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Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Lounge Chair, 1990
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Chicago, IL
Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Corkscrew Swivel Lounge Chair, 1990. Purple original ultrasuede fabric original. Teal Kagan nautilus swivel chair sold in separate listing.
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1990s Lounge Chairs

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Ultrasuede

Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Lounge Chair, 1990
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Chicago, IL
Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Corkscrew Swivel Lounge Chair, 1990. Original Ultra suede fabric. Purple Kagan corkscrew lounge chair sold in separate listing.
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1990s Swivel Chairs

Materials

Ultrasuede

Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Camel Upholstery
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of vintage camel upholstery nautilus chairs by Vladimir Kagan.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Vladimir Kagan for Directional Nautilus Chair
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Newly reupholstered vintage Vladimir Kagan for Directional Nautilus chair.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Pair Nautilus Swivel Club Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of "Nautalis" armchairs in complementary mirrored composition by American Designer Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) for Directional which in 1999 merged under Tomlinson/Erwin-Lambet...
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Early 2000s American Modern Club Chairs

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Foam, Wood

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Two Tone Nautilus Lounge Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Mid-Century Modern two tone Vladimir Kagan Nautilus lounge chairs.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery

2 Vladimir Kagan Attributed Mid-Century Modern Nautilus Corkscrew Lounge Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Pair of beautiful and comfortable Nautilus lounge chairs attributed to Vladimir Kagan. These swivel chairs have a unique and organic asymmetrical design and are upholstered in a purp...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Ultrasuede

Nautilus Swivel Lounge Chair in the style of Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Fraser, MI
Please message for efficient shipping to your location. Asymmetrical swivel barrel chair in the style of Vladimir Kagan.
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Vintage 1980s Club Chairs

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Fabric

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Tan Leather Swivel Lounge Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of nicely "broken in" tan leather upholstery swivel chairs by Vladimir Kagan.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Pair of Swiveling "Nautilus" Chairs by Vladimir Kagan in Smoked Platinum
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in New York, NY
This pair of Nautilus chairs exemplify the stunning organic Futurist forms and clean lines for which Vladimir Kagan one of the most esteemed furniture designers of the 20th century i...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Velvet, Hardwood

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Corkscrew Nautilus Swivel Chairs for Directional
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Wayne, NJ
Pair of Vladimir Kagan corkscrew swivel chairs for Directional.
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric

20th Century White American Pair of Nautilus Swivel Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage Mid-Century Modern American pair of Nautilus swivel lounge chairs, designed by Vladimir Kagan in good condition. The seat backrest of the Nautilus chairs are arched, compos...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Bouclé, Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Lounge Chairs and Ottoman in Ivory Bouclé
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Amongst the most popular Vladimir Kagan designs, these Nautilus swivel lounge chairs are sculptural, comfortable and fun, and were recently professionally reupholstered in cozy Ivory...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Bouclé

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Lounge Chairs and Ottoman in Ivory Bouclé
By Weiman Preview Furniture, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Amongst the most popular Vladimir Kagan designs, these Nautilus swivel lounge chairs are sculptural, comfortable and fun, and were recently professionally reupholstered in cozy Ivory...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Bouclé

Vladimir Kagan for Weiman "Nautilus" Swivel Chairs, a Pair
By Weiman
Located in Medina, OH
Beautiful pair of vintage swivel chairs from Weiman Furniture Co., designed by Vladimir Kagan circa 1970s. Both chairs have been reupholstered professionally in the last decade, in a...
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Vintage 1970s American Swivel Chairs

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Suede, Fabric

Pair of "Nautilus" Swivel Chairs by Precedent
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Southampton, NJ
Gorgeous pair of Swivel(360 Degrees), by Precedent. In the manner of Vladimir Kagan for Directional. Both Chairs are roomy and sturdy and swivel smoothly. No marks or tears or h...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Polyester

Pair of "Nautilus" Swivel Lounge Chairs 1980's
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in New York, NY
"Nautilus" style swivel chairs upholstered in original black and tan tweeded fabric. In the manner of Vladimir Kagan. American, 1980’s. These chairs are in very good condition and sw...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Fabric, Wood

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Chairs in Gray-Green Velvet
Located in Norwalk, CT
A classic pair of "Cork Screw Nautilus" swivel chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan. This pair has been fully restored and recovered in a handsome gray green low pile velvet.
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Vintage 1980s Swivel Chairs

Materials

Velvet

Pair of Swiveling "Nautilus" Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of vintage leather Italian armchairs, by Vladimir Kagan, conversation type when bring closer.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Beige Offwhite Alcantara Suede Corkscrew Nautilus Swivel Chairs Directional Mint
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Beige off white alcantara suede corkscrew nautilus swivel chairs directional mint.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Loveseats

Materials

Upholstery, Ultrasuede

Fabulous Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Lounge Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Mount Penn, PA
A fabulous pair of Vladimir Kagan coffee color swivel lounge chairs, circa 1970. Good vintage condition.
Category

