Baker Furniture, founded in 1891 by Dutch immigrant and craftsman Siebe Baker, has been a hallmark of design excellence and uncompromising quality for more than a century. This year, Baker has introduced new pieces in five of its collections, from the ornately carved and gilded pieces of The Stately Homes Collection to the uniquely diverse collection of classic 17th, 18th and 19th century European and Asian designs that make up the Collector's Edition.
Here are a few of my favorite new additions from Baker:
Irish Puca Table from The Stately Homes Collection: Hailing from Moore Abbey, this Irish Rococo carved mahogany Puca Table features a superb demi-lune shaped top laid with a hand-painted faux black marble top veined in gold and random scattered bronze patterning. An elaborate frieze pierced with scrolls rests above three shaped cabriole legs finished in figured maple veneers. The legs are carved on the knees with grimacing leprechaun masks and terminate to distinctive claw and ball feet.
Asian-inspired Occasional Table from Collector's Edition: The slight scale of this table contrasts its bold design elements. The black gesso top is decorated in a cherry blossom and bird chinoiserie design finished in gilt. The table is supported by four faux bamboo legs.
Upholstered Bed from The Milling Road Collection: This collection, which spans more than 50 years, built its reputation on bringing the marketplace relaxed alternatives to classic traditional forms. The French-inspired bed, crafted from mindi wood — an abundant, sustainable resource that when expertly cut reveals a fiery veneer — features a deeply tufted upholstered headboard surrounded by a scalloped wood frame with matching footboard. Wood side rails join the head and footboards. The bed is available in queen and king sizes.
English Arm Sofa from Ease Into Comfort: These pieces, designed with an increased seat height and shallower back depth, offer ergonomically supportive design without sacrificing style. The English Arm Sofa features three seat cushions, three back cushions and two 16-inch square throw pillows, with a choice of three fills. Any of Baker's 22 standard wood finishes can be selected for the feet and customers can choose from more than 1,600 Baker fabrics or provide their own material.
Sectional from the Simply Baker Upholstery Program: Baker's Simply Baker upholstery program brings simplicity, availability and affordability to the marketplace with a selection of upholstered pieces available at three levels of customization. This sectional, designed for level two, is scaled for urban settings and adds a modern component to the program. All pieces in this program are crafted with hardwood frames, eight way hand-tied springs, Baker Comfort Down cushions and available with a shortened lead time.