The courtyard of the Baker showroom in High Point, North Carolina
Baker has been around a loooong time - it got its start, as Cook & Baker, in 1890. Over the years, it's reputation and commitment to quality has grown, fueling Baker's relationships with talented furniture makers and designers. Now, as Baker looks to the future, they recognize the richness of their archive of designs, and as part of their collections, they are bringing the best back again.
With an archive of excellent design from throughout the 20th century at their disposal, the current creative team at Baker is mixing in updates of several standouts from the mid-century era in with their new designs.
McGuire, who shares the showroom space at Baker, also has a rich history, getting their start in 1948. One of our favorite pieces at this week's market was a very glam version of a chair originally designed at McGuire in 1955.
From the 1950s: Baker's Butler's Table - a smart, small space solution with classic styling. This generously sized bar folds up very compactly when not in use. According to our wonderful guide, Robin, this piece was always a top seller back in the day and is still in use at Hollis Baker's home.
From the 1950s: McGuire's Officer's Chair - Amazing luxe version of a classic done up in black lacquered oak with hide upholstery. I tried it out and it is remarkably comfortable and sturdy.
From the 1960s: Baker's Friso Bench, an update of a Paul Tuttle design. With lovely light lines, the seat appears to "float". It's available in a neutral fabric or black leather - both feature decorative seams on the seat.
From the 1940s: Baker's Dana Coffee Table - beautiful craftsmanship, featuring an inlaid glass top and champfered edges.
More Info: Baker and McGuire
(Images: Janel Laban)