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Welcome to Baxter Lago, an Italian furniture showcase at Lake Como
Italian design house Baxter invites us into its home, the perfect showcase for its 2022 collections of indoor and outdoor furniture designs
In partnership with Baxter
Born of a love of natural materials and a burning desire to continue the fine traditions of furniture design and manufacturing excellence, Baxter is the brainchild of two Italian entrepreneurs, Luigi and Paolo Bestetti. With a portfolio of contributing designers that includes Christophe Delcourt, Paola Navone, Draga & Aurel, Studiopepe and Roberto Lazzeroni, Baxter produces collections inspired by the centuries-old craft that flourishes in the creatively fertile land around Lake Como.
Overlooking the gentle hills around the lake, Baxter Lago, an early 20th-century residence, is a showcase providing a glimpse of what it’s like to live with the company’s 2022 furniture collection, which sees its designs extend to outdoor furniture for the first time.
A warm welcome
’Fany’ table by Christophe Delcourt. ’Nuvola’ lamps by Draga & Aurel
At Baxter Lago’s entrance, the ‘Fany’ table by Delcourt is illuminated by two ‘Nuvola’ lamps by Draga & Aurel that descend in fibreglass undulations from the ceiling, bringing a sense of movement to the space.
To the right, in the study, is Delcourt’s ‘Joni’ desk and bookcase. To the left, Draga & Aurel’s ‘Barret’ armchairs, and a ‘Lazybones Lounge’ armchair in soft sheepskin, by Studiopepe, are arranged around ‘Tebe’ and ‘Liquid’ coffee tables.
Moving into the living room, a ‘Himani’ rug, unique in its handmade weaves, hosts the marble-topped ‘Thalatha’ coffee table by Studiopepe and the alpaca finishes of the three ‘Allure’ coffee tables.
’Clara’ sofa by Christophe Delcourt. ’Thalatha’ coffee table by Studiopepe. ’Allure’ side table. ’Himani G’ rug
The chromatic scale, with its shades of blue, invites visitors to the house’s peony- and wisteria-scented outside space, the windows refracting green and crystalline colours of the garden.
Meanwhile, the soft ellipsis of the stairs leads to an open corridor and the cool serenity of the bedrooms. In one room, discover the monumental ‘Nairobi’ table in black ash by Roberto Lazzeroni. In another, see the Zen lightness of the ‘Stone’ bed by Federico Peri, revisited for this collection in a shade of blue that recalls the sky.
Baxter’s outdoor furniture debut
‘Dharma’ stool (left) and ’Narciso’ sofa and armchair by Studiopepe
On the terrace, Studiopepe’s ‘Narciso’ sofas, part of a series that includes armchairs and dormeuses, are perfect for company and cocktails.
Baxter stimulates us with materials to touch – smooth, velvety, rough and shining surfaces. It proposes an idea of beauty that is pure, and a study on form that is never weighty or overstated.
Another accent in the 2022 palette, called Raisin, harmonises with both the earthy notes of the collection’s chocolate brown and the uplifting energy of its sky tones – all mirrored in the glazed, irregular surface of the ‘Keramikè’ ceramic tables that emerge as small atolls.
‘Narciso’ dormeuse by Studiopepe. ‘Keramikè’ side table
Around the swimming pool, are pieces from the ‘Himba’ series by Lazzeroni in ecru and ivory shades, and ‘Dharma’ by Studiopepe in light blue – daybeds, sofas and armchairs characterised by a generous formal dynamism, completed by soft fabric and leather cushions.
The ultimate backdrop for the brand’s 2022 collection, Baxter Lago is a seduction and a total experience – a continuing narrative that is Made in Italy. §