Vladimir Kagan Furniture

Vladimir Kagan (USA, b. 1927)

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 chairs, tables and cabinets 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. Signature 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 burled wood veneer. 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 says 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 has said. “I created what I called vessels for the human body.”

     A diverse group of bodies have made themselves at home with Kagan designs. His clients and collectors have included 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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Extraordinarily Rare "Tri-Symmetric" Side Table La...
Vladimir Kagan, Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Aluminum, Walnut
An extraordinarily rare and early "Tri Symmetric" side table / lamp designed by Vladimir Kagan and manufactured by Kagan Dreyfus in New York in the late 1950's.The details of this lamp ...
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Pair of Kagan Swivel Nautilus Chairs in Microfiber...
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Club Chairs
A nice pair of swivel nautilus chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan and licensed to a few companies for manufacture. Don't know who produced these but they are well made and in excellent c...
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Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chair in Chocolate Brown M...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Vladimir Kagan designed Nautilus lounge chair upholstered in a chocolate brown microfiber fabric with a cream color stripe along the top which matches the Vladimir Kagan Serpentine sofa...
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Walnut Kagan Two-Tiered Coffee Table, 1960s, USA
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Walnut
Dark walnut Kagan coffee table from collector in Paris, 1960s, USA.
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Vladimir Kagan Lucite and Burl Walnut Coffee Table...
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Lucite, Walnut
Large burl walnut coffee table with round glass beveled inset. The table floats on four substantial Lucite monolith legs. The wood grain is a medium tone with a smoky fluid pattern, all...
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Vladimir Kagan "Radius" Burl Dining Table
A Touch of The Past Antiques
Vladimir Kagan "Radius" Burl Dining Table
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Steel, Wood
Vladimir Kagan. "Radius" dining table with leaf, New York, NY, circa 1970; olive burl, maple, brushed steel inlay; Unmarked; Table: 29" x 42" x 78"; leaf: 20" Solid and sturdy rounded ...
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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa for Directional
Azalea Modern
Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa for Directional
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Vladimir Kagan serpentine sofa for Directional. Lucite center support under sofa and retains original Directional labels.
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Curvaceous Rosewood and Lucite Desk by Vladimir Ka...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Curvaceous rosewood and Lucite desk, designed by Vladimir Kagan, American, circa 1960s. This model is documented in the book "The Complete Kagan: A Lifetime of Avant-Garde Design," Kaga...
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Vladimir Kagan Crescent Settees
CONVERSO
Vladimir Kagan Crescent Settees
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Rare settees by Vladimir Kagan in original upholstery, curved channeled back, recessed polished chrome bases. Vladimir Kagan Designs, Inc., manufacturer’s catalog, unpaginated The Compl...
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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa for Directional
Azalea Modern
Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa for Directional
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Vladimir Kagan Serpentine sofa for Directional. Sofa has center Lucite support and retains Directional labels.
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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine SofaOn Hold
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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Sofas
Mohair, Walnut
A serpentine sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. Circular walnut plinth bases. Newly recovered in mohair. Lucite support plate. Directional label.
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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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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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Pair of Kagan End Tables in Glass and Walnut, 1950...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Beautifully restored pair of walnut and glass end tables by Kagan.
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Vladimir Kagan Bilbao Serpentine Sofa by Preview i...
Vladimir Kagan, Preview
Sofas
Beautiful and sculptural sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan for Preview this sofa is absolutely comfortable and in perfect condition
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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa for Directional
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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa for Directional
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Sumptuous and iconic serpentine sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. The sofa raised on two round, upholstered discs with extra support provided by a center Lucite slab. With Directi...
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Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Lounge Chairs for W...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan, Weiman Preview Furniture
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Pair of Nautilus swivel lounge chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Weiman Preview. Chairs feature original lavender/purple tone ultra suede upholstery. Swivel bases rotate 180 degrees...
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Burl Wood, Lucite, Glass Coffee Table by Vladimir ...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Burl, Glass, Lucite
A gorgeous burl wood, Lucite, glass coffee table by Vladimir Kagan. Newly restored finish and polished Lucite legs with beveled glass top. NYC delivery would be $249.
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Vladimir Kagan "Bilbao" Chairs in Leather and Fabr...
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Modern Swivel Chairs
Naugahyde, Wood
Beautiful pair of Vladimir Kagan swivel chairs from the "Bilbao" line, the chairs are upholstered in chocolate brown leather and fabric. The chairs have beautiful curvaceous lines an...
