The Milo Baughman Recliner 74 is another seductive piece of furniture designed by Milo Baughman, one of the most successful and well-known figures in American furniture design of the 20th century, whose innovative work was named “elegant and fresh” by the New York Times. and “strong and sophisticated”.
The chair was designed by Milo Baughman for James Inc., a furniture company founded by Thayer Coggin. The collaboration between the two men dates back to 1953 when Baughman traveled to High Point, North Carolina, known as the national center of furniture manufacturing, to draw manufacturers’ attention to its modern and innovative designs. All major furniture manufacturers reportedly rejected him. His last meeting was with Coggin, a furniture manufacturer who was looking for a designer for their future products. Baughman later recalled: “I showed him my designs for about an hour. Thayer suddenly stood up and said, “This is not something I’ve ever seen before, but I like it. Let’s do this.'”.
The collaboration between Milo and Thayer lasted nearly five decades until Baughman’s death in 2003 and resulted in a host of amazing designs, including the Recliner 74 Chair. It was first introduced in 1966 and was manufactured until 1971. The Milo Baughman Recliner 74 was brought back to life by furniture company Thayer Coggin Inc., which put the chair back into production and made it commercially available again.
“Furniture that is designed too obviously is very interesting, but too often only belongs in museums.” This quote from Milo Baughman perfectly shows his approach to furniture design. In Baughman’s outstanding work, his great creativity never compromised functionality, but achieved an ideal balance of modernity. His designs were defined by the idea of creating timeless, universal objects that would withstand the passage of time. The concept of making very simple and fully functional, yet elegant and stylish objects was included in the design of the Recliner 74 from the start. The design of the chair combines simplicity with comfort. The most distinctive part of the chair is its reclining seat, hence the name “Recliner”, which leans back as the user likes.
The long backrest offers excellent support and gives the chair its royal throne look. The angle between the backrest and seat shell does not change, the seat leans back as a whole. In order to ensure maximum comfort and relaxation, the retractable footrest protrudes from under the chair. Both the seat shell and the backrest are made of plywood cores that are layered with the foam and fiber cushions on top. Although the chair was originally available upholstered in fabric, today customers can choose from a wide variety of fabrics and leathers to create their own personalized take on this classic of modern design. One of the most notable upholstery options is Ducale Wool, which at first glance looks like a plain, monochrome fabric. However, on closer inspection, it reveals hints of lighter shades in its fabric that are blended together to create depth and warmth in a standout textile. The chair is supported on the four-legged base made of walnut wood. The legs are cylindrical and tapered at both ends. They also serve as a support for the curved walnut armrests.
The Milo Baughman Recliner 74 Chair is a perfect combination of amazing shape and exceptional functionality. This remarkable piece of furniture still looks fresh and appealing, and is a great, tasteful addition to any modern interior.