Vladimir Kagan came to the United States in 1938. His earliest focus was on painting and sculpture but in his formative years he became exceedingly attracted to architecture and design. He studied Architecture at Columbia University and in 1947 joined his father,Illi Kagan.a master cabinetmaker,to work in his woodworking shop and learn furniture making from the ground up.
Kagan’s early commissions included the delegate’s Cocktail Lounges for the first United Nations Headquartersin Lake Success N.Y. In 1949 he opened his first shop in New York on East 65th Street and moved to fashionable 57th Street in 1950.
His clients were luminaries in the world of art, theater, music and industry.They included Marilyn Monroe, Xavier Cougar, Lilly Pons and Gary Cooper; Sherman Fairchild of Fairchild Aviation, Walt Disney, General Electric, General Motors and the Government of Venezuela.
Connoisseurs and museums are avidly collecting his designs.Kagan’s furniture is in private collections of Barbara Jacobson of the Museum of Modern Art, film director David Lynch and David Bowie, as well as the late artists Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe and Frank Sinatra. Vladimir Kagan is one of today’s most enduring designers of modern furniture with a career that has spanned over fifty-five years.