This September, Carpenters Workshop Gallery | New York will host an exhibition in tribute to Vladimir Kagan, a luminary of 20th century design, after his untimely passing on April 7th of this year at the age of 88.
The exhibition is entitled ‘Annecy’, the name of Vladimir Kagan’s second youngest grand-daughter in keeping with the designer’s tradition of naming his creations after his family members. The show will feature his newest works created for this particular exhibition with Carpenters Workshop Gallery.
In tribute, a new sofa will be available in an edition of 12 plus 4 AP. The two other pieces, a console and low table, will be an edition of 8 plus 4 AP. ‘Annecy’ will pay homage to Kagan’s remarkable career and diverse body of work by positioning these new works in context with his earliest creations and archived materials.
The new pieces, which include a sofa, low table, and console, have been developed through Carpenters Workshop Gallery I Roissy.
German-born Vladimir Kagan was the son of a cabinet-maker who emigrated to the US in the 1930s. By the 1950s he had established a reputation for himself through his sculptural furniture influenced in the beginning by Bauhaus design. He quickly became successful and developed a circle of famous clients, including Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol. His work is featured in a number of permanent collections museums and institutes around the world including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Vitra Design Museum in Germany.
Vladimir Kagan has been described by many as someone who worked with tireless energy until the end of his life, always looking to create new designs and imagining ways to improve on his classic pieces. Carpenters Workshop Gallery feels honoured to have had the chance to work with and learn from him in his final years.
Vladimir Kagan was born in Germany in 1927 and passed away in 2016. Kagan’s career spanned more than sixty years and he is one of America’s most celebrated designers.
Vladimir Kagan created his designs with upholstery, wrought iron, cast aluminum, and especially organically sculpted wood in works that became hallmarks of his career.
Vladimir Kagan moved to the United States in 1938. Early on he focused on painting and sculpture, but in his formative years he gravitated to architecture and design. He studied architecture at Columbia University and in 1947 joined his father, Illi Kagan, a master cabinetmaker, in his woodworking shop. Kagan’s early commissions included work for the delegates’ lounge for the first United Nations headquarters in Lake Success, New York in the 1940s. In 1948, he opened his first shop in New York.
Today, connoisseurs and museums avidly collect his designs, and he has been awarded numerous prizes. His work can be seen in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Vitra Design Museum and Die Neue Samlung in Germany, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
/ Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Kendall College of Art and Design.
/ Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Furniture Designers.
/ Pinnacle Award from the American Society of Furniture Designers.
/ Elected president of the New York chapter of ASID.
/ New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology retrospective exhibit: “Three Decades of Design”.
/ Museum of Modern Art Good Design Award.