Baker – speaking the language of style
Baker is a landmark for interior design just like Chanel for clothing. The main stronghold of the classic furniture in the modernity, Baker can be daring – but always refined. Innovative – but not funny. Luxurious – but never excessive.Just as it is with Chanel, when an experienced eye finds both jeans, and a small canonical black jacket, in Baker’s case contemporary forms harmoniously are combined with the standard classics.
When Baker appears in the house, the life of its inhabitants forever changes for the better. It is like it obtains completeness, sufficiency, a peculiar style, which you need only to follow.As if suddenly there’s no need to hurry, no need to prove – but only to consolidate what you have already achieved.If Baker furniture surrounds one from the cradle, he or she knows what real style, dignity of movements and actions are, and why it is important to wake up surrounded by beauty. Baker is the philosophy of the new aristocracy. Life on a pure high note, which does not accept any roughness or harshness. The quintessence of style. Absolute beauty.
A portrait of modernity
The modern world is eclectic. The House of Chanel pearls are worn with denim. The era of pure style is long gone.Just like it is impossible to meet a woman wearing exclusively dresses with bustles, it is as difficult to imagine an interior, designed in the genre of absolute purity. The one, looking at which it would be impossible to guess that it is the 21st century now.
Baker designers treat the great styles with respect, but use them as material for their intellectual games – the recognition and the hint game, the game of temporary shifts. Here you can find the features of the Victorian classics, of the American Art Deco, French modernism or casual contemporary California. Barbara Barrie, one of the key designers of the House of Baker, is confident that a room, furnished in only one style, is at least boring or even trivial.At the same time, Baker’s eclecticism never turns into a carnival. She draws an analogy between the interior and her own wardrobe: "My stock is selected by color and texture, so that I can get dressed in the dark or with my eyes closed." It’s the same thing with the interior: the style game never sounds discordantly when it’s Baker.
Baker always works in two main areas: meticulous reproductions of luxurious furniture from the old aristocratic estates and castles, and modern collections from the world of brilliant designers such as Barbara Barry, Laura Kirar, Thomas Pheasant, Bill Sofild, Jacques Garcia, Michael Smith and Jean-Louis Denio.
Eternity – from the birth: a new incarnation of antique forms
Playing styles, we often want to touch something, bearing the imprint of time, the glorious bygone eras. At the same time, we do not always want to let something into the house that has already lived a different life – with others.One of the Baker’s main trump cards is the Stately Homes Collection, comprising replicas of antique furniture from outstanding estates and castles of the English aristocracy.
Replicas created by Baker repeat prototypes in great detail, but they are much easier to use in a modern house than the actual samples. The chairs are more ergonomic, and the cabinet furniture is designed to discreetly hide the electrical wires.Vintage-looking sofas, chairs and ottomans of the Stately Homes Collection are filled with modern materials, hypoallergenic and not requiring complex care: a specially patented polyurethane, down with a feather and polyester fiber.
Samples for the Stately Homes Collection were picked by Sir Humphry Wakefield himself, a baronet, one of the world's leading specialists in antique furniture. In addition to many years of working for the London-based Christie's and management of companies selling antiques, sir Wakefield is also known as the owner of the 800-year-old Castle Chillingham formerly owned by many generations of ancestors of his wife. All this taken together, allowed the antiquarian to visit Britain’s most respectable mansions, into which only equal by birth are admitted, and to explore the most outstanding pieces of furniture of the previous eras. A part of the samples taken by Sir Wakefield, did not belong to the British, but the Russian aristocratic families: the Grand Dukes and earls.
The replicas represent the most luxurious styles: Classicism, Baroque, Rococo. There are also more modest but noble cozy furniture pieces, seen by Sir Wakefield in the hunting houses of the British aristocracy on the border of England and Scotland (The Border Collection).
One can see the prototypes and get to know their "biography" in the magnificent Baker Museum of Furniture Studies in Grand Rapids.
The best for the best
The name of Barbara Barry has been going hand in hand with the name Baker for many years now. "Chanel of interior design", she created many incredible things for other brands, but perhaps it is in collaboration with Baker that her talent has become a legend. Baker and Barry are synonyms of timeless elegance, just as eternal and ever new, as a string of white pearls in the modern world.
Laura Kirar a new star in Baker. Her collection is a neat story about how the world-within-a-home is seen by the new generation, those who are now 25, 30, 40. This is still a classic, but so light and modern that even a radical teenager wouldn’t call it obsolete. It is definitely contemporary, but so elegant and comfortable that it feels great even for the generation of our grandmothers. For more details about the new collection of the brilliant young designer, see the article "The narwhal horn or the vibrant exotic of Laura Kirar".
Restraint and conciseness of the collections by Thomas Pheasant are akin to the ancient. Like the Parthenon in the Acropolis, this is a timeless classic, whose proportions are clear and pleasant for all generations, and the absence of excess in decor allows you to stay unattached to eras and trends and exist beyond time. Pheasant’s palette is usually muted, the upholstery is monochrome (with rare exceptions), and the textures are smooth and self-sufficient. The harmony of the worlds created by Thomas Pheasant is resting on symmetry and perfect comfort.
The Parisian collector and decorator Jacques Garcia is a passionate experimenter, a lover of bright bold decisions. A real French in spirit, he creates collections, which are sensual and luxurious. Garcia is not afraid of decor, drawing inspiration from oriental sources, as well as from his native French decorative background, especially the XVII and XVIII centuries. 300 years ago, Garcia probably would have been the favorite designer of some royal houses. His experiments with textiles, light and accessories create worlds, full of the luxury, behind which uncommon intelligence, real passion and courage can be seen.
Bill Sofild is another bold experimenter, who thoroughly studied the most saturated decorative styles from American and European art to the ancient ornamental traditions of the East.The greatness of his collection is based on precise architectural forms and decorative richness (glossy lacquer "ivory" in two shades, the covers "deep basalt" and "antique silver", with its characteristic reddish shade, gold leaf with traces of rice grains, noble black rosewood...).And that's not all the Masters working for Baker. In due time, we will try to tell you in more detail about each of them and each collection. After all, without Baker and the people, who create the spirit of this great brand, the world of our homes would be completely different.