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Milo Baughman

Widely considered one of the most important modern furniture designers in American history, Milo Baughman created innovative yet accessible furniture pieces for contemporary spaces. Born in 1923 in Goodland, Kansas, Milo was just 13 years old when he began designing interiors for his family home. After serving four years in the army—where he actively designed officer’s clubs during World War II—he moved to Southern California to study product and architectural design at the Art Center School of Los Angeles and the Chouinard Art Institute. In 1947, he launched Milo Baughman Design Inc. and completed commissions for Glenn of California and Pacific Iron—quickly establishing himself as a leader in the California modernist design movement, thanks to his use of distinctive materials such as walnut, birch, and aluminum. By the 1950s, Milo completed multiple collections for major manufacturers, including Drexel and most famously, Thayer Coggin Inc., where he went on to produce some of the most iconic modern furniture designs of all time, including the classic T-Back Lounge Chair and the 820-400 Chaise Lounge. Since his passing in 2003, his designs remain at the forefront of modern furniture, as contemporary designers continue to copy, reinvent, and reproduce his work across the globe.