Late 20th Century American Modern Chairs

Materials

Cotton, Wood

Midcentury Vladimir Kagan for Directional Black Nautilus Lounge Chairs, a Pair
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Detroit, MI
This pair of vintage Mid-Century Modern “Nautilus” club chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional are circa 1970. The iconic design features classic Kagan style with distinct...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Cotton, Upholstery, Wood

Vladimir Kagan Pair of Nautilus Swivel Chairs
Located in Mount Penn, PA
Pair of swivel chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan. Designed in the way of a nautilus shell. These are a fine and luxurious pair of chairs. For any decor.
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Late 20th Century American Modern Swivel Chairs

Pair of Vladimir Kagan "Nautilus" Swivel Lounge Chairs
Located in Palm Beach, FL
A pair of powder blue ultra-suede Nautilus chairs by Vladimir Kagan. Both chairs have smooth range of motion, as they swivel and return to center position and both have been fully re...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of Nautilus chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan with return to center swivel bases. The set consist of right and left side. There are no tears to the fabric.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

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H 28.5 in. W 35 in. D 35 in.
Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chairs by Directional
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Raleigh, NC
An outstanding vintage pair of Nautilus chairs by Vladimir Kagan produced by Directional. This pair has been reupholstered in a luxurious mohair fabric that is plush and sturdy. A fi...
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Vintage 1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chairs Redone in Silk
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A lovely pair of Vladimir Kagan designed Nautilus chairs re done in a beautiful citrus colored silk. Were not sure who manufactured these, as at some time according to our books on K...
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20th Century American Lounge Chairs

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chairs with Swivel Bases
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sculptural pair of Nautilus chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan, the chairs swivel and the set consists of the right and the left side. Both chairs are upholstered in the original fab...
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Vintage 1970s American Lounge Chairs

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chairs, SALE
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional pair of swiveling Nautilus chairs in Mocha and Cream ultra suede, designed by Vladimir Kagan. Pair consists of a right and left.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Vintage Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chair and Ottoman in Brazilian Cowhide
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
Vladimir Kagan's work commands the eye with its freshness, energy, sensuality, and wit. Kagan made furniture sexy. And sexy is what you get with this one-of-a-kind Nautilus chair com...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Cowhide

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chairs & Ottoman in Edelman Leather
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vladimir Kagan designed Nautilus lounge chairs and ottoman upholstered in a beautiful Edelman leather which matches the Vladimir Kagan Serpentine sofa we have listed (this was purcha...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Leather

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Designed Nautilus Chairs with Matching Ottomans
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A newly upholstered pair of Vladimir Kagan nautilus chairs and matching ottomans. They have been redone in a beautiful Citrus Chenille fabric. The round swivel bases have been uphols...
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Late 20th Century American Chairs

Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Lounge Chair
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pasadena, TX
A mid century modern Nautilus lounge chair designed by Vladimir Kagan. The chair swivels and has very elegant curves.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric

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H 29.5 in. W 37 in. D 37 in.
Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Lounge Swivel Chair
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pasadena, TX
A Nautilus swivel lounge chair designed by Vladimir Kagan. A fine expression of asymmetry in contemporary furniture design. Upholstered in an off-white plush fabric with a contrast...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Vladimir Kagan "Nautilus" Corkscrew Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This pair of contemporary lounge chairs sit on a swivel base and feature a unique "corkscrew" shape with sloped arms that flow into a barrel back. Please confirm item location (...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Corkscrew Swiveling Lounge Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of swiveling Nautilus corkscrew lounge chairs with patterned contract fabric manufactured by the Directional Furniture company.
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Late 20th Century American Modern Lounge Chairs

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Style Nautilus Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Their beautiful and unique shape are a homage to Kagan’s nautilus style swivel chair from the 1980s. The beautiful and unique corkscrew shape also feature a comfortable sculpted barr...
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Late 20th Century Swivel Chairs

Materials

Velvet

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pasadena, CA
Pair of Vladimir Kagan nautilus swivel chair in their original upholstery. Upholstery is in good condition. Recently cleaned.
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Vintage 1980s American Swivel Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

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H 28.5 in. W 32 in. D 32.0 in.
Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Chair for Directional
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in San Diego, CA
Nautilus lounge or club chair on swiveling base designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional Furniture upholstered in a plum red velvet fabric.
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20th Century American Modern Lounge Chairs

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Swivel Nautilus Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in New York, NY
Pair of swiveling club chairs by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. Recently reupholstered.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Vladimir Kagan Pair of Nautilus Swivel Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Miami, FL
A pair of Nautilus swivel chairs by Vladimir Kagan. Super comfortable. The design is plush with interesting lines from any angle.
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1990s American Club Chairs

Vladimir Kagan Swivel Corkscrew or Nautilus Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Dallas, TX
Vladimir Kagan meets Kelly Wearstler. Newly upholstered nautilus chairs in Duralee fabric with faux leather trim.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Designed Nautilus Swivel Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Vladimir Kagan designed nautilus swivel chairs reupholstered in grey velvet.
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Vintage 1970s American Modern Chairs

