is headquartered in Lurago d'Erba, Lombardy, and a leader in handmade luxury furniture which distiguises itself through innovation and the high quality of the utilized materials. As a company it is exemplary for the internationally appreciated quality standards of products made in Italy. For many years Dexter dedicated itself almost exclusively to manufacturing leather furniture: sofas, armchairs, beds, tables and chairs which have become synonymous with quality and elegance. In order to guarantee always the same standard every single item is handmade and uses only top materials. Every detail counts and is significant for products which attain distinction and exude a sophisticated beauty. Only leather of the highest quality is treated and worked with the best techniques, not only to ensure these luxurious furnishings
an exceptional resistance but also to highlight the smallest details of the artisan. The tanning and even the smallest details of the sewing of a leather sofa are processed by masters of the craft sector versed in age-old techniques. The material for the colors of Baxter furnishings are chosen carefully and with regard to long-term trends. Their combinations convey natural color variations and provide a harmony of tones. The company looks back at years of collaborations with internationally renowed designers like Paola Navone, Piero Lissoni, Roberto Lazzeroni and many more. The Baxter retailer network is covering all five continents.
Baxter, leather furnishing since 1990
This is a story about the feeling that Made in Italy design is able to evoke and about the balance of the ingredients that, like in a perfect recipe, make truly unique the experience of looking at an object, touching it and plunging into its mood. This is a story about furnishing, that, like our skin’s extensions, become leather, hide, turning into special clothes speaking about the passing of time and tracing the lines of the future.
This is a story about a family, one that orbits around two Italian enlightened entrepreneurs, Luigi and Paolo Bestetti; it’s about the DNA characterizing the Italian family companies, sprouting from the love of a material and carrying around the manufacturing culture.
This family story starts from the hide passion and grows thanks to the human capital, the people with whom you constantly work and measure yourself. This is a young story, dating back only to 1990, but looking way back in time, to a century-old entrepreneurial tradition, flourished on the Brianza fertile land, that has always been producing the excellence in furniture for aristocracy first and middle class after, and that today pursues in its creations for all the beauty lovers. This is a 100% Italian story beaming into an International panorama, one that starts from the reinterpretation of the English taste and evolves, through the art of leather working and shaping, into the production of unique collections. This is the story of Baxter.
The importance of the “mood”
Baxter does not take the mood for granted. Yes, because the mood, the way of feeling, is meaningful and, in the collections, it is explored through the mixing and matching: a never-predictable blend of materials, colours, textures and writings. This is a winning trend. The project becomes a style game: subtle, fizzy, elegant, sensual. The result depends on the players and awards only the bravest taking risks as a way of making art. That aside, there is only one rule: the matching harmony, going further the single product and taking the shape and the essence of the overall view. Then, there’s the pleasure of variety, the proxy inside the rule, the same that embraces the world of fashion and art, that opens the doors to a modern eclecticism expressed through the balance of tradition and innovation, and through the contamination of signs, colours, materials and topcoats.At the heart of everything, there’s the freedom of the creative process, the ability to generate, through ingenious combinations, timeless ideas that are born from a never-ending research that, thanks to the variety and the customization, anticipates trends and supports also different tastes.
The second life of the first-choice leather
Can the same material be truly faithful to itself and, at the same time, change into something completely different? This is Baxter magic: choosing the full-grained, most exquisite leather, working it, keeping its qualities as a natural, transpiring, flexible, resisting, pleasant to the touch, distressed material, perfect in its imperfections that make it unique, and using it in unprecedented ways.
Everything begins with a travel, from the Northern European mountains to the Italian tannery districts. Thus, begins the second life of the first-choice leather, a creative adventure where the main actor is the hide and the main story is written by the artisans’ hands joined by the designers’ creativity.
The rest is the chronicle of a productive excellence. Relying on master tanners, keepers of ancient traditions, the hide is manipulated and dyed with natural anilines. In a harmonious balance between research and tradition, that finds in every chapter of this tale the concatenation between hand and machine, the experimentation is broaden to the employment of different materials that accompany it into its transformation.
The versatility, one of its great qualities, makes sure that it can be interpreted by the designers in unexpected ways, as if it was no longer itself. Being folded, sewed, pleated, screen-printed and polished, the hide is one and many, and, in its metamorphosis, it becomes: the tissue on which it is possible to duplicate vintage geometrical motifs; the shell of a suspending sitting that is not merely a covering but a structural element for the outdoor; the “zebra-striped” clothing of a daring armchair; a smooth velvet; a wrinkled fabric or one sewed with raw-cut edges.
The end of this tale sees our protagonist, the hide, deeply changed, but still recognizable in its quality. A noble element, intrinsic expression of unicity, always different and impossible to reproduce, proposed by Baxter in a new disguise, marvellous and tailored-made like a haute couture dress.