Milo Baughman

Milo Baughman

USA (1923-2003)
Headshot of designer.

"Furniture that is too obviously designed," said Milo Baughman, "is very interesting, but too often belongs only in museums." In Baughman's distinguished body of work, his vast creativity never interfered with functionality, instead he struck an ideal modernist balance. Using the consummate mid-century modern materials - like chrome, stainless, glass and leather - he created a new visual vocabulary, built on the legacy of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer, but infused with the style and ease of the American West Coast.

Born in Kansas in 1923, Baughman was raised in Long Beach, California. At age 13 he was enlisted by his parents to contribute to the design of the family home - and, thus, his path was set. He served in the Army Air Force in World War II, where he gained experience designing officers' clubs. After returning from the war he studied architectural design and in 1947, at the age of 24, he launched Milo Baughman Design, Inc. He quickly received commissions from Glenn of California - where he worked with designer Greta Magnusson Grossman - and Pacific Iron, collaborating with these Los Angeles companies to create what we now call the California Modern aesthetic.

The defining collaboration of his career, however, began in 1953 when he started working with Thayer Coggin, a North Carolina manufacturer that maintains its commitment classic design to this day. This partnership lasted five decades and produced enduring classics like the cantilevered 989-103 Chair and the semi-circular 825-301 LAF Sofa. In that time, Baughman never lost touch with his modernist foundation. In 1966, the New York Times said of the prolific designer: "Mr. Baughman and the companies he works for…are among the few mass producers putting out inventive, non-traditional furniture that is widely available to the public both in terms of price and retail outlet."

In 1965, Baughman converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and remained a passionate devotee to Mormonism until his death. He established the Department of Environmental Design at Brigham Young University in 1969, and was a lecturer about design at numerous institutions. He maintained his professional design studio right up until his death at age 80.

Milo Baughman

Milo Baughman Recliner 74, Ducale Wool
$3,000.00 - $3,500.00USD
Milo Baughman Recliner 74 in Leather
$3,100.00USD
Goodland Sofa, Basket Weave, Stainless Legs
$3,900.00 - $5,400.00USD
Goodland Armchair, Basket Weave, Stainless Legs
$2,600.00 - $3,150.00USD
Goodland Small Sectional, Basket Weave, Stainless Legs
$8,800.00 - $11,200.00USD
Goodland Armchair, Basket Weave, Walnut Legs
$2,400.00 - $3,000.00USD
Goodland Sofa, Basket Weave, Walnut Legs
$3,700.00 - $5,200.00USD
Goodland Small Sectional, Basket Weave, Walnut Legs
$8,500.00 - $10,900.00USD
Goodland Small Sectional in Leather, Bronze Legs
$13,500.00USD
Goodland Armchair in Leather, Bronze Legs
$3,680.00USD
Goodland Small Sectional in Leather, Stainless Legs
$13,350.00USD
Goodland Armchair in Leather, Stainless Legs
$3,600.00USD
Goodland Two Seater Sofa, Basket Weave, Stainless Legs
$3,700.00 - $5,200.00USD
Goodland Two Seater Sofa, Basket Weave, Walnut Legs
$3,500.00 - $5,100.00USD
Goodland Armchair in Leather, Walnut Legs
$3,390.00USD
Goodland Small Sectional in Leather, Walnut Legs
$12,920.00USD
Goodland Large Sectional in Leather, Left, Bronze Legs
$15,400.00USD
Goodland Large Sectional in Leather, Right, Stainless Legs
$15,260.00USD
Goodland Large Sectional in Leather, Right, Walnut Legs
$14,830.00USD
Goodland Sofa in Leather, Bronze Legs
$6,570.00USD
Goodland Large Sectional in Leather, Left, Stainless Legs
$15,260.00USD
Goodland Sofa in Leather, Stainless Legs
$6,500.00USD
Goodland Large Sectional in Leather, Left, Walnut Legs
$14,830.00USD
Goodland Sofa in Leather, Walnut Legs
$6,280.00USD
Goodland Two-Seater Sofa in Leather, Bronze Legs
$6,420.00USD
Goodland Two-Seater Sofa in Leather, Stainless Legs
$6,350.00USD
Goodland Large Sectional, Left, Basket Weave, Stainless Legs
$11,000.00 - $14,000.00USD
Goodland Large Sectional, Left, Basket Weave, Walnut Legs
$10,570.00 - $13,650.00USD
Goodland Two-Seater Sofa in Leather, Walnut Legs
$6,140.00USD
Goodland Sofa, Basket Weave, Bronze Legs
$4,000.00 - $5,500.00USD
Goodland Large Sectional, Left, Basket Weave, Bronze Legs
$11,100.00 - $14,100.00USD
Goodland Small Sectional, Basket Weave, Bronze Legs
$8,900.00 - $11,300.00USD
Goodland Two Seater Sofa, Basket Weave, Bronze Legs
$3,800.00 - $5,300.00USD
Goodland Armchair, Basket Weave, Bronze Legs
$2,700.00 - $3,250.00USD
Goodland Large Sectional, Right, Basket Weave, Stainless Legs
$11,000.00 - $14,000.00USD
Goodland Large Sectional, Right, Basket Weave, Bronze Legs
$11,100.00 - $14,100.00USD
Goodland Large Sectional in Leather, Right, Bronze Legs
$15,400.00USD
Goodland Large Sectional, Right, Basket Weave, Walnut Legs
$10,570.00 - $13,650.00USD
Drum Coffee Table
Drum Side Table
Milo 1188 Dining Chair, Cotton Velvet, Stainless
Milo 1188 Dining Chair, Cotton Velvet, Bronze
Milo Baughman 1188 Chair in Leather
$1,550.00USD
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