan Daybed

By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Daybed
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Vladimir Kagan daybed.
Vladimir Kagan Omnibus Sofa

By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Omnibus Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Vladimir Kagan omnibus angled floating sofa on recessed Lucite supports.    
Vladimir Kagan Snail Coffee Table or Sculptural Wall Art
Vladimir Kagan Snail Coffee Table or Sculptural Wa...
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany
Vladimir Kagan iconic snail table or sculptural wall art. Choose between circular glass or Lucite top. Or attach it to the wall as sculptural art object.
Vladimir Kagan Omnibus Sofa

By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Omnibus Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Vladimir Kagan omnibus sofa. Floating L shape sofa with recessed Lucite supports. Additional pieces available.          
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Sculptural Hurricane Lounge Club Chairs

By Vladimir Kagan
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Sculptural Hurricane Lounge...
Vladimir Kagan
1990s American Modern Lounge Chairs
Pair of Vladimir Kagan sculptural lounge club chairs. The last photo shows the Hurricane chair in Kagan's book "The Complete Kagan".
Large Sculptural Bilbao Sofa in the Style of Vladimir Kagan
Large Sculptural Bilbao Sofa in the Style of Vladi...
Vladimir Kagan, Preview
Late 20th Century American Modern Sofas
Fabric, Wood
Sought after sculptural statement piece attributed to Vladimir Kagan. The curved, serpentine sofa was inspired by Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Handcrafted in the...
Vladimir Kagan Style Serpentine Cloud Sofa Left Arm
Vladimir Kagan Style Serpentine Cloud Sofa Left Ar...
Vladimir Kagan
1990s American Modern Sofas
Vladimir Kagan style for Weiman Preview Serpentine Cloud sofa .We also have the opposing arm in our other listings. If not shown, it has been sold.  
Graceful Pair of Marble and Walnut End Tables Itso...
Vladimir Kagan, Lane
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Marble, Walnut
Graceful pair of marble and walnut sculpted end tables for Lane, with cross or X-shaped constructivist bases, in the style of Vladimir Kagan. Please note the two marble tops have an int...
1960s Sofa by Hans Kaufeld

By Hans Kaufeld
1960s Sofa by Hans Kaufeld
Vladimir Kagan, Hans Kaufeld
20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Sofa by Hand Kaufeld. Sculptural organic form sits on a rounded plinth base. Base wrapped. Matching swivel chairs available.
Pair of MCM Glass Top Side Tables

Pair of MCM Glass Top Side Tables
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Hardwood
This elegant hand made pair of two-tier glass top end tables has an ebonized hardwood biomorphic frame. The two glass shelfs and the biomorphic form give these Mid Century Modern Table...
1970s Vladimir Kagan Style Lucite and Glass Snail Coffee Table, a Pair
1970s Vladimir Kagan Style Lucite and Glass Snail ...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass
Elegant pair of round coffee or side tables in the style of Vladimir Kagan famous snail table. Snail or spiral thick clear Lucite base with clear glass table top with bevelling. Sold as...
Vladimir Kagan Burl Wood Wall Unit Cabinet Sideboard

By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Burl Wood Wall Unit Cabinet Sideboa...
Milo Baughman, Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vitrines
Very nice Mid-Century Modern burl wood liquor cabinet bar, display cabinet or sideboard by V. Kagan. Measures: 8' Tall.
Curved Sofa on Brass Bases by Vladimir Kagan

By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Curved Sofa on Brass Bases by Vladimir Kagan
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Rare curved sofa designed by the late Vladimir Kagan for Directional, circa 1970s. This rare example features fully restored brass bases as well as Lucite support. Newly upholstered ...
Vladimir Kagan Crescent Swivel Chair on Brass Base

By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Crescent Swivel Chair on Brass Base...
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Brass
Gorgeous swivel chair by Vladimir Kagan. Fully restored and reupholstered.  
Ten Vintage Modern Dining Chairs after Vladimir Kagan
Ten Vintage Modern Dining Chairs after Vladimir Ka...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
This beautiful and unique set of ten chairs feature remarkable Mid-Century design. Wonderful vintage upholstery covers these comfortable seats framed on substantial metal bases. Rare ma...
Vladimir Kagan Dining Chairs

By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Dining Chairs
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s Modern Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Lucite
Exceptional, all original set in great vintage condition, featuring clear Lucite panels, original luxurious taupe-gray velvet upholstery, polished steel mini ball casters, and original ...
Large Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp
Large Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Walnut
This very unique large-scale brass and walnut table lamp. It has three frosted glass shades rising out of the central shaft like flowers bound by a brass ring in the middle. Between t...
Pink Velvet Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs

By Vladimir Kagan
On Hold
Pink Velvet Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
This pair of Vladimir Kagan swivel chairs have recently been upholstered in the dreamiest blush cotton velvet. Excellent condition. Sold separately or as a pair.
Vladimir Kagan Nautilus "Corkscrew" Swivel Club Chair and Ottoman

By Weiman, Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Nautilus "Corkscrew" Swivel Club Ch...
Weiman, Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Steel, Fabric, Wood
Vladimir Kagan swivel chair and ottoman for Weiman Furniture. Labelled under both, circa early 1990s. Fabric has pilling, scratches, small stains and a tiny hole in the ottoman (all ...
Coffee Table in the Style of Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Walnut
Beautiful table in the style of Vladimir Kagan, original piece from the 1950s.
Classic Curved Sofa by Vladimir Kagan

