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Crafts Council

Contemporary Applied Arts

CAA champions and promotes only the very best of British craft. Founded in 1948 and a registered charity since 1967, CAA is a membership gallery that represents some of the most talented and skilled applied artists working in Britain today.

Fred Baier, Park Life, from an on-going series of Prism Chairs, 2014/1, 5, H84 x W60 x D60cm, Stainless steel sheet, printed vinyl laminate, Photo credit: Mark Somerville

Fred Baier calls himself a furniture artist rather than craftsman, although craftsmanship plays an important role in the creation of his unusual, highly contemporary-style pieces. His furniture is often complex and visually challenging. As Baier explains: “In everything I make there are all sorts of different layers – imagery, narrative, structure and use. I try to be a man of my time – making objects of my time, using and reflecting upon the technology, imagery and other issues of now. My hope is that in the future, when people look at my furniture, they’ll say that it is ‘turn of the millennium stuff, spanning the late industrial-early digital divide’.” His work is held in many major public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge, Shipley Art Gallery Tyne & Wear and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, USA.