Design Vladimir Kagan720
- Devoting his final years to developing the next generation of his designs, Kagan explored increasingly complex and abstract shapes—the GiGi Chair exemplifies this late style.
- The elaborate frame begins with solid walnut that is steam-bent then carved by a computerized machine for precision. Although made possible by technology, the GiGi’s dramatic twisting curves and intricacies still require a human hand. Each frame is hand-sanded and massaged with coats of oil to ensure every facet is perfectly finished.
- The unique styling suggests futurism—and denotes Kagan’s intuition into what was next in design.
Vladimir Kagan pioneered the enduring voice of midcentury modern design. A designer of not simply furniture but what he called “vessels to hold the human body,” Kagan joined the portfolio in 2016, personally entrusting his legacy to HOLLY HUNT. Kagan’s designs radiate his vitality and passion for discovery. Born in Worms, Germany in 1927, he emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 11, just before the dawn of WWII. From his father’s repeated admonishment “Ehre das Handwerk!” (“Honor the handcraft!”), Vladimir inherited an appreciation of artisan skill which, combined with his innovative design sensibility, was key to his success.