A good dose of luxury British heritage is what Baker & Gray’s collections of traditional, bespoke fabrics and accessories instantly give any room, home or apartment.
They instantly transform interiors into warm, elegant spaces. The company is not just renowned for its bespoke collection of intricately embroidered luxury linen fabrics, however, Baker & Gray also produces a complementary collection of cushions and lampshades.
What makes Baker & Gray’s designs so sumptuous is the quality. Not just within the fabric collection or the eclectic accessories, but the service provided by the company. Creator and designer, Sarah Baker, is filled with an enthusiasm for her creations that is rarely seen nowadays. Each piece is lovingly hand-created and each fabric has its own unique story to tell. ‘I strive to celebrate the emergence of the natural world in everything I design,’ says Sarah, ‘focusing on its beauty and diversity.’ It is this passion that brings that all-important authenticity to the brand.
Initially a fashion designer, Sarah was based in Europe when a chance opportunity to relocate her work to Africa changed her life. ‘One day I stumbled across a distinctive textile called Kuba cloth, with stunningly executed embroidery, drawn thread and beadwork,’ she reflects.
Such an unexpected, opportune find has greatly influenced my work ever since.
Sarah proceeded to set up a workshop and began embroidering the flora and fauna of Africa onto smoking jackets and waistcoats. She soon released an embroidered prêt-à-porter collection in linen, silk and suede, designed and produced by Sarah herself. ‘On reflection, pairing Africa’s nature with my love of embroidery in this collection completely changed the trajectory of my life,’ she says. Before long, Sarah and her young family returned to the UK, where she began developing her embroidered stories into a unique range of interiors.
The Baker & Gray collection is evidently inspired by her travels, but there are other influences at play that make these pieces so distinctive and harmonious to a variety of interior schemes. ‘I can’t help but get excited and inspired by beautiful things around me,’ reveals Sarah.
I love nothing more than spending a Saturday morning wandering around an antique market, seeking unique finds. This and European architecture, from elaborate French châteaux to quintessentially English country homes, have been hugely significant for my designs.
The unparalleled Baker & Gray collection continues to grow with the launch of its British screen-printed linens, debuted at 2015’s Decorex, and with multiple ground cloth choices and colourways, the new collection is, as with all its fabrics, completely bespoke.
As Sarah explains:
The fabric collection is created to the client’s specific requirements, whether you want to put Baker & Gray on your windows, walls or furniture, the entire process is personal and exclusive. We can tweak the occasional beetle or bee colour to ensure the perfect match is achieved. I see myself as an interior stylist who happens to have her own fabric range, so I share my clients’ desire for absolute perfection.
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