Vladimir Kagan Furniture

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 Nautilus Chairs with Ottoman
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Modern Club Chairs
A pair of Kagan swiveling Nautilus club chairs with ottoman, this sculptural chair with the sloping arm and higher arm rest make for a very comfortable seating area especially with the ...
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Leopard Print Chair and Stool by Vladimir Kagan
Talisman
Leopard Print Chair and Stool by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century Armchairs
A leopard print chair and stool by Vladimir Kagan original upholstery and label.
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Vladimir Kagan "Serpentine" Sofa for Directional
Danish Modern NoHo
Vladimir Kagan "Serpentine" Sofa for Directional
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Lucite, Velvet
This gorgeous "Serpentine" sofa was designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional.
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Vladimir Kagan for Directional Serpentine Sofa
Red Modern Furniture
Vladimir Kagan for Directional Serpentine Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Vladimir Kagan for Directional serpentine sofa. This all original iconic example is upholstered in a black textile with hints of bronze and grays and has a Lucite support in the center ...
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Cygnet Floor Lamp, Model 2080 by Vladimir Kagan fo...
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Floor Lamps
Brass, Walnut
Cygnet floor lamp, model 2080 by Vladimir Kagan for Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc. Provenance: Private Collection, New York.
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Vladimir Kagan Side Chair
Flavor
Vladimir Kagan Side Chair
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s Modern Side Chairs
Lucite, Upholstery
Chair has a Lucite frame with blue velvet upholstery.
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Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Oliver Modern
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric
Vladimir Kagan omnibus sofa.
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Vladimir Kagan Coffee Table
Oliver Modern
Vladimir Kagan Coffee Table
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
Vladimir Kagan coffee table for Kagan Dreyfuss.
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Dove Grey Six-Piece Sectional Sofa Designed by Vla...
Vladimir Kagan, Weiman Preview Furniture
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
A beautiful large sectional sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan for Preview in the 1980s. This features six pieces: Four slipper chairs and two corners. The flexible design allows for many ...
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Pair of Armchairs by Vladimir Kagan, American, cir...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Dining chairs with arms have been upholstered in a soft brown leather. The chairs are supported by two Lucite legs and the back extending to the floor. Both have been upholstered in ch...
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Erica Chaise Longue by Vladimir Kagan
VERN + VERA
Erica Chaise Longue by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Lucite, Upholstery
Erica chaise longue by Vladimir Kagan. Inspired by the designer’s wife, Erica Wilson, this chaise is a blend of elegance and simplicity ideal for the collector of unique furniture desig...
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Vladimir Kagan Omnibus Sofa for Gucci
Classic Modern Design
Vladimir Kagan Omnibus Sofa for Gucci
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Vladimir Kagan omnibus sofa for Gucci. Unusual chrome Front.
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"Nautilus" Swivel Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Mid-Century spiral chairs in ultra-suede. Designed by Vladimir Kagan, featuring a swivel base and pattern back. (Please confirm item location NY or NJ with dealer).
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Vladimir Kagan Sofa Omnibus Lounge Chair and Ottom...
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Vladimir Kagan sofa omnibus lounge chair and ottoman for Gucci. The chair measures 30" wide, 32.50" deep, 26 1/2" high. Seat is 18" high. The ottoman 30.75" long, 18" high, 24.50" wide....
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Serpentine Sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Directional
Wright Now
Serpentine Sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Directional
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Sofas
Acrylic, Upholstery
Signed with applied fabric manufacturer's label to underside: [Directional Made in the USA].
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Nautilus Chairs by Vladimir Kagan for Directional
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Pair of nautilus lounge chairs by Vladimir Kagan for Directional, circa late 1980s. The sculptural frames are upholstered in a plush cream microsuede which makes for very comfortable se...
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Free-Form Curved Sofa by Vladimir Kagan
Coup d'Etat
Free-Form Curved Sofa by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Early 2000s American Sofas
Iconic biomorphic sofa in sienna mohair velvet with ebonized disc feet.
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Vladimir Kagan Contour Lounge Chairs and Ottoman
Vladimir Kagan, Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Walnut
We are delighted to offer these exceptional lounge chairs by Vladimir Kagan. The "Contour" chairs are some of Kagan's earliest and most sculpturally expressive designs. The dynamic fram...
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Rare Pair of Vladimir Kagan "Comete" Lounge Chairs...
Vladimir Kagan, Roche Bobois
Early 2000s French Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Exceptional pair of Vladimir Kagan "Comete" lounge chairs for Roche Bobois, circa 2003. One of the rarest Kagan designs on the market, the comfort and quality are remarkable. Chairs are...
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Pair of Vladimir Kagan "Corkscrew" Swivel Chairs i...
Vladimir Kagan
American Swivel Chairs
Upholstery
Sloping pair of "Corkscrew" swivel chairs by Vladimir Kagan. Reupholstered in luxurious chocolate wool mohair. Fabric swatch available. These chairs are in our Brooklyn showroom.
