I’ve long been an admirer of Milo Baughman’s sculptural metal and wood furniture. He’s  most notably known for his chairs, desks and credenzas. I’m still kicking myself on being out bid on a pair of chairs on ebay about ten years ago. I think they were $200 for the pair. Clearly, now that would NEVER happen! They easily sell for $2,000 plus a pair. Here’s a little back ground on the iconic mid century designer. You can purchase his designs through Thayer Coggin.
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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 were forward-thinking and distinctive, yet unpretentious. The relaxed and timeless quality of his furniture created a ready and consistent response and his highly influential work continues to be collected and reinvented and revived by designers around the world. Paramount to Baughman’s design philosophy was that good design is enduring design. Baughman’s characteristic restraint does not permit the look of mere novelty to enter in. Rather, he achieved a look that is uncompromisingly modern, but which never violates the timeless standards of classic good taste. Baughman’s work was included in “High Styles: Twentieth Century American Design” at the Whitnery Museum of American Art. In 1987, he was inducted in the the Furniture Hall of Fame.
I love a Milo chair with a tufted velvet seat!!
And current furniture makers inspired by Milo:
Jonathan Adler clearly was influenced by Milo with this credenza.
And this chair is available from Crate and Barrel. It’s aptly named: Milo.

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