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Baker Furniture Company

Collaborations with many leading designers and artists over time has made vintage Baker furniture one of the most consistently sought after heritage brands today.

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 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 100-year 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.

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Finn Juhl Executive Walnut Desk with Original Caning for Baker Furniture
By Baker Furniture Company, Finn Juhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Finn Juhl executive walnut desk with caning for Baker Furniture.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Baker Furniture Company

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Metal

Baker Green and Dark Green Leather Top Chinoiserie French Louis XV Writing Desk
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a rare color combination of gree on green. The top is a beautiful dark green and the rest of the desk is a soft sagey green. The desk is from the 1960s era and is in good con...
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1960s American Louis XV Vintage Baker Furniture Company

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Walnut

Baker Furniture Federal Flame Mahogany Bow Front Sideboard Credenza, Refinished
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Federal or Georgian style sideboard, credenza, or bar cabinet By Baker Furniture, USA, Mid-20th century Book-matched flame mahogany, with satinwood string inl...
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Mid-20th Century American Federal Baker Furniture Company

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Brass

Faux Bamboo Vanity Bench by Baker Furniture Company
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in New York, NY
Stylish faux bamboo vanity bench, stool, ottoman by noted furniture maker Baker Furniture Company. Wood frame with caned seat, excellent original condition, clean and ready to use. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Campaign Baker Furniture Company

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Wood

Baker Furniture Mid-Century Modern Walnut Hexagonal Side Table
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in South Bend, IN
A stylish Mid-Century Modern walnut occasional side table In the manner of Frank Lloyd Wright By Baker Furniture USA, Circa 1970s Measures: 21"W x 24"D x 18"H. Good or...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Baker Furniture Company

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Walnut

Baker Furniture French Regency Louis XVI Walnut and Parcel Gilt Tea Table
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous French Regency Louis XVI style tea table or occasional side table By Baker Furniture USA, Circa 1990s Walnut, with parcel gilt details. Measures: 28.5"W x 28.5...
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Late 20th Century American Louis XVI Baker Furniture Company

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Walnut, Giltwood

Baker Furniture Chinoiserie Foot Stool Ottoman Bamboo Black Laquer
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in Toledo, OH
Baker furniture chinoiserie foot stool. Black lacquer bamboo look frame with gold highlights. Burgundy, black and gold patterned fabric. Measures: 16" x 16" x 18" tall.
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20th Century North American Modern Baker Furniture Company

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Wood

Baker Furniture Milling Road Italian Regency Armchairs, Pair
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous pair of Italian Provincial or Regency style dining armchairs or club chairs By Baker Furniture "Milling Road" Collection Italy, late 20th century Solid carved wal...
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Late 20th Century Italian Regency Baker Furniture Company

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Upholstery, Walnut

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