SA Baxter is known for making some of the most beautiful architectural hardware on the market. But Founder and CEO Scott Baxter always wants to push further, and invites artists and architects to work with him at Baxter’s Hudson Valley, New York, foundry, crafting their ideas into bronze using the lost-wax technique that has been employed by artists and artisans since ancient times. After successful collaborations with Nina Campbell, Alexa Hampton, and architect Robert A.M. Stern, he has turned to British designer Fiona Barratt-Campbell, founder of FBC London, which is recognized for its luxury furniture, lighting, and accessories.
Baxter discovered the FBC London showroom and fell in love with a particular chair, whose bronze base had been inspired by an ancient Roman ornamental collar. Barratt-Campbell often looks to the landscape, textures, and natural forms of Northumberland, in Northern England, where she was raised, and the nearby Wall of Hadrian. So the idea of crafting her ideas using a technique true to the Romans was especially appealing. She says, “The SA Baxter Design Studio is a team of incredibly passionate craftsmen and ironmongers. The lost-wax technique allows incredible detail and physicality, and the quality of finishing results in beautifully crafted, accessible hardware.”
The first collection in the collaboration, the Armour Suite of door and cabinet hardware, is now available in any of SA Baxter’s more than 50 finishes.
For more details about the collaboration, watch video from a recent interview Michael Boodro, Dering Hall's Chairman, Editorial and Strategic Initiatives, conducted with Fiona Barratt-Campbell and Scott Baxter in New York City.