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Baker Furniture Company

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Owing to the company’s collaborations with many leading designers and artists over time, vintage Baker furniture is consistently sought after today. The heritage brand’s chairs, dining tables, desks and other pieces are widely known to collectors and design enthusiasts for their fine craftsmanship and durability.

Within a few decades of its launch, Baker Furniture Company evolved into one of the largest and most important furniture manufacturers in the United States and became known for its high-quality production standards. Siebe Baker and business partner Henry Cook founded the original iteration of Baker Furniture Company in 1890 in Allegan, Michigan, after immigrating to the United States from the Netherlands. Allegan is a small town west of Grand Rapids, which, at that time was home to Widdicomb Furniture Co. and more and was known as America’s furniture capital. The company manufactured doors and interior moldings and introduced a combination desk and bookcase in 1893. In the early 1900s, Siebe became the sole owner of the business.

Among others, stage designer Joseph Urban and modernist designer Kem Weber contributed designs to Baker in the 1920s. In 1932, under the leadership of Siebe’s son, Hollis, who started at the company as a salesman but took the reins when his father passed in 1925, Baker Furniture introduced bedroom pieces and debuted its Manor House collection, which made reproductions of European furnishings available to the American market. (Hollis was an avid traveler and procured antiques overseas for the company to reproduce in the United States.) Soon, Baker Furniture Company moved to Holland, Michigan, and eventually opened showrooms in Grand Rapids and elsewhere.

Pioneering Scandinavian designer Finn Juhl created a Danish modern line for Baker in 1951, and the company produced his award-winning Chieftain chair for a short time. In the late 1950s, Baker introduced the Milling Road label to reach a younger audience with stylish but less costly furnishings like console tables, walnut dining chairs and more, and in 1961, British furniture designer T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings introduced a modern neoclassical line at Baker.

The 1960s and ’70s saw the introduction of historic reproduction furniture lines such as Woburn Abbey and the Historic Charleston collection, which remain very popular to this day. In 1990, Baker was licensed to produce a furniture line from Colonial Williamsburg. That same year, the Smithsonian Museum introduced Baker’s Chippendale chair into its permanent collection and the Grand Rapids Art Museum dedicated an exhibition to Baker’s 100th anniversary, a showcase that included 150 pieces of furniture Siebe Baker had collected as part of a larger assortment that had served as inspiration for his designs.

Today, vintage Baker furniture, such as its elegant mahogany nightstands and teak credenzas — particularly those crafted by Finn Juhl — sees high demand online and elsewhere. The company continues to produce contemporary collections with well-known designers such as Bill Sofield, Barbara Barry and Kara Mann and remains on par with some of the highest quality furniture in the industry.

Browse vintage Baker armchairs, sofas, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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1990s 3-Drawer Chests From Barbara Barry for Baker Furniture - a Pair
By Barbara Barry, Baker Furniture Company
Located in Hartville, OH
Well known in the design industry by Barbara Barry for Baker Furniture. These large bedside chests are in extremely nice vintage condition and will work in many scenarios. Larger tha...
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1990s American Modern Baker Furniture Company

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Regency Style Small Scale Brass Frame Glass Top Coffee Table Faux Bamboo Base
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in Stamford, CT
Great looking Regency style small scale coffee table, perfect proportions for an apartment or guest room. The heavy gauge brass shaped top sits on a faux bamboo base. A very appealing design that fits any interior, contemporary or antique. Measures: 42 inches wide...
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Baker Furniture Barbara Barry Six "X" Back Chairs
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in Toledo, OH
Six Barbara Barry collection by Baker Furniture X back chairs. Mahogany and gold/brown upholstery. Two with arms. Armchairs measure: 27" wide, 20" ...
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Baker Furniture Modern Art Deco Primavera Wood King Size Bed
By Michael Vanderbyl, Baker Furniture Company
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Modern Art Deco style king size bed frame By Michael Vanderbyl for Baker Furniture USA, Circa Late 20th Century Beautiful primavera wood, with inlaid parquetry design. ...
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Baker Milling Road West Indies Four Poster Queen Size Bed
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Baker Milling Road West Indies Collection four poster queen size bed with bold posts comprised of carved swirl and geometric form panels...
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20th Century Anglo-Indian Baker Furniture Company

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Baker Mahogany Chippendale Style Highboy Chest
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in Parkesburg, PA
Chippendale style, broken arch top with pediment center, and 2 finials flank the left and right. Top center shell carved face drawer, 1 pc Cabinet with 6 over 4 dovetailed drawers, Drawer fronts appear to be in a quarter sawn mahogany cut pattern with pierced brass bat...
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Pair of White Lacquered Mahogany Drink Tables by Baker Furniture
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in North York, ON
Pair of White Lacquered mahogany drink tables by Baker Furniture. Featuring curved jellyfish design with satin white lacquered finish. Brand new, American, by iconic American manufac...
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2010s American Modern Baker Furniture Company

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Fine Baker Mahogany And Figured Wood Console Table
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in Bridgeport, CT
The top with a carved edge and mahogany panels banded in figured wood. The frieze in figured wood with two short drawers in front. A lower mahogany frieze...
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  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Samson Holding Ltd. makes Baker furniture through an America subsidiary. The Hong Kong-based company also owns Milling Road and McGuire furniture, after acquiring the brands from Kohler, Co., in 2017. You can shop a range of Baker furniture on 1stDibs.
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    No, most Baker furniture is not made in China, although a Chinese company does own the brand. The first pieces crafted by the furniture maker came from their factory in Allegan, Michigan. Today, the company produces furniture in a variety of locations. On 1stDibs, find a range of Baker furniture.
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