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Vladimir Kagan Biomorphic Sofa in Eggshell White Upholstery

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Vladimir Kagan for Weiman Preview, sofa, fabric, United Stated, 1970s A freeform sofa by Vladimir Kagan, consisting of two asymmetrical parts that can be placed together to form a whole, or placed separately. The sofa has a sculptural beauty thanks to its clarity and biomorphic shape. In Kagans own words 'one form leads to the next', meaning that Kagan's way of designing was intuitive and this means that the piece has a natural presence, as if it was formed by nature itself. Besides this effortless grace, the sofa is also glamorous and luxurious, traits that belong to Kagan's oeuvre as much as the subtle, natural traits. The sofa is upholstered in a off-white upholstery that shows signs of age and wear. Therefore, reupholstery is advised, which can be done by the experienced craftsmen in our in-house atelier. 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.

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  • Materials and Techniques
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  • Condition Details
    The sofa is upholstered in a off-white upholstery that shows signs of age and wear. Therefore, reupholstery is adviced, which can be done by the experienced crafstmen in our in-house atelier. Ask one of our advisors for more information. 
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 28.75 in. x W 141.74 in. x D 51.19 in.H 73 cm x W 360 cm x D 130 cm
  • Seat Height
    15.75 in. (40 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Seller Reference Number
    45011364
  • Reference Number
    LU933117862261
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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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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’...

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