Charlie Baker's custom rustic designs—fashioned from driftwood and salvaged materials—have graced gardens across the country, as well as the windows of Hermès. We investigate the story behind this innovative landscape designer and furniture maker.
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Baker’s work is often labeled “rustic,” but these are no artificially weathered Adirondack chairs. Many of his creations, particularly his furniture, possess a distinctively clean edge, as in a table that contrasts a gnarled tree-trunk base with a sharply cut, square glass top. This juxtoposition of earthy materials and modern form allows his pieces to exist comfortably within a contemporary aesthetic, and has generated quite a buzz.