THE VETERAN AMERICAN DESIGNER’S FOURTH COLLECTION WITH BAKER FURNITURE MARKS THEIR DECADE-LONG COLLABORATION what gets him out of bed in the morning «THE PURSUIT OF PERFECTION.»
After working for 30 years as an interior designer. Thomas Pheasant bemoans that perfection is a constantly distant goal. The pursuit of classical beauty continues to guide him, but «perfection is now a motivation rather than a destination for me,» he says. While much of his time these days is spent coordinating his team of architects and designers on residential projects, his latest Classical Evolution range for Baker Furniture is more intimate. «It’s really just me, privately, with my sketchpad,» he says.
Continuing their decade-long collaboration, this recent 75-piece body of work is Thomas’ fourth collection with Baker. He reveals how he hesitated when the brand first wanted to collaborate with him, as he likes having full control of his work. But Baker gave him the freedom to create, and the rest is history. The first piece Thomas sketched for this collection was the Athens lounge chair, which took him just a few minutes to draw. It was, however, the final piece to be manufactured as its slim silhouette proved an engineering challenge.
Thomas’ main source of inspiration has always been his travels, during which he is constantly photographing his observations. (His photographs and self-penned design outlook will be featured in his upcoming book.) And he sees beauty in every corner: from Singapore’s Peranakan Museum, which he dubbed «an authentic cultural treasure», to the seemingly nondescript paving patterns in Suzhou’s Humble Administrator’s Garden. The designer’s inspirations often manifest themselves subtly in his work, so you might just spot a bit of Peranakan inspiration in his future designs!