Design 101: The Best of Milo Baughman

published Jan 19, 2017
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The way I see it, there are two stages to getting into the world of design: learning names, then attaching them to specific works. It’s one thing to be certain that someone named Florence Knoll designed something at some point, but would you be able to pick her work out of a lineup?

Close that search bar, because Design 101 is in session. While there are a ton of authentic pieces from classic designers on the Apartment Therapy Marketplace, let’s start with one of the most easily recognizable: Milo Baughman!

Milo Baughman began his design career like I imagine most of his peers did: by designing officers’ clubs in the Air Force during World War II. The path took a more traditional turn when he enrolled in architectural design school, and the future icon had officially become a furniture designer by the late 1940’s.

Although he’s been attached to several well-known companies over the course of his career (Glenn of California, Drexel, Murray Furniture) he saw the most impact during his partnership with Thayer Coggin. For over 50 years Baughman worked with the company to produce some of his most iconic designs, turning his smooth, linear forms into perfectly-crafted investment pieces.

So now that you know a little about the man behind the designs, let’s take a look at his legacy for ourselves. As one of the most influential modern designers, Baughman’s furniture is consistently sleek and clean, with glass, chrome and wood being popular constants. Once you’ve become familiar with the angular chrome bases and smooth wooden curves you see across his work, it’s easy to start picking the designs out among imitators.

I’ve selected these standout pieces to kickstart your modern style crush and provide a fresh perspective for your interiors. There’s no denying that these are high-quality pieces with a higher cost to match, but if you’re ready to get into the world of modern design, and maybe grab a must-have piece, Milo is your guy.

Of course, these were just some of my personal favorites. On the off chance you’re not completely sold, head over to the marketplace to see some other authentic pieces from Milo Baughman.