A true design icon sees the world through a unique lens, so when a designer collaborates with a brand, their interpretation of the product yields fascinating, engaging results.
American luxury lifestyle brand JANUS et Cie has been partnering with renowned designers for over 40 years to produce the brand’s signature stunning furnishings with the distinct touch of some of the industry’s most coveted names. The company’s founder and CEO Janice Feldman focuses on collaborating with figures who have inspired her through the years, and she has a special eye for finding that spark.
“There is no one specific approach to a design process,” says Feldman. “Some designs begin simply as a sketch on a paper napkin. It is always exciting to collaborate with visionaries from the very inception to develop an individual concept into an eloquent collection that our clients can relate to.”
Eloquence certainly is materialised in the Strada collection, the brand’s ensemble by famed Italian architect and designer Paola Navone, and second exclusive collaboration with JANUS et Cie, Dolce Vita being the first. “With Paola,” Feldman says, “clients get form, function and creativity at its highest quality.” Combining an emphasis on rounded frames, handwoven fibres, dusty hues and art deco details, Strada emerged as an incredibly versatile collection, at home in nearly any setting. “The furniture pieces become accomplices,” Navone has said of the collection. “They can simply stay together or combine with other objects creating ‘different yet complementary worlds’ with ease.”
And the company is known for creating different worlds with each unique partnership – the brand’s other-worldly Fibonacci collection is a masterful, comprehensive body of work designed by the award-winning team of Michael Gabellini and Kimberly Sheppard exclusively for JANUS et Cie. Known for their use of space and light as sculptural materials, the New York-based Gabellini Sheppard Associates brilliantly crafted Fibonacci as an interpretation of its namesake geometric structure found in nature. The genesis of each piece is grounded in a fluidity of movement, and the collection itself forms a thought-provoking, poetic series. “We were ecstatic to work with Gabellini Sheppard on their first collection of furniture designs. I admired their taste and talent for many years, and I was delighted to collaborate on finding the perfect materials and production methods for these inspiring designs.”
Among the brand’s newest introductions is Toledo Aire, a beautiful evolution of the iconic design from globally renowned visionary Jorge Pensi. The classic, minimalistic armchair gets the JANUS et Cie treatment with a new set of six stylish finishes. Feldman, who has long been inspired by Pensi’s exceptional work and his penchant for, in her words, “constantly exceeding expectations, from style and engineering to functionality,” treasures Toledo Aire’s famed silhouette.
As the founder and CEO, Feldman herself has designed many of the company’s most coveted pieces. A trained artist and interior designer schooled in graphic arts and industrial design, Feldman turned her perfectionist’s eye towards product design and, in turn, has designed over 20 exclusive ensembles for the brand including the award-winning Boxwood, Amari, Katachi collections. With a dedicated focus on unparalleled craft and excellence, Feldman’s designs are flawlessly executed with techniques that illuminate time-honoured traditions with reverence, like the stunning, handwoven curves of the iconic Amari collection. Feldman has also created the notable designs Artemis, Capella and Sash within The Masters Aluminum Series, alongside the Savannah and Quadratl collections by San Francisco-based designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy.
Honouring the heritage of the past while forever focused on the future, Feldman is exhilarated to be welcoming new JANUS et Cie collaborations this year, including the first outdoor collection from renowned Italian design icon Piero Lissoni, a captivating series with sensuous curves and contemporary forms. One can also expect an innovative JANUS et Cie creation from the forward-thinking, Hong Kong-based designer André Fu, who recently launched new designs for Louis Vuitton’s travel-inspired furniture and lighting collection, Objets Nomades. A fellow Objets Nomades designer, and prolific presence in the industry, Patricia Urquiola also has a much-anticipated JANUS et Cie release coming in the near future.
With a dazzling line-up of partnerships in the pipeline, Feldman is eager to usher in a new era of insightful contributions to the JANUS et Cie offering: “We very much look forward to delighting clients with the work of these brilliant minds.”