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The voluptuous contours of Vladimir Kagan’s (1927–2016) 1950 Serpentine sofa were designed to bring people together. The S-shaped piece provided both flexible group seating on an armless form as well as a focal point for mid-century entertaining. Unlike most sofas, this one was not designed to be pushed against a wall. Also, people were not supposed to sit on the Serpentine in a row. Rather, the sofa presided over the center of the room as a swoosh of plush seating. The original design included casters so it could easily be maneuvered around for a party or to provide a better view of new art on the walls.

Born in Germany, Kagan’s interest in furniture began with his father, a Russian master cabinetmaker. Following the rise of the Nazis, a young Kagan immigrated to the United States in 1938 and shortly thereafter enrolled as an architecture student at Columbia University. Nearly 15 years later, Kagan opened his first furniture company. His concept of modern living was featured in the furniture designs at the Monsanto House of the Future, which was on view at Disneyland from 1957 to 1967.

Upholstered in inviting materials, such as seductively hued velvet and Alcantara, Kagan’s furniture demonstrated how modernism could be beguiling even while breaking with the rigid norms of the past. Reflecting the biomorphic shapes in art and sculpture that such creators as Isamu Noguchi promoted as well as celebrating Scandinavian design, each piece was made for both comfort and form in its organic shape. 

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Vladimir Kagan for Directional 'Cloud' Sofa in New Nubby Bouclé, c 1980, Signed
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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'Cloud' Sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Directional w Lucite Leg, 1980s, Signed
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Vladimir Kagan for Directional 'Cloud' Sofas in New Nubby Bouclé, c 1980, Signed
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This spectacular pair of Vladimir Kagan 'Cloud' sofas were produced by Directional in circa 1980 and were newly reupholstered in a gorgeous nubby bouclé fabric, both sofas signed und...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé, Lucite

Vladimir Kagan for Directional 'Cloud' Sofas in New Nubby Bouclé, c 1980, Signed
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This spectacular pair of Vladimir Kagan 'Cloud' sofas were produced by Directional in circa 1980 and were newly reupholstered in a gorgeous nubby bouclé fabric, both sofas signed und...
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Vintage 1980s American Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé, Lucite

Stunning Pair Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Directional Cloud Sofas Mid-Century
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous pair of Vladimir Kagan cloud serpentine sofas made by Directional. These pair retain their original periwinkle blue ultra-suede fabric in nice vintage condition-some wear sp...
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Materials

Upholstery, Lucite

Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa, Model 150 BS
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Raleigh, NC
An incredible serpentine sofa from Vladimir Kagan designed in 1950. This example was originally upholstered in white leather with white lacquer bases, circa 2000. Now restored in a...
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Serpentine Cloud Sofas, 2 Available
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Stunning serpentine sofa by Vladimir Kagan, 2 available. Have you been looking for that perfect pair, look no further. Sofas have been restored in a beautiful chunky, oreo tweed. ...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Vladimir Kagan Directional Serpentine Cloud Sofa in Teddy-bear Tan Boucle
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Culver City, CA
This sofa is absolutely gorgeous! Clad in a heavy nap, light teddy-bear tan colored boucle, this sumptuous serpentine cloud sofa, designed by Vladimir Kagan is sure to make an elegan...
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Early 2000s Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé

Vladimir Kagan Cloud Serpentine Sofa by Directional in Black Microfiber
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Dallas, TX
Vladimir Kagan's iconic cloud serpentine sofa by Directional. This sofa is upholstered in black microfiber. They would both need to be reupholstered to match. We recommend new uphols...
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa by Directional
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Raleigh, NC
Expertly restored with new mohair upholstery on this iconic sofa. A classic designed by Vladimir Kagan and manufactured by Directional. A mate to this sofa is available. If you woul...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofa by Directional
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Raleigh, NC
Expertly restored with new mohair upholstery on this iconic sofa. A classic designed by Vladimir Kagan and manufactured by Directional. A mate to this sofa is available. If you woul...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Mohair

Vladimir Kagan Cloud Serpentine Sofa Upholstered in Heavy Ivory Boucle
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Culver City, CA
This Vladimir Kagan sofa is absolutely stunning! It’s obvious why Vladimir Kagan furniture is more in demand than ever. This show-stopping Kagan sofa is not only a visual feast; the ...
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1990s American Post-Modern Sofas

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Bouclé

Vladimir Kagan “Zoe” Freeform Sofa, Organic Modernist, Microfiber
By Room and Board, Vladimir Kagan
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Organic modernist sofa by Vladimir Kagan. Original upholstery is free of any major blemishes but does show signs of wear, such as areas that show more use. Would work well in a var...
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Early 2000s American Organic Modern Sofas

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Stunning Vladimir Kagan Curved Serpentine Cloud Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning Vladimir Kagan curved serpentine cloud sofa for Directional. We are loving the Brunschwig and Fils and Dongia fabric this sofa has been re-upholstered with about 15 years ag...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Early 'Serpentine' Sofa by Vladimir Kagan, circa 1960, Signed and Registered
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredibly rare 'Serpentine' sofa (Model 150-BS) by Vladimir Kagan has just been authenticated by Kagan Design Group and includes a signed registration tag and authentication pa...
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