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Set of Six Vladimir Kagan Dining Chairs
Full Circle Modern
Set of Six Vladimir Kagan Dining Chairs
Grosfeld House, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Chairs
Mahogany, Upholstery, Velvet
Chic set of six dining chairs by Vladimir Kagan for Grosfeld House. Two swivel chairs and four oh-so-low-back side chairs. Fully restored with new taupe vintage velvet upholstery and re...
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Pair of Matching Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofas
Gustavo Olivieri 20th Century
Pair of Matching Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofas
Vladimir Kagan
American Sofas
Wood
Note: Priced and sold individually. Perfectly matched pair of newly upholstered cloud sofas designed by American icon Vladimir Kagan for Preview furniture in the 1980s with chrome ba...
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Cloud Sofa by Vladimir Kagan
Gustavo Olivieri 20th Century
Cloud Sofa by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
American Sofas
Wonderful sofa designed by American icon Vladimir Kagan for Preview Furniture in the 1980s in free-form design, original indigo blue ultrasuede. Expert re-upholstery available @ addi...
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Signed Vladimir Kagan Modern Liquor and Bar Cabine...
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars
Unusual liquor cabinet by Vladimir Kagan.
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Serpentine Sofa by Vladimir Kagan for DirectionalOn Hold
Wright Now
Serpentine Sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Directional
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Sofas
Acrylic, Upholstery
Signed with applied fabric manufacturer's label to underside: [Directional made in the USA].
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Vladimir Kagan Lamp
Modern Drama
Vladimir Kagan Lamp
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Glass
Monumental glass tile lamp by Vladimir Kagan. Vibrant mosaic with brass fitting and new shade.
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Custom Designed Swivel Chairs by Vladimir Kagan, U...
Vladimir Kagan
American Hollywood Regency Swivel Chairs
A custom designed and unique set of Kagan swivel chairs. The full ivory fabric chairs have been the designed for the Lions Club Headquarters at Paris. We have two pairs available (the ...
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Vladimir Kagan for Directional Sofa
AWK DESIGN ANTIQUES
Vladimir Kagan for Directional Sofa
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Modern Sofas
Great size and form, with Directional labels. In excellent overall condition; delicate upholstery fabric shows slight wear: best if replaced
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Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofa
CONVERSO
Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofa
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Chrome, Fabric
Newly upholstered in a cotton velvet fabric and chrome wrapped plinth bases.
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Grosfeld House Credenza or Sideboard by Vladimir K...
Grosfeld House, Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Cane, Wood
A superb credenza or sideboard designed by Vladimir Kagan for Grosfeld House, New York, circa 1950s. Walnut newly refinished in natural with cane side doors in perfect condition. Solid ...
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"Serpentine" Sofa and Ottoman by Vladimir Kagan fo...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets
Chrome, Metal, Suede
Very rare sofa model "Serpentine" with ottoman, designed by Vladimir Kagan in the 1950's and manufactured by Kagan New York Collection in the USA around 1990. This eye-catching set i...
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Sculptural Coffee Table by Vladimir KaganOn Hold
Sputnik Modern
Sculptural Coffee Table by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A sculptural mahogany coffee table with glass top. Designed by Vladimir Kagan.
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Wonderful Vladimir Kagan Contour Loveseat
Modern Design Connection
Wonderful Vladimir Kagan Contour Loveseat
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century Central American Mid-Century Modern Loveseats
Walnut base and wonderful rough fabric. All original and perfect condition.
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Vladimir Kagan "Nautilus" Swivel Chairs for Direct...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Chrome, Fabric
A stunning pair of true design gems. The great Vladimir Kagan's voluptuous aesthetic rings true for these graceful swivel chairs. Originally designed for Directional, this bubbly duo st...
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Walnut Snail Coffee Table by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Walnut
Iconic "Snail" coffee table by Vladimir Kagan, with restored spiral walnut base and original glass top.
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Excellent Vladimir Kagan Omnibus Five-Piece Sectio...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
Lucite, Upholstery
Excellent Vladimir Kagan Omnibus five-piece sectional sofa. This fabulous sofa was recently reupholstered in a high grade ultrasuede-which is in great condition. The two small sections ...
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Vladimir Kagan "Bilbao" Swivel Chairs
Cain Modern
Vladimir Kagan "Bilbao" Swivel Chairs
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Modern Swivel Chairs
Naugahyde, Wood
Beautiful pair of Vladimir Kagan swivel chairs from the "Bilbao" line, the chairs is upholstered in chocolate brown Naugahyde and fabric. The chairs have beautiful curvaceous lines a...
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Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sectional
Almond & Co.
Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sectional
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Modern Sectional Sofas
Wool
A five piece serpentine shaped cloud sectional for Directional made in the 1970s. By rearranging pieces, the sectional can be changed into multiple different shapes. Professional restor...
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"Erica" Chaise Lounge by Vladimir Kagan in Creamy ...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Lucite, Ultrasuede
The "Erica" chaise longue (longue) by Vladimir Kagan in Creamy Ultrasuede, 1970s. Very comfortable. Newly restored and in excellent condition. We offer free regular deliveries to NY...
