Looking through one of my latest magazine subscriptions, I came across this ad for the “Milo Chair” being sold at Crate & Barrel. It is an example of how our lives will come across famous designer chairs in either the most unsuspecting places, or as replica’s in stores we shop in every day.
Milo Ray Baughman, Jr., (1923-2003) was one of the leading modern furniture designers of the second-half of the 20th century. His uniquely American designs were forward-thinking and distinctive, yet unpretentious and affordable.
He studied Architectural Design at the art center school of Los Angeles and at Chouinard Art Institute which later became the California Institute of the Arts. After graduating, he was hired by Frank Brother’s furniture store as a custom furniture designer.
In addition to the “High Styles” show at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, Baughman’s furniture has been exhibited in museums and shows throughout the United States, including the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC; the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Milo Baughman was inducted into the Furniture Designer’s Hall of Fame in 1987.
- "I had three chairs in my house: one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society." Henry David Thoreau, in WALDEN
Chair CardsThis blog was started to track the exceptional work by the students of UNCG in the Interior Architectural Design Program. Our History 221 and 222 classes use these cards to help familiarize us with historically significant design and designers. The initial purpose is for the students, however, it will remain for comments and use by anyone interested in design. - Brian - BSPeck@uncg.edu