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Curves Ahead

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WORK AND INFLUENCE OF AMERICAN FURNITURE DESIGNER VLADIMIR KAGAN


I knew the influence of Vladimir Kagan's work before I knew his name. If you aren't familiar with him, you do, too - visit any contemporary furniture seller today (at any price range!) and the offering of curved, biomorphic couches, chairs, and tables are inspired by the iconic lines Kagan made synonymous with modern design starting in the 1950s.


Considered to be one of the most prolific designers of the 20th century, Kagan boasts an incredible journey through the design sphere - born in Germany in 1927, Kagan, the son Illi Kagan, a master cabinetmaker, escaped Nazism in his native land with his family and arrived in the the United States in1938. After studying Architecture at Columbia University, Kagan began assisting at his father’s woodworking shop, where he learned the fundamentals of furniture making.


After opening his first shop in New York in1948, his work quickly attracted the attention of some of the biggest movie stars and tastemakers of the time, including Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol. His work has remained relevant, sought-after and highly emulated ever since (he died in 2016 at the age of 88).


Kagan's furniture will forever inspire me - I love the juxtaposition of a proportional, symmetrically designed room with the sensuous splash of Kagan-inspired piece - or two!


Designer Laura Santos's SoHo loft comprises two Cloud sofas by Vladimir Kagan (VIA ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST).







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