Milo Baughman was a firm believer that good design can have a positive influence on our lives. He lectured frequently on the topic, and often told the story of how at age 13 he designed the interior and exterior of his family's new home. He later served with the U.S. Army, designing officers' clubs during World War II, and after the war, he began his career as a designer for a Southern California furniture company. There was a strong demand for his clean, sophisticated and easy-to-live-with furniture, so in 1947, he launched Milo Baughman Design, Inc. In 1953, Baughman met Thayer Coggin, who was just launching his furniture business, and a powerful partnership was formed that lasted for five decades. The North Carolina-based furniture company is still the exclusive manufacturer of Baughman's work, and we worked closely with Thayer Coggin to bring the Milo Baughman Dining Chair (1971) back into production. Baughman's work was included in "High Styles: Twentieth Century American Design," at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1985. In 1987, he was inducted into the Furniture Design Hall of Fame. Made in U.S.A.
"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 >