Baker’s Modern Safari Chair—a passion project of ours that has been years in the making—was inspired by Lady Florence Baker, the wife of a British explorer, officer, naturalist, big game hunter, engineer, writer and abolitionist. Baker refused to stay at home, instead accompanying her husband on his travels throughout Africa; riding camels, mules and horses, and carrying pistols when in the wild. This chair aspires to capture Florence’s spirit of adventure and bravery, combined with her natural beauty.
We wanted to preserve the iconic look of the early versions of the safari chair, while adding a modern appeal. We designed the arms to be narrow and sharp, creating a stunning silhouette of clean angles. We added solid brass hardware, meant to uniquely patina over time for a lived-in look. And we chose buttery, tan leather—all materials that combine to inject warmth and nostalgia into any interior. To pay homage to the truly wonderful place from which the chair derives, each is accented with a Ugandan 500 Shillings coin.
This chair is masterfully handcrafted in Uganda’s capital of Kampala with a focus on quality materials: Teak wood for the frame, crafted and finished by a master-carpenter; heavy gauge pure brass for the hinges, hand-cut, buffed and polished by our in-house metal-smiths; and super sturdy yet supple leather from Kenya that will only get better with wear, hand-stitched by a group of talented seamstresses at Kampala-based Sseko Designs. From start to finish, each chair takes about two weeks to complete, utilizing the skill and touch of more than ten artisans all working in fair-trade environments.
For ease in transporting, the chair folds up and can be carried. It is also available in a Mugavu wood base.
Recommended for indoor use.
To prevent leather from fading, limit exposure to direct sunlight or heat. Spot clean leather with a damp cloth or sponge and air dry. Spot should dissipate into leather over time. To protect and maintain the leather, we recommend using a leather conditioner as needed.
The brass pieces will develop a natural patina over time, but you can choose to keep them bright and shiny with standard brass polish. To avoid fingerprints, handle brass with a soft cloth.