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Ondine Chair


Vladimir Kagan

Ondine Chair


Vladimir Kagan
The Odine Chair In Black Leather on A White Background
Vladimir Kagan’s distinctive mid-century designs stand out for its grace and organic sensuality. The linear becomes sculptural, with bold curves and an abundance of space and material. Modernist and functional, but with an artistic and decadent edge, the Ondine Chair makes a powerful statement in any space.

“The body as a piece of sculpture and my furniture is a sculpture to hold the body.”

Vladimir Kagan
The Odine Chair In Black Leather on A White Background

Marilyn Monroe, Gary Cooper, Andy Warhol, David Lynch, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Gucci and Giorgio Armani have all owned pieces by Vladimir Kagan. 

On 14 October 2015, an original Vladimir Kagan Lounge Chair & Ottoman sold for £8,750 at auction by Christie’s in London. 

Kagan’s work is on display at the V&A Museum in London, Die Neue Samlung in Germany, in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Pasadena Art Institute, Baltimore Museum of Fine Arts, Chicago’s Athenaeum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as in Gucci stores around the globe. 

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Executive Comfort

The Ondine chair is designed for an executive level of comfort. It was originally imagined as an office chair, and now the discerning individual can rest at ease in this haven while commanding great respect. The regal chair is liberally padded with shaped polyurethane that returns to its original form once the individual is no longer seated. The generous headrest and wing-like armrests provide ample support.

Quality and Craftsmanship
Timeless American walnut wood is handcrafted with a natural finish. Top grain Italian leather is treated and processed for the upholstery. The polyurethane foam used for the cushioning is durable and will not wear easily, ensuring long-term use and comfort.
Vladimir Kagan
Vladimir Kagan was born in Germany in 1927. The son of a cabinet maker, his family emigrated to the United States in 1938. At first, Vladimir was interested in painting and sculpture but soon became attracted to architecture and design. He graduated from the School of Industrial Art in 1946, majoring in architecture. He then went on to further studies in architecture at Columbia University. In 1950 the Kagan-Dreyfuss partnership launched with a showroom in New York. Kagan also dabbled in teaching during his extended career but furniture and architecture remained his passion. He continued working and received several design and Lifetime Achievement Awards up until his death in 2016.
“My furniture is sculptural”
Vladimir Kagan
Product Literature
The overall shape of the Ondine chair is molded from fiberglass. The fiberglass is padded with the shaped polyurethane cushioning. Top grain Italian leather is used to upholster the shape of the chair. It is carefully smoothed around the curves and stapled in place. The base is cut and smoothed from American walnut, with a natural finish. Our version stays true to the original specifications of the Ondine chair.
Product Materials

Upholstery: Top grain Italian Leather 

Cushioning: Polyurethane foam 

Base: American Walnut 

Product Dimensions

Height: 109cm 

Width: 81cm 

Depth: 89cm 

Seat height: 41cm 

Carrying weight: 150kg 

Weight as shipped: 36kg

Care Instructions


Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the direction of the wood grain.  Clean the surface  periodically  with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture.  Liquid spills should be immediately dabbed dry and wiped off. Make sure that your  wood furniture is not positioned close to heat sources, so that it does not dry out and become brittle.  We recommend that  wood products should  not  be  exposed to intense sunlight  for prolonged periods of time as  ultra-violet rays may eventually damage the finish.  

Do not use an abrasive material on the  wood.   


Occasionally remove dust from the leather with a damp, lint-free cloth. Small soiled spots can be gently removed with a  colourless   eraser. Liquid spills should be immediately dabbed dry and wiped off with a little water. Once a year, the leather should be treated with a special leather care product, but never with any type of strong cleansing agent. Only use quality leather products which do not leave residue. Oily build-up on the leather makes it susceptible to bacteria, which can destroy the leather. Clean the stitching with a soft-bristle brush.

Make sure that your leather furniture is not positioned close to heat sources, so that it does not dry out and become brittle. In addition, we recommend that leather surfaces are not permanently exposed to intense sunlight, because direct sunlight over an extended time period can diminish the quality of the leather.

Leather can be treated occasionally with conditioners to keep it in its original state. Liquid spills should be blotted up immediately, not wiped. For daily cleaning, dust leather with a soft cloth.

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