Vladimir Kagan - Design New York Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Collection of the designer
    Thence by descent to the present owners

  • Literature

    Vladimir Kagan, Vladimir Kagan: A Lifetime of Avant-Garde Design, New York, 2015, p. 61

  • Catalogue Essay

    Around 1951 Vladimir Kagan designed the present model headboard which caught the attention of actress and model Marilyn Monroe. According to the designer, “She walked into the 57th Street store most unassumingly, wearing a babushka on her head and no makeup, accompanied by a slim, rather scruffy man who turned-out to be Arthur Miller, her husband at the time. They fell in love with a bedroom set I had designed for the opening of the new shop…unfortunately, the order was never consummated, because shortly thereafter the couple divorced.”

Ahead of the Curve: Design from the Estate of Vladimir Kagan



circa 1951
Mahogany, fabric upholstery.
33 x 119 x 2 1/2 in. (83.8 x 302.3 x 6.4 cm)
Manufactured by Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc., New York. Reverse with paper label printed HAND MADE IN THE WORKSHOPS OF/VLADIMIR KAGAN/VLADIMIR KAGAN DESIGNS - NEW YORK.

$2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for $11,340

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New York Auction 9 June 2021