Although the research and design process began more than a year ago, Baxter’s 2020 collection couldn’t be more in tune with the mood of the moment. The overarching brief for the range was to work with shapes and shades that were soft, reassuring and created a ‘sense of protection’ – something that many of us are in search of in one form or another right now.
Originally due to launch in April at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, as was the case with many other brands, the collection was delayed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Instead, pieces will debut via ‘Baxter Worldwide 2020’, a one-day event on October 10th that will see showrooms in 78 cities around the world open their doors to allow the company’s partners and design community to experience the collection – ‘If they can't come to us, why don’t we go to them?’ was the thinking behind the event, explains Paolo Bestetti, Baxter’s CEO.
The collection is characterised by organic shapes, generous proportions and richly tactile materials – think textural, tufted rugs, Nubuck leather, brass and marble. Meanwhile, three colour palettes work in harmony across the range, from rich tones of chocolate and blueberry to nudes, blush pinks and pastel yellow.
New pieces by long-standing collaborators including Draga & Aurel, Paola Navone, Federico Peri and Studiopepe are interspersed with in-house designed pieces.
Baxter is especially known for its exquisite upholstery, and this year’s additions don’t disappoint. Highlights include the ‘Brigitte’ sofa and enveloping ‘Leon’ armchair by Draga & Aurel, and Paola Navone’s artfully relaxed ‘Milano’ sofa.
This year’s collection also sees a standout range of furniture and accessories, the most covetable of which come courtesy of creative duo Studiopepe– our pick is the ‘Azzal’ marble bookcase and ‘Nanda’ circular mirrors.
Several pieces from the 2019 collection have been revisited, including the curvy ‘Piaf’ sofa, which has been tweaked to make the seats more elongated and comfortable. Studiopepe’s ’Lazybones’ chair, meanwhile, is now available as a wider lounge chair version.
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