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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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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.
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Mohair

Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Cloud Sofas in Ivory Boucle, a Pair, Directional
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These sofas are breathtakingly beautiful. A rare pair of Vladimir Kagan serpentine cloud sofas upholstered in sumptuous ivory white, heavily textured sherpa boucle. Vladimir Kagan fu...
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1990s American Post-Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé

Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Cloud Sofa for Directional in Heavy Boucle
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Vladimir Kagan sofa is simply stunning. The entire sofa has been upholstered in a heavy ivory bouclé, including the double disc bottom. This heavily textured sofa is not only vi...
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1990s Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé

Vladimir Kagan Cloud Serpentine Sofa Upholstered in Heavy Ivory Boucle
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Los Angeles, 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

Materials

Bouclé

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

Materials

Brass

Iconic Vladimir Kagan ‘Serpentine’ Sofa in White Upholstery
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vladimir Kagan, sofa model ‘Serpentine’, fabric, lacquered wood, United States, design 1950s This sofa is designed by Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) and clearly expresses his characte...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

1970s White Fabric, New Upholstery Sofa by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Sofa, new upholstery in high-quality fabric, white, USA, 1978. Sculptural sofa by iconic German-born American Vladimir Kagan. Manufactured by Directional. Kagan has made himself a...
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Antique 1870s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal

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

Materials

Metal

Vladimir Kagan “Zoe” Cloud Sofa, American Leather, Organic Modern
By Vladimir Kagan, American Leather
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A classic cloud or serpentine sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan for American Leather. Currently in the original microfiber suede upholstery. Please note dimensions listed as overall ...
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Early 2000s American Organic Modern Sofas

Materials

Ultrasuede

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

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

Materials

Upholstery

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

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

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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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood