JGDG Loves Vladimir Kagan

Janet and her team have been fans of furniture designer, Vladimir Kagan, for ages. Lately he has experienced a new wave of popularity with press coverage ranging from the Financial Times to Elle Decor. Vladimir Kagan is a must know for any savvy lover of interior design. Here’s an excerpt from his bio:

Born in Worms on the Rhine, Germany in 1927, 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.

Early commissions included the Delegate’s Cocktail Lounges for the first United Nations Headquarters in Lake Success N.Y. (1947-48). In 1948 he opened his first shop in New York on East 65th Street and moved to fashionable 57th Street in 1950…
His design philosophy is equally impressive:
kagan-logoPurity of design and integrity in manufacture – the ethos of Vladimir Kagan Designs.
You can also keep up with this energetic octogenarian on his blog here. It is a fascinating glimpse into his life and his travels. Make sure to check it out! Here’s a few highlights from his illustrious collection. See them all on his website.