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.
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:
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:
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.”~Kristen