Legendary Furniture Designer Vladimir Kagan Dead at 88

Vladimir Kagan, a master of American design in all its postwar swoops, angles, and whiplash curves, died in Palm Beach , Florida, yesterday, at 88 years old. “We had an opening last night for a new bronze chair he designed,” said Ralph Pucci , who represented Kagan’s work at his eponymous trade-only showrooms. “It became a loving tribute to him and what a way to go. It’s a storybook ending to a historic career.” The German-born Kagan emigrated to the U.S. as a child, growing up as the son of a master cabinetmaker, and by the 1950s had become famed for sinuous, sculptural furniture made for top-drawer clients, including Marilyn Monroe. We take a look at some of Kagan's works featured over the years in the pages of Architectural Digest .

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