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Design Profile: Vladimir Kagan

6a0120a633cf02970b0120a6b73e87970b-250siBorn in 1927 in Worms, Germany, Vladimir Kagan is often referred to as one of the most revolutionary designers of the twentieth-century. As the son of a Russian cabinetmaker, Kagan first got his start in his father’s woodshop in 1947. 60 years later, his designs are some of the most sought after in the industry.

After immigrating to the United States in 1938 to avoid capture by the Nazi’s, Kagan’s interest in paintings and sculptures was replaced with an undying adoration for design and architecture. In 1949, Kagan opened his first shop in New York. The same year he unveiled his first signature furniture collection, ‘Tri-symmetric’. The collection proved to be a turning point in his career. Word of his talent quickly spread and soon Kagan was designing for celebrities, including Gary Cooper and Marilyn Monroe.

In 1974, after recovering from a fire that destroyed his factory two years prior, Kagan was back to work, designing the executive suite for Prudential Insurance Co and the office of Warner Communications’ senior vice president. Some of his other notable designs include the Monsanto House of the Future at Disneyland, and the lobby of the Standard Hotel Downtown in Los Angeles.

In 2009 Vladimir was inducted into the Interior Designer Hall of Fame.  Other awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 and most recently in 2011, Kagan received the Artist Visionary Award. To this day, his works continue to inspire and mold the careers of aspiring designers.


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