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Vladimir Kagan


New York

Carpenters Workshop Gallery

20 September - 29 October 2016

About the Exhibition

This September, Carpenters Workshop Gallery | New York will host an exhibition in tribute to Vladimir Kagan, a luminary of 20th century design, after his untimely passing on April 7th of this year at the age of 88.

The exhibition is entitled ‘Annecy’, the name of Vladimir Kagan’s second youngest grand-daughter in keeping with the designer’s tradition of naming his creations after his family members. The show will feature his newest works created for this particular exhibition with Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

In tribute, a new sofa will be available in an edition of 12 plus 4 AP. The two other pieces, a console and low table, will be an edition of 8 plus 4 AP. ‘Annecy’ will pay homage to Kagan’s remarkable career and diverse body of work by positioning these new works in context with his earliest creations and archived materials.

The new pieces, which include a sofa, low table, and console, have been developed through Carpenters Workshop Gallery I Roissy.

German-born Vladimir Kagan was the son of a cabinet-maker who emigrated to the US in the 1930s. By the 1950s he had established a reputation for himself through his sculptural furniture influenced in the beginning by Bauhaus design. He quickly became successful and developed a circle of famous clients, including Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol. His work is featured in a number of permanent collections museums and institutes around the world including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Vitra Design Museum in Germany.

Vladimir Kagan has been described by many as someone who worked with tireless energy until the end of his life, always looking to create new designs and imagining ways to improve on his classic pieces. Carpenters Workshop Gallery feels honoured to have had the chance to work with and learn from him in his final years.

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