Last night, I was invited to attend an event hosted by the Interior Design Society in Philadelphia. The event was held at the Baker Showroom, located in Philly's Marketplace Design Center.
If you are local to the Philadelphia area, and work in the industry, or simply love fine furnishings, I highly recommend stopping in during browsing hours. Most showrooms sell only through trade professionals, however some showrooms are retail, and will allow consumers to buy direct. The Marketplace houses over 30 of the most prestigious brands, each with their own stunning showroom, and the center offers everything from fabric to kitchen cabinetry.
One of the best lines for fine furniture is Baker. Since the 1920's, this company has prided itself on making high quality furniture and manufacturing every part in North Carolina. Baker is an excellent choice for clients who have an eye for detail, value comfort and desire timeless pieces. Baker is also known for their Guest Designer Collections which feature celebrity designers like Barbara Berry, Thomas Pheasant, and Michael S Smith.
Here are some pieces from Baker's Guest Designer Collections that caught my eye:
|Athens Loung Chair, Max Sofa, Max Club Chair, Tic Tac Drink Table|
|Paris Ottoman, Link Coffee Table|
Love this idea; topping a coffee table over an oversize upholstered ottoman. The ottoman is on casters and can easily roll to either side for extra seating.
|St. Honore Chest|
Thomas Pheasant is known for incorporating architectural elements, from National Monuments, into his furniture design. For example, the coffered ceiling seen at the US Capitol Rotunda, was his inspiration behind this incredibly handsome, swivel, Bevel Lounge Chair. I would love to use these in a family room or library.
|Bevel Lounge Chair|
|Arcade Center Table, Thassos Stool|
|Organic Baroque Chair|
|St. James Sofa|
Jacques Garcia is well known for the design work he has done for many of the world's top boutique hotels. His pieces are designed to encourage conversation and lounging, which is evident in the St. James Sofa above. The flat arm and flat back allow for extra seating, or in my case, extra climbing for miss Emily.
My picture was awful, but this Chaise was one of my favorite pieces!!!