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Sculptural Vladimir Kagan Directional Nautilus Swivel Lounge Chairs, Black

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Set of two gorgeous swiveling corkscrew lounge chairs in original black ultra suede fabric by Vladimir Kagan for Directional. The unique asymmetrical design of these biomorphic Nautilus shaped club chairs features a curved and swooping back line that cradles you in the most comfortable way! Features a sturdy wood frame and wood/ metal base that swivels 180 degrees and has an automatic memory return so chairs are always in that perfect position! The pair can be styled in multiple positions showing off their sleek and curvaceous lines. Mid-Century Modern tête-à-tête seating at its best. Perfect statement piece for your living room, bedroom, office or family room. Original cushioning is soft and plush. Black ultrasuede /faux suede fabric is soft to the touch and has a brushed suede texture. This matching set includes one right armchair and one left arm chair, as pictured. Original fabric Directional label attached to underside of one chair.

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  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    Light wear to upholstery.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 29.5 in. x W 36.5 in. x D 35 in.H 74.93 cm x W 92.71 cm x D 88.9 cm
  • Seat Height
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Lambertville, NJ
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU1149215189062
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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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