Is it a desk?  A dresser?

Campaign Desk Bar Dresser

… or a BAR?

I want it to be a bar.

But you can make it anything you want!

Campaign Dresser Bar Desk

I love that this has drawers for storage (always a MUST for me).  The lighting is such an unexpected perk!

This piece does have wear.  It really needs a new home where someone will throw a fabulous coat of paint on it.

Here is some inspiration in the form of fold-down bars and desks:


etsy shelleychicdesign

I love the cabinet, drawers, and fold down bar.  Nice Danish piece.


via Bird and Branch Redesign

Great display area on this traditional secretary.

Pinterest search

I LOVE LOVE the idea of a painted interior!


Funky exterior paint.  Cute idea.

etsy Mitzys

Fun mid century piece.  Where is Don Draper with my drink?!


via Bourbon Blog

On that note – details are in the Pursuing Vintage Shop.  Have a terrific weekend! I’ll be back on Tuesday with some really great finds!



I’m always learning new things about designers.  I’ve earned degrees in theatre arts and education… not design.  So, admittedly, the learning curve is pretty steep for me.  So, as I do a little background research on designers, I thought it’d be fun to share some of that information with you.

Today, let’s meet Milo Baughman.

via Elle Decor

via Elle Decor

He looks like he was really serious, right?

Despite his European sounding name, Milo Baughman (pronounced, evidently, Boffman) was born in Kansas.  In his early teens he moved to Long Beach, California.  He spent some time in the military and then went to design school.  He then worked in California for Frank Brothers, Glenn of California, and Pacific Iron.  Finally in 1953 he began working with Thayer Coggin Inc as their sole designer.  This partnership is perhaps what Baughman is best known for.  Here are some examples of pieces they did together:

one kings lane


1stdibs – Occasional Table



1stdibs — “X” Desk


An article in Elle Decor has a great quote from Coggin’s widow, Dot.  “Milo’s sensibility was fresh, original, and architectural.  I have a houseful of his furniture, and you just don’t tire of it. With the resurgence of interest in designs from that era, I am not surprised that it’s in fashion again.”  I find that part about his design being “architectural” very interesting and right on the mark.

The Thayer Coggin website describes Baughman’s design philosophy  “was that good design is enduring design. Baughman’s characteristic restraint does not permit the look of mere novelty to enter in. Rather, he achieved a look that is uncompromisingly modern, but which never violates the timeless standards of classic good taste.”

Over the years Baughman partnered with many other great companies, including Drexel, Henredon, Mode Furniture, and Design Institute America.

Here is some of his other work:

1stdibs – Burl Wood Coffee Table

1stdibs — Swivel Chairs on Round Bases


1stdibs — Chrome & Leather Stool

1stdibs — Cantilever Lounge Chairs

1stdibs — Lucite Sofa & Chair


To me, his work is classic and timeless.  If you flip through some of the catalogs you get in the mail, I’m sure you’ll see pieces “inspired by” Baughman, though perhaps not with credit given!

I’ll end this with a great Baughman quote “Furniture that is too obviously designed is very interesting, but too often belongs only in museums.”





Last week I featured some Baughman style chrome chairs, and this week I’m featuring a set of six dining chairs that, I believe, are actually designed by Milo Baughman for Design Institute America.  More on Baughman tomorrow.  Let’s just take a look at these chairs!

Baughman Design Institute America Chairs

The chairs have had one owner since their original purchase in the early eighties.  There are four chairs and two arm chairs.  The upholstery is original.  The legs are a gold tone metal.  They are 39″ tall at the back and the seats hit at 20″.  There is minor wear to the upholstery from normal use (no rips or tears) and the legs have wear consistent with their age, but are overall excellent condition.

Here is a set on 1stdibs – exactly the same but different upholstery.  I dare you to click and see what they’re asking for the set!


These chairs would look terrific around a wood table, or a glass one.  They are very versatile.  You could use them around a conference table at work!  They have a little bit of glam with the legs, but the upholstery is soft and comfortable.  I wouldn’t mind relaxing in these during a dinner party (so, if you buy them, you need to invite me, okay?!).

Arm Chair

Arm Chair

Side Chair

Side Chair

Here is some inspiration:

via La Dolce Vita

These look great around this wood table.  The blue upholstery is very cool.


via pin your home

These chairs are smaller and a little more “petite” all around.  But I like the table choice they are paired with.

I couldn’t find any photos of similar chairs paired with a glass table, but I think it would look great.

What do you think? Would you keep the original upholstery on these chairs?  What kind of table would you use them with?  Or would you show them in a different way?

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