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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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Vladimir Kagan "Omnibus" Lit Coffee Table, circa 1...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Acrylic, Lucite, Wood
"Omnibus" lit cocktail table by Vladimir Kagan. Markings: Marked.
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Vladimir Kagan Designed Serpentine Sofa, 1980s
Talisman
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Vladimir Kagan Designed Serpentine Sofa, 1980s
Vladimir Kagan
American Sofas
Upholstery
A Vladimir Kagan designed Serpentine Sofa 1980s, original upholstery in very good vintage condition
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Vladimir Kagan, Two-Piece Omnibus Sectional Sofa, ...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s Sectional Sofas
Comprised of two parts, the sofa may be arranged as one large piece as pictured or with two sections of which one features a slight V-shape and curve the other an L-shape lounge (pictur...
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Gorgeous Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa Mid-Centur...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery
Gorgeous Vladimir Kagan sepentine sofa in a sumptuous rose velvet. This sofa retains it's original crushed rose velvet in very good vintage condition. The sofa is super comfortable and ...
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Vladimir Kagan, Double Wide High Low Sofa, USA, 1970s
Todd Merrill 20th Century
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Vladimir Kagan, Double Wide High Low Sofa, USA, 19...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s Sofas
A beautifully reupholstered sofa, the high-low epitomizes Vladimir Kagan’s unique and iconic designs. With a front section resting on electrically powered illuminated Lucite panels, the...
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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa
Foreground
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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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"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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Rosewood and Glass Desk by Vladimir Kagan
Adam Edelsberg
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Rosewood and Glass Desk by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Rare custom Kagan two-drawer desk in figured rosewood, glass and aluminum. Desk is very well constructed and is possibly a custom ordered design.
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Serpentine Cloud Sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Direct...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Chrome, Upholstery
Fantastic serpentine cloud sofa by Vladimir Kagan for directional, 1970s. This piece is in original condition. Upholstery has significant wear. Structurally perfect and chrome bases are...
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Pair or Single Vladimir Kagan for Directional Serp...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Pair or Single Vladimir Kagan Directional Sofas Serpentine. If you would like to purchase one, let us know left or right arm when facing it.
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Vladimir Kagan "Nautilus" Chair
Aaron Mapp
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Vladimir Kagan "Nautilus" Chair
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Chairs
Fabric
"Nautilus" swivel chair in green ultra suede by Vladimir Kagan.
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Mid-Century Modernist Extension Dining Table by Vl...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Sophisticated Mid-Century Modernist dining table by Vladimir Kagan in bookmatched walnut with one extension leaf. This ultra-chic Mid-Century dining table features a tabletop in bookmat...
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Signed V. Kagan Modern Liquor and Bar Cabinet
Soho Treasures
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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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Custom Kagan Illuminated Rosewood Low Table
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Lucite, Rosewood
This unique rosewood coffee or sofa table has Lucite supports. There is a center Lucite covered display area lined with original purple felt that illuminates. The wood grain is beautifu...
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Curved Sofa with Lucite Base by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Sofas
Chenille, Lucite, Wood
Original, 1960s chenille sofa with rare cross-base in Lucite by American architect Vladimir Kagan, known for his long, low and sinuous “Serpentine” sofas. Kagan referred to his work as ...
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A Midcentury "Erica" Chaise Longue by Vladimir Kag...
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chaises Longues
Damask, Plexiglass
A vintage "Erica" chaise lounge seat, upholstered in grey damask with paisley pattern, supported by clear 'T' form plexiglas base, from 1969 design by Vladimir Kagan. Good vintage condi...
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A Midcentury Single Pedestal Dining Table in Brush...
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Aluminum, Glass
A vintage dining table, produced sometime following the circa 1960's designs of Vladimir Kagan, with glass top above aluminum brushed dual support beams and a single rectangular pedesta...
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Marble-Top Executive Desk by Vladimir Kagan
Palm Beach Vintage
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Marble-Top Executive Desk by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Desks
A rare and unusual find. This marble-top desk by Vladimir Kagan retains its original label. Wonderful original marble-top.
