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Vladimir Kagan Handmade Postmodern Dining Chairs, Set of Eight, 1980s, Signed

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It doesn't get any better than this rare and exceptionally stunning 1980s Postmodern lacquered black dining chairs by Vladimir Kagan comprised of a set of eight side chairs. Extremely high quality - these chairs have significant heft, not overly heavy but very solid hefty chairs demonstrating the high quality construction you would expect from Vladimir Kagan's handmade workshop. These hard to find handmade dining chairs from Vladi's 1980s Postmodern years feature their original upholstery and original black high-gloss piano finish (lacquered with a lot of hand polishing) on the sculptural solid wood frames and with original signed Vladimir Kagan labels. An Art Deco inspired design done in an 80s Post-Modern style - so unique and an excellent choice for interior designers and art collectors alike. This opulent set of dining chairs would look amazing in a Postmodern, Memphis, Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern, Contemporary, Traditional, Transitional, Neoclassical, Hollywood Regency, or Mixed Style home or office. This beautiful set of side chairs can be used together or individually throughout the home in locations such as a dining room, living room, den, games room, office space, entryway or bedroom. They would also be perfect in a hospitality or corporate location, such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a luxe clothing emporium. Have a conference room in a fancy high-rise or creative office? Consider these authentic and fully original 1980s Modern Vladimir Kagan chairs and impress your clients while retaining asset value in this fabulous collectors set. Condition: Very good to excellent condition with a few spots of light wear to some areas of lacquer. Sturdy and structurally sound. Ready for immediate use. 'handmade in the Workshops of Vladimir Kagan Designs Designs New York' labels under chair seat. Measurements: 38.5" H x 20" W x 23.75" D Seat height: 20".        

Details

  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Very good to excellent condition with a few spots of light wear to some areas of lacquer. Sturdy and structurally sound. Ready for immediate use.
  • Dimensions
    H 38.5 in. x W 20 in. x D 23.75 in.H 97.79 cm x W 50.8 cm x D 60.33 cm
  • Seat Height
    20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 8
  • Reference Number
    LU1330217082481
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About Vladimir Kagan (Designer)

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 these pages, even decades after their conception, Kagan pieces still command the eye, with their freshness, energy, sensuality and wit.

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This dealer is the premier source for early-production originals of hard-to-find 20th-century designs and functional art, serving a range of clients, from celebrities and interior designers to aficionados with modest budgets. Its 20,000-square-foot Los Angeles space is packed with rare examples o...

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