The Jean-louis Deniot Collection Fusion of antiquity and modernity
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