In celebration of Baxter’s 25th anniversary, the luxury furniture brand has collaborated with Draga & Aurel on a landmark new collection, unveiled as part of this month’s London Design Festival. Samantha Simmonds caught up with the team before they decamped to Milan.
Having variously trained and worked as painters (both), carpenters (Aurel), fashion designers (Draga) and even African drummers (Aurel again) individually, since the friends of twenty years began working together eight years ago, Draga & Aurel have found their groove in translating an intriguingly eclectic blend of artistic techniques to furniture design. The striking artworks currently dominating Baxter’s Mayfair showroom would hold their own in the Tate Modern, but also conceal a fascinating circular reference to the duo’s passion for interiors – at the heart of each piece lies a vintage rug, covered in layers of paint.
Genius “rug art” aside, the artists have designed a range of stunning chairs, tables and bookcases for the new collection, including a special edition Bauhaus chair (pictured). In keeping with the style set’s current preoccupation with all things retro, it’s all rather fabulously ’60s/’70s-tastic – indeed, Baxter CEO Paolo Bestetti exclaimed, no doubt in reference to the pixie crop/faux-fur gilet/faux-leather culotte/faux-suede knee-high combo I was sporting at the time, “It could be your house!” – yep, if you can afford to match the exterior of your wardrobe to the interior, this is the place to go.
Baxter’s London showroom is at 2 Hay Hill, London W1J 6AS