Vladimir Kagan Swivel Lounge Chairs

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

About

Kagan swivel lounges for Directional.
New foam and reupholstered with great plains cotton-poly fabric.
Signed with label on underside [Directional.].

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    34 in. H x 36 in. W x 27 in. D
    86 cm H x 91 cm W x 69 cm D
  • Seat Height
    16.5 in. (42 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Number of Items
    2
  • Reference Number
    LU84742509202

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.

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2008

Typical response time: 1 hour

Located in Chicago, IL

Associations:
  • 20th Century Specialists

More from this Seller

High Back Reading Chair by Ward Bennett
High Back Reading Chair by Ward Bennett
Ward Bennett, Brickel Associates
Stainless Steel, Leather
Tilts and swivels with adjustable height, upholstered in original leather.
Vladimir Kagan Crescent Settees
Vladimir Kagan Crescent Settees
Vladimir Kagan
Rare settees by Vladimir Kagan in original upholstery, curved channeled back, recessed polished chrome bases. Vladimir Kagan Designs, Inc., manufacturer’s catalog, unpaginated The Compl...
Vladimir Kagan Ottoman/Poof
Vladimir Kagan Ottoman/Poof
Grosfeld House, Vladimir Kagan
Upholstery, Walnut
Kagan for Grosfeld House rare ottoman/poof. Sculpted solid walnut splayed legs, oiled hand rubbed finish, reupholstered with great plains ivory bouclé fabric.   
Dunbar Lounge Chairs
Dunbar Lounge Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Velvet, Mahogany
Wormley for Dunbar, generous deep seated with solid mahogany hexagonal legs, reupholstered with Great Plains cotton velvet fabric.
John Vesey Lounge Chairs
John Vesey Lounge Chairs
John Vesey
Leather, Chrome
John Vesey commissioned interior, pair of lounge chairs, restored with his original vision. Haired hide seats and backs, pincore foam rubber-foam back, down feathered seats, leather bac...
Pair of Edward Wormley Revolving Chairs
Pair of Edward Wormley Revolving Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Leather, Walnut
Wormley for Dunbar Janus Group, a pair of swivel chairs. Multiple layers of walnut back members rail and seat.
Set of Four Eero Saarinen Tulip Chairs
Set of Four Eero Saarinen Tulip Chairs
Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Aluminum, Upholstery, Fiberglass
Saarinen for Knoll International, vintage white tulip swivel armchair. Reupholstered with green Cato wool fabric a Knoll textile. [Signed label Knoll International]
Set of Four Gilbert Rohde Lounge Chairs
Set of Four Gilbert Rohde Lounge Chairs
Herman Miller
Upholstery
Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller. Set of four rare lounge chairs newly upholstered with Great Plains cotton-poly blend. The lounges feature a deep seat with rounded back. Each chair has ...
Warren McArthur Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Warren McArthur Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Warren McArthur
Aluminum, Upholstery
Warren McArthur lounge chair model #1002 and ottoman model #1061 Reupholstered with great plains fabric. Ottoman measurements: 15.5" H x 25.5" W x 24.5" D
Pair of Milo Baughman Cantilever Lounge Chairs
Pair of Milo Baughman Cantilever Lounge Chairs
Milo Baughman, Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin
Upholstery, Chrome
Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin rare set of lounge chairs, reupholstered with Great Plains woven cotton fabric, tufted seats on chrome-plated steel pedestal bases.
Ray Martin Pair of Lounge Chairs
Ray Martin Pair of Lounge Chairs
Ray Martin
Upholstery, Wrought Iron
Ray Martin wrought iron and upholstered lounges, hairpin back legs with upper back handle detail. Reupholstered with great plains wool blend fabric.  
Pair of Finn Juhl Chieftain Lounge Chairs
Pair of Finn Juhl Chieftain Lounge Chairs
Baker Furniture Company, Finn Juhl
Leather, Walnut
Finn Juhl for Baker, pair of Chieftains. Upholstered with Spinneybeck leather hides, walnut frames. Applied metal tags (Finn Juhl Baker Furniture) These are the last Chieftains Baker...