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.

Auction Results Vladimir Kagan

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Extension dining table, model 6705 | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Extension dining table, model 6705
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,105

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Shield back dining chairs model VK 103, set of six | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Shield back dining chairs model VK 103, set of six
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $8,125

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Multi-position Reclining chair, model VK100 | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Multi-position Reclining chair, model VK100
estimate: $6,500–9,500

VLADIMIR KAGAN, table lamp | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

table lamp
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,328

VLADIMIR KAGAN, desk | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

desk
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $5,938

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Glass Top Extension dining table, model 6705 | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Glass Top Extension dining table, model 6705
estimate: $3,000–5,000

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Limbus dining chairs, set of six | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Limbus dining chairs, set of six
estimate: $3,000–5,000

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Omnibus illuminating sofa | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Omnibus illuminating sofa
estimate: $1,500–2,000

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Floating Seat and Back sofa | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Floating Seat and Back sofa
estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $14,300

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Serpentine sofa | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Serpentine sofa
estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $11,250

VLADIMIR KAGAN, swivel-top side table | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

swivel-top side table
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $1,408

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Tri-symmetric dining table, model 414 | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Tri-symmetric dining table, model 414
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,500

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Omnibus sectional | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Omnibus sectional
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,850

VLADIMIR KAGAN, armchair, model 175A | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

armchair, model 175A
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $960

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Cantilevered occasional table, model 578 | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Cantilevered occasional table, model 578
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $10,625

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Wing lounge chair | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Wing lounge chair
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $8,450

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Trisymmetric Swan sofa | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Trisymmetric Swan sofa
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $15,000

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Round mosaic side table | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Round mosaic side table
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $11,875

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Curved sofa | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Curved sofa
estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $6,875

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Contour lounge chair and ottoman | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Contour lounge chair and ottoman
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $8,125

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Crescent coffee table | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Crescent coffee table
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $18,750

VLADIMIR KAGAN, High-back executive desk chair | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

High-back executive desk chair
estimate: $3,000–4,000

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Erica chaise | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Erica chaise
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $12,500

VLADIMIR KAGAN, Illuminated Square End table (No. 440) | ragoarts.com

Vladimir Kagan

Illuminated Square End table (No. 440)
estimate: $1,800–2,400
result: $2,750