Introducing Baines & Fricker

Baines & Fricker are a husband and wife team who launched their design company in 2011. Steve Baines has been a furniture maker for a number of years and Eliza Fricker has worked as an illustrator and screen printer. Their collaboration has come about through a shared passion for long-lasting design, having gradually made and acquired pieces for their own home over the years.

Introducing Baines & Fricker

Based in the vibrant seaside town of Brighton, Baines & Fricker specialise in robust, utilitarian style furniture, designed to enhance the home environment. The company has already enjoyed much success; their Harris Tweed Rocker was a Blueprint finalist for ‘Best New Product’ and they have recently produced a special edition version for Liberty London.

Introducing Baines & Fricker

The collaboration between the two designers draws upon their individual skills and years of experience. Their beautifully crafted furniture is often partnered with bold colour accents and graphics.

Introducing Baines & Fricker

They believe that every item within the home should be worth keeping and this ethos informs every decision they make throughout the design process. They take pride in using British materials wherever possible.

Introducing Baines & Fricker

Influences range from Utility furniture to craft, industrial architecture to street signs. They are also fascinated by the mundane. Fruit crates, cement works, rooftops and desk graffiti all appear in their designs. Features usually believed to be unremarkable or ugly are elevated to the status of art, worthy of admiration.

Introducing Baines & Fricker

The new String Chair was designed with the intention of creating a lighter framed chair, using copper instead of wood for the joins. Made from English beech wood, the frame of the chair is striking for its minimalist, angular form. Slotted between the wood, the copper joins are just visible. The contrast between the shiny metal and the light wood is an eye-catching detail. To fit in with the light and delicate aesthetic of the chair, the upholstery is based on Baines & Fricker ‘Minerals’ wallpaper but the black outlines from the wallpaper design were changed to pale yellows, greens and blues, to soften the look.

Introducing Baines & Fricker
Introducing Baines & Fricker
Introducing Baines & Fricker

Steve Baines and Eliza Fricker have often visited churches during British holidays, Steve admired the furniture whilst Eliza noted the colours and designs of traditional pew cushions and kneelers. They realised that bench seating is perfect for those who want to maximise the space in their homes. The brand new Pew Bench is narrow enough to fit in a hallway and also works well alongside a dining table. Although the design was inspired by visits to old churches, the Baines & Fricker take on the Pew Bench is perfect for modern living with its streamlined design, sunny yellow colour and graphic patterned cushions.

Introducing Baines & Fricker

Introducing Baines & Fricker

The Baines & Fricker Fruit Crate Unit uses contemporary pops of colour and cool graphics to make a functional piece more fitting for the home. The low, slender unit doesn’t take up a great deal of space and offers a lot of valuable storage space in the deep fruit crate drawers. The drawers are also easily removed and transportable due to the slot crate handles. Each drawer is screen printed with the Baines & Fricker name in punchy lettering and the linoleum top is available in a range of colour choices. It’s a fresh and fun take on traditional home storage.

Introducing Baines & Fricker

Introducing Baines & Fricker

Baines & Fricker created the School Desk in collaboration with tattoo artist, Adam Sage. In his distinctive style, Adam engraved the top of the desk in typical school type doodles and graffiti. In addition to the original version, a new smaller desk is now available for children. Available without the pyrography or with bespoke engraving to order, the Child Desk is perfect for any child’s bedroom, encouraging work as well as play.

Introducing Baines & Fricker

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Words by Marnie Langeroodi


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