Design Vladimir Kagan100A
- Kagan’s first signature design, the Barrel Chair was introduced in 1947, inspired by the rounded frames of zeppelins he observed during his early childhood in Germany.
- An 8-way tied spring seat and sculpted upholstery on the back create a “so good it has to be handmade” feel.
- The classic silhouette has refined details emblematic of Kagan’s early work, including the voluptuous curves and option of sculpted legs or a metal swivel base.
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.