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Vladimir Kagan for Kagan-Dreyfuss Table w Alexandra Kasuba Tiles, c 1949, Signed

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This rare collectors piece is a documented and signed low table designed in 1949 by Vladimir Kagan and produced through the 1950's while Kagan was partnered with Hugo Dreyfuss. Signed underneath with the Kagan-Dreyfuss stamp as can be seen in the photos, which reads Kagan-Dreyfuss New York, A Vladimir Kagan Design. Featuring Alexandra Kasuba ceramic art tiles over rough-etched oak and brass sheet legs. The Kasuba tiles feature a design of modernist horses and trees in colors of red, orange, yellow and green over a black background. This example is the larger 84" width of the design and ideal either as a long coffee or cocktail table or a low console / media table placed against a wall. Excellent option to place a sculpture or pottery and plant while displaying the beautiful Kasuba art tiles. This piece is functional fine art for your floor. Extremely rare and sought-after by collectors, this early production Kagan design produced during the Hugo Dreyfuss years. Items stamped with the Hugo-Dreyfuss stamp are exceptional pieces held in collections of fine art and design connoisseurs. Interior designers, get this for your most difficult-to-please high-profile client. *The Paul Evans Patchwork Copper sideboard and the emerald green velvet Togo sofa by Michel Ducaroy in the photos are not included in this listing but are available for purchase, see our other listings or contact us for details. This Vladimir Kagan for Kagan-Dreyfuss low table with Alexandra Kasuba ceramic tiles 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 boutique hotel lobby lounge or members club, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. DOCUMENTATION: "The Complete Kagan, A Lifetime of Avant-Garde Design", by Anne Hellman, Aric Chen, and Vladimir Kagan, 2004 MEASUREMENTS: H 13" x W 84" x D 21" CONDITION: Excellent refinished condition. Tiles are in excellent vintage condition with no issues. Brass has attractive light patina. Oak has been expertly refinished. Overall beautiful showroom condition ready for immediate use.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 13 in. (33.02 cm)Width: 84 in. (213.36 cm)Depth: 21 in. (53.34 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1949
  • Condition
    Refinished. Excellent refinished condition. Tiles are in excellent vintage condition with no issues. Brass has light patina. Oak has been expertly refinished. Overall beautiful showroom condition ready for immediate use.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330222930612

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    Ships From: Long Beach, 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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