Milo Baughman, Rosewood Case Sofa, circa 1950 - 1959 For Sale
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Milo Baughman, Rosewood Case Sofa, circa 1950 - 1959

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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 simplicity and functionality of modern furniture. “Furniture that is too obviously designed,” he once said, “is very interesting, but too often belongs only in museums.” He began designing very young developing architectural plans for his family home at 13 and started his own, eponymously named company at the age of 24. Using materials popularized by Mies van Der Rohe and Marcel Breuer like chrome, stainless, glass and leather Baughman made furniture with clean lines and restrained, geometric forms. He also began using upholstery in innovative ways and imbued his furniture with a distinct, California style. Baughman worked with manufacturer Thayer Coggin from 1953 until the end of his life, and together they were committed to creating high-quality, inventive furniture that was unpretentious, accessible, and affordable. Meticulously restored in Dedar Milano velvet (Orsetto Col. 105 Argento and Bukara Col. 1 Avorio)

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 25 in. x W 84 in. x D 34 in.H 63.5 cm x W 213.36 cm x D 86.36 cm
  • Seller Location
    LAGUNA BEACH, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU2295312413291
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About Milo Baughman (Designer)

Milo Baughman was one of the most agile and adept modern American furniture designers of the late 20th century. A prolific lecturer and writer on the benefits of good design — he taught for years at Brigham Young University — Baughman (whose often-scrambled surname is pronounced BAWF-man) focused almost exclusively on residential furnishings, having a particular talent for lounge chairs, perhaps the most sociable piece of furniture.

     Like his fellow adoptive Californians Charles and Ray Eames, Baughman’s furniture has a relaxed and breezy air. Baughman was famously opposed to ostentatious and idiosyncratic designs that were made to excite attention. While many of his chair designs are enlivened by such effects as tufted upholstery, Baughman tended to let his materials carry the aesthetic weight, most often relying on chair and table frames made of sturdy and sleek flat-bar chromed metal, and chairs, tables and cabinets finished with highly-figured wood veneers.

     Like his colleagues Karl Springer and the multifarious Pierre Cardin, Baughman’s designs are emblematic of the 1970s: sleek, sure and scintillating. As you will see from the furniture presented on these pages, Milo Baughman’s designs are ably employed as either the heart of a décor or its focal point.

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