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Vladimir Kagan for Grosfeld House Accessory Armoire Cabinet, 1950s, Signed

$7,300
$9,50023% Off

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An incredible rare and highly sought after cabinet by Vladimir Kagan for Grosfeld House, from the 1950s. This fully restored accessory armoire is an excellent collectors example as it is in pristine condition which started as an item that was extremely well cared for by its original owner and then after we acquired it was very lightly cleaned and refinished and possibly more importantly is fully signed with the Grosfeld House label (see images). This rare collectors piece is the ultimate utilitarian item as well, ideal for placing directly on the floor or on top of a credenza, and equipped with dual mirrors, interior drawers and cabinet cubbies and shelves, capable of holding all your accessories and personal items, such as sunglasses, jewelry, scarves, watches, important papers, lingerie, socks, underwear, rings, cufflinks, wallets, shoes, and much more options to make this the perfect mix of design and functionality. Also consider putting this on a sideboard and using it as a liquor cabinet or for placemats, table settings, plates, bowls and silverware. So many ways to make this the solution you've been searching for! This Kagan jewelry dresser or dinner table settings cabinet would work great in a Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Danish modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a Contemporary or Postmodern 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. Condition: This collectors example was in excellent well cared for condition when we acquired it but with the light wear to the finish, we did a light refinish and cleaning and is now in pristine showroom ready condition and is an ideal collectors example for the most discriminating client. Measurements: H 35" x W 26" x D 18.25".

Details

  • Creator
    Vladimir Kagan (Designer),Grosfeld House (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 35 in. (88.9 cm)Width: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Depth: 18.25 in. (46.36 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Refinished. This collectors example was in excellent well cared for condition when we acquired it but with the light wear to the finish, we did a light refinish and cleaning and is now in pristine showroom ready condition. See description for more details.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330216888191

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    Ships From: Los Angeles, CA
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About the Designer

Vladimir Kagan

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

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 designers as Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Vladimir Kagan, Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Jorge Zalszupin, Sergio Rodrigues and Giuseppe Scapinelli.

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