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Thayer Coggin and the Legacy of Milo Baughman

Thayer Coggin and the Legacy of Milo Baughman

Milo Baughman is a name you might not know unless you have an education in modern interior design or even a strong handle on some of the more influential names in furniture. Among the tops names in furniture today, you will come across names like Wesley Hall, Hubbardton Forge, Leathercraft, and Thayer Coggin. This last one owes its success to the vision and genius of the man himself.

Born in 1923 in Kansas, Milo Baughman quickly determined his penchant for his astute tastes and his ability to craft insightful, modern, yet simplistic interior designs. When he was young, he came by the task of designing both the interior and exterior of his family’s new home in Long Beach, California. During his service in the United States Armed Forces in World War II, he was instrumental in designing interior spaces for the Army.

It didn’t take too much convincing to show him that his path in life would follow interior design, and while some of you reading this might recognize his name from familiarity with iconic furniture manufacturer Thayer Coggin, he actually lent his influence to many modern furniture designers, including but not limited to Pacific Iron, Glenn of California, Winchendon and many others.

It was Thayer Coggin, however, that he founded in 1953 in High Point, North Carolina, that has more than anything else cemented his name in the annals of the history of furniture and of interior design. Milo Baughman designs are most often linked to an interest in Thayer Coggin, and in those pieces of furniture, his influence can still be felt.

Throughout his life, he was famous for creating a special kind of mid-century modern design that was attractive, yet somewhat simplified and most importantly, affordable and therefore accessible to the masses. These influences live on in some of the iconic pieces of Thayer Coggin furniture that you can see here in our shop online.

Thayer Coggin’s furniture is a throwback to some of the most popular designs that Milo Baughman ever produced, and in fact, even today they still make a line called the “Milo Caughman Collection,” which contains samples of some of his finest visions in mid-century modern design. In such a collection you will find lounge chairs, dining chairs, recliners, sectionals, sofas, and other seating that are unmistakably the product of the man himself.

Yet even outside of this exclusive collection, there are many exemplary designs in our catalog of Thayer Coggin Furniture that are unmistakably linked to his influence. Only take a look at that link and you will see seating that seems to bear his name in their elements. With a merging of soft and full seating with a frame and structure that is minimalistic and intriguing, there’s no mistaking that you’re looking at a genuine Thayer Coggin.

Milo Baughman took influence from the merging of these elements, creating furniture that had an interesting element of negative space, yet was uniquely comfortable and filling within the space of a home. This can be seen in much of his seating arrangements and is a thing best observed through a pictorial representation and not through words. Nonetheless, his furniture is a match made in heaven for homes that have modern, minimalist, art deco, and art nouveau designs, as well, of course, as a good design in mid-century modern. There are very few schools of design with which furniture like this can be said to be incompatible, and there are many more ways you can go with it than that you can’t.

Adding value into the visual allure of Thayer Coggin furniture is the fact that each and every single piece of Thayer Coggin furniture is designed right here in the United States and then completely benchmade at their factory in North Carolina. In fact, not only is every piece of their furniture entirely handmade by skilled craftsmen; each upholstered piece is individually customized based on the wishes of the customer. They select from hundreds of the finest fabrics and leathers or upholstery and commit themselves to the pursuit of quality of all aspects of their business.

If you want to learn more about how you can place an order for a special piece of Thayer Coggin for your home, and what your options are, get in touch with a member of our team today. You can give us a call at 330-657-2095 and we would be more than glad to walk you through the process.

In addition, you could always stop by our showroom in Peninsula, Ohio, where you can get more familiar with furniture like this as well as the many other wonderful designs we offer in our showroom. Bringing an esteemed piece of Thayer Coggin furniture into your home is only one way to compliment your architectural design, and will serve as an undying testament to the influence of the great Milo Baughman.