September 26, 2006

Weiman/Preview to Debut Vladimir Kagan Upholstery and Furniture

Weiman Furniture, manufacturer of Weiman/Preview contemporary furnishings, has joined a long-standing collaborator, Vladimir Kagan, in producing two extensive new collections of upholstery and occasional tables. The upholstery groups, to debut in Weiman’s new IHFC showroom at D-1031, feature sinuous sectionals, sofas, and matching upholstered chairs in dramatic new fabrics.

Vladimir Kagan is renowned as one of the 20 th century’s pre-eminent modern furniture designers. Since 1947 Kagan has designed upholstery and furniture that have become classics for worldwide contemporary aficionados. The New York Times wrote “While collectors and museum curators have long appreciated the Kagan esthetic, a new generation of downtown hipsters, young people who have made it in entertainment, fashion, art and media, are feathering their nests with Mr. Kagan’s James Bond-meets-the-Jetsons furniture.”

Weiman’s never-before-seen Kagan pieces include “Cirrus”, a sinuous, modern upholstery collection, and “Niche” with three freestanding contemporary pieces and matching coffee table. Cirrus is the ultimate, flexible upholstery collection with 32 interchangeable and individual pieces, all available armless or with one or two arms. Cirrus features a tight seat and rolled back design, representing the culmination of Kagan’s five decade evolution as a modern style maker. Loose pillows in fashion-forward patterns and colors compliment the sectional and sofa.

The Niche series incorporates fluid shapes and more relaxed styling in an upholstered chair, sofa or satellite lounge that can stand alone. The rounded edge of the satellite lounge fits into the concave end of the sofa, allowing adjustment of the angle at which the two pieces meet. Consumers will be able to adapt Niche to room size and configuration needs.

Vladimir Kagan has also designed occasional tables for Weiman that will be sold separately to both contemporary specialty stores and full line furniture retailers with contemporary departments. Coffee and side tables will be offered in birch and elm burl veneers with tile and glass tops.

Following his early years as a painter and sculptor, Vladimir Kagan studied Architecture at Columbia University and then commenced to design and hand-fashion furniture in his own workshop. His designs have graced the homes of many celebrities, from Frank Sinatra, Andy Warhol and Isaac Stern in past years to Dan Akroyd, David Bowie, and David Lynch today. European Magazine stated, “Vladimir Kagan is one of the most important furniture designers of the 20 th Century. He is the creative grandfather of a whole new generation of designers.”

World class clothing designer, Tom Ford, used Kagan-designed seating in all of Gucci’s 360 retail stores. Georgio Armani selected Kagan’s dining chairs and banquets for his Nobu restaurant in Milan. Corporations such as BMW, Louis Vuitton, Helena Rubenstein, General Electric, Monsanto, Prudential, and General Motors have bought Kagan-designed furniture for their corporate headquarters and special events.

Carl Philips, President of Interlude Home and Weiman Furniture, expressed his pleasure with the new Vladimir Kagan furniture by recognizing the long relationship Weiman has had with this noted designer. “ Vladimir brings our dealers a very fresh style direction with European influences that Weiman can uniquely produce and tailor at value prices. In addition to his new sofas, sectionals and chairs, Vladimir has also designed some outstanding occasional tables to create complete groupings for contemporary floors. In our showroom, we will display in vignettes his comprehensive collections that can be purchased as a singular group. Many retailers will want to incorporate these coordinated upholstery pieces and tables into one room setting within their stores. We can further embellish the contemporary look with our newly-designed accessories. The consumer will appreciate the eye appeal and accessibility of these room groups.”