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Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Cloud Sofas in Ivory Boucle, a Pair, Directional

US$48,000per set


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 furniture has seen a huge invcrese in demand, as people have grown to appreciate its inviting biomorphic form, clean lines and versatile,. modern style. These sofas are circa 1990, and were manufactured by Directional Furniture-- both bearing their original Directional tags. One of the most interesting things about great design, is that you don't have to be a true aficionado to appreciate it-- and these Vladimir Kagan sofas are no exception-- it doesn't matter who enters our gallery, everyone is immediately drawn to them; their curves, the design, the fabric. If you're looking for a conversational sofa set-- this is it. This set is currently in the gallery paired with a George Nakashima coffee table. a Paul Evans credenza and a Jean Royere lounge chair and not only does this set hold its own, it makes a statement. This set is truly stunning and would effortlessly bring a taste of chic modernism to any Mid-Century Modern, modern, Hollywood Regency or contemporary environment. Art in main image also available, by noted artist Gretel Joffroy.


  • Creator
    Directional (Manufacturer),Vladimir Kagan (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Width: 96 in. (243.84 cm)Depth: 40 in. (101.6 cm)Seat Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Post-Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1990s
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. These sofas have been expertly reupholstered.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1139226259622

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    Ships From: Culver City, CA
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About the Design

Serpentine Sofa

Designed by Vladimir Kagan
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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