Docservis 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 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 , designing the Standard Hotel Downtown lobby in Los Angeles, writing an autobiography for Pointed Leaf Press, having his designs in -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.