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Large Serpentine Sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Directional
Oliver Modern
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Large Serpentine Sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Direct...
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric
Large Serpentine Sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. Walnut bases.
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American Mosaic-Top Fruitwood Coffee Table by Vlad...
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Ceramic, Fruitwood
Mid-late 20th century long and narrow coffee table having a brown, white and orange mosaic tile top supported by a fruitwood double arch form base (by Vladimir Kagan 1927).
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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 Chaise Longue
Via Verso - 20th Century Design
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Vladimir Kagan Chaise Longue
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Chaises Longues
Show-stopping Vladimir Kagan "Erica" slim Silhouette contour chaise in porcelain-hued bouclé textiles by Knoll International. Curved back and seat on raised acrylic base. Left arm chai...
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Erica Chaise Longue by Vladimir Kagan
Stripe
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Erica Chaise Longue by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chaises Longues
Acrylic, Silk
Curvy, sexy, left-arm Erica lounge chair by Vladimir Kagan. Acrylic base, upholstered in rich, creamy silk.
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Set of Six Vladimir Kagan Dining Chairs
Full Circle Modern
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Set of Six Vladimir Kagan Dining Chairs
Grosfeld House, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Chairs
Mahogany, Upholstery
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 Nautilus Chairs by Valdimir Kagan
Gustavo Olivieri 20th Century - MIAMI
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Pair of Nautilus Chairs by Valdimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Club Chairs
A pair of swivel upholstered "Nautilus" club chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan. Swivel base and two-tone upholstery, circa 1970s This item is currently in our MIAMI facility. Please ca...
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Vladimir Kagan Swivel Lounge Chairs
Modern Drama
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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 Swan SofaOn Hold
The Exchange Int
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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 Serpentine Sofa
Modern Drama
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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Mohair, Walnut
Serpentine sofa by Vladimir Kagan. Newly upholstered in grey mohair over walnut bases.
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Vladimir Kagan Sculptural Lounge Chair
Modern Drama
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Vladimir Kagan Sculptural Lounge Chair
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Rare lounge chair by Vladimir Kagan for Kagan-Dreyfuss. Sculptural walnut frame. Newly upholstered.
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Omnibus Seating Unit by Vladimir Kagan
Cain Modern
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Omnibus Seating Unit by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
Fabric, Lucite, Wood
An original omnibus sectional by Vladimir Kagan, USA, circa 1970s. A gorgeous room-sized sectional. This huge sofa has raised and wheeled sections that give it both playful and function...
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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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American Modern Ebonised Extension Dining Table, V...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Wood
The oval top with extension top for one leaf, with a frieze with curved area over legs Kagan-Dreyfuss label.
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Vladimir Kagan Omnibus Sofa for Gucci
Classic Modern Design
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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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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine SofaOn Hold
Frank Landau - Selected Design Objects & Fine Art
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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Modern Sofas
Suede
Wonderful Vladimir Kagan Serpentine free form Sofa form the 80s. The velour cover is in good condition. It is manufactured by Directional.
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Large Vladimir Kagan "Omnibus" Sectional Sofa, circa 1970
Objects20C
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Large Vladimir Kagan "Omnibus" Sectional Sofa, cir...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
Upholstery, Lucite
Sofa is comprised of three sections.
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Vladimir Kagan Swivel Lounge Chairs
CONVERSO
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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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"Stalagmite" Floor Lamp by Vladimir Kagan, circa ...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Rare and documented and well constructed Kagan aluminum "Stalagmite" floor lamp. Lamp measures 74 inches tall without bulbs. Lamp in working order. Documented in "The Complete Kagan" ...
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Contour Rocking Chair by Vladimir Kagan
Donzella Ltd.
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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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Vladimir Kagan "Bilbao" Sofa
Cain Modern
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Vladimir Kagan "Bilbao" Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Modern Sofas
Fabric, Naugahyde, Wood
A sumptuous sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan and inspired by the curves and undulations of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain. The sofa is in okay condition and it is possible to be ...
