Vladimir Kagan’s work is among the most enduring of the modern designers. The New York Times describes him as « the creative grandfather of a whole new generation of designers ». Born in Germany in 1927 he moved to the States in 1938 and studied architecture at Columbia University before working in his father’s woodwork shop and learning the art of furniture-making on the job. He opened his first shop in 1949.
Kagan’s work, particularly in the 1960s and 70s makes a bold architectural statement and reflects his training in the field. His mid century design pieces are among his strongest and most recognizable. As Kagan himself has said, « Mid century was very original, very meaningful…There was a revolution in design coming out of the depression and war years….Mid century has alot to offer ». This low table in maple, acrylic and glass (circa 1970) is spectacular in its use of contrasting materials and strong linear definition. We love the harmony of the circle shape within the square maple frame and the bold use of acrylic as the base. What a wonderful statement piece this would be in any room.
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