Vladimir Kagan

A Lifetime of Avant-Garde Design
By Vladimir Kagan

Furniture Design / Interior Design
June 2015
ISBN: 978-1-938461-18-7
252 Pages / Over 250 Photographs

$85 USD

A custom-made back-to-back sofa, specified by the Paris-based decorator Klavs Rosenfalck of Boutique KRD, provides a dramatic counterpoint to the original period moldings in a lavish Paris salon.

Around 1955, Kagan posed in his Two Position rocking chair for a press photograph. A cross between a traditional rocker c, chaise, and recliner, its contoured back was a reflection of his interest in the still-nascent science of ergonomics.

The dining area, with its grey travertine walls, in the Hirtenstein loft is furnished with a 14-foot long dining table with a two-inch-thick glass op on bronze pedestal bases by Silas Seandel. The Kagan T-back dining chairs date from about 1970. The hanging lighting fixture is a 1960s FontanaArte.

The Serpentine sofa in this living room for a client in Forest Hills, New York, was featured on the cover of the 1950 Kagan-Dreyfuss catalog. This image shows some of the designer’s best-known early pieces, including the sofa – which would figure prominently in Kagan’s oeuvre – Barrel chairs, and a glass-top coffee table that was designed to math the contours of the sofa.

New York architect Edda Elias commissioned Kagan to create a 13-foot-long floating island sofa for a living room in Lawrence, New York. The Long Island house is filled with art, and the clients wanted seating that could be oriented toward their diverse collection.


Pointed Leaf Press is pleased to announce that we have published an updated edition of The Complete Kagan: Vladimir Kagan, A Lifetime of Avant Garde Design in a larger format with exciting revisions that includes a Foreword by renowned-architect, Zaha Hadid, and Kagan’s impressive new work over the last decade. Since 2004, Kagan’s international reach has grown by leaps and bounds, in showrooms in France and Italy, and with commissions for high-end interiors by some of the world’s leading architects and interior designers. Beginning with his childhood in Germany and his family’s escape from Nazi power, Kagan chronicles his rise to become one of America’s most celebrated designers. Combining sophisticated aesthetic with comfort and modernistic sensibility are the hallmark of his enduring career.

About the Author

Vladimir Kagan (born 29 August 1927) is an American furniture designer. He was inducted in the Interior Designer Hall of Fame in 2009, 62 years after he started designing and producing furniture. His Mid-century modern furniture with “Sinuous wooden frame characteristics” has a modern feel making it relevant for times to come. His style, inspired by everything from antiques and nature to the Bauhaus, emphasizes comfort and functionality.


Why We Published This

“It is the perfect time to celebrate Vladimir Kagan’s influential new work. His new custom designs are transformative and the new installations – documented in striking contemporary interiors – will make the book – the only one that documents in detail the designer’s amazing career – a must-have for young and seasoned designers alike. It will also offer a sneak peek into Kagan’s foray into architecture!”
– Suzanne Slesin, Publisher and Editorial Director, Pointed Leaf Press

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