Baxter Made in Italy
Encountering Baxter was like discovering a secret. I read my fair share of design magazines and blogs and for some reason I had never come across them before. It was only when I arrived off the airport bus in Milan at Largo Augusto for Design Week that I happened to walk past Baxter Cinema. Unfortunately, it was past midnight so I could only admire through the window. Yet what I saw was a collection of really beautiful furniture.
Their look is luxe yet cool, colours are deep and rich and they combine textures which create an almost 50's feel, however, there is also something a bit playful about Baxter that make them modern and interesting.
I clocked their exhibit at the Salone de Mobile from a distance whilst wondering around and it did not disappoint-in fact it was definitely one of the highlights of the Salone for me. I loved everything on display-and how beautifully displayed it was too.
I was especially excited to discover that Paola Navone designed for Baxter. She is one of my current favourite designers, she turns her hand to a vast array of projects. Look out for a future blog about Paola as I believe she deserves her own space.
For Baxter she has created chairs, sofas, tables, fabrics and other homewares.
I particularly loved her Mama Nepal armchairs and China Moon sofa - a twist on a traditional Chesterfield.
The remaining Baxter display was equally gorgeous. The brass Rafiki bookshelf looked stunning set against an electric blue background.
Layered coffee tables in varying shapes, sizes and finishes illustrated a strong trend-one which was followed by most other furniture designers showing at Milan. There was also some really cool leather utilitarian pieces.