ISSUE 36  |  The British House

Playful Furniture from Baines & Fricker

September 08, 2015 1:00 PM

BY Margot Guralnick

One of our favorite designs of late, zero-waste restaurant Silo Cafe in Brighton, England, is the work of local husband-and-wife team, Steve Baines and Eliza Fricker. We decided to see what else they do. 

Above: Baines and Fricker launched their company in 2011; he’s a furniture maker, she’s an illustrator and printmaker, and together they create pared-down designs with a playful spirit.

Their Three-Seat Pew Bench is £670 ($1,023) in raw Douglas Fir and £720 ($1,099.43) stained red, blue, or yellow. Inspired by church pews, the piece is also available with a closed back and in a range of sizes.

Above: The couple use British materials whenever possible and create of all their designs in their Brighton workshop. “We have a firm belief that the everyday and mundane can be made worthwhile to look at,” they say. 

Baines & Fricker’s stackable birch ply Fruit Crates are £50 ($75.94) each. The company recently introduced the perfect toy catchall, a Storage Unit made with crates.

Above: From Baines & Fricker’s digitally printed wallpaper line, the Cats pattern is £95 ($144.28) for a 52-centimeter-by-10-meter (20-inch-by-11-yard) roll. It comes with a white or pastel background.

Above: Several of Baines & Fricker’s wallpaper patterns are also available as cushions. Cats, screen-printed on cotton and with a feather insert, is £45 ($68.34).

Above: “This simple design has been created to leave plenty of scope for a variety of toys and decoration,” say the couple about their birch ply Dolls House; £300 ($455.63).

Above: Baines & Fricker’s kids’ designs are at home–and presentable–in any room in the house.

The smallest piece in their Pew collection, the Pew Chair of stained Douglas Fir, is £495 ($751.78). 

Above: The School Desk of English cherry, £1,950 ($2,961.56), comes “with or without pyrography” engraved on the top by tattoo artist Adam Sage. Custom graffiti is available on request.

Above: The Console Table has a solid oak “box top” and tapered legs of stained oak; £2,300 ($3,493). The design also comes in a Desk size.

Go to Baines & Fricker to see more.

Peruse our Furniture department for more small-batch designs, including New Furniture from a Cult Woodworker.  And visit French-Canadian line Objets Mecanique to find more kids’ furniture.