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Vladimir Kagan Table
Pascal Boyer Gallery
Vladimir Kagan Table
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Center Tables
Steel
Solid steel, tri-symmetric base dining table by Vladimir Kagan with a glass top. Excellent original condition. Price for one; pair available.
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Vladimir Kagan, Floating Seat and Back Sofa
Almond & Co.
Vladimir Kagan, Floating Seat and Back Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Walnut
A sofa by Vladimir Kagan in a poppy colored upholstery and walnut frame. Literature: "The Complete Kagan: A Lifetime of Avant-Garde Design", Kagan, ppg. 114-116.
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Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofa for Directional
Fairfield County Antique and Design Center
Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofa for Directional
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Ultrasuede
Vladimir Kagan cloud sofa, in navy blue ultrasuede. With Lucite center support.
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Vladimir Kagan Sculptural Walnut and Glass Top Cof...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Walnut
Beautiful walnut three-arm sculptural coffee table with round glass.
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Vladimir Kagan Sofa Couch Curved Kidney Cloud Chro...
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Chrome, Ultrasuede
Vintage Vladimir Kagan cloud curved sofa with chrome feet. Original fabric overall good condition with one small tear in back (1 1/2 wide). Vladimir Kagan, Mid-Century Modern, Hollywoo...
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Vladimir Kagan Chaise Lounge for Kagan-Dreyfuss, 1...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Fabric, Wood
Chaise longue by Vladimir Kagan. Early design for Kagan-Dreyfuss. Recently reupholstered. Walnut feet.
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Erica Chaise Longue Designed by Vladimir Kagan in ...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Chaise longue in original condition. A Vladimir Kagan designed in 1969. The chaise has an arm on the rights side with a Lucite base that criss crosses under the seat. The sofa has been ...
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Kagan Burl and Lucite Vitrine Display Case
Barbarella Home
Kagan Burl and Lucite Vitrine Display Case
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vitrines
Burl, Glass, Lucite
Lucite, burl, chrome, glass and Mylar vitrine designed by Vladimir Kagan. Thick Lucite shelves rest on bright chrome supports, glass door, thick Lucite sides, with burl top and bottom, ...
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Pair of Vladimir Kagan Corkscrew or Nautilus Chair...
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery
A great pair of corkscrew chairs by Vladimir Kagan. The chairs are on a swivel base. Both are in a microfiber. The black one is in very nice shape but if you want to have the pair match...
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Vladimir Kagan Corkscrew/Nautilus Chair with Ottom...
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
A Vladimir Kagan corkscrew chair in red microfiber with ottoman. Chair has swivel base. Chair fabric in very nice shape. Ottoman can be reupholstered in complimentary fabric or the enti...
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Sensational Vladimir Kagan Omnibus Series Sectional Sofa, 1970s
Talisman
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 original fabric.
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Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Pascal Boyer Gallery
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 ...
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Vladimir Kagan "Crescent" Swivel Lounge Chairs
Vladimir Kagan, Jack Lenor Larsen
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Brass, Velvet
Large-scale swivel chairs by Vladimir Kagan. Brass bases with Jack Lenor Larsen velvet upholstery. Castors are recessed behind brass bases for ease in mobility.
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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa
Modern Drama
Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Mohair, Walnut
Vladimir Kagan "Serpentine" sofa for Directional furniture. Newly upholstered in plush mohair over walnut bases.
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Vladimir Kagan Rocking Chair with Ottoman
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Mohair, Walnut
Vladimir Kagan rocker. Fully restored. Beautiful sculptural form walnut frame with newly upholstered mohair cushions. Vladimir Kagan, circa 1953.
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Exclusive & Large Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa for Directional 1970sOn Hold
Minimal Concept
Exclusive & Large Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa f...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Modern Sofas
Fabric, Wood
Very large serpentine sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. The sofa is in a very good condition, it was covered in 2014 with high quality smooth woven fabric, of course free standing...
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Pair of Vladimir Kagan Designed Nautilus Swivel Ch...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Modern Chairs
Velvet
Pair of Vladimir Kagan designed nautilus swivel chairs reupholstered in grey velvet.
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Vladimir Kagan "Omnibus" Chaise Longues
New Order Modern
Vladimir Kagan "Omnibus" Chaise Longues
Vladimir Kagan
American Chaise Longues
Lucite, Silk, Wood
Chaise longue recovered in Henry Calvin raw silk.
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Rare Vladimir Kagan Dining Table with Two Leaves
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Brass, Walnut
You are viewing an original Vladimir Kagan design, one of his early works from 1951-1953 and sold directly out of the Kagan-Dreyfuss showroom in Manhattan. Recently acquired from the or...
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Vladimir Kagan for Directional, Set of Eight Dinin...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Textile
Set of eight upholstered dining chairs by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. These chairs are all in excellent condition with nothing needed and retain their original Chanel-style tweed up...
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Vladimir Kagan Oak Table Lamp
Avalon
Vladimir Kagan Oak Table Lamp
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Oak
Jean Michel Frank style oak cruciform table lamp, a fine example of lighting by Vladimir Kagan.
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