Milo Baughman for Thayer-Coggins, Sectional Surround Sofa with Brass Base, USA

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Milo Baughman for Thayer-Coggins, sectional surround sofa with brass base, USA, circa 1970. Signed with paper manufacturer’s label to underside of each element: [Thayer Coggin inc. Highpoint, N.C.]. Newly reupholstered in turtle dove romo velvet. The sofa can be configured as shown, in a horseshoe shape or separated for multiple conversation spaces.

Milo Baughman (1923-2003), was a Pioneer in modern design and one of the leading modern furniture designers of the second half of the 20th century. Baughman was brought east from his native California by Thayer Coggin in the 1950s to design the first lines for his collection of related upholstered groups.

Baughman’s uniquely American designs are forward-thinking and distinctive, yet unpretentious.The relaxed and timeless quality of his furniture has created a ready and consistent response, and his highly influential work continues to be collected and reinvented and revived by designers around the world.

Dimensions: 33 H x 112 W x 118 D inches.

Seat height 18 inches.


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  • Dimensions
    33 in. H x 112 in. W x 118 in. D
    84 cm H x 284 cm W x 300 cm D
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
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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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