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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Two-Piece Directional Sofa by Vladimir Kagan
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
On Hold
Two-Piece Directional Sofa by Vladimir Kagan
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
Bouclé
A two-piece Vladimir Kagan-designed curved sectional for Directional, reupholstered in a caramel-colored bouclé. The two interlocking sections have a rounded backrest and open sides, wi...
Stunning Vladimir Kagan Style Curved Sculptural Fl...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Walnut
Absolutely stunning Vladimir Kagan style curved floating sofa with unusual sculpted walnut legs. This is a vintage piece and is very unusual almost a mystery really as we have never see...
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1980s American Sofas
Vladimir Kagan Cloud sofa for Directional. The upholstery is original and the sofa will need to be recovered. We'd be happy to facilitate that process.
Vladimir Kagan Dining Chairs, Set of Ten
By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Dining Chairs, Set of Ten
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Set of ten bone lacquer dining chairs by Vladimir Kagan. Two armchairs with eight side chairs. Beautiful sculptural form. All marked "Vladimir Kagan NY". Measures: Armchairs 21" wide. S...
Vladimir Kagan Chaise Lounge
By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Chaise Lounge
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Chaise Longues
Upholstery
Asymmetric chaise longue or settee. Original floral fabric, slightly soiled, can be cleaned, but would benefit from reupholster. With four chrome-plated legs.
Tri-Leg Brass and Walnut Rolling Bar Cart
Tri-Leg Brass and Walnut Rolling Bar Cart
Paul McCobb, Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century Dry Bars
A very unique tri-leg brass and walnut rolling bar cart. The heavy flat bar brass base supports a deep flip open cabinet for liquor storage on one side and a shallower single drawer com...
Vladimir Kagan "Erica Rocking Chair" with Rare Maple Frame, circa 1960s
Vladimir Kagan "Erica Rocking Chair" with Rare Map...
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
Leather, Maple
Incredibly rare maple frame "Erica Rocker" by Vladimir Kagan and Erica Wilson. Designed in 1953. This rare example dates to the 1960s. The Erica Rocker is a rare model, finished in map...
Vladimir Kagan Large Cubist Extension Dining Table in Oak, Aluminum and Glass
Vladimir Kagan Large Cubist Extension Dining Table...
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Aluminum, Glass, Oak
We are proud to offer this vintage 1970 Cubist dining table. Aluminum legs, and stretcher, plate glass top (3/4"), with rare oakwood frame and l2 24" leaves. Excellent original conditio...
Rolling Barrel Back Lounge Chairs Vladimir Kagan S...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
A pair of Mid-Century Modern Vladimir Kagan style Classic barrel back chairs designed in the 1940s, with wing like arms that attach to the barrel back. These chair will most certainly n...
Vladimir Kagan Walnut Frame Lounge Armchair
By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Walnut Frame Lounge Armchair
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Mohair, Walnut
We are proud to offer this beautiful side lounge chair by Vladimir Kagan for Kagan-Dreyfuss. Signed "Kagan-Dreyfuss / A Vladimir Kagan Design" Early and rare design, circa 1950s. Fully ...
Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofas, Pair of Newly Upholstered in Purple/Plum Ultrasuede
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
On Hold
Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofas, Pair of Newly Upholste...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Hollywood Regency Sofas
Upholstery, Lucite
Complimenting pair of Vladimir Kagan cloud sofas. Each an iconic design. Manufactured by Directional and we have the original Directional labels that the original owners kept when they ...
Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofa
By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1980s American Sofas
Vladimir Kagan "Cloud" sofa. Original black upholstery and chrome bases.
Early One Piece Armed Omnibus Floating Sofa by Vladimir Kagan, 1970
Early One Piece Armed Omnibus Floating Sofa by Vla...
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century North American Sofas
Early one piece armed Omnibus Floating sofa by Vladimir Kagan 1970 reupholstered, highly stylized. Purchased from Kagan Studios in 1970 New York, NY. A hard-to-find example.
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 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.          
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...
Long Surf Board Terrazzo Top Oiled Walnut Base Flo...
Adrian Pearsall, Vladimir Kagan, Harvey Probber Design inc.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Terrazzo, Walnut
Floating terrazzo top oiled walnut base long surfboard shape coffee table.
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...
'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 Bilbao Chaise Longues by Vladimir Kagan, 1970s
By Vladimir Kagan
Sculptural Bilbao Chaise Longues by Vladimir Kagan...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Ultrasuede
Sculptural Bilbao chaise longues by Vladimir Kagan in ultrasuede, 1970s. Newly reupholstered. Color reads as a neutral cream with a pale green cast. See this item in our private NYC s...
Classic Sculptural Lancia Bench with Antique Bronze Tapered Legs
Customizable
Classic Sculptural Lancia Bench with Antique Bronz...
Ico Parisi, Gio Ponti, Vladimir Kagan
2010s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Metal, Brass, Bronze, Fabric, Upholstery
The Lancia bench is available as pictured or can be fully customized. COM fabrics are welcome and encouraged. Our bench tops can be made to any custom dimensions. Legs can be fabricated...
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Vladimir Kagan Sofa for Directional. Sofa sits on two upholstered circle bases and one Lucite support. Singed with Directional label.
Pair of Floating Lounge Chairs Rare and Early Vladimir Kagan Omnibus 1970
Pair of Floating Lounge Chairs Rare and Early Vlad...
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Lucite
Pair of floating lounge chairs rare and early Vladimir Kagan Omnibus 1970 sculptural early form Lucite base Omnibus series with down-filled cushions in original upholstery. Purchased fr...
1950s Wingback Chair
1950s Wingback Chair
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs
Beech
1950s wingback chair purchased in Denmark.
Midcentury Radius Side or End Table by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Midcentury Radius Side or End Table by Vladimir Ka...
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Three curved wood stands connected by chrome stretchers make up this Vladimir Kagan Radius table. Many possible uses from an end table to a plant stand. Glass 30 inch diameter base with...
Vladimir Kagan Tri-Symmetric Chaise Longue
By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Tri-Symmetric Chaise Longue
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Aluminum
Vladimir Kagan tri-symmetric open-arm chaise longue. This is an early version of this chaise produced by Kagan-Dreyfuss Inc, circa 1958. Sculpted cast aluminium base.
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.
Vladimir Kagan Nautilus "Corkscrew" Swivel Club Chair and Ottoman
By Vladimir Kagan, Weiman Preview Furniture
Vladimir Kagan Nautilus "Corkscrew" Swivel Club Ch...
Vladimir Kagan, Weiman Preview Furniture
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 ...
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".
Vladimir Kagan Tri-Symmetric Walnut and Glass Dining or Center Table, USA, 1960s
By Vladimir Kagan, Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc.
Vladimir Kagan Tri-Symmetric Walnut and Glass Dini...
Vladimir Kagan, Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Glass, Walnut
Vladimir Kagan dining or center table with sculptural walnut tripod base suspending a thick plate glass top. Literature: Vladimir Kagan, complete Kagan: A Lifetime of Avant-Garde De...
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.  
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...
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.
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.
Sensational Vladimir Kagan Omnibus Series Sectional Sofa, 1970s
Sensational Vladimir Kagan Omnibus Series Sectiona...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s Sofas
A Sensational Vladimir Kagan designed Tight Seat Upholstered Sectional Sofa on Lucite Plank Legs from his Omnibus Collection 1970s. Retains its Original Fabric in very good condition. ...
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Nautilus Chairs by Vladimir Kagan in Blue Twill
On Hold
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Nautilus Chairs by Vlad...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Linen
This pair of Nautilus chairs exemplify the stunning organic futurist forms and clean lines for which Vladimir Kagan one of the most esteemed furniture designers of the 20th century is c...
Set of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Set of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chairs
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Ultrasuede
Nice pair of Kagan Nautilus swivel chairs in burnt orange ultrasuede.
Vladimir Kagan Style Swivel Chairs, 1980s
Vladimir Kagan Style Swivel Chairs, 1980s
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Ultrasuede
Fantastic pair of swivel chairs in the manner of Vladimir Kagan. Original blush ultrasuede upholstery. Chairs swivel, tilt and rock- incredibly comfortable pair of chairs in excellent c...
Tubular Chrome Skyscraper Lamp in the Manner of Vladimir Kagan, 1960s
On Hold
Tubular Chrome Skyscraper Lamp in the Manner of Vl...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Chrome
Tubular chrome skyscraper lamp in the manner of Vladimir Kagan. Designed as a floor lamp, but shows well as a table lamp. all original.
Mid-Century Modern Oiled Walnut Night Stand or End Table
Mid-Century Modern Oiled Walnut Night Stand or End...
Adrian Pearsall, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Walnut
Very nice mid-century modern walnut nightstand.
