Rosewood and Glass Desk by Vladimir Kagan For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 8 images

Rosewood and Glass Desk by Vladimir Kagan

About

Rare custom Kagan two-drawer desk in figured rosewood, glass and aluminum. Desk is very well constructed and is possibly a custom ordered design.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 29 in. x W 72.5 in. x D 36.5 in.H 73.66 cm x W 184.15 cm x D 92.71 cm
  • Seller Location
    Pawtucket, RI
  • Reference Number
    LU90992708602
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with the seller on your behalf to ensure you're satisfied with the resolution. Read more

Delivery, Returns & Payment

  • Delivery
    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 cannot be returned.

    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

5 / 5
Vetted
Recognized
1stdibs seller since 2011
Located in Pawtucket, RI
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
"Stalagmite" Floor Lamp by Vladimir Kagan, cir...
Vladimir Kagan
American Floor Lamps
Desk by Bertha Schaefer for Singer and Sons
Bertha Schaefer
Italian Desks
Hermès Pippa Folding Desk and Stool
Hermès, Rena Dumas, Peter Coles
French Desks
Steel, Leather, Pearwood
Arne Jacobsen Desk by Fritz Hansen in Denmark
Arne Jacobsen
Danish Desks
You May Also Like
Lucite and Ash Wood Crescent Desk by Vladimir K...
Vladimir Kagan

Rosewood and Chrome Desk

$2,800 Sale Price
20% Off
Rosewood and Chrome Desk
Milo Baughman
American Desks
Chrome, Wood
Early and Rare Armoire by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
American Cabinets
Stainless Steel, Hardwood
Early and Rare Dresser by Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan
American Dressers
Stainless Steel, Hardwood
Rosewood and Chrome Desk by Ste. Marie & Laurent
Andre Laurent
Canadian Desks
Chrome, PVC, Rosewood
Gio Ponti Rosewood and Chrome Desk
Gio Ponti
Italian Desks and Writing Tables
Rosewood
Severin Hansen Rosewood Desk by Haslev
Severin Hansen
Danish Desks and Writing Tables
Rosewood
Dunbar Rosewood and Leather Floating Pedestal D...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
American Desks
Bronze, Leather, Rosewood

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries