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Milo Baughman

By August 16, 2020Design Directory

Milo Baughman
American, 1923 - 2003

Milo Baughman was one of the leading American furniture designers of the second half of the 20th century. After studying design at the Art Center School of Los Angeles and the Chouinard Art Institute, he established Milo Baughman Design Inc. in 1947. His focus was on comfort, clean lines and refined silhouettes distinguishing themselves thanks to glamorous touches such as lavish upholsteries, shiny chrome bases, exotic timbers, and Formica.

These unique creations marked a distinctive style of post-war Californian modern furniture. They were originally designed for people who “didn’t have much money but had good taste”, explained the designer. In 1953, Baughman started a collaboration with the furniture manufacturer Thayer Coggin that would last fifty years, until his death in 2003. By combining Baughman’s inventiveness with Coggin’s engineering and manufacturing prowess, the duo created an array of designs representative of American modern design.

A Pair of Milo Baughman Black Leather Armchairs
Price Realised incl. BP: $2,570
Estimate: $2,500 – $3,500
Auction: March 2012
A Pair of Vintage Milo Baughman Armchairs
Price Realised incl. BP: $2,961
Estimate: $2,500 – $3,500
Auction: December 2011
A Milo Baughman Burr Walnut Table
Price Realised incl. BP: $1,237
Estimate: $1,200 – $1,800
Auction: March 2012
A Milo Baughman Burr Maple & Chrome Console Table
Price Realised incl. BP: $4,073
Estimate: $1,500 – $1,800
Auction: October 2013