The Restoration Of An Iconic Sofa

Lincoln based master upholsterer, Crowther & Sons, has been commissioned to restore a rare, high end 70s American sofa from iconic designer, Milo Baughman.

Milo Baughman was a pioneer in modern design and one of the leading modern furniture designers of the second half of the 20th century. With his clean shapes and glamorous materials, this California designer made modernism sexy and was a favourite in the American home

From his very first clean-lined collections in iron and walnut, which helped shape the post war California look, to his minimalist chrome and wood pieces in the 1970s, Baughman (pronounced Boffman) defined modern design as elegant yet accessible.

His work over six-decades’ took its cues from the engineering and functionality and the mid-century modern exploration of materials. Baughman’s design for a wood-panelled tuxedo sofa was the inspiration for a sofa in Don Draper’s office in the ’60s-inspired TV drama Mad Men.

“While other modern designers have come and gone, Baughman’s classic work has stayed relevant,” comments master upholsterer, Edward Crowther, Managing Director of Crowther & Sons.

“Baughman's uniquely American designs were forward-thinking and distinctive, yet unpretentious and it is a great privilege to work on such an outstanding piece. The relaxed and timeless quality of his furniture makes this commission a complete joy for us,” adds Edward who painstakingly restored the frame by hand and re-upholstered the classic 70's sofa in a striking purple Bute Storr material.