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Magazine    May 2001

One can spot the work of celebrated interior designer and architect Bill Sofield in an instant: all clean lines, sensuous shapes and, sometimes, an edgy brand of chic. The multi-disciplined, internationally known designer has been tapped by everyone from Ralph Lauren to Gucci’s Tom Ford to rap/fashion magnate Sean Combs—and now, Baker Furniture—to bring his signature modernist touch to their flagship stores, hideaways and office spaces, making him one of the most wanted men in the contemporary design world.

No wonder, then, that Baker—the great granddad of furniture design known best for its ornately traditional pieces, sound craftsmanship and impeccable attention to detail—sought to have him create his own contemporary line, Bill Sofield for Baker. The collection draws from a variety of sources, including 19th century English, early French Art Déco and traditional Japanese, and even offers a nod to American Classicism. The Salon Chair (above), which has a solid walnut frame and front legs fitted with bronze sabots, recalls the French designs of the 1920s and '30s, as does the Butler's Kiosk Cabinet (left), with a gilded, rice-textured finish on its doors and a mist-gray mirrored top. With Baker’s five retail stores on the East Coast of the United States, a network of showrooms throughout the country and a spot in Selfridges in London, Bill Sofield is poised to becoming a household name.

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