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Case Sofa

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American furniture designer Milo Baughman (1923–2003) conceived the Case sofa sometime during the 1960s, when designers and manufacturers were still experimenting with technologies and materials that had been developed during World War II. From the aircraft industry, molded plastics and aluminum became viable new options, while the Chrysler Corporation introduced spot-welding techniques for joining wood to rubber, metal and plastic. Baughman, who was born in Goodland, Kansas, but spent his formative years in Long Beach, California — which may have informed his laid-back sensibility — worked with dozens of manufacturers. The interior designer and furniture maker’s collaborations include a decades-long association with Thayer Coggin, which produced this classic modernist design. 


With its wood veneer, wool-flannel upholstery and straight metal legs, the Case sofa exudes a certain bygone masculinity that is frequently referenced as a defining characteristic of postwar culture. Fittingly, the piece appeared on the award-winning television series Mad Men. Set decorator Amy Wells incorporated a reproduction of the original in the pristine office of Don Draper, the show’s erratic, arrogant male protagonist. Yet Baughman’s design is notable for more than its dashing good looks. Its hefty proportions and straightforward lines speak to the era’s growing prevalence of mass fabrication. That’s not to say the sofa isn’t well crafted. It simply embodies the advent of mass-market furniture as well as a new kind of status symbol.


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Milo Baughman Rosewood Case Sofa
By Milo Baughman
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Milo Baughman rosewood case sofa.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Milo Baughman, Rosewood Case Sofa, circa 1950 - 1959
By Milo Baughman
Located in LAGUNA BEACH, CA
Wrapped rosewood three-seat sofa. Meticulously reupholstered with Dedar Milano fabrics, designed by Milo Baughman in the 1950s. Milo Baughman brought comfort and ease to the simplic...
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

Milo Baughman Burl Wood Case Sofa for Thayer Coggin
By Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A sumptuous restoration of Milo Baughman's Classic 2165 Sofa for Thayer Coggin. Designed in 1968, the sofa has a three-sided case in highly figured olive burl, and the long, horizont...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Chrome

Milo Baughman Walnut Pair of Sofas for Thayer Coggin
By Milo Baughman
Located in Berlin, DE
Milo Baughman pair of walnut sofas in excellent condition recently reupholstered in aniline beige leather.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

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