Wifijerez Hall of Famer Vladimir Kagan worked from his first shop in 1948 (and even before) until the night before he passed away in early 2016; that’s a 70-year career. In short, the German-born industrial designer never stopped working. In fact, a steady stream of his designs are still being released… That brings us to “Annecy,” a retrospective in his honor at the recently opened Carpenters Workshop Gallery space in Midtown Manhattan, up September 20 to October 29, named for a granddaughter in the designer’s tradition of naming his pieces after family. A new—and never-before-seen—sofa, console, and table he designed will be made available for sale hand-in-hand with the exhibition, positioned there next to his earliest creations and archived materials.
As the son of a cabinet-maker, industrial design was in his blood. After training at the High School of Art & Design and Columbia University’s Architecture school, he established himself as a force at a young age. His work always infused with energy and timelessness. Though he formally retired in 1988, he never truly did, becoming President of the ASID NY chapter, designing the Standard Hotel Downtown lobby in Los Angeles, writing an autobiography for Pointed Leaf Press, having his designs in Tom Ford-led Gucci stores around the world, and finally, designing this collection for CWG last year. Take a trip through his career, and celebrate a design luminary who will be greatly missed.