It’s a style that blends well with others because of its simplification and minimal ornamentation. One of our favorite designers of this movement got his start with the craftsman, Thayer Coggin—now the namesake of an iconic furniture company based in High Point, North Carolina.
Thayer grew up with a love for furniture and design. His father owned a lumber business that exposed him to various materials at a young age. He used that childhood knowledge as a basis for furniture he would go on to create. Before establishing himself, he created rocking chairs and cedar chests to earn tuition money for college.
Early on, Thayer founded James Manufacturing, which became a supplier to Sears Roebuck and Company. It was during one of his sourcing trips to Europe that he came across the concept of light-scaled European upholstery. He immediately fell in love with this technique and brought it back to the US as a model for future work. The simple, clean lines appealed to his sense of beauty and lightening struck.
Thayer became a contemporary furniture convert after this trip and developed a singular focus. He put all of his attention into the creation of pieces that aligned to the ranch style homes that characterized post-war suburbia. To complete this vision, he needed a creative design partner that would share his vision for sleek horizontal lines. Insert Milo Baughman.
From 1953 to 2003, Baughman collaborated on designs that would prove to stand the test of time. Baughman had the uncompromising modernity to achieve timeless standards of classic good taste while avoiding novelty. Milo lead with a philosophy that good design is enduring, and he’s still known as a pioneer of forward-thinking and distinctive, yet unpretentious work. He is highly influential in architecture, furniture design, and interiors and his pieces are collected and cherished by a cult following.
Today, Thayer Coggin furniture is custom, made-to-order and handcrafted in their workshop and the Architect’s Wife is a proud vendor of this coveted and iconic line, and, even more, proud to offer their pieces to Bozeman and the surrounding communities. Investing in just a single piece can instantly upgrade your space, add a touch of modern appeal, and provide a piece worth passing to future generations.
Stop by the Architect’s Wife to check out our Thayer Coggin Collection and if you don’t see something on the floor, we have the connections to source it for you.