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Serpentine Sofa

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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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Midcentury Vladimir Kagan Aquamarin Wool Mohair Organic Serpentine Sofa
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Weesp, NL
Stunning gorgeous elegant and very stylish Serpentine sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan in 1950. This beauty was made in the 1980s and has been re-upholstered with this fabulous aquama...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Mohair

Vladimir Kagan for Directional Serpentine Sofa, Organic Modernist
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Iconic Vladimir Kagan Sofa complete with acrylic center support. Highly sought after for his organic and freeform designs, this sofa can work with a wide range of interiors. Wonderfu...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Acrylic

Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Cloud Sofa in Holly Hunt Leather
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Vadimir Kagan serpetine cloud sofa expertly reupholstered in Holly Hunt Milano leather in Alabaster (required 6 hides) This is a 1990 production of an early 1950s design. A free form...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

Vintage Brass "Serpentine" Sofa by Vladimir Kagan
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Burbank, CA
A stunning vintage "Serpentine" sofa designed by architect and furniture designer Vladimir Kagan for Directional. The sofa feature two brass bases and a distinctive curved frame that...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

1980s Warm Grey, New Upholstery Sofa by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan, Club House Italia
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Sofa, new upholstery in high-quality fabric, warm grey, USA, 1980s. Serpentine sofa by German-born American Vladimir Kagan. Manufactured for Club House Italia as part of their New...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

Vladimir Kagan “Zoe” Freeform Sofa, Organic Modernist, Microfiber
By Vladimir Kagan, Room and Board
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. Blends well with other organic/ freeform designers.
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Early 2000s American Organic Modern Sofas

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Upholstery

Vladimir Kagan Curved Serpentine Cloud Sofa for Directional
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vladimir Kagan curved serpentine cloud sofa for Directional. Model# 4891 J. This piece has been expertly restored.  
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20th Century American Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Lucite

Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa with Ottoman in Pierre Frey Lambswool Velvet
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vladimir Kagan for Directional, USA, 1956. This sofa was designed by Kagan for Directional One of the most iconic designs by Kagan emphasizing the both sculptural organic form a...
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Late 20th Century American Organic Modern Sectional Sofas

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Aluminum

Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Cloud Sofa Upholstered in Heavy Boucle
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Tempe, AZ
This Vladimir Kagan sofa is absolutely stunning! With Kagan's furniture having more curves than Beyonce and the class and sophistication of the queen, it’s obvious why Vladimir Kagan...
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1990s American Post-Modern Sofas

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Bouclé

Vladimir Kagan for Directional 3-Piece Serpentine Sectional
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Southampton, NJ
Note: This sectional will need to be reupholstered. Although this sectional will need to be recovered, it's still one of the best designs from Designer, Vladimir Kagan. The curved...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Leather

Vladimir Kagan Sofa
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Culver City, CA
Newly upholstered in wool velvet on chrome bases with lucite center leg.   
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21st Century and Contemporary American Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Culver City, CA
Newly upholstered in cotton velvet. Manufactured by Directional.    
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21st Century and Contemporary American Stools

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Velvet

Vladimir Kagan Curved Serpentine Cloud for Sofa in Red/Orange Cotton Velvet
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful sofa by Vladimir Kagan newly upholstered in a rich cotton velvet. For Directional. Double top stitch on seams.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Curved Serpentine Sofa by Vladimir Kagan in Leather and Suede
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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.
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Suede

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

Materials

Upholstery, Lucite