CARLSON BAKER ARTS is dedicated to providing the arts community and creative professionals worldwide with the highest level of design development, engineering, and custom fabrication services. Founded in 1971, the Sun Valley, California firm has become one of the most sought-after resources for artists seeking to produce technically challenging, complicated, large-scale works, with cost-effective solutions to complex projects. Partners Peter Carlson and John Baker’s collective industry experience of more than fifty years offers the latest in state-of-the-art technology and precision, enhancing their ability to serve a diverse range of design professionals. On-site capabilities include design development, 3D scanning and modeling, CNC milling (3 & 5 axis), water-jet cutting, machining, rolling, assembly, and paint finishing. Developing personal, collaborative relationships with a unique ability to understand each client's vision has made Carlson Baker Arts the preferred fabricator, while their direct involvement in each project ensures that clients’ expectations of quality, schedule, and budget are met.
Peter Carlson has worked in art and architectural fabrication since 1969 and possesses an unsurpassed knowledge of fabrication process, technique, material, and finish. An electrical engineering student who discovered art in college, Carlson founded the company in 1971 after briefly working for the notable print shop Gemini G.E.L., producing multiples for artists like Ellsworth Kelly and Robert Rauschenberg. He has since collaborated closely on projects with Kelly, Jeff Koons, Isamu Noguchi, Doug Aitken, Christian Moeller, and the duo Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, among numerous other artists. "I have always loved working directly with artists and clients, helping them realize their projects.”
John Baker brings his breadth of experience as an architect to Carlson Baker Arts. He is responsible for the details of design development, oversight of fabrication, and hands-on installation of the firm’s myriad art projects. Baker began his undergraduate studies at the University of Detroit School Of Architecture, followed by his completion of studies at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). He joined the renowned firm of Richard Meier & Partners Architects in 1987, and was appointed Project Manager of the East Building (Conservation Institute, Administration Offices) of the Getty Center project from its inception to its 1997 completion. Baker also led the project team for the design and construction of Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills, 1998, and the Malibu Beach House, 2001. He joined Carlson & Company as Project Manager in 2003, and became Partner of Carlson Baker Arts in 2010. "After working with world-class architects for many years on large, complex projects, I understand the importance of properly executing the client's design intent during fabrication."