BAKER’S JACQUES GARCIA COLLECTION
The art of French design
Baker, the premier U.S. designer and manufacturer of fine home furnishings, presents the Jacques Garcia Collection exclusively at Bika in Kemang. The collection’s furniture, upholstery and accessories for the living room, dining room and bedroom are designed by one of Europe’s most sought after designers.
Garcia’s pieces reflect many aspects of the designer’s personal and commercial successes and his lifelong pursuit of collecting and preserving the art of French design. Garcia selected mahogany and French cherry solids and veneers for the case goods and white gold to accent many of the pieces. Included in the mix is the seductive Art Deco-inspired Bar des Élixers, a full-featured, deluxe dry bar, scaled to impress and make a statement in any room; and the remarkable Atrium series, which includes a daybed, arm chair and dining chair.
With more than 40 projects completed each year, Garcia continues to build upon his reputation with an ever-growing list of high-profile projects including such renowned fivestar luxury hotels as the celebrated Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo, and the redesign of Hôtel Fouquet’s Barriére on the Champs-elysées. One notable project is the restoration of the regal Château de Champ de Bataille. Purchased by Garcia in 1992, Champ de Bataille is filled with objets d’art and displays the full range of Garcia’s abilities to recreate its drawing rooms, galleries, game rooms, and libraries.
Nestled in the quaint countryside of Normandy, the intriguing interior of the Château de Champ de Bataille includes a grand staircase of limestone with a balustrade resplendent with metalwork, and a haunting cathedral filled with ancient artefacts. The King’s Chamber and Reception Room boast a breathtaking collection of 17th and 18th century Imari and an 18th century hand-painted Sévres dinner service featuring a different species of bird on each plate. Garcia’s private residence on the grounds surrounds a vast pool and outer terrace, the cascade of doors and windows opening the interior to the profusion of flowers, decorative topiaries and outbuildings that serve as the dramatic backdrop to this magnificent estate.
Champ de Bataille is a tangible representation of Garcia, his beliefs and the scale of his creative talents, but the story begins quite humbly. As a young boy, he visited many chateaux, including the Château de Champ de Bataille, with his father. As an only child to parents of modest means, it was his father, a talented, but unrealized artist in his own right that sparked the first flame in Garcia to pursue a career in design. At an early age, Garcia began to accompany his parents to Paris flea markets and second hand shops, igniting a curiosity that led to a deep interest and understanding of French design. His mother, who nurtured and encouraged her son’s creative talents, kept the family firmly grounded in the present and provided Garcia with a steadfast determination to succeed at everything he tried.
“The affection I received from my parents forged an invisible yet invulnerable shield for me,” says Garcia. “My energy has its source in the tenderness of a genuinely happy childhood.”
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BAKER’S JACQUES GARCIA COLLECTION