Vladimir Kagan, born 1927 in Germay, was an American furniture designer. Due to the nazi uprise in Germany Kagan emigrated to the US in 1938 where he ended up studying architecture at Columbia University. Kagans father was a cabinetmaker and from 1947 Kagan worked for him, learning the craft from scratch. He mainly worked with organically sculpted wood, wrought iron and cast aluminum, always striving for comfort and functionallity. Kagan opened his first store in New York 1949, and has since then had many famous customers such as Marily Monroe, Walt Disney and Gucci.
Palm Beach Modern Auctions are a boutique auction house specializing in Art, Decorative Arts, and Modern Design of the 20th Century. There upcoming sale on Saturday November 22 includes over 400 lots by acclaimed Designers including Karl Springer, Edward Wormley, T.H Robsjohn and Vladimir Kagan.
As September gets going, the season’s major auctions are closing in. Among Barnebys favorites are those completely dedicated to design: as it’s commonly understood, the French know their stuff – whether it comes to both creating and designing it themselves, or organizing it within an excellent sale.