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Holly Hunt Showcases Vladimir Kagan: LDF16

SEEN was in Holly Hunt’s Mayfair showroom yesterday, keen to see the furniture by design supremo Vladimir Kagan. They were resplendent in the window and by the door and what struck SEEN was how familiar they looked. We were powerfully reminded of how much of an influence Kagan has been on modern furniture design.

SEEN was in Holly Hunt’s Mayfair showroom yesterday, keen to see the furniture by design supremo Vladimir Kagan. They were resplendent in the window and by the door and what struck SEEN was how familiar they looked. We were powerfully reminded of how much of an influence Kagan has been on modern furniture design.

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With Kagan’s design philosophy of ‘less is more’ they are indeed timeless pieces, but brought bang up-to-date by Holly Hunt fabric. Think beautiful hand-massaged leather and soft comforting textiles. The Freeform Curved Sofa is perhaps Kagan’s most iconic piece. Delightfully comfortable to sit on, with special detail paid to the springs right at the edge (curved over for extra comfort), the sofa is the epitome of furniture that has been created by master-craftsmen. Once you have a Kagan piece, you have it for life.

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SEEN also sat in a Contour Low Back Lounge Chair and admired other Kagan pieces; a Sculpted Coffee Table, a Barrel Chair, a Sculpted Dining Table, Sculpted Dining Arm and side chairs, an Ondine Chair and a Contour Chaise. Looking at the collection as a whole, Kagan’s designs don’t include many straight lines; everything is curvilinear, embracing, soft, aided and abetted by Holly Hunt’s exquisite leathers and fabrics.

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Kagan and Hunt were friends and collaborators, so what better way to celebrate the work of the late designer? Hunt’s refined eye has developed over the years to see exactly what is coming next. It’s a genuine pleasure to see Vladimir Kagan’s work once more getting the appreciation it deserves.

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

SEEN thoroughly enjoyed a preview of the 18 new artworks around the financial district’s square mile. Set up by The City of London in 2010, this excellent initiative expands its footprint every year, improving the area and proving that when people are happy, they work better.

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.