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Pair Of Vladimir Kagan Swivel Chairs
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century Chairs
Great pair of chairs in original ultra suede.
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Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofa
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Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century Chairs
The frame and legs are great as well as the cloud design. The upholstery needs to be changed. We have an expert upholsterer for an additional fee with your fabric
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Pair of Vladimir Kagan Red Ultrasuede 'Cloud' SofasOn Hold
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Pair of Vladimir Kagan Red Ultrasuede 'Cloud' Sofa...
Vladimir Kagan
American Modern Sofas
Ultrasuede
A pair of 'Cloud' sofas, by designer Vladimir Kagan and produced circa 1980s, each entirely in red ultrasuede on chrome plated steel bases. The curved backs, designated to one side of e...
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Contour Rocking Chair by Vladimir Kagan
Donzella Ltd.
Contour Rocking Chair by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
Sculpted walnut frame with dark velvet upholstery. A Classic Kagan design from 1953. This example dates from the mid-1970s.
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Pair of Armchairs Designed by Vladimir Kagan
LA Studio
Pair of Armchairs Designed by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Armchairs
Lambskin, Walnut, Wood
Pair of armchairs designed by Vladimir Kagan, with structure made in solid walnut wood in pin fork form, upholstered in natural lambskin.
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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
A fine example of lighting by Vladimir Kagan.
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Vladimir Kagan Snail Coffee Table with Original Gr...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Teak
sculptural spiral wood bass with original vintage green glass top, wood base is in great shape and the glass has multipal scratches on the surface but no cracks or chips i would just c...
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Vladimir Kagan New York Collection Lounge Swivel C...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
extremely comfortable & minimalistic lounge chair by vladimir kagan - new york collection for directional... the leather sides are made of croco-marked black leather, the seating fac...
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Rare Office Credenza in Exotic Veneer and Lucite b...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Lucite, Wood
Rare office credenza in exotic veneer and Lucite by Vladimir Kagan, 1970s. Fully restored and in excellent condition.  We offer free regular deliveries to NYC and Philadelphia area. ...
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Vladimir Kagan Lucite and Burl Nesting Tables
Modern on the Hudson
Vladimir Kagan Lucite and Burl Nesting Tables
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Nesting Tables and Stacking Table...
Formica, Lucite, Rosewood
Great pair of nesting tables designed by Vladimir Kagan. Curved Lucite bases with formica laminate tops with a burled maple pattern. Rosewood edge. Can be arranged various ways. Measur...
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Vladimir Kagan Swivel Lounge Chairs
CONVERSO
Vladimir Kagan Swivel Lounge Chairs
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Kagan Swivel lounges for Directional. New foam and reupholstered with Great plains cotton-poly fabric. Signed with label on underside [Directional].
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Vladimir Kagan for Directional, Set of Eight Dinin...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American 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 Swan Sofa
The Exchange Int
Vladimir Kagan Swan Sofa
Vladimir Kagan, Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Vladimir Kagan Swan sofa Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc. USA, 1955 upholstery, coated steel, aluminum 117 w x 66 d x 31 h inches
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Vladimir Kagan, Floating Seat and Back Sofa
Almond Hartzog Gallery
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 Chaise in Holly Hunt Snakeskin
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Vladimir Kagan Chaise in Holly Hunt Snakeskin
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Lucite, Upholstery
Vladimir Kagan chaise in a Holly Hunt snakeskin supple vinyl.
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Pair of Vladimir Kagan Serpentine or Cloud Sofas
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s Modern Sofas
Pair of 1980 Vladimir Kagan serpentine cloud sofas. One right arm, one left arm. Original cream colored fabric.
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Rare Set of Four Armchairs by Vladimir Kagan
Grosfeld House, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Sculptural walnut frames, floating seats and upholstered backs. This rare set has many of the attributes we love most about Kagan's work. A beautiful set.
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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 Swivel Club Chair on Curved Lucite ...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s Modern Chairs
Lucite, Textile
A vintage, circa 1970s club chair, produced by Vladimir Kagan Designs Inc., with barrel back and cushioned seat upholstered in beige nubby fabric, on a curved 'C' form Lucite base, whic...
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Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Armchairs, ...
Vladimir Kagan
Swivel Chairs
A Pair of Vladimir Kagan designed Nautilus Swivel Armchairs Late 1980s Reupholstered by Talisman
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Pair of Nautilus Swivel Chairs Designed by Vladimi...
Vladimir Kagan
Swivel Chairs
A Pair of Nautilus Swivel Chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan Late 1980s Original Fabric
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Vladimir Kagan "Corkscrew" Nautilus Swivel Lounge ...
