Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending a press luncheon for JANUS et Cie in their showroom on East 59th. I'm still new on the scene, so every opportunity to visit a showroom, see the physical products, and meet designers is very exciting.
Walking out of the rain and into the JANUS et Cie showroom was like walking into another season: the clean, crisp pieces accented with bright pops of green and orange reminded me of the beginning of spring—nevermind that we're closing in on January. During a lovely lunch shared around beautifully appointed tables topped with pieces from their newly-expanded Details accessories collection, we were introduced to a number of new pieces, including additions to their popular Forest series.
Two of my favorites from JANUS et Cie's Interior Elements are the uniquely named and shaped Yoda chair, made from handwoven synthetic fiber on an electrostatic powder-coated steel frame, and the high-back Suzy Wong three-seat sofa made with natural lampakanai, abaca, and rattan woven on a frame of red oak. Throughout the thoughtful range of new products one can clearly see the clean, natural aesthetic and high quality that are characteristic of JANUS et Cie. It was tough leaving the sunny interior of the showroom and braving the winter rain once again—just a reminder of how deeply affected we can be by the comfort, design, and intent of our surroundings.
The Yoda chair
Suzy Wong three-seat sofa