One of my favorite furniture designers I have loved for many years of my design career, legendary furniture designer, Vladimir Kagan, not only left behind timeless designs, but he also left behind friends and family who’s words gave us a true glimpse of what a loving person he was and how much they all appreciated him. Something like this is always such a nice discovery to make when I feel drawn to certain pieces of furniture. When I see the piece of furniture, I can also remember the person’s heart behind it.
Vladimir married Erica Wilson, a needlework teacher from The Royal School of London. Their marriage and creative union set them on a track to global success and they spent 56 years together traveling the world and raising their three children.
In 1948 Kagan opened his first shop in New York, where the his name quickly became synonymous with curving lines in sculpted wood and superior craftsmanship. By the 1950s he had become known for his organic, sculptural furniture made for clients like Marilyn Monroe.
Take a look at some of Kagan’s works featured over the years in the pages of Architectural Digest.
The New York Times said, “Vladimir Kagan is one of the most important furniture designers of the 20th century. Furniture designed by him in the forties, fifties and sixties have become icons of Modernity and an obligatory reference to every designer. He is the creative grandfather of a whole new generation of designers.”
For a full picture of Kagan’s impressive work, through his showrooms in France and Italy, and commissions for high-end interiors by some of the world’s leading architects and interior designers, get his book The Complete Kagan: Vladimir Kagan, A Lifetime of Avant Garde Design.