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Velvet

Nautilus Swivel Chair by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Pasadena, CA
This Classic nautilus chair by Vladimir Kagan for Directional swivels 180 degrees.
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Late 20th Century American Swivel Chairs

Materials

Suede, Wood, Upholstery

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H 27.5 in. W 35 in. D 35 in.
Vladimir Kagan Style Mid Century Nautilus Lounge Chair
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Countryside, IL
Vladimir Kagan style mid century nautilus lounge chair Chair measures: 35.5 wide x 35.25 deep x 29.5 high with a seat height of 17.5 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Vladimir Kagan for Directional “Nautilus” Swivel Chairs, 1980
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Chicago, IL
Vladimir Kagan for Directional “Nautilus” Suede Swivel chairs, 1980.
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Vintage 1980s Swivel Chairs

Materials

Suede

Pair of Nautilus Swivel Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pasadena, CA
A pair of Classic Nautilus chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional featuring sloping, asymmetrical backrests. These lounge chairs rest upon swiveling bases which allow them...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Olive Green Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Chairs, Pair
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pasadena, CA
This pair of Classic Nautilus chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional feature a sloping, asymmetrical backrests and are upholstered in olive green. The chairs rest on swive...
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Vintage 1970s American Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Pair of Black Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pasadena, CA
Pair of 1970s swivel chairs by Vladimir Kagan newly reupholstered in a dramatic black thin chenille. The inside depth is 32.5"
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Vladimir Kagan "Nautilus" Swivel Chairs for Directional, Pair
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Wilton, CT
A stunning pair of true design gems. The great Vladimir Kagan's voluptuous aesthetic rings true for these graceful swivel chairs. Originally designed for Directional, this bubbly duo...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Swiveling Nautilus Chair by Vladimir Kagan for Directional
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Miami, FL
SOLD In teal blue ultra suede, a nautilus chair by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. In excellent condition, no issues. Turns 180 degrees in each direction on a upholstered circular sw...
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Vintage 1970s American Modern Lounge Chairs

Vladimir Kagan Pair of Nautilus Corksrew Swivel Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in West Hartford, CT
Fabulous pair of Kagan Nautilus 360 degree "Corkscrew" swivel chairs with a charcoal gray and off-white luxurious upholstery. The ultimate in comfort and design. Now, more than ever,...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Fabric, Textile, Wood

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Lounge Chairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Shapely and sexy pair of tub chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan and attributed to the manufacture of Directional, circa 1980. Vladimir Kagan made furniture sexy. This pair of asymmetr...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Pair Of Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Lounge Chairs & Ottomans
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pasadena, TX
A pair of mid century modern swivel Nautilus lounge chairs and ottomans designed by Vladimir Kagan upholstered in ultra suede. The ottomans measure 30" wide, 16" deep, 15" high.
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Vintage 1970s American Lounge Chairs

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Fabric

Pair of Swiveling Nautilus Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in New York, NY
1980's chic pair of swiveling nautilus chairs in a Teal Green ultra suede and contrasting Black leather, designed by Vladimir Kagan. Mint, like new condition.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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Leather

Pair of Vladimir Kagan "Nautilus" Swivel Chairs.
By Vladimir Kagan, Weiman
Located in New York, NY
A nice pair of barrel back swivel chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Weiman. Reupholstered in an antique light brown/grey short chevron striped velvet. The swivel bases have an a...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Cotton

Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Lounge Chairs for Directional
By Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Pair of Nautilus swivel lounge chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. Chairs feature original multicolored fabric and ultra suede trim. Original Directional manufactur...
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Vintage 1980s Post-Modern Chairs

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Ultrasuede, Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Nautilus Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Pasadena, CA
These classic, Nautilus Chair designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional feature a sloping, asymmetrical backrests. The lounge chairs rest on swivel bases on a return which allow the...
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Late 20th Century American Swivel Chairs

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Foam, Wood, Upholstery

Pair of Coral Nautilus Swivel Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Miami, FL
A stunning pair of chairs and ottoman. Designed by Vladimir Kagan. Sculptural furniture at its purest. Original coral ultra suede is in excellent condition.
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Late 20th Century American Swivel Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Vladimir Kagan for Weiman Nautilus Swivel Club Chairs, Pair
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Outstanding pair of swivel club chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Weiman furniture. Albino Tiger print silk upholstery with an ebony platform. They are signed "WEIMAN" on botto...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of vladimir kagan nautilus chairs for sale on 1stDibs. Frequently made of fabric, wood and upholstery, all vladimir kagan nautilus chairs available were constructed with great care. Vladimir kagan nautilus chairs have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. Vladimir kagan nautilus chairs made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Modern — are very popular at 1stDibs.

How Much are Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chairs?

Vladimir kagan nautilus chairs can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $4,800, while the lowest priced sells for $200 and the highest can go for as much as $12,800.

Vladimir Kagan Biography and Important Works

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.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.