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Vladimir Kagan for American Leather 'Fiftyish' Wingback Sofa, Signed

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This incredible and very rare Vladimir Kagan for American Leather 'Fiftyish' wingback sofa which was based on his winged barrel-form designs from the 1950s with Kagan-Dreyfuss, is absolutely to die for. Signed with full manufacturing labels dated August 13th, 2003 and American Leather badge on the lower right side by the aluminum legs. Documented in the book: "The Complete Kagan; A Lifetime of Avant-Garde Design" where Kagan described this design as: "A winged sofa and chair from 2002 were both manufactured by American Leather and based on Kagan designs from the fifties. They were appropriately named "Fiftyish". The large dramatic wings of this sofa are sensational. Upholstered in its original peachy beige ultra-suede which is a cleanable suede-like fabric, it is in very good condition with only light wear. As of the time we photographed the sofa, we have not steam-cleaned it yet but if you purchase with the intent to keep the original fabric, please let us know and we can offer complimentary steam cleaning. The wear is so minor that this should remove most of the current light wear that is noticeable with close inspection. While the sofa definitely does not need to be reupholstered, it could look remarkable in a soft velvet or mohair. This 'Fiftyish' sofa is an excellent choice for an interior designer looking for something that is casual yet also makes a bold statement with the grand and dramatic wingback silhouette. The perfect balance of cutting-edge style and classic-appeal for the interior designer client or Post-Modern collector. This Vladimir Kagan for American Leather 'Fiftyish' couch would work great in a Postmodern, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Danish modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a Contemporary or Zen / Minimalism 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. Measurements: H 39.5" x W 85" x D 33" Seat height 18" Seat depth 26" Arm height 23.5" Condition: Very good vintage condition with only very light wear. Sturdy and sound, ready for immediate use.


  • Creator
    Vladimir Kagan (Designer),American Leather (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 39.5 in. (100.33 cm)Width: 85 in. (215.9 cm)Depth: 33 in. (83.82 cm)Seat Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Style
    Post-Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    August 13, 2003
  • Condition
    Very good vintage condition with only very light wear. Sturdy and sound, ready for immediate use.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330219714892

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

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Located in Los Angeles, CA

Automaton is the premier source for early-production originals of hard-to-find 20th-century designs and functional art, serving a range of clients, from celebrities and interior designers to aficionados with modest budgets. Its 20,000-square-foot Los Angeles space is packed with rare examples of designs from a large repertoire of such...

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