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Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin Prisma Armchair Rocker Lounge 1984, Memphis era

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Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin 1984 Prisma collection armchair rocker lounge. This item is on Clearance. Clearance listings are priced for quick and final sale. No holds. They tend to move rapidly, so please do not hesitate if interested. Thank you After decades of working with Thayer Coggin, a famously ‘hands-on’ boss that maintained final say over each and every design that went into production, Baughman was well aware of the fact that marketability and a certain level of pandering to Coggin’s established client base around the US was key to his designs bring out into production by his long time collaborator and boss. However, inspired by the courageous young avant-garde designers known as the Memphis Group that burst on to the works stage in 1981 with a total disregard for the traditions and design tenants of restrained, idealized Modernism, Baughman designed a small collection of 11 colorful, post-modern pieces Abe convinced Coggin to put the collection into production by 1984. The unexpected designs made a splash upon their debut, with critics praising Baughman’s graceful and carefully considered take on the wild Italian ‘new design.’ The wider American audience and Coggin’s well-to-do yet conservative clientele did not take to Baughman’s experiment in exercising complete creative control. ''Only galleries bought it,'' Baughman told the NYT in the months after the collection’s release. Prisma bombed as far as Coggin’s was concerned and Baughman was told to discard his next avant- garden collection in favor of a return to what sells. Baughman moved to a ranch in Utah and began teaching at BYU and would not work with Coggin for the next few years. Things never entirely recovered between the two and Baughman’s notion of what his design career was about never entirely recovered. Pieces from the 1984 Prisma collection are extremely difficult to come by, especially the major statement piece of the collection — the glorious rocker lounge chair available here. This chair retains it original fabric and is in overall good vintage condition. Literature: Oscar Fitzgerald, American furniture: 1650 to the Present , 2017. P 517; CH 19 Postmodern and AvantGarde Furniture since 1975 Carol Vogel, Home design; high point's new verve New York Times, April 29, 1984 Dylan Landis, Sowing the Seeds of Good Design Chicago Tribune, July 19, 1987.

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Milo Baughman

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 are emblematic of the 1970s: sleek, sure and scintillating. As you will see from the furniture presented on 1stDibs, Milo Baughman’s designs are ably employed as either the heart of a décor or its focal point.
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