Vladimir Kagan for Kagan Dreyfuss "Capricorn" Outdoor Dining Set 1950s, Restored For Sale
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Vladimir Kagan for Kagan Dreyfuss "Capricorn" Outdoor Dining Set 1950s, Restored

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Known for his eye-catching, modernistic, dynamic designs, Vladimir Kagan's work attracted a stream of notable design projects, along with a lengthy list of celebrity clientele, including Walt Disney and Marilyn Monroe. In 1958 Kagan Dreyfuss designed "Capricorn", an indoor-outdoor iron collection for W&J Sloan. Aptly named for its nod to the symbol of the Zodiac, this set embodies both comfort and functionality, two principals that drove his creativity. This rare and highly collectible compilation has been newly refinished and includes four (4) pieces; three (3) matching tripod chairs and one (1) round dining table, however we do have a fourth chair available if desired. The contoured, elegantly shaped chairs are fabricated from enameled wire, forming a structure that is both practical and striking. The table consists of a steel base with the same white powder coated finish and is topped a textured glass surface, ideal for outdoor use. This set, already a rare design and being a complete set, is highly uncommon to find and desirable for collectors and interior designers. An additional chair is available for purchase if you wish to use the table with 4 chairs as seen in the last image. While the base was made to stylize with 3 chairs, it can fit 4 chairs without issues. Dimensions: Chairs: 34.75"H x 18"W x 17.5"D x 19.5" seat height Table: 29"H x 41"DIA Fully restored like-new condition.

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  • Dimensions
    H 29 in. x Dm 41 in.H 73.66 cm x Dm 104.14 cm
  • Diameter
    41 in. (104.14 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Reference Number
    LU133026017903
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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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