Milo Baughman (pronounced Boffman) 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. Baughmans 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, reinvented, and revived by designers around the world.
Paramount to Milo Baughmans design philosophy was that good design is enduring design. Baughmans 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. Baughmans work was included in "High Styles: Twentieth Century American Design," at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1985. In 1987, he was inducted into the Furniture Hall of Fame.