VLADIMIR KAGAN (born 1927)
Vladimir Kagan was born in Worms in 1927. In 1938, when he was still a child, his family fled to the USA. Already in his youth, Vladimir Kagan mainly dedicated his time to sculpture and painting. Then, a bit later, he started to study architecture at the Columbia University.
Right after his studies Vladimir Kagan began his career at his father’s joinery. Illi Kagan showed his son how to built furniture and Kagan soon became a master in this field. In 1947/1948, when he was still working at his family’s business, Vladimir Kagan already designed the Cocktail Lounges for the UN headquarters in Lake Success. One year later, in 1949, Kagan founded his own business in New York.
Vladimir Kagan´s designs are characterized by wood and homeliness: classic designs which never neglect the conveniences and the coziness of the user. Many of Kagan´s designs remind us of Scandinavian designs with curved, organic
forms made of wood and fabric. Nevertheless Vladimir Kagan developed his own individual design language dominated by organic forms.
Today, Vladimir Kagan’s pieces of furniture can be found in many private collections as well as in the world’s most famous museums: The ”Neue Sammlung“ in Munich shows designs from Vladimir Kagan as well as the Vitra Design Museum. Among Kagan’s private customers were Marylin Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Andy Warhol. Today, classics from Vladimir Kagan are admired as cult objects by fashion heavyweights like Giorgio Armani or Tom Ford.
Today, Vladimir Kagan lives in New York and on the island Nantucket on the North-Eastern coast of the United States together with his wife Erica Wilson.