Thursday, November 19, 2015

We have three wonderful mid-century modern pieces


     We have three wonderful mid-century modern pieces; a coffee table and two end tables

Two designer Vladimier Kagan and Adrian Piersall have both designed similar pieces.

Adrian Mount Pearsall (1925-2011) was an innovative designer who founded Craft Associates, who became one of the country’s most prominent furniture designers during the mid-century “Atomic Age.” He founded Craft Associates in the early 1950s with his brother Richard. Craft Associates continued to operate out of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania but was later sold to Lane in the late 1960’s. Following this transition, Pearsall went on to launch the company Comfort Designs in the 1970s. He went on to be included in the American Furniture Hall of Fame in 2008. His coffee table and end table design are called “Jax” or in some places “Jacks”

The coffe table is featured on his memo.

Vladimir Kagan was born in 1927 and is an American furniture designer. He was inducted in the Interior Designer Hall of Fame in 2009, 62 years after he started designing and producing furniture. He was married to the late embroidery designer Erica Wilson. Together they had three children. His Midcentury modern furniture with "Sinuous wooden frame characteristics has a modern feel making it relevant for times to come. His style, inspired by everything from antiques and nature to the Bauhaus, emphasizes comfort and functionality. His similar coffee table and end tables are called “Tri-symetric”  Very sought after mid century designed by the famous furniture designer Vladimir Kagan.Because of its idiosyncrasy, Kagan’s work did not lend itself to mass-production. Kagan never signed on with any of the major furniture-making corporations, and examples of his designs are relatively rare. Take a look at his work that we orginally used in our search for writing our description.

The market for vintage furniture is strong! Each auction sets new records in pricing.
Vladimir Kagan's designs are in two categories. Those actually built in the Kagan factory are identified as original CLASSIC designs and those built under license by authorized manufacturers. The CLASSIC designs were never mass produced. Fabrication in the Kagan workshop was limited. Finding an original is difficult, as poor imitations exist. Even auction houses are often deceived. That makes us feel somewhat better. The branding of Mr. Kagan's early pieces was sporadic. Due to his profound recollection of his work, together with sketches and photographs in his extensive archives, he, alone, is uniquely qualified to identify originals. He knows the joinery, the woods, the curves and the "handwriting" of his designs. To sort this out difinitively here is new information the lucky new owner should take advantage of at least for insurance reasons.

You can now receive positive identification with a provenance to differentiate these design.

Happy Bidding!