Vladimir Kagan for Weiman Sectional Sofa
By Weiman, Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan for Weiman Sectional Sofa
Weiman, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Ultrasuede
Stunning Vladimir Kagan designed four-piece sectional sofa for Weiman, circa 1980s. Original ultra suede upholstery. Sleek, sophisticated and rare sofa in excellent condition. Able to ...
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 ...
Vladimir Kagan Chaise Longue
By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Chaise Longue
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1980s American American Modern Chaise Longues
Suede, Lucite
Vladimir Kagan chaise longue. This is the extra wide version having two lucite supports. American, 1980s.
Dining Table by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Dining Table by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Cut Steel
This rare tri-symmetric base table is a Vladimir Kagan original, utilizing his signature try - symmetric motif in Steal. This custom Table was made specifically for Selma Friedman NY. ...
Vladimir Kagan Swivel Corkscrew or Nautilus Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Swivel Corkscrew or Nautilus Chairs...
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery
Vladimir Kagan meets Kelly Wearstler. Newly upholstered nautilus chairs in Duralee fabric with faux leather trim.
1970s Lucite Barrel Chair, Vladimir Kagan Style
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Club Chairs
Lucite
Very cool Lucite barrel chair attributed to Vladimir Kagan. Black vinyl seat. Very minor scuffs and scratches in the Lucite. Chrome hardware. Statement piece.  
Set of Eight Signed "Cubist" Dining Chair by Vladimir Kagan with Original Labels
Set of Eight Signed "Cubist" Dining Chair by Vladi...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Mohair, Walnut
This rare and iconic set of eight dining chairs were realized by Vladimir Kagan- one of the most celebrated designers of the 20th century, circa 1970. Kagan once reflected that chairs a...
Pair of Organic Shape End Tables with Glass Tops
Pair of Organic Shape End Tables with Glass Tops
Adrian Pearsall, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Glass, Walnut
Pair of very nice looking organic shape end tables in style of V. Kagan.
Vladimir Kagan Attributed Floating Desk
Vladimir Kagan Attributed Floating Desk
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Minimalist Desks
Lucite, Walnut
Desk attributed to Kagan, showing consecutive cathedral figured wood graining , 3 drawers total with notch bronze lined pulls one drawer can be used as a file drawer, the other 2 drawer...
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
By Vladimir Kagan
On Hold
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Sofas
Sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. Round brass plinth bases. Lucite support plate. Directional label.
Sculptural Mid-Century Modern End Tables after Vla...
Adrian Pearsall, Gio Ponti, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Walnut
An unusual matching pair of two-tier end tables from the 1960's. They feature walnut construction with floating glass tops. In the style of: Vladimir Kagan, Adrian Pearsall, Gio Pon...
Pair of Swivel Lounge Chairs and Ottoman by Vladimir Kagan
Pair of Swivel Lounge Chairs and Ottoman by Vladim...
Vladimir Kagan
1990s American Lounge Chairs
Pair of swivel Nautilus lounge chairs and ottoman by Vladimir Kagan, USA, 1990s Dimensions of ottoman : Width 29.50 inches Depth 20 inches Height 17 inches.
Vladimir Kagan Kidney Shape Cut Velvet Sofa, Mid-Century Modern, 1970s
By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Kidney Shape Cut Velvet Sofa, Mid-C...
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Velvet
Mid-Century Modern kidney shape sofa with luxurious comfort, style and detail, circa 1970. Large Vladimir Kagan Sumptuous comfy Kidney Shape sofa-tight back, two-seat cushions, uphol...
Pair of Barrel Lounge Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Pair of Barrel Lounge Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
A Mid-Century Modern Classic barrel chair originally designed in the 1940s, with wing like arms that attach to the barrel back and resting on tapered wood legs. Signed with applied stud...
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...
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 "Capricorn" Outdoor Dining Chairs and Table, circa 1958, Restored
Vladimir Kagan "Capricorn" Outdoor Dining Chairs a...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets
Steel
Known for his eye-catching, modernistic, dynamic designs, Vladimir Kagan's work attracted a stream of notable design projects, along with a lengthy list of celebrity clientele, includin...
Fantastic Sectional Omnibus Sofa by Vladimir Kagan
Fantastic Sectional Omnibus Sofa by Vladimir Kagan...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
The sectional sofa with Lucite supporting legs features three units, a right arm section, a middle corner return and an ottoman. Plush cushions and all upholstered body. One of the icon...
Vladimir Kagan Bar Cabinet
By Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan Bar Cabinet
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars
Laminate, Rosewood
Beautiful rosewood veneer, faux marble top, felt lined drawers, lucite shelves with rosewood trim, lighting on top and bottom, wine storage.