The Jean-louis De­niot Col­lec­tion Fusion of an­tiq­uity and moder­nity

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Baker, a lead­ing de­signer and man­u­fac­turer of fine home fur­nish­ings, presents its new fur­ni­ture col­lec­tion by world renowned de­signer and ar­chi­tect, Jean-louis De­niot. In­spired by 20th-cen­tury vin­tage fur­nish­ings, the col­lec­tion brings an ex­cit­ing and fresh ad­di­tion to the brand’s ac­claimed Guest De­signer Se­ries. It spans an im­pres­sive 80 pieces in to­tal, in­clud­ing case­goods, up­hol­stery, light­ing and ac­ces­sories.

Recog­nised glob­ally for his eclec­tic and em­blem­atic in­te­ri­ors, De­niot draws upon his aca­demic train­ing to trans­late his de­signs that are both in­for­mal and bold. The de­signer does not pre­scribe to favour­ing min­i­mal­ism or ex­cess, de­scrib­ing the lat­est col­lec­tion as clas­sic con­tem­po­rary or fu­tur­is­tic clas­sic.

The Paris-based de­signer spent an ex­ten­sive amount of time mak­ing sure the fur­ni­ture in the new col­lec­tion achieved ap­pro­pri­ate bal­ance and pro­por­tion, and is ver­sa­tile to pair with con­tem­po­rary, vin­tage or an­tique fur­nish­ings. Geo­met­ric shapes and curved sil­hou­ettes point to sculp­tural ap­peal, while the light­ing and ac­ces­sories blur the lines be­tween artistry and fur­ni­ture de­sign. The de­signer at­tributes the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind his heady body of work based from his ap­pre­ci­a­tion of fash­ion, art, ar­chi­tec­ture, na­ture, mu­sic and his global trav­els.

“I was in­flu­enced by vin­tage fur­nish­ings of the 20th­cen­tury and by the sense of pres­ence in grand, aris­to­cratic decors. But I still want my de­signs to have a re­laxed side and a sexy el­e­gance that make them feel time­less,” says De­niot of the col­lec­tion.

An ex­am­ple of De­niot’s bridg­ing of de­sign ideals in­clude the din­ing ta­ble in an or­ganic blend of rich wood, metal ap­point­ments and dra­matic pro­por­tion. A com­mand­ing 110 inches in length, the din­ing ta­ble boasts a top made of South Amer­i­can ma­hogany solids and quar­ter sawn ve­neers in ran­dom lay-up. Ta­pered brass pedestals with an agate pat­tern are raised on an over­sized stepped ma­hogany base. The ta­ble cre­ates a space that is surely the room’s fo­cal point, tak­ing cen­ter stage and ac­com­mo­dat­ing the most elab­o­rate of gath­er­ings.

The abil­ity to mix de­sign is not lost on De­niot’s ex­pan­sive up­hol­stered of­fer­ings. A dis­cern­ing sofa draws its fresh look from 20th-cen­tury de­sign, yet has been up­dated to make it a chic con­tem­po­rary al­ter­na­tive for the home. Gen­er­ously sized at 99 in length, the sofa is ex­pertly up­hol­stered, a tes­ta­ment to Baker crafts­man­ship. The tight up­hol­stered, cres­centshaped back and squared arms sur­round a lux­u­ri­ous bench seat with cor­ners cut on the di­ag­o­nal. A ma­hogany base- of­fered in Choco­late Mink, Black Mink, or Gray Mink—is raised on two paired front and sin­gle back ta­pered legs that ter­mi­nate in a brass fer­rule in a fin­ish choice of An­tique, Bronze, Oil Rubbed Bronze or An­tique Sil­ver.

Bring­ing the col­lec­tion full cir­cle is a se­ries of mir­rors, light­ning and fin­ishes that are pure De­niot – trans­for­ma­tive by in­ter­pre­ta­tion, time­less by de­sign. The light­ing and mir­rors are hand­crafted through­out Italy by small, fam­ily-run craft shops. Th­ese ar­ti­sans cre­ate each de­sign in­cor­po­rat­ing age-gold tech­niques jux­ta­posed with mod­ern ma­te­ri­als. Brass, steel, al­abaster, and smooth-hand blown glass are part­nered with in­tri­cate wa­ter-jet de­signs, faceted glass, gesso and resin in a fusion of an­tiq­uity and moder­nity for a 21st-cen­tury state­ment that will never go out of style.

“I have a con­nec­tion to and a story be­hind ev­ery sin­gle piece,” De­niot con­tin­ues. “My col­lec­tion rep­re­sents the vari­a­tion be­tween clas­sic-chic and cool aca­demic that is in­her­ent to my style. The de­signs have been in­flu­enced by the styles of var­i­ous cities. Some have a hint of Paris, some oth­ers of Vi­enna, and oth­ers of Los An­ge­les. I am a cit­i­zen of the world in that I re­ally em­brace and love all cul­tures and coun­tries I am ex­posed to and I think my col­lec­tion re­flects that.” The Jean-louis De­niot col­lec­tion for Baker is avail­able at Bika Liv­ing.

The Jean-louis­de­niot col­lec­tion for Baker is avail­able at Bika Liv­ing Ke­mang or Plaza In­done­sia, Jakarta


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