World Magazine : World - Autumn 2017
I n her book Timeless Luxury, Debbie Cavit focuses on what makes a brand stand out in a field filled with furniture wannabes. Such qualities as texture, craftsmanship, comfort and, of course, design have been her benchmarks since she started Cavit&Co more than 25 years ago. Her preference has always been to create warm, inviting homes that afford a relaxing atmosphere in a comfortable, elegant environment. And when she noticed a definite movement away from the very popular French Provincial style of the mid 1990s, her search unveiled an American company called Baker Furniture. Baker made pieces from sycamore or mahogany, with clean, refined lines, elegant hardware and superb craftsmanship in the upholstery. Along with its sister company, McGuire Furniture, the two brands kindled her appreciation for the excellent workmanship to be found in the United States and created an enduring admiration for its leading furniture brands. Sifted from a lengthy list of global manufacturers and designers whose work inhabits Cavit&Co showrooms, here are some standout American names: BAKER In 1890 Dutch-born Siebe Baker founded an interior woodwork and door company near Grand Rapids, Michigan. From such beginnings, the company has established an international reputation as one of the most innovative brands in the business. Sister companies McGuire Furniture and Milling Road were introduced along the way, further enhancing the group’s impeccable reputation. Baker is recognised for the quality of its workmanship and design excellence. Bedroom furniture from stage designer Joseph Urban, a modernist selection by Kem Weber (which led to the debut of the movement in the US) and a reproduction programme based on mainly English provincial furniture but crafted by European experts, cemented Baker’s place among industry leaders. Chinese Modern, art deco, Danish Modern and Asian designs followed. Top designers came onboard as consultants who contributed unique collections under the Baker umbrella. John Saladino and Barbara Barry (known for her Hollywood glamour style) were the first. Other design luminaries followed, including Laura Kirar, Jacques Garcia, Tony Duquette and Andrew Arbus. Latest in this line-up is esteemed French architect and designer Jean-Louis Deniot, who has crafted an 80-piece collection including furnishings, accessories, lighting and upholstery inspired by 20th-century furniture and formal, ‘aristocratic’ interiors. MCGUIRE Known as the champion of ‘California Casual’ with a relaxed, unpretentious yet still elegant modernity, the label was launched in San Francisco by John and Elinor McGuire around 65 years ago. Their goal was to “reinterpret natural materials into objects of perfect proportion and design” and today the company continues to “elevate craft to an art form that reflects today’s new definition of luxury, comfort and design”. Nature was and is its platform and McGuire’s indoor and outdoor pieces are formed from a fusion of materials such as rattan, rawhide, bamboo, teak, leather and bronze, with the unique use of pattern and texture providing a major point of difference. Simplicity combines with authenticity in quality handcrafted products with a heritage style. Lately, designers such as Barbara Barry, Jacques Garcia, Bill Sofield and Thomas Pheasant have refined that casual approach with their own contributions. The latest collection includes 36 pieces from Steven Volpe – who acknowledges the McGuire family for inspiring his design aesthetic – using rattan, rawhide and cane (deemed classics of tomorrow). A lighting collection by Jonathan Browning adds to the easy mix, in which he combines the signature McGuire Danish with glass, steel and brass and an unglazed white bisque porcelain. Craftsmanship at its zenith.
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