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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Iconic Serving Cart in Walnut by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bar Carts
Iconic serving cart in walnut with white laminate top and interior, also with original ice bucket, by Vladimir Kagan, American, 1950s (has authentication label inside).
Vladimir Kagan Pedestal Armchairs
Vladimir Kagan Pedestal Armchairs
Mainly Art Vintage Modern Furniture
Vladimir Kagan Pedestal Armchairs
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Modern Armchairs
A pair of Kagan Lucite pedestal armchairs upholstered in their original Jack Lenor Larsen fabric with a great sculptural look. Retains the label to each chair Vladimir Kagan Designs Inc...
Exquisite Biomorphic Kidney Bean Shaped Sofa by Vl...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Biomorphic kidney bean shaped sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Directional, 1970s, this sofa has a brass base with original lighting.  
Awesome Eight Part Sectional Sofa Designed by Vlad...
Vladimir Kagan
American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
Upholstery
Awesome eight part sectional sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan for Preview. This set will need to be reupholstered but that is what you designers are looking for any way-right? This set m...
Vladimir Kagan "Bilbao" Swivel Chairs
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...
Vladimir Kagan Oak Table Lamp
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.
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....
Vladimir Kagan Omnibus Sofa for Gucci
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.
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Foreground
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Sofas
Mohair
Sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. Circular walnut plinth bases. Newly recovered in mohair. Lucite support plate. Directional label. Fabric samples available. A second sof...
Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chair with Ottoman in Herm...
Vladimir Kagan
2010s European Armchairs
Vladimir Kagan Nautilus chair with ottoman in Hermès blue velvet.
Spectacular 'Comet' Lounge Set by Vladimir Kagan
Spectacular 'Comet' Lounge Set by Vladimir Kagan
Espace Camille
Spectacular 'Comet' Lounge Set by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan, Roche Bobois
Early 2000s French Modern Sofas
Spectacular and very rare sofa and chairs set by Vladimir Kagan. Numerous setups are possible. The set needs re-upholstery (the set has cover slips, so very easy to reupholster).
Vladimir Kagan Glass, Aluminum and Wood Dining or ...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Aluminum, Glass, Wood
Designed by Vladimir Kagan in the 1960s, this table's sleek, modern design keeps it relevant and prominent throughout the decades. This table is perfect either as a dining table or a co...
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Foreground
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Sofas
Sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. Circular walnut plinth bases. Newly recovered in mohair. Lucite support plate. Directional label. Fabric samples available. A second sof...
Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa for Weiman Furnitur...
Vladimir Kagan
American Modern Living Room Sets
Upholstery, Wood
Vintage Vladimir Kagan Serpentine sofa manufactured by Weiman Preview. The sofa need to be reupholstered, the fabric has rips, fading and soiling, must be reupholstered. Measureme...
Vladimir Kagan "Crescent" Swivel Lounge Chair
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Stainless Steel
Large-scale swivel chairs by Vladimir Kagan. Stainless steel base with faux ostrich upholstery. Castors are recessed behind steel base for ease in mobility.
Contour Rocking Chair by Vladimir Kagan
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.
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.
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Corkscrew Swivel L...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Lounge Chairs
Matching set of Nautilus chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan and manufactured by Directional Furniture. Amazing, original, spotted two-tone upholstery from the 1980s. Upholstery is staine...
Tubular Chrome Skyscraper Lamp in the Manner of Vl...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Chrome
Tubular chrome skyscraper lamp in the manner of Vladimir Kagan. Designed as a floor lamp, but shows well as a table lamp.
Mid-Century Modern Walnut Snail Cocktail Table by ...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Walnut
An incredible design by Vladimir Kagan for Selig. This table features a heavy curved walnut base with the original glass top.
Nautilus Lounge Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Wool, Upholstery
Offered is a beautifully restored set of Vladimir Kagan lounge chairs expertly reupholstered in boiled wool by Maharam (Denmark). The internals have been correctly restored to above fac...
Rare Vladimir Kagan Tri-Symmetric Floor Lamp
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Aluminum, Wood
Hard to find tri-symmetric floor lamp designed by Kagan in 1958 and produced by Kagan Dreyfus NYC. Lamp base is cast aluminum with a wood fluted stem. Takes a large three-way bulb.
