(1923 - 2003)
Classy materials, approachable, elegant and clean shapes are some ways to describe this American modern furniture designer pieces. His collaboration with renamed designers brought what we know today as California Modern aesthetic.
Born in Goodland, Kansas, Baughman moved to California with his family shortly after he was born. In his teen years, he got the task of assisting with the design of their new house in Long Beach, California. After completing the mission, Baughman gained more experience designing officer’s clubs. He did this while he was serving the Army Air Forces during World War II.
He returned to California to study product & architectural design at CalArts. Right after he finished his studies, he went to work for Frank Brothers, where he was designing furniture.At age 24, Baughman left Frank Brothers to inaugurate Milo Baughman Design, Inc. It did not take long for him to collaborate with Glenn of California, where he worked with designer Greta M. Grossman, and later collaborated with Pacific Iron.
Baughman quickly became an essential designer in the California area. The most relevant and crucial collaboration of his career was when he worked with Thayer Coggin. They produced classics like the cantilevered 989-103 Chair, the Semi-circular 825-301 LAF Sofa, and 989-103 lounge chair. Their alliance lasted for 50 years. During those years with Coggin, Baughman found the Department of Environmental Design at the Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he later gave lectures to students.
In 1987 he was added to the Furniture Designer's Hall of Fame. His most iconic pieces took part in various exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and the North Carolina Museum of Art. He maintained his partnership with Coggin and his studio until his death at 80 years. He was a visionary and one of the most recognized designers, authors and lecturers from the mid-20th Century Modernism movement.