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Real Estate / Home + Design

The Young Frenchman Everyone Wants — and the Esteemed American Company that Got Him

BY // 06.17.16

At age 126, esteemed American furniture manufacturer Baker still turns heads with furniture collections from some of the great designers of our time, including Tony Duquette, Michael Smith, Jacques Garcia, Laura Kirar, Bill Sofield and Barbara Barry.

Its latest collaborator is coveted young French designer and architect Jean-Louis Deniot. Deniot has created interiors for high-profile clients from Paris and Tangiers to Moscow, London, Hong Kong, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Miami and New York. His 80-piece namesake collection for Baker was inspired by 20th-century vintage furnishings and grand European aristocratic decor; the lineup includes furniture, lighting and accessories.

Jean-Louis Deniot and Baker: A match made in design heaven
Jean-Louis Deniot and Baker: A match made in design heaven

For Deniot, the collection is a dream come true. “It was secretly part of my career plan to one day design a line for Baker,” he says in his sumptuous French accent in a YouTube video. That’s high praise from a talent who’s touted and published in magazines around the world, including Elle Decor and Architectural Digest, and who holds a steady spot on the AD 100.

Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker Tashmarine bed, Viridine square accent table, Iron Eye floor lamp
Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker Tashmarine bed, Viridine square accent table, Iron Eye floor lamp

True to his architectural background, the collection’s silhouettes are geometric, sculptural and show stopping. The dining table blends South American mahogany, wood veneer inlays and metal, sensationally proportioned at 110 inches. His crescent-shaped tight-backed bench sofa clocks in at 99 inches long, with a mahogany base and legs tipped in brass with different finishes.

Lighting and mirrors are handcrafted in Italy by artisans using age-old techniques in brass, steel, alabaster and glass and paired with modern water-jet designs, faceted glass, gesso and resin. The collection is available by special order to the trade. Baker, 1250 Slocum St., Suite 790, 214.741.2586.

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