Vladimir Kagan
American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Matching set of "Corkscrew" Nautilus chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan and manufactured by Directional Furniture. They feature the original upholstery from the 1980's. Very comfortable ...
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Chests, Pair by Vladimir Kagan for Grosfeld House
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Cabinets
Walnut
Each cabinet features three drawers. Signed with applied foil manufacturer label to drawer of one example: [Grosfeld House, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles].        
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Mid-Century Modern Nesting Tables by Alexandra Kas...
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Ceramic, Oak
Early set of oak nesting tables with Inlaid Alexandra Kasuba by Vladimir Kagan for Kagan Dreyfuss, 1950s. Good original condition, no breaks or repairs to tiles or wood, some very light...
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Pair of Vladimir Kagan Lounge Chairs for Direction...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Ultrasuede
Exceptional Kagan design for Directional, this pair of stylized wingback lounge chairs with an ottoman both swivel and rock. Sumptuously styled with enveloping curves and a large horned...
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Pair of Matching Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofas
Gustavo Olivieri 20th Century - MIAMI
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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Vladimir Kagan "Tic-Tac-Toe" Table
Grinard Collection
Vladimir Kagan "Tic-Tac-Toe" Table
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut, Wood
Vladimir Kagan "Tic-Tac-Toe" Table, Of cube form with four 24.25 inch collapsible boards, the top also 24.25" square, standing 22.25" high. Measurements expanded: 59.75"W x 59.75"D x 22...
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Signed V. Kagan Modern Liquor and Bar Cabinet
Soho Treasures
Signed V. Kagan Modern Liquor and Bar Cabinet
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars
Unusual liquor cabinet by V. Kagan.
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Large Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa and Rare Otto...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Wood
Very large serpentine sofa and the a rare ottoman by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. The set is in a very good condition, was covered in 2014 with high quality woven fabric, of course f...
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Vladimir Kagan Roll Top Writing Desk
Azalea Modern
Vladimir Kagan Roll Top Writing Desk
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Vladimir Kagan roll top writing desk.
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Cloud Sofa by Vladimir Kagan
Gustavo Olivieri 20th Century - MIAMI
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 @ add...
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Pair of Kagan for Weiman "Preview" Curvy Sofas
Barbarella Home
Pair of Kagan for Weiman "Preview" Curvy Sofas
Vladimir Kagan
American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery
Wonderful Vladimir Kagan design sofas, in original textured fabric. The color is Off White, or Almond, both are clean and ready to use. From a clean non smoker, pet free home. We are of...
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Pair of Vladimir Kagan Slipper Lounge Chairs and O...
Vladimir Kagan, Preview
Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Lounge Chairs
Beautiful pair of Sculptural Vladimir Kagan for Preview slipper lounge chairs with matching ottoman. Scooped chairs are extremely comfortable. Cushions have beep box tufts. Chairs can b...
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Vladimir Kagan Swivel Lounge Chairs
Modern Drama
Vladimir Kagan Swivel Lounge Chairs
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Pair of swivel lounge chairs with single ottoman. Designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. Original upholstery with walnut bases. Chairs swivel and rock.
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Vladimir Kagan Rocking Chair with Ottoman
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
Leather, Walnut
Vladimir Kagan rocker. Beautiful sculptural form walnut frame with newly upholstered leather cushions. Kagan-Dreyfuss, circa 1953.
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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa for Directional
Cain Modern
Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa for Directional
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Ultrasuede, Wood
Beautiful Vladimir Kagan serpentine sofa designed in the 1970s and manufactured by Directional. The sofa retains the original label, the sofa is upholstered in a blue microfiber materi...
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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa and Chair
Vladimir Kagan
American Modern Living Room Sets
Upholstery, Wood
Vintage Vladimir Kagan Serpentine sofa and chair manufactured by Weiman Preview. The sofa and chair need to be reupholstered, the both have rips on the fabric and the fabric is also ...
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Vladimir Kagan Tri-Symmetric Dining Table
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Tables
Glass, Walnut
Great Vladimir Kagan Dinette table.
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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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Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Galerie Carre Rouge
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
American Modern Sofas
Velvet
This red velvet sofa is made with 2 parts like waves ,circa 1980 , the base is in gilt wood very good original condition
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Vladimir Kagan Tubular Aluminum Skyscraper Lamp
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Aluminum
Exquisite tri level tubular aluminum lamp by Vladimir Kagan. Although it was designed primarily as a floor lamp, It actually displays beautifully as a table lamp and does not overwhelm....
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