Baker debuts the Modern Stitch and new fabrics to the Thomas Pheasant Collection

Baker, a leading manufacturer and designer of fine home furnishings, collaborated with Thomas Pheasant adding to his diverse design portfolio a Modern Stitch back detail and 10 new fabrics and one new leather to create further options to The Thomas Pheasant Collection.

Pheasant designed the Modern Stitch to update a select number of his upholstered forms. The unique execution is a quilted plain seam that gives the upholstery the look of a shallow channel. The result is similar to that of the difficult-to-execute biscuit tufting, but instead of the square pattern associated with this technique, long, lateral rectangles provide the forms with a contemporary air and less fussy presentation. The new Modern Stitch is available on eight of Pheasant’s most successful frames: the Paris series of Sofa, Loveseat, Chair, Chaise Lounge and Bed; the Cleo Bench; and, the St. Germain Arm and Side Chairs.

“We were excited to bring to the marketplace the Modern Stitch – it gave us the chance to showcase Baker’s impeccable craft and the opportunity to redefine some of the Thomas Pheasant Collection’s most iconic upholstered pieces,” says Austin Rothbard, president, Baker. “These new pieces have just floored at our Baker showrooms nationwide and the response has been incredible. The entire concept is refreshingly chic in its understatement, virtually transforming the space with a current, modern vibe.”

In addition to the Modern Stitch, Pheasant broadened his already robust fabric and leather offerings with two new shades for a total collection of 68 fabrics and nine leathers. Selecting Carbon – a deep charcoal neutral – and a brighter accent of citrus green Chartreuse, the textural lineup includes a velvet, chenille, modern epingle, and a soft, draping leather. “I like to mix textures, especially if I’m working within one color for a room. Something smooth, something coarse, something shiny, something matte – when mixed these textures give a color depth and infinite possibilities,” says Pheasant.

When asked to describe what it takes to create a successful room palette, Pheasant responded, “I tend to choose my neutral first and then introduce colour. Any colour works well with a neutral foundation. In my Baker fabrics, I already had a palette of ivory and light platinum. This time I wanted to bring a dark slate into the spectrum. I brought in the chartreuse to act as an accent colour; this special green looks great with slate, platinum and ivory. It also looks great when used alone. Just as nature layers the landscape in green textures, I can easily see the various textures of chartreuse used together to build a spectacular single-colour space.”


Founded in 1890, Baker has been the hallmark of design excellent and uncompromising quality. The company is a division of the Kohler Co. Interiors Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kohler Co. Under its Furniture sector resides Baker along with The McGuire Furniture Company. Sister brands Ann Sacks Tile and Stone, Inc., Kallista plumbing and Robern mirrored cabinetry and vanities are part of the Kohler Interiors Decorative Products sector.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.

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