Known for his midcentury-modern creations, German-born master designer Vladimir Kagan studied architecture at the School of Industrial Art and Columbia University before learning the craft of furniture making from his Russian father, Illi Kagen. After opening a shop in New York in 1949, Vladimir quickly began to trend and he soon boasted such clients as Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, the United Nations and the Walt Disney Company throughout his illustrious career. His furniture is collected both privately and in permanent collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Vitra Design Museum in Germany.

In April 2016, Vladimir died of a heart attack in Palm Beach, FL. Since his passing, his iconic Serpentine couch has become an increasingly coveted piece

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