These Thayer Coggin iridescent lacquered solid bird’s-eye maple wood cabinets are sure to make this piece the focal point of any room. Cabinets are removable from metal frame. One adjustable solid maple shelf in each cabinet.
Handcrafted by artist Christian Zvonic, this custom metal base is inspired by modern metropolitan architecture. Painted gold, the metal base compliments the posh, glamorous Hollywood Regency style of the Milo Baughman cabinets.
Milo Baughman was one of the most agile and adept modern American furniture designers of the late 20th century. A prolific lecturer and writer on the benefits of good design — he taught for years at Brigham Young University — Baughman (whose often-scrambled surname is pronounced BAWF-man) focused almost exclusively on residential furnishings, having a particular talent for lounge chairs, perhaps the most sociable piece of furniture.
Like his fellow adoptive Californians Charles and Ray Eames, Baughman’s furniture has a relaxed and breezy air. Baughman was famously opposed to ostentatious and idiosyncratic designs that were made to excite attention. While many of his chair designs are enlivened by such effects as tufted upholstery, Baughman tended to let his materials carry the aesthetic weight, most often relying on chair and table frames made of sturdy and sleek flat-bar chromed metal, and chairs, tables and cabinets finished with highly-figured wood veneers.
Like his colleagues Karl Springer and the multifarious Pierre Cardin, Baughman’s designs for Thayer Coggin are emblematic of the 1970s: sleek, sure and scintillating. As you will see from the furniture presented on these pages, Milo Baughman’s designs are ably employed as either the heart of a décor or its focal point. Thayer Coggin understood and shared his vision.