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.

"L" Shaped Swan Sofa in Green Offered by Vladimir Kagan Design Group
"L" Shaped Swan Sofa in Green Offered by Vladim...
Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Sofas
Metal
"L" shaped swan sofa in green with a metal base. Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. He studied Architecture at Columbia University bef...
Vladimir Kagan 'Cloud Sofa,' circa 1970-1979
Vladimir Kagan 'Cloud Sofa,' circa 1970-1979
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Gold Plate, Velvet, Wood
Iconic cloud sofa designed in the style of Vladimir Kagan for Directional. In excellent condition - meticulously restored and reupholstered in luxurious Dedar Milano velvet, on gold-...
Lovely Vladimir Kagan for Preview Lounge Chair Ottoman Mid-Century Modern
Lovely Vladimir Kagan for Preview Lounge Chair ...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery
Lovely Vladimir Kagan for Preview lounge chair with matching ottoman. This set will need to be reupholstered but that's what you designers are looking for anyway-right? The chair mea...
Vladimir Kagan Metal Garden 'Capricorn' Chaise Longue
Vladimir Kagan Metal Garden 'Capricorn' Chaise ...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Metal
Vladimir Kagan, garden lounger, lacquered metal, United States, 1950's. This post modern metal garden chaise longue is suspecting to be an early model of the Capricorn outdoor lou...
Vladimir Kagan Metal Garden 'Capricorn' Chaise Longue
Vladimir Kagan Metal Garden 'Capricorn' Chaise ...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Metal
Vladimir Kagan, garden lounger, lacquered metal, United States, 1950s. This Postmodern metal garden chaise longue is suspecting to be an early model of the Capricorn outdoor loung...
Chaplin End Table in Wood & Stone Offered by Vladimir Kagan Design Group
Chaplin End Table in Wood & Stone Offered by Vl...
Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern End Tables
Chaplyn end table with natural stone inset top and 3-pegged wooden base. Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. He studied Architecture at ...
Foot Stool in Red Offered by Vladimir Kagan Design Group
Foot Stool in Red Offered by Vladimir Kagan Des...
Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Vladimir Kagan Foot Stool in Red. Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. He studied Architecture at Columbia University before joining his f...
Multi-Position Reclining Chair in Red Offered by Vladimir Kagan Design Group
Multi-Position Reclining Chair in Red Offered b...
Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Lounge Chairs
Modern multi-position reclining chair in red. Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. He studied Architecture at Columbia University before ...
Wing Chair in Blue w/ Maple Wood Base Offered by Vladimir Kagan Design Group
Wing Chair in Blue w/ Maple Wood Base Offered b...
Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs
Maple
Wing chair in blue with maple wood base in natural finish by Vladimir Kagan. Designed in 1947. Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. He st...
Shirley Floor Lamp Offered by Vladimir Kagan Design Group
Shirley Floor Lamp Offered by Vladimir Kagan De...
Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Floor Lamps
Shirley Floor Lamp by Vladimir Kagan. Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. He studied Architecture at Columbia University before joining h...
Rectangular Mosaic Table w/ Mosaic Top Offered by Vladimir Kagan Design Group
Rectangular Mosaic Table w/ Mosaic Top Offered ...
Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Multicolor rectangular mosaic table by Vladimir Kagan with black base. Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. He studied Architecture at Co...
Fettucini Lounge Chair Offered by Vladimir Kagan Design Group
Fettucini Lounge Chair Offered by Vladimir Kaga...
Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Lounge Chairs
Fettucini lounge chair in brown leather upholstery by Vladimir Kagan. Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. He studied Architecture at Col...
Round Extension Dining Table in Wood Offered by...
Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
Round Vladimir Kagan extension dining table in walnut wood with a clear satin finish. Designed in 1955. Option to keep table closed as round, circular dining table or to extend the i...
Hayworth Standing Mirror Offered by Vladimir Ka...
Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Floor Mirrors and Full-Len...
Mirror
Hayworth standing mirror by Vladimir Kagan. Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. He studied Architecture at Columbia University before jo...
Intaglio Dining Table in Walnut Wood Offered by...
Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
Elliptical walnut wood dining table in excellent condition with oval top in a clear satin finish. Designed in 1976. Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) emigrated to the United States from G...
Wrap Around Barrel Chair w/ Wood Base Offered b...
Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs
Maple
Wrap around barrel chair in grey with maple wood base in a natural finish. Designed in 1947. Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. He stud...
Crescent Desk Black Lacquer & Clear Base Offere...
Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Crescent desk in black lacquer finish with clear base. Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. He studied Architecture at Columbia Universit...
Contour Low Back Lounge Chair Offered by Vladim...
Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Lounge Chairs
Contour low back lounge chair in dark brown upholstery and medium brown wood base. Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. He studied Archit...
Wrap Around Swivel Barrel Chair Offered by Vlad...
Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs
Brass
Wrap around swivel barrel chair in cream upholstery and polished brass swivel base by Vladimir Kagan. Designed in 1947. Seat height approximately 17 inches tall. Vladimir Kagan (19...
Vintage Vladimir Kagan Lucite Club Chair and Ot...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s Club Chairs
Brass
Vintage Lucite chair and ottoman newly rebuilt and upholstered in Napier green velvet with brass detailing. Overall length measurement of 53'' is without gap between chair and ottoman.
Mid-Century Modern Swivel Club Lounge Chairs by...
Weiman, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Fabric
A nice asymmetrical pair of swivel chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan and produced by Weiman in the 1980s. They feature return swivel mechanisms and the original upholstery which is s...
Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofa in Blue Microfiber by...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Lucite, Wood, Ultrasuede
Original Vladimir Kagan Cloud Serpentine sofa in blue microfiber by Directional Furniture Company. Original label underneath, Directional, Made in USA.  
Vladimir Kagan Bilbao Swivel Lounge Chair for W...
Vladimir Kagan
1990s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery
Sculptural and gracefully curved swivel lounge chair designed by Vladimir Kagan and manufactured by Weiman. The Bilbao series was inspired by the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. ...
Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa in Pink
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Chrome, Fabric
Vladimir Kagan, serpentine sofa, pink faux suede, chrome, United States, 1960s This serpentine sofa by Vladimir Kagan is The sofa has a sculptural beauty thanks to its clarity and b...
Vladimir Kagan Dining Chair with Signature
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
An original Vladimir Kagan dining chair with signature, in very good condition, from the 1950s. Sculptural walnut frame, upholstered seat and back.
Vladimir Kagan "Erica Rocking Chair" with Rare ...
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 ...
Early Vladimir Kagan Walnut and White Leather '...
Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc., Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Walnut
Early Vladimir Kagan for Kagan-Dreyfuss Inc. sculptural 'Contour' low back lounge chair in walnut frame and white leather upholstered padded seat This hallmark Kagan ergonomic design...
Vladimir Kagan Marbled Leather Sofa-Daybed
American Leather, Vladimir Kagan
1990s American Modern Sofas
Leather
Sofa-daybed Designed by Vladimir Kagan for American Leather Studios USA, circa 1990s marbled leather with olive undertones with backrest: 31 1/8” H x 87” W x 34 ¾” D x seat 17 ¾”...
Vladimir Kagan Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair ...
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.
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Midcentury Capricorn Din...
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...
Serpentine Sofa, circa 1950
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Velvet
Rare Vladimir Kagan serpentine sofa circa 1950 Meticulously restored in luxurious Dedar Milano velvet Certified by Vladimir Kagan Group Provenance: Produced circa 1950 at the ...
Kagan "176 SC Floating Seat & Back" Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Wood
Reference: The Complete Kagan, Tom Ford et al, ppg. 114-116. Includes “Certificate of Authenticity” signed by Vladimir Kagan and “Certificate of Authenticity” and registration plaque...
Mid-Century Modern Curved Serpentine Sofa by Vl...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather, Suede
A beautiful sculptural Bilboa sofa in purple leather and suede designed by Vladimir Kagan. The sofa was manufactured in the late 1980s and is in excellent condition.
Large Sculptural Bilbao Sofa by Vladimir Kagan
Preview, Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Modern Sofas
Fabric, Wood
Sought after statement piece by Vladimir Kagan for Preview Furniture. The curved, serpentine sofa was inspired by Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Newly re-upholster...
Swiveling Sculptural "Cork Screw Chair" by Vlad...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
1990s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Swiveling sculptural "Cork Screw Chair" by Vladimir Kagan, American, 1992 (retains original "Directional" label).
Pair of Vladimir Kagan "Corkscrew" Swivel Chair...
Vladimir Kagan, Weiman
1990s American Swivel Chairs
Mohair, Wood
Sloping pair of "Corkscrew" swivel chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan in 1992 and made by Weiman Preview. Beautifully reupholstered in a dark-brown mohair; fabric swatch available. Me...
Set of Six 1950s Vladimir Kagan Dining Chairs
Grosfeld House, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Velvet, Mahogany
Chic set of six dining chairs by Vladimir Kagan for Grosfeld House, circa 1950s. Two swivel chairs and four oh-so-low-back side chairs. Fully restored with new taupe vintage velvet u...
