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American furniture designer Milo Baughman (1923–2003) conceived the Case sofa sometime during the 1960s, when designers and manufacturers were still experimenting with technologies and materials that had been developed during World War II. From the aircraft industry, molded plastics and aluminum became viable new options, while the Chrysler Corporation introduced spot-welding techniques for joining wood to rubber, metal and plastic. Baughman, who was born in Goodland, Kansas, but spent his formative years in Long Beach, California — which may have informed his laid-back sensibility — worked with dozens of manufacturers. The interior designer and furniture maker’s collaborations include a decades-long association with Thayer Coggin, which produced this classic modernist design. 


With its wood veneer, wool-flannel upholstery and straight metal legs, the Case sofa exudes a certain bygone masculinity that is frequently referenced as a defining characteristic of postwar culture. Fittingly, the piece appeared on the award-winning television series Mad Men. Set decorator Amy Wells incorporated a reproduction of the original in the pristine office of Don Draper, the show’s erratic, arrogant male protagonist. Yet Baughman’s design is notable for more than its dashing good looks. Its hefty proportions and straightforward lines speak to the era’s growing prevalence of mass fabrication. That’s not to say the sofa isn’t well crafted. It simply embodies the advent of mass-market furniture as well as a new kind of status symbol.


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Burl Wood Case Sofa and Lounge Chair by Milo Baughman, circa 1970
By Milo Baughman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Recently restored Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin burled case sofa and club chair. This set features olive burl wood case arms on both pieces which display mesmerizing movement and c...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Wool, Wood, Olive, Burl

Vintage Burl Wood "Case" Loveseat by Milo Baughman
By Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin
Located in Burbank, CA
Stunning vintage burl wood "Case" loveseat designed by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin. The chrome base gives the illusion of a floating seat. Newly reupholstered in custom biscuit t...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Loveseats

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Chrome

Milo Baughman Rosewood Case Sofa
By Milo Baughman
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Milo Baughman rosewood case sofa.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Milo Baughman Rosewood Case Sofa, 1971
By Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Rare 8 foot Milo Baughman 8' rosewood case sofa, 1971. Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin Model 2165 rosewood case sofa made in 1971. Original Label included. Exceptional rosewood grain...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wool, Rosewood

Early Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin Rosewood Case Sofa
By Milo Baughman
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Early Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin rosewood case sofa. Sofa has original fabric and label.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin Burled Case and Pink Velvet Sectional Sofa Set
By Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This must-have sectional sofa set is by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin, featuring soft luxurious pink velvet with burled wood arms, and in an incredibly spacious size, this is the p...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Milo Baughman, Rosewood Case Sofa, circa 1950 - 1959
By Milo Baughman
Located in LAGUNA BEACH, CA
Wrapped rosewood three-seat sofa. Meticulously reupholstered with Dedar Milano fabrics, designed by Milo Baughman in the 1950s. Milo Baughman brought comfort and ease to the simplic...
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

Milo Baughman Burl Wood Case Sofa for Thayer Coggin
By Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A sumptuous restoration of Milo Baughman's Classic 2165 Sofa for Thayer Coggin. Designed in 1968, the sofa has a three-sided case in highly figured olive burl, and the long, horizont...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Chrome

Milo Baughman Walnut Pair of Sofas for Thayer Coggin
By Milo Baughman
Located in Berlin, DE
Milo Baughman pair of walnut sofas in excellent condition recently reupholstered in aniline beige leather.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut