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Vladimir Kagan Console Tables

American, German, 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 1stDibs, even decades after their conception, Kagan pieces still command the eye, with their freshness, energy, sensuality and wit.

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Creator: Vladimir Kagan
Rare Vladimir Kagan console and drop leaf dining table
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Very rare early Vladimir Kagan Console Table or Dining Table designed in circa 1950. This table was executed in walnut. The table can be used as a beautiful console table with incred...
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1950s Vintage Vladimir Kagan Console Tables

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Vladimir Kagan, 1961 Mid-Century Modern Sideboards / Cabinets Original Receipts
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Pair of custom Mid-Century Modern sideboards / cabinets by, Vladimir Kagan in 1961. Made of walnut, with travertine tops, original brass pulls. It was purchased directly from Kagan-D...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vladimir Kagan Console Tables

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Vladimir Kagan for Kagan-Dreyfuss Table w Alexandra Kasuba Tiles, c 1949, Signed
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This rare collectors piece is a documented and signed low table designed in 1949 by Vladimir Kagan and produced through the 1950's while Kagan was partnered with Hugo Dreyfuss. Signe...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vladimir Kagan Console Tables

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Brass

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Vladimir Kagan console tables for sale on 1stDibs

Vladimir Kagan console tables are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Vladimir Kagan console tables, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 1 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original console tables by Vladimir Kagan were created in the Mid-Century Modern style in United States during the 1940s. Many customers also consider console tables by Lion in Frost, Suzzane Dahl & Jerry Barich and Karl Springer, if you want additional options. Prices for Vladimir Kagan console tables can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$10,700 and tops out at US$10,700, while pieces like these can sell for US$10,700 on average.

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