Vladimir Kagan "Corkscrew" Swivel Chair and Ott...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
1990s American Lounge Chairs
Velvet
"Corkscrew" swivel chair and ottoman designed in 1992 by Vladimir Kagan for Directional, USA. Excellent restored condition; comfortable and structurally sound; the returning swivel m...
Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Club Chair for D...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Upholstery
A very nice "Nautilus" swivel club chair designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. This iconic club chair simulates the shape of nautilus shells and is very comfortable. The maroon...
Vladimir Kagan Sofa on Lucite Bases
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Vladimir Kagan sofa, circa 1970. Sofa floats on Lucite bases. Upholstered in Jack Lenor Larsen velvet upholstery.
Vladamir Kagan "Dune" Chaise/ Daybed by Barlow ...
Barlow Tyrie, Vladimir Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Daybeds
Upholstery, Wicker
Kagan's design for Barlow Tyrie is a perfect example of his design aesthetic. The undulating, organic form that references a nautilus envelopes the sitter and provides a small table ...
Large Vladimir Kagan Crescent Desk in Oak
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Oak
A large crescent desk in oak with chocolate lacquered drawers. This desk was designed in by Vladimir Kagan in 1970.
Early and Rare Dresser by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Stainless Steel, Hardwood
Designed by Vladimir Kagan and manufactured by Kagan-Dreyfuss Inc, New York, this rarely seen model of triple dresser features an elegant bleached mahogany exterior with metal legs a...
Early and Rare Armoire by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Stainless Steel, Hardwood
Dated from 1950s, designed by Vladimir Kagan and manufactured by Kagan-Dreyfuss Inc, New York, this rarely seen model of armoire features an elegant bleached mahogany exterior with m...
Three-Piece Sectional Sofa by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Three-piece sectional sofa by Vladimir Kagan. Sofa will need a new plinth metal cladding and new upholstery. Dimensions: 120"wide 32"deep 32"tall 17" seat height depth from front to...
Vintage Vladimir Kagan for Directional Cloud So...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Velvet
The classic sofa designs of Vladimir Kagan boast smooth, sensuous lines with an unparalleled flair. We were ecstatic when we got our hands on this 5-piece cloud sofa. It was in aweso...
Pottery Table by George Greenmyer for Vladimir ...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Ceramic, Glass
Pottery table by George Greenmyer for Vladimir Kagan with sculptural ceramic base and glass top.
Vladimir Kagan Nautilus "Corkscrew" Swivel Club...
Vladimir Kagan, Weiman
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 (a...
Vladimir Kagan Bilbao Swivel Lounge Chairs for ...
Vladimir Kagan, Weiman
1990s American Chairs
Ultrasuede, Wood
Pair of Bilbao swivel lounge chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Weiman preview features comfortable plush seats and curved angular backrests/armrests. The Bilbao collection was in...
Vladimir Kagan Stainless Steel and Wood Coffee ...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A Vladimir Kagan designed coffee table. The wood on top creates a subtle modern pattern. Large polished stainless legs. Signed on verso of top with label.
Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofas on Brass Bases
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Brass
Pair of serpentine sofas designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional Furniture. Fully restored and reupholstered in vibrant coral velvet.
Vladimir Kagan Walnut Side Table
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Walnut
We are proud to present this walnut side table. Beautiful sculptural form. Designed by Vladimir Kagan for Kagan-Dreyfuus, signed "Kagan-Dreyfuss" on the underside. Fully re...
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 ...
Vladimir Kagan Office Desk Char
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs
Fur, Walnut
Early desk chair by Vladimir Kagan, for Kagan-Dreyfuss, circa 1950s. Original sheared alpaca upholstery.
Pair of Vladimir Kagan 1950s Lucite Stools in J...
Jack Lenor Larsen, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Upholstery, Velvet, Lucite
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Lucite stools in Jack Lenor Larsen velvet Vladimir Kagan USA, 1950s Seats in new old stock "Nazca" velvet, designed by Don Wight for Jack Lenor Larsen...
Vladimir Kagan Tri-symmetric Walnut and Glass C...
Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Glass, Walnut
Vladimir Kagan dining or center table with organic, sculptural walnut tripod base suspending a thick plate glass top from the late 1960s to mid-1970s, USA. Literature: Vladimir Kaga...
Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa and Ottoman Upho...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1980s American Modern Sofas
Leather
Stunning serpentine sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan and manufactured by Directional Inc. The sofa and ottoman are upholstered in beautiful sage Eldeman leather and it is very smooth...
Mid-Century Modern Swivel Club Lounge Chairs by...
Weiman, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Velvet, Wood
A beautiful and authentic pair of Nautilus chairs. Designed by Vladimir Kagan and produced by Weiman. These swivel and have rich looking blue velvet upholstery. Manufacture label is ...
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