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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Growing up as the child of a garden designer and a photographer, Charlie Baker often found himself elbow-deep in the creative projects of his parents. In school, he was drawn to wood shop classes and anything else that involved using his hands. But the idea of turning that talent into a career didn’t occur to him until after college. “I wanted to be involved in film production,” Baker says. “Then I started working for a stone mason and contractor for extra money and realized I liked that more.” After stints at Ash Stone & Garden (CK) and Plant Specialists in New York, he founded his own landscape design and furniture business, Baker Structures, in 2007.