Why We Love Thayer Coggin

There are few names as iconic in modern furniture design as Thayer Coggin and Milo Baughman.   Working on little more than a handshake, these gentlemen created some of the most fashion-forward, yet timeless creations over a fourty-year period.   We are truly proud to represent Thayer Coggin here at Carolina Rustica

Located less than an hour away from our showroom, Thayer Coggin is known as one of the fine names in residential furniture manufacturing. Entering into business in 1953, Thayer Coggin carved out an identity in the home furnishings market through a commitment to modern, classic design. Family owned and run, Thayer Coggin has 350,000 square feet of manufacturing space to produce some of the most recognizable furniture designs in the residential market, particularly sectionals, as shown to the left. Thayer Coggin's greatest association is with the designer Milo Baughman, one of the leading modern furniture designers of the late 20th century. His uniquely American designs were forward-thinking and distinctive, yet unpretentious and affordable. His prolific and highly influential work continues to be reinvented and revived by contemporary furniture designers and dealers alike. Baughman is most famous, however, for his longtime association with Thayer Coggin, which began in 1953, and lasted until his death in 2003. He also lectured broadly on the state of modern design, extolling the positive benefits of good design on the lives of human beings, and helping to define and shape the discussion for years to come.

We have several wonderful pieces of Thayer Coggin in our showroom. One of our favorite pieces is the Cloverdale Extension Dining Table. With its stunningly beautiful cross-leg base and sleek contemporary design, this table is a real eye-catcher. It is also incredibly practical. It is shown here with the Regency 2000 Upholstered Side Chair, which compliments this table design. This set is sitting in our showroom and it gets lots of attention.

Through founder Thayer Coggin's vision, and Milo Baughman's creations, a Distinguished Design Award honoree, Thayer Coggin has amassed a highly original collection of furniture. Now approaching its fifth decade of furniture manufacturing, Thayer Coggin is poised to maintain its position of prominence into the next century. For Thayer Coggin, very simply, creativity and purpose spell success.

Thayer Coggin is known for its outstanding, high quality furniture. They go an extra step with their wood frames so that each joint is glued and doweled, and then stapled. If that is not enough they add screws to give the frame even more strength. The Modern Step Console Table is one such piece. It has a simple yet stunning visual context of geometric design, which is reinforced by time-honored craftsmanship. This particular piece can also be viewed on our showroom floor. We also enjoy the quality of their upholstery. Their care in upholstery is exemplified by using the same person to upholster the entire piece – instead of having one person do the inside and someone else do the outside.

Thayer Coggin is a leader in design and in comfort as well. They use Polyblendown for most cushions, which is an innovative seat construction of feathers, down and polyester fiber wrapped around a polyurethane foam core. The feathers, down and polyester fiber are sewn into compartments to keep construction evenly distributed.   We would love to talk to you more about Thayer Coggin, so please give us a call at 800-205-7819 or start shopping on our website here.

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Shop By Room: Living Room at Carolina Rustica

The Living Room, also known at the Great Room, is where life happens in our home. Comfortable sofas accompanied by stylish end tables, elegant coordinated table and floor lamps to provide lighting, a matching ceiling fan circulating air, and a comfortable arm chair for Dad to read his paper. These are the elements of a true Living Room, and we have all them in our broad collection of furnishings for this most special room in the house. Browse our Living Room collections by product categories listed below.

Side & Accent Tables

Sofas & Loveseats

Coffee & Cocktail Tables

Loungers & Club Chairs


Indoor Benches

Table Lamps

Floor Lamps

Standing Shelves

Ceiling Fans

Entertainment Centers


Barcalounger Recliners

Lexington Living Room Furniture

Shop By Room: Dining Room at Carolina Rustica

The Dining Room is where we gather with family and friends to share a meal and conversation. Whether your lifestyle is casual and your dining room is a well-traveled room, or you are more traditional and your dining room is for occasional use, we are sure you will find some outstanding dining tables, chairs, buffets, and other selections for this hallowed room. Dine in style, converse in comfort, and enjoy your surroundings! Browse our Dining Room collections by product categories listed below.

Dining Tables

Dining Chairs

Sideboards & Hutches

Bars & Buffets

China Cabinets & Curios

Dining Room Chandeliers

Lexington Dining Room Furniture

Hekman Dining Room Furniture

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