Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Admiring a Classic: Milo Baughman Chairs

If you have been following this blog for awhile, you may have noticed my aesthetic is seemingly always evolving.  When I first started delving in to design, I favored a more traditional look.  However, I have watched myself move towards a more eclectic, contemporary palette in the last few years.  Studying the Bauhaus and designers like Eileen Gray, Mies van der Rohe, and Corbusier in school have also opened my eyes to the beauty and simplicity of clean, midcentury modern and flavorful Art Deco, which when mixed with traditional pieces can really make a space come alive.  I have been drooling over the clean, modern furniture created by Milo Baughman for a while now, and felt it was high time to devote a post to him. His 951 chrome chairs are a favorite of mine:

Milo was born in 1923 in Kansas but was raised in California.  Although he began designed spaces and furniture from a very young age, the defining collaboration in his career began in 1953 when he started working with the North Carolina manufacturer Thayer Coggin.  This partnership lasted five decades and produced many of Milo's enduring classics, like the cantilevered 989-103 chair and bronze-legged sofa:   

I love his club chair with upholstered arms. The deep seat is so luxurious:

Dominique of Comfy Cozy Couture upholstered a pair in this gorgeous leopard print and they are the perfect statement piece in her office.  Delicious, no?!

I am always hunting Craigs List, Etsy, and E-Bay for good Milo Baughman finds.  Obviously, most of them aren't authentic but are styled after his design. 

This beauty is only $395 and has been upholstered in David Hicks Fiorentina fabric (one of my all-time faves):

This club chair pair is claiming to be original, so the price is a bit higher at $2,395 for the pair. I love the white piping + gray velvet:

At only $195, this baby is begging to be reupholstered in something amazing:

So what do you guys think?  Are you a fan of midcentury design, with it's clean lines and simplicity?  

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