Contract Magazine - January/February 2018 - 30
Michael Vanderbyl designs a comprehensive collection
for JANUS et Cie to conjure the nautical aesthetic
of a sea lover's sailing vessel
JANUS et Cie has introduced the Hatch collection of indoor and
outdoor furnishings, drawing on legendary San Francisco-based
designer Michael Vanderbyl's longstanding love for sailing.
"Sailing has always been close to my heart," Vanderbyl says.
"It's not just because of the experience, but because of the aesthetic:
The crisp white hull; the richness of teak decks; the dark, deep
green of the bay waters and the clear blue San Francisco sky;
and the ever-present, brilliant white sails cutting through the fog."
Emulating the archetypal aesthetic and clean lines
of a classic sailing yacht, Hatch sets a teak composition against
two lustrous frame finishes-Atlas Silver and Polaris White-
to allude to the silver sheen of anodized masts and the crisp white
hues of sails and hulls. "The design is based on the classic form
of teak hatches and grates used in the marine architecture
of fine yachts," adds Vanderbyl. "Paired with sleek aluminum
frames finished to reference the appearance of yacht masts,
toe rails, and fittings."
Comprised of 22 distinct components, Hatch includes
an armchair and a side table (pictured) as well as a side chair,
a lounge chair, an ottoman, chaise lounges, and a serving cart,
among other pieces. Optional cushions are available for both
the seat and backrest. JANUS et Cie's comprehensive collection
combines historic influences and marine craft techniques with
a modern approach to elicit an authentic appreciation of the sea
and sleek sailing vessels. -HAYLEY ARSENAULT
JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2018