Vladimir Kagan Furnishings at the Morelli HouseMany of the furnishings in the Morelli House were provided by Vladimir Kagan, the “grandfather of modern furniture design.” Kagan became involved with the Las Vegas Junior League’s Morelli House Preservation project by a twist of fate. The day after the Junior League dropped into the World Market Center to inquire about leads for mid-century modern furnishings for the Morelli House, Mr. Kagan was to be the guest speaker at the World Market Center’s First Friday Designer Series. Mr. Dave Palmer and Mr. Victor Pedraz of the World Market Center invited the Junior League members to attend the lecture event and made sure they had an opportunity to explain their project to Mr. Kagan. Once the project was explained and Mr. Kagan agreed to go over to the Morelli House to see it, Mr. Kagan enthusiastically offered to take on the project as lead interior designer showcasing his selected furnishings. Due to Mr. Kagan’s efforts, the Morelli House’s primary areas were completely furnished with authentic mid-century Vladimir Kagan furniture selected and placed by the master himself. Mr. Kagan solicited donated furnishings from his manufacturers, American Leather and Wieman Preview and also donated pieces from his own historic collection. The Vladimir Kagan furniture on permanent display at the Morelli House includes two Serpentine Sofas, a Nautilus Sofa, a coffee table, an Omnibus Dining Room Set and a Trisemetric stool. ___________________________________________________________ Home | Back to top | Preservation Project | Benchmark Dates | Awards & Accolades | Kagan Biography | Major Donors | Public Grants | Whitehead House | Photos
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The Morelli House is listed on the National, State, and City Registers of Historic Places. It received the State Historical Preservation Award, the City Preservation Award, the first Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Historical Preservation, and Nevada Humanities’ Outstanding 2014 Humanities Project Award for its Copa Connection Program series.
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