October 1, 2009

Vladimir Kagan

I just discovered Vladimir Kagan Couture and I'm so glad I did --- apparently all of Hollywood: Brad and Angelina, Courtney Cox, Demi Moore, Uma Thurman, etc AND fashion designers such as DVF, Roberto Cavalli and Elie Tahari are all collectors of his furniture. In the words of the New York Times "Vladimir Kagan is one of the most important furniture designers of the 20th century. Furniture designed by him in the forties, fifties and sixties has become iconic to Modernity and an obligatory reference to every designer. He is the creative grandfather of a whole new generation of designers." Vladimir was one of first to use organic shapes in furniture design. Vladimir's first interest was in painting and sculpture, but after studying architecture at Columbia, Vladimir joined his father, a master cabinet maker, and learned the ins-and-outs of furniture making.He opened his first store in NYC in 1948 and has participated in many prestigious projects over the years. He most recently opened Vladimir Kagan Couture in the New York Design Center, where all of the furniture is custom made in New Jersey.
It's this style of seating, the Omnibus, that Tom Ford selected for all of the Gucci stores.

My personal faves are this coffee table/seat called the Pouf. I love it's unconventional shape and material for a coffee table and the chrome base which is so iconic of Vladimir's designs. Also, I'm kind of obsessed with the salvaged wood beams in the background. I saw them in the show room and I think they are a great sculptural accessory!

My other love is this chair: la ronde. It's even better in person when the pillows are messed up just a bit and not quite so exact.

In addition to his innovative designs, Vladimir's other claim to fame is that he's married to Erica Wilson who has a really cute shop on Main Street on Nantucket! She's known for her needle works, but even more than that I love the clothes in her store. She's got some really unique pieces for women and the most adorable kids clothes!

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