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Vladimir Kagan for Directional Set of Six Dining C...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Beautiful set of six upholstered dining chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan and manufactured by Directional. This beautiful chairs have a very architectural lines, the curved lines that c...
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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 and ...
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Large Serpentine Sofa by Vladimir Kagan, 1980
Art Prime Design
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Large Serpentine Sofa by Vladimir Kagan, 1980
Vladimir Kagan
American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric
A very Large Serpentine Sofa Designed in 1980. Magnificent Very Large Freeform Sofa in Alcantara Mauve Color material with stainless steel round base. Large : 350 CM
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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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Omnibus Sectional Sofa by Vladimir Kagan
Belkind Bigi
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Omnibus Sectional Sofa by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Sofas
Upholstery, Acrylic
Omnibus sofa, in two sections, designed in 1969 by Vladimir Kagan. This example can be reversed according to room specification making it very versatile. Fabric is original. Iconic Kaga...
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Set of Four American Modern Dark Walnut Dining Cha...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Wood
Comprising two arms and two sides, Kagan-Dreyfuss labels.
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Luxe Pair Of Vladimir Kagan Slipper Lounge Chairs ...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
This beautiful pair of Vladimir Kagan slipper lounge chairs feature a gauffraged crocodile pewter velvet upholstery. These chairs have a small curve to them, allowing them to be extreme...
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Omnibus Sofas, Pair by Vladimir Kagan for Vladimir...
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Sectional Sofas
Acrylic, Upholstery
Literature: The Complete Kagan: A Lifetime of Avant-Garde Design, Kagan, pg. 166 illustrates series
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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa
Oliver Modern
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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Vladimir Kagan serpentine sofa. Chrome base.
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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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Sectional Sofa Designed by Vladimir Kagan
a La MOD INC
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Sectional Sofa Designed by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
A four section sofa with eleven pillows designed by Vladimir Kagan. Circa 1980s. Newly reupholster in a slate gray nubby fabric.
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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa with Tag
TFTM
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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa with Tag
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Acrylic, Fabric, Walnut
This gorgeous sofa is covered in a beautiful neutral gray fabric. It has walnut pedastool supports with a center acrylic support. There is a Directional tag on the underside.
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Vladimir Kagan for Directional Set of Eight Dining...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Dining Room Chairs
Textile
Set of 8 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 uphols...
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Vladimir Kagan Floor Lamp
Aaron Mapp
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Vladimir Kagan Floor Lamp
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Floor Lamps
Chrome
Chrome tubular floor lamp by Vladimir Kagan.
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Minimalist Center Table
Rayon Roskar
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Minimalist Center Table
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Center Tables
Marble, Walnut
Well scaled right angle center or coffee table signed in pencil KAGAN to reverse side of marble.
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Vladimir Kagan Lounge Chair
Towne Palm Springs
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Vladimir Kagan Lounge Chair
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s Modern Club Chairs
Foam, Polyester, Wood
Newly reupholstered in a nubby black fabric, this sculptural chair has button details on the cushion and underneath as well.
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Vladimir Kagan Executive Desk Chair
CONVERSO
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Vladimir Kagan Executive Desk Chair
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs
Leather
Kagan-Dreyfuss, New York, high back Executive desk chair. Tilts and swivels. Arm height ground up 26". Highest dimensions shown can be lowered by 4".
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Snail Coffee Table by Vladimir Kagan
Machine Age
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Snail Coffee Table by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Walnut
This table, designed by Vladimir Kagan, features a spiral walnut base and a curved rectangular glass top. The measurements below reflect the table with the top. The base alone measure...
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Snail Cocktail Table by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Snail Cocktail Table by Vladimir Kagan.
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Pair of Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofas
Modern Drama
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Pair of Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofas
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Walnut
Pair of Serpentine sofas by Vladimir Kagan. One left arm sofa and one right arm sofa. Vintage upholstery with refinished walnut bases.
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Vladimir Kagan Swivel Lounge Chair with Ottoman
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Swivel lounge chair with ottoman. Designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. Original upholstery with walnut bases. Chair swivels and rocks.
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