The Comeback Kid
Vladimir Kagan returns to the New York showroom scene with a new space at the New York Design Center.
Mark McMenamin -- Interior Design, 6/23/2008 12:00:00 AM
Vladimir Kagan has come home. Truth be told, he never left. But since 1987, when he closed his namesake showroom to focus on mass-produced residential furnishings, New York’s design map has been one landmark short.
All that ended when Kagan opened Vladimir Kagan Couture, a 2,000-square-foot New York Design Center showroom by Luigi Gentile. Featured is a 20-piece range of new and classic Kagan pieces sporting his brand-new Kagan Textiles.
Fans will immediately spot his modular-minded Omnibus series from the 1970’s, still shockingly relevant. They’ll also meet his new Shorty sofa, its voluptuous curves as much a Kagan signature as his own furrowed eyebrows. And though it’s been nearly 60 years since his first showroom opening, Kagan keeps his to-the-trade renaissance in perspective. As he puts it, “This is what I adore to do.”
Take a tour of new and classic Kagan designs, and revisit his 80th birthday party that occurred during the April High Point Market in North Carolina.