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April 13, 2016
Kagan was famed for his elegant mid-century furniture designs
Furniture designer Vladimir Kagan dies at 88

Born August 29, 1927 in Worms near Frankfurt in Germany, Vladimir Kagan fled Nazi Germany to France and then settled in New York. He studied architecture at Columbia University, however, he never graduated, working with his father at a cabinetry shop before selling his own furniture. Kagan and his furniture flourished; he sold works to films stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Gary Cooper. At the age of 88, he passed away on April 7, 2016, in Palm Beach, Florida.