Milo Baughman dowel table or bench by Glenn of California. Designed to be used as a coffee table, bench, or platform for case goods. Walnut sides and legs, with hickory dowels. Includes early Glenn of California stamp. 1950s
15″ H x 48″ W x 18″ D
Milo Baughman (October 7, 1923 – July 23, 2003) was born in Goodland, Kansas, but shortly after his birth his family moved to Long Beach, CA. During WWII, he served in the Army’s Air Force. After four years in the service, he returned to California and studied product design and architecture at the Art Center School of Los Angeles and at Chouinard Art Institute.
His first design job was with the historic Long Beach retailer, Frank Bros. He left in 1947 to start his private design studio, Milo Baughman Designs Inc.
Milo opened up Baughman-Lee Showroom on La Cienega Blvd., with fellow designer and wife, Olga Lee-Baughman. The store was in operation from 1951-53.
Baughman designed for a number of furniture companies starting in the mid-1940s until his death, including Mode Furniture, Modern Color Inc., Glenn of California, Manuel Martin, Utility Cabinet, Pecks Solar Seating, Designer’s Plan, The Inco Company, Pacific Iron Products, Murray Furniture of Winchendon, Drexel, Arch Gordon, Design Institute America, George Kovacs, Directional, Lane, Henredon and Thayer Coggin.
He had a 50 year relationship with Thayer Coggin, which included annual launches of new designs.
In 1969 he helped establish the Department of Environmental Design at Brigham Young University. He was chairman and adjunct professor for several years, while continuing his design business.
“When I left Art Center, I thought Modern design would change the world. Now, I no longer have such lofty hopes, but perhaps the world is just a bit better off because of it. In any event, good Modern has already proven to be the most enduring, timeless and classic of all design movements.”