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designer crush: jeffrey bruce baker

February 22, 2016

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Atlanta-based architect and interior designer Jeffrey Bruce Baker creates talked-about spaces for his ever-growing list of residential and commercial clients.

Background: Baker grew up in Greenville, NC. As a child, he loved building-related toys, such as Lincoln Logs and Legos. In elementary school, Baker would ask classmates about their dreams homes – and sketch them. In 2001, he moved to Georgia to attend Southern Polytechnic State University (now merged with Kennesaw State), where he earned his degree in architecture. Baker worked with other firms before starting his own.

The company: Started Jeffrey Bruce Baker Designs in January 2009 in Atlanta. He originally thought his firm would focus on classical architecture and traditional and transitional interiors. But his first project was a modern kitchen renovation in a high-rise. Now he has a mix of architectural and interior projects, ranging from renovations of older homes, new construction, residential, retail, restaurant and multi-family communities.

First design job: In middle school, he designed and built trellises, trash enclosures, and other garden follies for a local interior design firm that would resell them to its clients.

Big break: Meeting Ashley and Jorge Ocampo and landing the opportunity to create a modern home for them on a long, narrow lot (with a steep incline) in Atlanta. The home features a second-floor pool and walls of glass that allow access to nature and the house’s amenities. The home’s design, which attracted new clients, was called the “house of light” by local realtors.

Pet peeves: Design rules. “I make design solutions based on the needs of the client and the conditions of the site or existing space.”

Current design obsession(s): Using lots of glass. Also built-in seating and storage, especially panel systems that conceal storage or passageways to places like laundry rooms.

Most unusual request: Several. One involves converting an antique queen bed, which had sentimental value, into a king bed to make room for two dogs.

Atlanta-area home/design stores: Thomas Deans Fine Art; Sarah Cyrus Home; Paul +; Dogwood Fabrics; Switch Modern; and Atlanta Made.
Blogs: Design Milk and Quintessence
– Magazines: Luxe; Modern Luxury Interiors Atlanta; Objekt; Elle Décor, Architectural Digest; and Travel and Leisure.
Places for unusual (or great finds): 14th Street Antiques, Scott Antique Market: and Architectural Accents.

Latest project: A new location for the Taka Sushi restaurant near Chastain Park.

Find Jeffrey Bruce Baker at:
Facebook: JeffreyBruceBaker

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