This iconic desk designed in 1951 by renowned designer Milo Baughman for the Drexel Perspective Collection has been in our personal collection for many years. We have decided to share this fabulous mid-century modern floating top desk with you. It is simply an incredible example of the finest of mid-century construction and design. Made by craftsmen with a love for the natural and varied looks of the Mindoro wood veneers used that make each piece its own unique work of art. Plus the fine workmanship of tried and true cabinetmaker joinery. Combine that with the fine detail orientated design of Milo Baughman and you have nothing short of magnificent. Not only is it beautiful to look upon with its floating top and gorgeous finishes but is a handy and usable desk. Its double pedestal boxes on either side house adequate storage with two shallow drawers on the right and a file drawer on the left. The raised back portion of the floating top have two sliding doors that open to reveal storage compartment cubbies and the work surface is covered in a handsome faux leather providing durability and a smother writing plane.
Milo Baughman, a 20th Century genius of design, was born in Western Kansas in 1923 but was moved a year later by his family to Long Beach, California. He created Milo Baughman Design Inc. in 1947. Thayer Coggin was born in 1922 in Denton, North Carolina. Twelve years later his family moved 25 miles north to High Point. His first love was furniture and Milo’s was design and in 1953, after the two met, history was made in American furniture by one of the greatest collaborations in the industry.
Drexel Furniture Company was founded in 1903 in Drexel, North Carolina by six businessmen for a total investment of $14,000.00. Sam Huffman, one of the initial founders, managed the enterprise until his death in 1935 when his son, Robert O. Huffman took the helm. By 1950 under the younger Huffman’s leadership Drexel had grown from a small factory to a leader in furniture manufacturing. They acquired other furniture companies along the way and by the late 1950s employed 2300 workers. The 1960s had them adding industrial and hospitality furniture to their lines. In 1968 they were purchased again, and Drexel Enterprises became Drexel Heritage Furnishings, Inc. They continued to add to their styles and lines and were sold again and then in 1986 became part of Masco Corporation one of the country’s largest furniture manufacturers. They are now based in High Point, NC and operate ten factories in North Carolina and one in South Carolina and are one of the leading furniture manufacturers in the world.
We know you have fallen in love with beautiful and iconic piece as we did. You need to make it yours.