Even the most hardcore design snob will tell you that the barcalounger, that very American leveler, is as comforting (and comfortable) as a warm blanket on a cold night. That still does not negate the fact that the chair is one of the ugliest pieces of furniture in the canons of design, and no hipster would be caught dead reclining in one. So how does a hipster design cognoscenti kick back? I found the answer—in a Recliner 74 by Milo Baughman.
Manufactured by High Point, N.C.-based Thayer Coggin (longtime collaborator with Baughman) and available exclusively at Design Within Reach (which help put the chair back into production), the seemingly sleek, modern chair opens with a slight seated push, allowing a sitter to go from upright to feet up to full recline. It’s made from solid walnut, matrix webbing, plywood, and leather and fabric upholstery.