Vladimir Kagan Furniture
Vladimir Kagan Furniture is original furniture created by the renowned German-American designer Vladimir Kagan.
History & Description
Vladimir Kagan is one of the most enduring furniture designers of the twentieth century and has dominated the furniture scene for over sixty years.
Born in Worms, Germany, in 1927, Kagan immigrated to the United States in 1938. Having initially focused on painting and sculpture, he studied architecture at the School of Industrial art and at Columbia University and by 1949 opened his first furniture shop.
By the early 1950s, Kagan’s innovative designs gained him huge popularity in the United States and he has often been credited with spearheading a new look in American furniture. Examples of his designs can be found at the Delegate’s Cocktail Lounge in the United Nations and in the Monsanto House of the Future at Disneyland, Florida.
Further examples of Kagan’s furniture have appeared in the homes and private collections of many leaders in the world of music, film, fashion and art, including Frank Sinatra, Robert Mapplethorpe, David Lynch and Andy Warhol.
Guide for collectors
Vladimir Kagan is one of the most prominent and important furniture designers of the twentieth century and his name has become a byword for modern furniture design. The pieces designed by Kagan from the 1940s to the 1960s have become icons of modernity and, as a result, are extremely valuable.
Vladimir Kagan designed and produced a variety of furniture, including desks, chairs and tables. However, Kagan is perhaps most famous for his distinctive sofas that are immediately recognisable due to their elegant, curved lines.
Examples of Vladimir Kagan furniture are frequently sold at international auction houses, such as Bonhams, Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Depending on the type of furniture, prices can fluctuate from $600 to $2,000 for a chair or $1,000 to £10,000 for a table.
Without a doubt, the most valuable Kagan furniture are his distinctive sofas, which frequently sell for tens of thousands of dollars. For example, in September 2005, a Vladimir Kagan upholstered serpentine sofa, circa 1952, realised a price of $28,800 through Christie’s, New York.
Vladimir Kagan furniture can also be purchased from a number of online antique and furniture dealers. A few examples include 1stdibs.com, Architonic.com and Artnet.com.
The internet is awash with websites, resources and information regarding Vladimir Kagan. Collectors who wish to find more information about certain types of Kagan furniture can visit the following websites; Vladimirkagan.typepad.com and Vladimirkagancouture.com. Additionally, one useful resource is the official Vladimir Kagan website, found at Vladimirkagan.com.
Notable auction sales
In September 2005 at Christie’s, New York, a mahogany desk, equipped with an upholstered swivel chair, made by Vladimir Kagan in the 1950s realised a price of $6,000.
In April 2008, a Vladimir Kagan “tri-symmetric” coffee table made of walnut and marble, circa 1955, realised a price of £4,560 through Bonhams, Knightsbridge.
In April 2008, a pair of Vladimir Kagan “tri-symmetric” coffee tables made of walnut and marble, circa 1955, realised a price of £4,080 through Bonhams, Knightsbridge.
In December 2009 at Sotheby’s, New York, a Vladimir Kagan freeform table, made of walnut, brass and glass tiles, realised a price of $37,500.
In December 2010, a Vladimir Kagan corduroy upholstered wood sofa, circa 1950s, realised a price of $25,000 through Christie’s, New York.
Other auction sales for Vladimir Kagan can be found here: Vladimir Kagan Auction Results
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