The 1188 Chair (1968) was Milo Baughman’s favorite chair and the one with which he chose to furnish the home of business partner and friend Thayer Coggin. Given that the Coggin family could have picked any dining chair in their company’s inventory, the 1188 is something special indeed. Baughman and Coggin met in 1953 and formed a powerful partnership that lasted for five decades. Based in North Carolina, the Thayer Coggin company is still the exclusive manufacturer of Baughman furniture to this day. The designer’s work was included in High Styles: Twentieth Century American Design at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1985. Baughman was inducted into the Furniture Design Hall of Fame in 1987. Made in U.S.A.
Tubular polished stainless steel frame; kiln-dried maple and plywood interior; foam and fiber cushions; fabric upholstery.
"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. Read more >