Vladimir Kagan Snail Table in Walnut, USA, Designe...
Selig, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Walnut
A classic piece of American modern design, the Snail table by Vladimir Kagan designed in 1954 for Selig Furniture Company. Lightweight circular base in walnut veneer belies it's strengt...
Rare Cabinet in Mahogany with Ceramic Art Tiles by...
Vladimir Kagan
American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Exceptional and rare cabinet in mahogany with iconic splayed legs and ceramic art tiles on doors by Vladimir Kagan, American, 1950s. The ceramic tiles are by Alexander Kasuba, a Russian...
Vladimir Kagan Silk Rug by Sabine de Gunzburg / Ar...
Vladimir Kagan, Sabine de Gunzburg
21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern More Carpets
Silk
Designer: Vladimir Kagan. Year of Creation: 2014. The artist's rugs editions of Sabine de Gunzburg & Les Ateliers Courbet. Description: The rugs are handwoven at the feet of ...
Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa
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.
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofas by Directional
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofas by Directional
Another Time
Pair of Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofas by Directional
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Lucite, Ultrasuede
Beautiful pair of Vladimir Kagan cloud sofas in a camel color ultra-suede. The round pedestal supports are also upholstered and the center Lucite support provides extra strength. The fa...
Vladimir Kagan Sofa, Biomorphic Kidney Form for Di...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric
Biomorphic kidney bean shaped sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Directional, 1980s. This piece retains it's original upholstery which is in good condition. We offer free regular deliveries ...
Pair of Slipper Chairs with Lucite Bases by Vladim...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs
Pair of slipper chairs with Lucite bases by Vladimir Kagan, Omnibus collection, American, 1970s. (Label on the bottom reads "VLADIMIR KAGAN DESIGNS INC").
Chaise Longue by Vladimir Kagan Great Original Con...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Chaise longue by Vladimir Kagan has a three sided frame that supports a 60 inch long seat with a single Lucite leg at the foot. Chaise longue is all original and in great vintage cond...
Pair of Vintage Chaise Lounge Chairs by Vladimir K...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Pair of vintage chaise longue chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan in the 1950s. The lounge has a form fit seat that is supported by three legs. Two at the foot and one at the head. The s...
Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa and Ottoman Upholst...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
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 an...
Sculptural Ceramic Table Base by George Greenamyer...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Tables
Ceramic
Hand-built, Brutalist table base of glazed and unglazed stoneware by New England sculptor George Greenamyer. Commissioned by Vladimir Kagan and produced in small numbers in the early 19...
Vladimir Kagan Shield Back Dining Chairs, Set of E...
Vladimir Kagan, Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Chairs are model VK103. Set is comprised of two arm chairs and six side chairs. Reference: The Complete Kagan, Vladimir Kagan, pg. 265. Provenance: Rago Arts, 10.27.2013, Lot 1324. Mark...
Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa on Chrome Bases
Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa on Chrome Bases
Modern Drama
Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa on Chrome Bases
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Chrome
Serpentine sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Directional Furniture. Original red ultra suede upholstery.
Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa for Directional
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...
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
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 ...
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 ...
Leopard Print Chair and Stool by Vladimir Kagan
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.
Vladimir Kagan "Serpentine" Sofa for Directional
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.
Vladimir Kagan for Directional Serpentine Sofa
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 ...
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.
Vladimir Kagan Side Chair
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.
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Oliver Modern
Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric
Vladimir Kagan omnibus sofa.
Vladimir Kagan Coffee Table
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.
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 ...
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...
Erica Chaise Longue by Vladimir Kagan
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...
"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).
Serpentine Sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Directional
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].
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...
Free-Form Curved Sofa by Vladimir Kagan
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.
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...
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.
Set of Six Vladimir Kagan Dining Chairs
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...
Matching Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofas (Sold individu...
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...
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...
Signed Vladimir Kagan Modern Liquor and Bar Cabine...
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars
Unusual liquor cabinet by Vladimir Kagan.
Serpentine Sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Directional
Serpentine Sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Directional
On 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].
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 ...