Modern Design /07 October 2008

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Vladimir Kagan

credenza
Vladimir Kagan Designs, Inc.
USA, c. 1960
walnut, glazed ceramic tile
84 w × 20 d × 32 h in (213 × 51 × 81 cm)

Credenza features three sliding doors concealing three storage compartments, one with a single fixed shelf. Signed with branded manufacturer's mark to reverse: [Vladimir Kagan Designs].

literature: The Complete Kagan: A Lifetime of Avent-Garde Design, Kagan, pg.68 illustrates drawing of related form

estimate: $15,000–20,000

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Vladimir Kagan 1927–2016

Vladimir Kagan was an illustrious American furniture designer whose historic career spanned nearly 65 years. Born in Germany in 1927, he immigrated with his family to the United States in 1938 fleeing from the rise of the Nazi regime. He studied architecture at Columbia and later apprenticed with his father, a master cabinetmaker, in his woodworking shop. In 1949, Kagan opened his own shop in New York, shortly thereafter releasing his first furniture collection, receiving the Museum of Modern Art, New York Good Design Award for his wrought-iron chair. His work is well-known for its avant-garde craftsmanship combined with comfort and functionality. The sensuous, organic forms take on human-like characteristics through exaggerated, curved lines. Kagan’s designs are produced with varying materials including brass, acrylic, aluminum and, most notably, wood.

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