Contact 1stdibs
Vladimir Kagan Teak and Ivory Fabric 'Contour' Chair For Sale
Want more images or videos?
Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 11

Vladimir Kagan Teak and Ivory Fabric 'Contour' Chair

About

Vladimir Kagan for Dreyfuss, 'Contour' chair, teak and ivory fabric, United States, 1950s. This lounge chair by Kagan is sculptural and delicate. The frame, executed in teak and carved and detailed in an exquisite manner. The back legs are long and protrude elegantly outwards. There are several versions of the Contour chair by Kagan. As Kagan explains himself, the chairs are designed in an organic manner. One form leads to the next.  Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) born in Germany, grew up in the United States where his father opened a cabinet shop. Later, Kagan joined the family business. Here the designer experiments with organically sculpted wood in works that become the hallmarks of his career. Kagan himself explains that his father always said 'measure three times and cut once' whereas Kagan did exactly the opposite. He also believed that there was no way that ratio could replace dumb luck. Kagan's furniture has the extraordinary ability to completely change the landscape of the room even it is with one single object. Kagan's work looks truly original, even up to today.

Details

  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 40.16 in. x W 27.37 in. x D 57.88 in.H 102 cm x W 69.5 cm x D 147 cm
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Seller Reference Number
    45011455
  • Reference Number
    LU933117953102
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item can be returned within 7 days of delivery.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

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

4.8 / 5

Established in 2007, Morentz has a team of approximately 55 restorers, upholsterers, interior advisers and art historians, making it a gallery, workshop and upholstery studio, all in one. Every day, a carefully selected array of 20th-century furniture arrives from all over the world at the firm’...

Read More

Vetted
Diamond
Recognized
Associations: 20th Century Specialists
1stdibs seller since 2012
Typical response time: 3 hours
Located in Waalwijk, NL
More From This Seller
Swedish 'Farmor' Armchair in Teak and Original Fabric, 1950s
Swedish 'Farmor' Armchair in Teak and Original ...
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern
Fabric, Wood
Pair of Easy Chairs in Walnut and Fabric
Pair of Easy Chairs in Walnut and Fabric
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern
Fabric, Walnut
Italian Lounge Chairs in Oak and Blue Fabric
Italian Lounge Chairs in Oak and Blue Fabric
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern
Fabric, Oak
Italian Lounge Chairs in Oak and Blue Fabric
Italian Lounge Chairs in Oak and Blue Fabric
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern
Fabric, Oak
You May Also Like
Vladimir Kagan, Contour lounge / armchair, Walnut, White fabric, Studio, 1953
Vladimir Kagan, Contour lounge / armchair, Waln...
Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern
Bouclé, Walnut
1950s Teak and White Upholstery Lounge Chair by Vladimir Kagan
1950s Teak and White Upholstery Lounge Chair by...
Edward Wormley, Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc., Vladimir Kagan
Antique 1650s American Mid-Century Modern
Upholstery, Teak
Vladimir Kagan Walnut 'Contour' Rocking Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Signed
$14,600 Sale Price / set
21% Off
Vladimir Kagan Walnut 'Contour' Rocking Lounge ...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern
Upholstery, Walnut
1950s Oak and White New Upholstery Rocking Chair by Vladimir Kagan
1950s Oak and White New Upholstery Rocking Chai...
Edward Wormley, Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc., Vladimir Kagan
Antique 1650s American Mid-Century Modern
Upholstery, Oak
Midcentury Vladimir Kagan for Directional Black Nautilus Lounge Chairs, a Pair
Midcentury Vladimir Kagan for Directional Black...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern
Cotton, Upholstery, Wood
Vladimir Kagan "Corkscrew" Swivel Chair and Ottoman in Tan Velvet, circa 1990s
Vladimir Kagan "Corkscrew" Swivel Chair and Ott...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan
1990s American
Velvet
Midcentury Channeled "Deco" Lounge Chair by Vladimir Kagan in Platinum Velvet
Midcentury Channeled "Deco" Lounge Chair by Vla...
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern
Velvet
Vladimir Kagan Crescent Chair
$8,500
Vladimir Kagan Crescent Chair
Vladimir Kagan
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern
Steel, Upholstery

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries