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Friday, October 31, 2014

Milo Baughman

I started this blog September 6, 2010. Some of you have been readers since the beginning. Others have come on board later. From now through the end of the month, I'm going to be on a short blogging break. Not only am I in the middle of a big volunteer project, I'm also trying to help get the new store open, so I've decided share some of my favorite posts from the past four years. I'll throw in a few new photos for you longtime supporters who read the posts when they were first published.


(First posted 11/16/2010)

After studying architecture and product design at the Art Center School of Los Angeles and the California School of the Arts, Milo Baughman (1923-2003) took a job with the Frank Brothers department store as a salesman and a window dresser. On the side, he became involved with the influential publication Furniture Forum.

Glenn of California hired Baughman to design a new collection. Working mainly with walnut, Formica and wrought iron, Baughman created simple, understated pieces; many were conceived as space dividers, functioning admirably in the open plan interiors characteristic of the California Modern style.

In addition to Glenn of California, Baughman designed for a number of furniture companies starting in the mid-1940s until his death, including Mode Furniture, The Inco Company, Pacific Iron, Murray Furniture of Winchendon, Arch Gordon, Design Institute America, George Kovacs, Directional, Henredon and Drexel, among others. He is most famous, however, for his longtime association with Thayer Coggin of High Point, North Carolina.

After briefly running his own workshop, Baughman began a long association in 1953 with Thayer Coggin, a North Carolina furniture company that lasted until his death in 2003. His stylish furniture proved very popular with middle class consumers, and he quickly became a household name. Among his noteworthy designs for the company are the 820-400 chaise (1954) and the leather and chrome 951-103 arm chair (1962).

In 1969 he was invited by Brigham Young University to establish a Department of Environmental Design, where he continued as chairman and adjunct professor for several years, while continuing his design business. He moved to Virginia for twelve  years and later returned to BYU as a senior lecturer. He also lectured over the years at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Univertity of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Tennessee.

Baughman’s work was included in the Whitney Museums 1985 exhibit High Styles: Twentieth Century American Design. In recognition of his monumental impact on American taste, Baughman was inducted into the Furniture Designers Hall of Fame in 1987.

From lostcityarts.com, deseretnews.com and artnet.com


Desk for Glenn of California, 1949
1stdibs.com

Scoop chairs for Glenn of California, 1952
mid2mod.com

Credenza for Glenn of California, 1950s
1stdibs.com

Scoop chair for Glenn of California, 1952
redmodernfurniture.com

Drexel Perspective sideboard, 1952
1stdibs.com

Lounge chair and ottoman for Thayer Coggin, 1950s
1stdibs.com

951-103 arm chair for Thayer Coggin, 1962
eddenton.com

Sculpted chaise for Thayer Coggin, 1970
1stdibs.com

Recliner for Thayer Coggin, 1960s
mid2mod.com

Sectional and tables for Thayer Coggin, 1960s
antiquesmoderne.com

Lazy susan coffee table for Thayer Coggin, 1960s
Groovy Treasures (Antique Gallerry), Lewisville, TX


Update (10/31/14): After hearing countless debates about the pronunciation of Baughman's name, I contacted Brigham Young University and Thayer Coggin some time ago for a definitive answer. The debate is over. The correct pronunciation is MY-low BOFF-man.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Jens Risom

I started this blog September 6, 2010. Some of you have been readers since the beginning. Others have come on board later. From now through the end of the month, I'm going to be on a short blogging break. Not only am I in the middle of a big volunteer project, I'm also trying to help get the new store open, so I've decided share some of my favorite posts from the past four years. I'll throw in a few new photos for you longtime supporters who read the posts when they were first published.


(First posted 10/31/2010)

Jens Risom (1916- ) studied interior and furniture design at the Arts and Crafts Academy of Copenhagen, graduating in 1937. In 1939, he immigrated to the United States where he established himself as a proponent of the Scandinavian Modern style, which, at the time, had not yet achieved popularity.

That changed in 1940, when his design for a model house in New York's Rockefeller Center attracted widespread attention, generating both publicity and commissions, among them the distinction of being the first person invited to design furniture for Hans Knoll.

One of Risom's most recognizable designs is the birchwood chair (1941), which was made of molded birch and army surplus webbing. It is still in production today in a variety of colors. He is also known for his sculptural tables, chairs and sofas which had a lip that edged over an open base, giving the piece the illusion of floating.

After the Second World War, Risom founded his own furniture business, Jens Risom Design. He served as chief designer until 1973, when he sold his company to Dictaphone. He then moved to New Canaan, Connecticut, where he founded a consultancy studio called Design Control. It is still active.

From lostcityarts.com



Lounge chair
bonluxat.com

Bench
archiexpo.com

Credenza
1stdibs.com

Armchairs
1stdibs.com

Magazine table
1stdibs.com

Slipper chair
1stdibs.com

3-seater sofa
1stdibs.com

Chair and ottoman
1stdibs.com

Side table
1stdibs.com

Love seat
1stdibs.com

Risom's Rhode Island residence
dwell.com

Interior of Risom residence
dwell.com

knoll.com