Thayer and Milo Make Magic

Thayer Coggin has carved out a unique identity in the furniture market.  I have long admired Thayer Coggin's designs.  It was a thrill to go behind the scenes in their High Point, North Carolina showroom/workroom.  It is a family owned and operated business celebrating 60 years.

Thayer Coggin's commitment to mid-century modern, classic design has a lot to do with his lead designer, Milo Baughman (1923-2003).  Milo joined forces with Thayer in the 1950's.  The magic of his unwavering commitment to classic design, uncompromising restraint, and simplicity were the benchmarks of an enduring style.  The collaboration of these two men on designs, engineering and building techniques defined the mid century modern era and beyond.  They created some of the most classic, iconic furniture that has stood the test of time.   Milo was inducted into the furniture designer hall of fame in 1987

The Reynold's lounge chair at this market is a reintroduction of the Art Deco chair by Milo.
He was known for his love of lounge chairs in particular.

"Make it the best it can be made" is the motto they live by at Thayer Coggin.  Each piece is completely custom built, by master craftsmen, many whom have been with the company for decades.  There does seem to be a certain mystique, or maybe it's love, that goes into each piece.

I loved that some aspects of the workroom floor were untouched by time.

or maybe it is as if time has stood still

There is a lifelong licensing agreement in place, so as long as there is the company Thayer Coggin, the designs of Milo Baughman will live on!  You can't mess with perfection.  Many a company has reproduced the look because, after all, imitation is the best form of flattery.

via:LA DIff

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