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Midcentury Vladimir Kagan Sculpted Sling Dining Chairs Model VK 101 and VK 101A

$28,950per set

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A beautiful rare set of four American walnut, Vladimir Kagan sculpted sling dining chairs, in black leather. This spectacular set of American walnut dining chairs consists of two VK 101 side chairs, and two VK 101A arm chairs. Signed with branded Manufacturer's Mark to underside of two side chairs. (Kagan Dreyfuss A Vladimir Kagan Design) These beautiful chairs with their graceful arching frame feature a leather sling back that flows from the top of the back rail to the padded leather seat and framed in American walnut. The slight backward angle of the legs and seat and the graceful sculpted arm accentuate both comfort and the “less is more” signature Kagan flair for design. The warm American walnut framed has mellowed into a rich warm brown enhancing the contrast of the black leather seats and back. Vladimir Kagan’s work was known for his organic shapes and superior craftsmanship and these chairs are infused with his eye for design and his demand for comfort. This rare set of American midcentury sculpted sling chairs will be a welcome addition and enhance any modern classic home or office. Measurements: Side Chair 19” W x 24” D x 36.5” H (seat height 19”) Armchair 24.25” W x 24” D x 36.5” H (seat height 19”) History: Vladimir Kagan was born on 29 August 1927 in Worms, Germany. The son of a Russian Jewish cabinetmaker, Vladimir Kagan's childhood was cut short by the rise of the Nazis. He emigrated to the United States in 1938. Studied architecture at Columbia University. In 1947 he joined his father Illi Kagan, a master cabinetmaker, to work in his woodworking shop and learn furniture making from the ground up. He opened his first personal shop in New York in 1949. In 1950 the Kagan-Dreyfus partnership began with a showroom/store in New York City. His early work included furniture for the Delegate's Cocktail Lounge at the United Nations and furniture for the "Monsanto House of the Future" at Disneyland. In April 2016, Kagan died due to a heart attack.

Details

  • Creator
    Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc. (Manufacturer),Vladimir Kagan (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 36.5 in. (92.71 cm)Width: 24.25 in. (61.6 cm)Depth: 24 in. (60.96 cm)Seat Height: 19 in. (48.26 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Good with wonderful patina and wood grain patterns.
  • Seller Location
    Baltimore, MD
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5065120799822

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    Ships From: Baltimore, MD
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About the Designer

Vladimir Kagan

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.

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