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Free Form Occasional Table

A work made of walnut and brass.

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  • A work made of walnut and brass.


c. 1957


Vladimir Kagan
American, born Germany, 1927

About this artwork

Described in the 1950s as “one of the leading designers of our day,” Vladimir Kagan found inspiration in both modern and traditional forms, from avant-garde European paintings to Russian folk art. For this table, Kagan’s muse was Constantin Brancusi’s sculpture Bird in Space, whose subtle, tapering curves inspired the spectacular base, a design that Kagan described as one of his favorites. While the pointed thrust of the table evokes the aerodynamics of the nascent space age, the tabletop owes a debt to the undulating, biomorphic shapes of Surrealism. Despite these cutting-edge associations, the table also represents a departure from the machine aesthetic of earlier decades and a return to handcrafting: with his business partner, Hugo Dreyfuss, Kagan designed all his furnishings, which were custom-made under the supervision of his father, Illi, a trained cabinetmaker.


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Architecture and Design


Vladimir Kagan


Free Form Occasional Table


United States (Object made in)

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Walnut and brass


55.9 × 78.7 × 55.9 cm (22 × 31 × 22 in.)

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The Orbit Fund

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