Baker Furniture’s iconic brand has been around since the beginning of the 1920s. The creator was a Dutch immigrant and craftsman from Michigan named Siebe Baker, and his quality furniture and intricate techniques are still sought after today. Baker Furniture is best known for its inlay and marquetry techniques. Marquetry is a technique used to decorate a furniture piece with elaborate patterns by inserting pieces of materials (like wood, shell, or ivory) to form indentations in the surface of the wood. Baker’s craftsmen today still use old world traditions to create the pieces in every collection.
Although Baker Furniture can be quite expensive, they are pieces that are built to last a lifetime and the pieces still remain in style almost 100 years later. The classic and timeless designs created by Baker set the precedent for other furniture companies, making their pieces of great value for their high quality production and detail.
Baker Furniture is best known for two distinct furniture collections, the Historic Charleston Collection and the Stately Homes Collection. The Historic Charleston Collection was created through a reproduction program licensed under the Historic Charleston Foundation. The pieces in this collection are a recrafting of some of American history’s finest furniture, based on hours of research and design for inspiration from the era’s original furniture. The collection includes designs of the period’s most cherished pieces, from elegant and formal to sophisticated casual. Their other popular line, the Stately Homes Collection, are reproductions of coveted antique furniture from English, Scottish, and Irish Manor Houses. It is a perfect collection for buyers who want fine English and Scottish style antiques from some of the greatest castles and homes of that region.
The company has expanded their furniture lines beyond these two classics to include contemporary, French, decorative upholstery, and traditional furniture collections. The industry leader still maintains a high standard of quality for their products, with almost all of their manufacturing being done within the US. It is fascinating how Baker remains to be an industry leader in trends and designs while still maintaining traditional and timeless pieces that will be sought after for much time to come.
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