Vladimir Kagan 'Ellipse' Lounge Chair in Beige Upholstery
Vladimir Kagan, 'Ellipse' lounge chair, alcantara, chrome-plated aluminum, United States, designed in 1976 and produced circa 1980
This 'Ellipse' lounge chair truly employs the designer’s aesthetic vocabulary and approach towards functionality. The textured surface of the seat with its pronounced folds is achieved by a refined upholstery technique what Kagan referred to as a 'channeled pillow back.'. The inviting and open appearance is reached by the crescent construction of the body. The base is comprised of a circular frame which conceals the casters and together with the swivel function of the seat, Kagan created a very mobile armchair.
Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) was born in Germany and grew up in the United States where his father opened a cabinet shop. Later, Kagan joined the family business. Here the designer experimented with organically sculpted wood in works that became the hallmarks of his career. Kagan himself explained that his father always said 'measure three times and cut once' whereas Kagan did exactly the opposite. He also believed that there was no way that ratio could replace dumb luck. Kagan's furniture has the extraordinary ability to completely change the landscape of the room, even with a single object.
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