"In 2007 Charlie founded Baker Structures, a design/build company that specializes in creating magical outdoor “moments” as well as furniture and lighting. Charlie’s furniture and lighting fixtures have been sold in ABC Carpet and Home and purchased by celebrated interior designers for their clients. Recently, he was commissioned by Hermés and Ralph Lauren to create window displays for their flagship boutiques on Madison Avenue.
Drawing from his combined rural and urban upbringing, Charlie is inspired by the juxtaposition of the natural and industrial. “I like the idea of the natural beating out the industrial, of vines taking over a building, of rust forming on metal and moss sprouting between the cracks of bricks on a walkway,” he says. “In my work I often combine the clean, straight lines of the man-made with the haphazard lines of nature. When I’m creating a piece or designing a space, I prefer to go with the natural colors and textures of raw materials- metal, wood, stone- instead of covering them with paint or other coatings.”
Charlie attended the Taft School in Connecticut and received his degree in Spanish Literature from Washington & Lee University in Virginia. Soon after graduating, Charlie decided to combine his passion for nature with his love of art and design by pursuing a career in creative building. He studied landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden and honed his skills in stone masonry and carpentry at Ash Stone & Garden. He then went on to work as a designer and project manager for Plant Specialists, where he specialized in high-end rooftop and terrace gardens."