October 31, 2013

High Point: Thayer Coggin

I was so pleased to be sponsored by Thayer Coggin for High Point this year, and was even more delighted to meet some of the family members who were instrumental in the original company and its designs. Thayer Coggin is celebrating their 60th Anniversary this year.I’ve seen plenty of bad Mid-Century Modern design in my day and get a queasy feeling when I am around too much Danish teak furniture. But I have to say that I was really impressed with Thayer Coggin’s pieces. First up, the colour palate is fabulous! Gone are the sickly olives, nubby browns and harvest golds of yore. All have been replaced by bright clear shades of orange, pink, blue, green and yellow.

I was worried that some of the chairs were too deep for me, but Rosemary who kindly showed me around, told me to try each chair, and they all fit beautifully! She said that Thayer Coggin engineers the chairs so that a 6’ 5” man and a 5’ woman both are comfortable in the chair.

The upholstery is beautiful on these pieces, and the attention to detail is so well thought out. This sectional piece has L-shaped corner cushions which don’t slip or fit badly. All of Thayer Coggin’s pieces are made in America and some pieces are crafted by the same companies which have been working with them since the company was founded.

I loved the sinuous shapes of Thayer Coggin’s furniture and the scale of the pieces.

Amazingly, some of the pieces have been in production continuously since the beginning of Thayer Coggin, especially some of the pieces designed by Milo Baughman like the Button Up sofa.

It was amazing to me to see the entire long wall filled with samples of fabrics and leathers in myriad shades and hues that Thayer Coggin could use to make a custom piece for you.

A colour like this luscious pink!

I thought this sofa with the lucite ends was terrific. It came in a one, two or three cushion size.

And it was super comfortable. If it hadn’t been 11:00 in the morning, I might have taken a kip on the couch!

Thanks again to everyone at Thayer Coggin for my warm welcome and for enlightening me about what classic mid-century modern furniture is!

You can find more information about Thayer Coggin and their furniture here.

11 comments:

  1. What on earth is a Kip On the Couch? Does this have anything to do with eyebrows on a Dog?rotflmao.

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  2. Wow. Love that pink.

    "a queasy feeling if I'm around too much Danish teak" describes me exactly!

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    1. some of that scandanavian stuff is just ghastly.

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  3. Ha...I also get queasy around too much mid century that says it all + loved these photos. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  4. Thank you for sharing more images from the Thayer Coggin showroom. It’s good to be reminded that there are still family run businesses that produce beautiful high quality furnishings. That many of their pieces have been in production for decades attest to their great design, comfort and quality. I love that you mentioned scale-this is what so many designers get so wrong. I love that classy little Button Up sofa. It would look good anywhere!

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    1. I really loved this place and was so impressed with them!

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  5. I love that they *still* make amazing stuff. I have a 30-year-old+ Milo Baughman chair in the original gold velvet from them. I love it so much.

    P.S. I WANT that sectional and two of those X-back chairs.

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    1. I had a chance to meet Milo's daughter, and along with everyone else at TC, she was delightful!

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  6. Oh the first cabinet is my favorite! What a way to spend the day.

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