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Pair 1980's Vladimir Kagan For Directional Swivel Tilt Lounge Chairs

US$14,500per set

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Stunning, highly sculptural lounge chairs designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional Design. Amazingly comfortable expertly restored, recovered in a gorgeous royal blue velvet. They swivel, tilt and rock a bit on newly fitted round brass bases. These chairs are very well made and built to last. Documentation: documented elsewhere (exact item).

Details

  • Creator
    Directional (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 81.28 cm (32 in.)Width: 83.82 cm (33 in.)Depth: 86.36 cm (34 in.)Seat Height: 45.72 cm (18 in.)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1988
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Replacements made: Custom brass bases. Wear consistent with age and use. Expertly restored.
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4528219879452

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  • Shipping

    Ships From: Dallas, TX
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Manufacturer

Directional

​​A brand known to vintage mid-century modern furniture collectors everywhere, Directional Furniture opened its doors after American furniture designer Paul McCobb created the high-end Directional Modern line of sofas distributed by the New York–based Modernage Company.

In his pivotal introduction of postwar modernism to the mass market, the revered Massachusetts-born McCobb had established several lines, from the affordable and refined Planner Group for Winchendon to the swooping and unexpected arms of the Symmetric Group for Widdicomb, a Shaker-inspired collection that included a sofa and a lounge chair. Like all of McCobb’s designs, the Directional pieces for Modernage are defined by a sleek aesthetic in which the focus is on elegant functionality, frequently using fine materials such as brass and walnut. In 1949, in partnership with New York furniture salesman B.G. Mesberg, McCobb set up the Directional Furniture Company.

The pair’s first pieces were upholstered chairs, intended to harmonize with the modular Multiplex pieces designed by Martin Feinman. McCobb then designed an array of furniture including storage, dining, seating, desks and other pieces with details such as leather tops, wood finishes and Roman Travertine surfaces. While Directional stopped production of McCobb’s work in the early 1960s, it still released numerous pieces by leading designers manufactured by a variety of companies.

Designer Paul Evans led the factory for a time after joining in 1964. His provocative work for the company often reflected his understanding of materials from his early training as a silversmith, such as the popular Cityscape series — a milestone in brutalist design — with its blocky forms accented with brass and chrome. At his shop in Lambertville, New Jersey, he collaborated with a design team to clad furniture pieces in metallic surfaces, like the Argente line that began production in 1968 and involved an acetylene torch to give its aluminum material a textural quality. He also worked on the Sculpted Bronze series with hand-formed resin shaped over plywood or steel that was then coated with atomized bronze.

Other Directional designers included Vladimir Kagan, who contributed biomorphic sofas and swivel chairs; Milo Baughman, who created tables and dressers inspired by Scandinavian modernism; and Jack Lenor Larsen, who covered sofas in dynamically patterned fabric.

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