Vladimir Kagan Pair of 'Capricorn' Lounge Chairs
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Vladimir Kagan, pair of 'Capricorn' lounge chairs, lacquered metal, United States, circa. 1958
The ‘Capricorn’ chair epitomizes a splendid construction that is suitable for indoor and outdoor, making it a dynamic and easily adaptable chair. The frame is based on a curvaceous movement solely executed in a white lacquered metal grid. The seat rests on a three-legs formed base consisting of a continuous wire. In absence of decorative details, the design convinces visually through the well-balanced appearance and the transparent construction.
The story behind the development of the outdoor furniture ‘Capricorn’ series is an interesting one. This line was exclusively designed for the New York department store W. & J. Sloane. Kagan had difficulty with producing these items, although they were derived from the designer’s earlier Trisymmetric designs. It required various techniques like gang-welding, wire bending, and bonderizing for rust protection. Initially, Kagan came in contact with a shopping-cart maker to fabricate them, but to no avail. Thereafter, a fire-escape manufacturer, later became known as furniture maker Brueton, succeeded in producing this series.
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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