Midcentury Vladimir Kagan for Directional Black Nautilus Lounge Chairs, a Pair For Sale
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Midcentury Vladimir Kagan for Directional Black Nautilus Lounge Chairs, a Pair

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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 distinctive curves and elegant organic lines. Upholstered in a black cotton fabric, the chairs swivel from side to side and are extremely comfortable. This Classic pair is perfect for home, office, commercial or retail setting. Dimensions: W 36" x D 33" x H 29” Seat height 18".

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  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Very good vintage condition with wear expected with age and use. Some marks and scuffs to fabric. Could use cleaning. One very small thin slit to fabric on one armrest. Professional upholstery services available on request.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 29 in. x W 36 in. x D 33 in.H 73.66 cm x W 91.44 cm x D 83.82 cm
  • Seat Height
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Detroit, MI
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU4577216801532
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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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