Known for her beautiful and meticulous work, Saana Baker studied textile design with an emphasis on weaving at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Eight great years in New York followed, working at domestic upholstery mills and as the Director of Woven Design for the august fabric house Schumacher.
The opportunity to work with Barbara Barry then took her to Los Angeles, where she spent more than a decade actualizing the vision of this iconic and brilliant designer. There she broadened her skills to include rugs, bedding, wallpaper, dinnerware, as well as showroom and photo styling.
Now, back home in San Francisco, Baker is focusing on new clients including McGuire Furniture, OHIO Design & Gump's, along with other thoughtful, creative firms and discerning private clients.
Her inspirations date back to childhood. From an early age, Baker loved her grandmother’s elegant home filled with antiques and eclectic items picked up traveling as a military wife. It offered a contrasting aesthetic from her Berkeley upbringing, helmed by two iconoclastic parents devoted to paths of free-thinking and change-making. Seeing both sides helped her develop a broad set of references and an impulse to work toward balancing beauty and substance. The sense of joy found in a home filled with things that truly speak to its inhabitants is a key inspiration and guiding philosophy.
Baker’s work has been used in the White House State Dining Room as drapery, and featured in publications such as Architectural Digest, Home Textiles Today & House Beautiful.
Recent projects include shibori and indigo dying explorations, new collections of painted and digital textile designs and learning to rebuild an 1890’s Victorian fixer-upper with her husband Matt, a NASA robotics engineer.