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A New Outdoor Furniture Collection Designed by Philippe Starck Effortlessly Harmonizes with Nature

The architect and designer's first collaboration with Janus et Cie unites timeless elegance and refined natural elements.

Credit (all photos): Sully Sullivan

When creating his new Serengeti collection for Janus et Cie, Philippe Starck found inspiration in Tanzania’s eponymous savanna. The collection marks the French architect and industrial designer’s first collaboration with the furniture brand and merges his known affinity for natural materials with textiles engineered to weather the great outdoors. 

The canopied two-seater sofa is the star of the collection. Its solid teak frame gives way to punchy sherbet-hued upholstery and an upright seating pitch channels the comfort of a wingback chair, with an undeniably timeless elegance. The retractable canopy is lined in Janus et Cie’s outdoor-ready canvas mesh, while plush cushions outfitted in customizable performance textiles round out the sofa’s aesthetic form with the practicality demanded by exposure to nature.

“I live in the middle of nowhere; in the mud, sand, and forest,” Starck says.“I dreamed of furniture that nature could love, accept, integrate—original but timeless.”

Other pieces in the collection include lounge and armchairs, an ottoman, sofa, and tables. Whether overlooking a backyard pool or the Serengeti itself, the Serengeti collection is fit to accentuate any view.

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