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October 2008

CHICAGO (October 20, 2008) – Baker unveiled additions to The Historic Charleston Collection at the Fall 2008 International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C. Included in the mix were two dining tables, cocktail and side tables, a dramatic chest-on-chest-on-chest, dining side and arm chairs, and upholstery. Chosen from the private furnishings that resident in some of the most historic homes of Charleston, S.C., Baker was able to gain access to these designs as part of its long-running partnership with the Historic Charleston Foundation. The Historic Charleston Foundation preserves these residences for future generations.

Introduced to wide acclaim in 1976, The Historic Charleston Collection remains one of Baker's most revered traditional collections. In keeping with Baker's commitment to meticulous reproduction, the designs remain true to the originals. Details include expert hand carving, delicate stringing, inlay, and period correct brass hardware. Virtually a study in timeless design, the collection pays homage to both the heritage of a great seaport and a wealth of designs that literally span the four corners of the world.

The Nathaniel Russell House, one of America's finest examples of Federal-style architecture, is one of the city's most important historic homes. Nathaniel Russell, a Rhode Island native who came to Charleston and made his fortune in the maritime economy, decorated his home with styles that befitted his well-travelled lifestyle. From this extraordinary home, Baker chooses a Pembroke table in the Hepplewhite style. The table's top and leaves form an oval in figured mahogany veneers, over a single drawer with stringing and a solid brass drawer pull. The table rests on square tapered legs terminating in brass casters.

Charlestonians prided themselves on their hospitality, and the city was awash in the elaborate society affairs that defined pre-war Charleston. Wealthy residents commissioned skilled cabinetmakers to create fashionable yet functional furnishings appropriate to any occasion. Baker pays tribute to this tradition with a unique 18th century Chippendale style chest-on-chest-on-chest attributed to Charleston master craftsman, Thomas Elfe, and currently on display at the famed Heyward-Washington House. This unusual design literally reproduces three graduated independent chests in highly figured mahogany. As was customary, heavy brass bale pulls are used on the drawers and sides allowing the pieces to be moved from one location to another or packed on ship for travel.

Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Inc. includes Baker furniture, Baker Knapp & Tubbs Showrooms, and Baker Stores. Along with McGuire Furniture Company, Ann Sacks tile, stone and plumbing company, Kallista plumbing, and Mark David hospitality furniture, it is part of the Kohler Interiors Group and wholly owned subsidiary of Kohler Co., a global leader in kitchen and bath designs.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America's oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.