Meet The ASPIRE HOUSE McLean 2020 Designers: An Exclusive Interview With Paul Fogg

By bringing the spirit of the interiors into the outside covered terrace, Paul Fogg of JANUS et Cie creates a traditional outdoor entertaining area balanced by contemporary influences. Surrounded by lush greenery, the outdoor setting complements the sophisticated interior spaces within the ASPIRE HOUSE McLean Show House. Learn more about Paul’s decision to incorporate some of his favorite JANUS et Cie pieces into his design in an exclusive interview with Sherry Moeller.

Rendering of the Covered Terraced by Paul Fogg of JANUS et Cie at the ASPIRE HOUSE McLean Show House. Rendering by JANUS et Cie.

Sherry Moeller: Describe your room at the show house. How did you come up with the concept and what’s the backstory?
Paul Fogg: For the covered terrace, I was inspired to create a design dialogue between the Great Room, the pool, and the garden using colors and textures to communicate the relationship between the property’s interior and exterior spaces. Pulling from some of my favorite JANUS et Cie pieces, I chose a sophisticated balance of dark hues—frames with deep gray finishes and textiles with cool, captivating tones—to create an intriguing juxtaposition between the light, neutral interiors.

As a nod to the rich verdant green landscape, toss pillows were created in our Spinnaker Moss fabric. In my frame selection, the Katachi High Back Lounge Chair offers a sophisticated harmony of traditional design and architectural, modern sensibility. Paired with the Knot Cocktail Table, the pieces represent a dedication to craftsmanship, each the result of intricate handweaving and expert artistry. The grouping itself mirrors the spirit of the home: traditional with contemporary touches that highlight the property’s lush natural surroundings. A continuation of the terrace’s design themes can be seen in the outdoor grilling area, outfitted with the simple, modern Duo collection in the slate-hued Graphite finish.

The JANUS et Cie Knot Modular Seating Collection. Photo courtesy of JANUS et Cie.

SM: What’s a favorite element you plan to incorporate into your space at the ASPIRE HOUSE McLean?
Paul Fogg: It was important that the space be inviting and facilitate conversation, thus we created a circular lounging experience. The lounge area’s rounded form softens the edges of the patio, so to speak, and is perfect for an intimate gathering with family or friends. The high back lounge chairs help guide the eye to the vertical height of the covered exterior space.

Small, clever lumbar pillows featuring two fabrics that form a diamond pattern is a nod to the home’s architecture as well as the surrounding greenery. If you look closely, the pattern also mimics the hourglass silhouette of the cocktail table. As a final detail to complete the space, a centerpiece of succulents in a faux bois planter bowl on the cocktail table merges this covered outdoor space with its natural landscape.

SM: What projects have you done in the past that most resemble or relate in some way to what you plan to design at the ASPIRE HOUSE McLean? Or is this a completely different concept?
PF: In my past life as an interior designer, I worked on many different projects that were quite similar to this. Now in my role as JANUS et Cie sales specialist serving North Carolina and Virginia, I have numerous opportunities to work in a collaborative fashion with designers offering quality outdoor and indoor furnishings, performance fabrics, and beautiful accessories that can be highly customized. These designers’ energy and enthusiasm for their craft makes my professional life a delight! JANUS et Cie is honored to be included in the McLean show house along with some of our client partners, including Mary Douglas Drysdale, Jennifer Stoner, and Janie Molster.

The JANUS et Cie Katachi Chair and Side Table. Photo courtesy of JANUS et Cie.

SM: Have you participated in other show houses and why?
PF: While I have not participated in show houses in the past, the JANUS et Cie website offers photography tours of many installations by other designers and hotel partners—almost like a virtual show house. We saw the McLean Show House as a wonderful collaboration with ASPIRE magazine to take our furniture out of the showroom environment and place it into an actual home for guests of the show house to enjoy.

The JANUS et Cie Duo Dining Table and Chairs. Photo courtesy of JANUS et Cie.

SM: What’s next for you design wise—are there some projects you’re particularly excited about? Are there any projects you’d love to tackle, sort of a design bucket list?
PF: As a JANUS et Cie brand sales specialist, I have the opportunity and joy to work with designers as their resource for outdoor furnishings. I love the flexibility and collaborative nature of my position as a brand ambassador where I have the privilege of helping my clients source the best product designs and materials for their unique needs and watch their visions come to life. JANUS et Cie has an immense breadth of product that allows my designer clients to easily bring their voices and personalized styles into the sourcing experience. At the moment, I’m working with designers on a variety of projects; from an expansive estate in South Carolina with several outdoor spaces around the property to a balcony setting in a high rise in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, and also a special venue along the James River in the city of Richmond, Virginia.

Proceeds for ASPIRE HOUSE: McLean will benefit the ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME Diversity in Design Scholarship Fund. Click here to learn more, and purchase tickets for the event; opening August 21 through September 14, 2020.

About the Designer | Paul Fogg, who has an education and background as an interior designer, has been a sales specialist with JANUS et Cie for more than 10 years serving North Carolina and Virginia. Paul collaborates with designers to offer quality outdoor and indoor furnishings, performance fabrics, and beautiful accessories that can be highly customized.

For more than 40 years, JANUS et Cie has been an industry leader in design-driven furnishings for the outdoors. The luxury furniture brand, part of Lifestyle Design family with Cappellini, Cassina, Ceccotti Collezioni, Luminaire, Karakter and Poltrona Frau, serves commercial, hospitality and residential clients with a dedicated focus on outstanding quality, superior craftsmanship and unparalleled service. In the years since the company’s founding in 1978, founder and CEO Janice Feldman and her exceptional team have transformed JANUS et Cie from a single showroom in the Los Angeles Pacific Design Center to a comprehensive global design resource with 19 flagship showrooms throughout North America, Singapore, Sydney and Milan, as well as field offices and select dealers throughout the world.

JANUS et Cie offers a diverse catalog of over 6,000 pieces—each design remarkably distinguished in concept and form—and in addition to furniture, includes a growing commitment to decorative accessories and performance textiles. Acclaimed by the most discriminating designers, architects and juried competitions, this powerful body of work has inspired for decades a demand for beautifully imagined furnishings to be used both indoors and out, and has influenced an entire industry in the process.

Sherry Moeller is a contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine.

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