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Vladimir Kagan Erica Chaise Lounge Chair in New Holly Hunt Mohair, Circa 1960's


The Erica Chaise was first designed in 1969 and named after Vladimir Kagan’s wife, needlework maven Erica Wilson. Redesigned with the clean lines and classic feel of the prototype Vladimir kept in his own home, the chaise effortlessly cradles the back and supports the head with its sculpted upholstery. The lucite base give the chair the illusion it is floating off the ground. This vintage piece has been restored and upholstered in Holly Hunt 4800/16 | TAKE DIRECTION TURQUISH 100% Mohair. 

This chair is the perfect chair to lounge in and read the paper or a good book. This chair is effortlessly elegant, and epitomizes Kagan's best work. 

Dimensions: 57L x 24 w x 35 H  

Seat Height 17.5

About the designer: 

Vladimir Kagan pioneered the enduring voice of midcentury modern design. A designer of not simply furniture but what he called “vessels to hold the human body,” “Kagan represents the ultimate in modern American furniture design,” Holly Hunt said.  


Kagan’s independent designs earned him decades of accolades and the avant-garde aesthetic. Kagan sought to develop furniture that could enhance human interactions, leading to innovations such as the first curved sofa, which he designed to enhance conversation and social experience.

Kagan’s designs radiate his vitality and passion for discovery. Born in Worms, Germany in 1927, he emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 11, just before the dawn of WWII. After graduating from the High School of Industrial Arts, Vladimir studied Architecture at Columbia University before joining his father, a master cabinetmaker, to support the family business and learn the foundations of the trade. From his father’s repeated admonishment “Ehre das Handwerk!” (“Honor the handcraft!”), Vladimir inherited an appreciation of artisan skill which, combined with his innovative design sensibility, was key to his success.

After a prolific career spanning nearly 70 years, Kagan never lost his love for his work. He passed away in April 2016. 

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