Steel frame with black powdercoat finish. Glove soft calf skin leather.
This iconic reclining arm chair was introduced by Baker Furniture at the Chicago "NEOCON" exhibition in June 1984. In that period Baker was developing the executive office division, and for several years the company made an important publicity oriented introduction at that annual show. The chairs shipped to customers in the spring of 1985.
The #2A chair was offered in both a black painted version, as well as a stainless steel frame option. The design was intended as a "limited edition" of 100 units. 106 chairs were eventually produced for the American market. Approximately 65 of these chairs were in the black painted treatment as ours, with approximately another 35 in the stainless steel treatment. Three chairs were produced in a bronze finish with bronze colored leather.
In 1985 our Gallery Director was employed as a management trainee at Baker, working at Plant #1 in Holland, MI; it was from this facility that the Porsche Chairs shipped. In this capacity, upon arrival of the shipping container from Germany our Director was assigned to inventory the shipment and make inspection of the chairs.
In 1989 the Boston Architectural Center (now the Boston Architectural College) presented an exhibit of "The 10 Best of the 20th Century." We were pleased to loan our copy for that show.
click to supersize this 1984 Baker Furniture brochure cover