The year is wrapping up, and like much of the rest of the world, we at Baker have begun to reflect on 2011 as we look forward to 2012. It’s been an exciting year for us, with new collections launched amidst worldwide buzz. In the spirit of reflection, we wanted to celebrate some of our most fantastic new designs to hit our showroom floors in 2011. And while we could easily pick out a number of pieces, we thought we’d ask two of our favorite interior design bloggers — Cassandra LaValle, Editor of Coco + Kelley, and Julieann Covino, Editor of CreateGirl — to tell us which Baker designs of 2011 stood out to them the most.
Cassandra LaValle (CL): The Bauble Drum is easily one of my favorite pieces this season from any collection. It combines the current obsession with geode motifs with my favorite metallic (gold!) in a highly necessary piece: the martini table. What more could you want? It’s absolute perfection.
Julieann Covino (JC): How does kicking up your heels and dancing through a garden sound? Pretty fun, right? Well, take a peek at this masterfully designed Reata Drinks Server. Not only is it a functional piece of furniture, it also acts as an art sculpture. With its smokey gray glass it doesn’t take itself too seriously, but with the slight kick of the foot, well, you see where I get the dancing from. Furniture that can be moved from space to space is worth every penny — and this is one you’ll give new life to over and over again!
(JC): What makes a beautiful sofa? One that’s interesting from every angle! The Mayfair fits the bill, from the arm height (which engulfs you in the best possible way) to the subtle notch on the end of the back pillows. Michael S Smith thought of it all, and just to take it to an even higher “wow factor” he adds nail heads. Fantastic!
(CL): The details are what make the Plymouth Side Chair stand out to me — a hidden brass handle, little accents on the legs, and a nailhead trim elevate a simple shape to something much more interesting!
(JC): The use of Paldao wood is simply stunning. The mix of dark and light tones creates such interest and allows the piece to be used in many different room styles. It is substantial enough to work in a dining room as a credenza but slight enough to be used as in a bedroom setting.
JC: The first words that come to mind when describing the Lyric Upholstered Bed are “elegant” and “tailored” — just like Barbara Barry herself. Sometimes all a bed needs to turn it into a timeless classic is a gorgeous silhouette and a “take-notice-of-me” curve. This is a piece that you will fall in love with year after year.
Tell us: what were your favorite Baker designs this year? And what would you like to see in 2012?
Many thanks to Cassandra and Julieann for sharing their favorite designs of 2011! If you don’t already, make sure to follow their blogs — you will love them!
About Cassandra LaValle: Cassandra is the editor behind the style blog coco+kelley where she explores trends in fashion, decor and entertaining, highlighting pieces that exude classic design and glamour. As a designer she consults clients across the globe on styling their homes and private events from her offices in Seattle. Coco+kelley has been recognized by editors at Martha Stewart, House Beautiful and Sunset Magazine, and was honored to be listed on the London Times 50 Best Design Blogs.
About Julieann Covino: Julieann founded Jace Interiors in 2004 as a way to bring affordable interior design services to all in the Boston Area. In 2007 Julieann launched the Jace Interiors blog, CreateGirl, to inspire her clients daily — which has grown to thousands of readers a week from around the world! Julieann has been featured in Daily Candy, The Boston Globe and in the Nest Magazine. You can follow her on Twitter (@CreateGirl), where she tweets about home décor products and furniture trends.