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Vladimir Kagan Leather and Mohair Executive Desk Chair, circa 1979, Signed

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This gorgeous leather, mohair and brass executive desk chair by Vladimir Kagan for Vladimir Kagan Designs, Inc is a rare authentic signed example with its original label underneath the chair seat, designed in the 1970s and this example crafted in Kagan's workshop in circa 1979. Featuring a telescoping 4" range of height adjustment and tilt adjust features, curvaceous contoured leather and tufted mohair seat and back, one of Kagan's hallmark design features is that curvy sensuous back that resembles the soft waves of water, 5-star brass height and tilt adjustable base with brass topped casters, and brass cubist arms with matching dusty rose pink leather cylindrical padded arm wrests. This rare collectors piece is ideal for both the consummate collector and the interior designer who has the most demanding of clients. If you want something special that your neighbors and friends don't have - or if you are a discerning collector of Vladimir Kagan's designs and shopping for an office or desk chair, this is one item you should scoop up before it is sold and no longer available. This elegant Vladimir Kagan Executive Desk Chair would work great in a Mid-Century Modern, Scandanavian Modern or Danish Modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a Contemporary or Post-Modern room. Also consider mixing it up in a Traditional, Transitional, Classical or Art Deco room with a splash of juxtaposition. Would also be an apt choice in a commercial project such as a hotel lobby lounge or members club, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. Consider using as a side chair, dining, cafe or breakfast table chair, bedside chair, fireside chair, dressing or changing room chair, hallway chair, entryway or mudroom chair, nursing or reading chair, conference room chair, office or desk chair, guest chair, lobby chair or occasional chair ideal in virtually any setting. MEASUREMENTS: *Height Adjustable by 4" Height: 46" to 50" / Seat Height 19.5" to 23.5" Width: 27" / Seat Width: 21" Depth: 30" / Seat Depth 19.5" CONDITION: Good vintage condition with light wear and patina. No rips or tears. Brass has light patina and wear including scratches to base. Mohair is in good, clean condition.


  • Creator
    Vladimir Kagan (Designer, Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 46 in. (116.84 cm)Width: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Depth: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Seat Height: 19.5 in. (49.53 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1979
  • Condition
    Good vintage condition with light wear and patina. No rips or tears. Brass has light patina and wear including scratches to base. Mohair is in good, clean condition.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330220657092

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About Vladimir Kagan (Maker)

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 1stDibs, even decades after their conception, Kagan pieces still command the eye, with their freshness, energy, sensuality and wit.

About the Seller
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Located in Los Angeles, CA

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