By Vladimir Kagan
Classic Curved Sofa by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric
Classic curved sofa by Vladimir Kagan, excellent original condition,, Hand delivery avail to New York City or anywhere en route from Buffalo NY.
Vladimir Kagan “Propeller” Side Table for Selig

By Selig, Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan “Propeller” Side Table for Selig...
Selig, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Steel, Glass, Chrome, Walnut
Designer: Vladimir Kagan Manufacturer: Selig Period/Style: Mid-Century Modern Country: United States Date: 1960s Dimensions: 19.75?H x 32?L x 22?W Materials: Walnut wood, glass, s...
Vladimir Kagan Style Sofa

Vladimir Kagan Style Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Iconic biomorphic sofa in the manner of Vladimir Kagan. 20th century copy reupholstered in off white linen and resting on brushed aluminium trimmed pedestals.
Curved Sofa by Vladimir Kagan in Grey Mohair

By Vladimir Kagan
Curved Sofa by Vladimir Kagan in Grey Mohair
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Mohair, Walnut
Rare curved sofa designed by the late Vladimir Kagan for Directional, circa 1970s. Newly upholstered in grey mohair, walnut platforms fully restored.
American Midcentury '1970s' Large Settee
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century Mid-Century Modern Settees
Faux Leather
American midcentury (1970s) large settee with Lucite side arms and upholstered in faux python (att: Vladimir Kagan).  
Pair of Armchairs Attributed to Vladimir Kagan
Pair of Armchairs Attributed to Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Wood
Pair of armchairs with swooping curves and splayed legs, attributed to Vladimir Kagan, circa 1950s. Reupholstered and refinished. For an identical pair, see Rago Auction, Jan 2010, lot ...
Fabulous Pair Vladimir Kagan Style Tufted Curved K...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Walnut
Fabulous Pair of Vladimir Kagan style tufted back curved kidney shaped sofas. This pair was re-upholstered about 5 years ago with a gorgeous taupe grey velvet which still looks great.
Large Dining or Conference Table by Vladimir Kagan, circa 1970s
Large Dining or Conference Table by Vladimir Kagan...
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Aluminum, Glass, Zebra Wood
Large dining or conference table by Vladimir Kagan, Extending, circa 1970s. Stunning Mid-Century Modern dining table or conference table with zebra wood veneer leaves at either end and ...
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Danish Walnut End Table...
Adrian Pearsall, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Glass, Walnut
A sleek looking Mid-Century Modern matching pair of end tables. A great minimalistic look with solid walnut frames and inlaid glass inserts. Prices includes the pair. In the style o...
Vladimir Kagan Crescent Sofa on Brass Base

By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Crescent Sofa on Brass Base
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Settees
Brass
Gorgeous settee by Vladimir Kagan. Fully restored and reupholstered.
Modern Pop Vladimir Kagan Style Lounge Chairs by C...
Milo Baughman, Vladimir Kagan, Carsons
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Ultrasuede
Sporting modern wrap around arms and a fan shaped back, this pair of lounge chairs by Carson's owes inspiration to Vladimir Kagan and Milo Baughman. This mid-1980s design newly upholste...
Custom-Made Kagan Style Sofa

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Custom-Made Kagan Style Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Brass, Velvet
Dramatic sofa in the manner of Vladimir Kagan covered in Lee Jofa tone-on-tone textured velvet with fllaired brass legs.
Vladimir Kagan Sofa

By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century British Sofas
Walnut
Rare sofa by Vladimir Kagan, made of carved walnut and caning. According to V Kagan, less than 12 were made and he still has two in his own home. It's worth noting that this example ...
Vladimir Kagan "Contour" Chair in Leather

By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan "Contour" Chair in Leather
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American American Modern Rocking Chairs
Leather, Walnut
Incredibly sculptural rocking chair by Vladimir Kagan, designed in 1953, newly upholstered in ivory leather. Walnut frame in excellent vintage condition. This example is from the 1970s...
Vladimir Kagan Crescent Sofas

By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Crescent Sofas
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Loveseats
Steel, Mohair
Kagan for Kagan Designs Inc. Rare Crescent sofas Reupholstered with great plains mohair, chrome plated steel bases.
Unique Sculptural Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Unique Sculptural Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Chrome
Unique sculptural lounge chair and ottoman with chrome legs.
Lucite Snail Base Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table
Lucite Snail Base Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Lucite
Nice mid-century modern thick lucite base coffee table with 3/4" thick glass top.
Rare Vladimir Kagan Desk Chair

By Vladimir Kagan
Rare Vladimir Kagan Desk Chair
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Office Chairs and Desk Chairs
Leather, Walnut
Rare Vladimir Kagan desk chair in original black leather.
'Omnibus' Sofa and Ottomans by Vladimir Kagan

By Vladimir Kagan
'Omnibus' Sofa and Ottomans by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Omnibus sofa with two square ottomans by Vladimir Kagan. The rectilinear sofa features one thick Lucite leg, lightening the otherwise robust modular form. The two square ottomans, each ...
Sculptural Sabre Leg Chaise Longue in Grey Mohair,...
Edward Wormley, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Mohair, Walnut
Rare chaise longue in the style of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. Walnut trim and legs fully restored. Newly upholstered in grey mohair.
Lucite Snail Base Square Thick Glass Top Coffee Table
Lucite Snail Base Square Thick Glass Top Coffee Ta...
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Lucite
Very nice smail base design lucite base 3/4" thick coffee table in style of V. Kagan.