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Archetype for McGuire Combines Classic Forms, Inspired Materials | July 2000
To create its first collection available at retail, McGuire Furniture Company turned to internationally recognized designer Michael Vanderbyl for his mastery of combining pure forms with an inspired use of materials. The result is a collection of classic modern designs worthy of any space, outside or inside.
For more than 50 years, the name McGuire has been synonymous with fine furniture to interior designers and architects worldwide.
Recognizing a need for sophisticated, high-quality, outdoor furniture, the company created Archetype for McGuire as its first retail collection.
"We felt that the time was right to bring this level of quality to retail," said Jason Phillips, president of McGuire Furniture Company. "We're pleased to be working with a designer the caliber of Michael Vanderbyl to create McGuire's initial entrże into the market."
Archetype for McGuire combines the familiar McGuire medium of teak with a new material -- aluminum -- to create 14 unique designs. Choosing this rather industrial material gave Vanderbyl license to an architectural interpretation of traditional outdoor furniture forms. The aluminum is powder-coated with a lustrous platinum finish and designed to be heat resistant - making the designs at once sophisticated for any decor and practical for outdoor use in any climate.
For inspiration, Vanderbyl turned to his appreciation for mid-century modern design and his lifelong interest in the sea. Recalling the simplicity of teak grates on the decks of sailboats, Vanderbyl created a regimented grid pattern used as the primary design element. The structure and geometry of the teak are married with a delicate yet durable aluminum frame, while the purity of sailcloth is interpreted in the cushions and handsome umbrella.
The smooth, uninterrupted lines and intelligent scale of each design are evidence of Vanderbyl's genius for proportion and an aesthetic for functional elegance. The versatile collection includes a generous lounge chair and sofa, both with delicate tapered legs, angular arms and simple boxed cushions displaying a quadrant pattern. A square ottoman features a lattice teak top and ample cushion. The square and round cocktail tables and a spot table are paired with either a teak or frosted glass top. The dining, arm and bar chairs mirror the silhouette of the lounge seating and are designed to complement the round and oval dining tables.
The collection also includes two signature pieces. A clean, edited aluminum chaise features tapered front legs, rear wheels and a simple, round head roll. Equally stylish and functional is a sleek, modern serving cart fitted with unique serving features.
In keeping with McGuire's reputation for quality and craftsmanship, great care has been taken to respect the materials chosen for the collection. Each fluid, aluminum form is enhanced by its smooth, lustrous finish, while the teak latticework and accents are handcrafted and hand-finished.
A noted multi-disciplined designer, Vanderbyl says his collection for McGuire is created for both outdoor and indoor use. "We chose materials with an honest integrity and executed them in a manner that complements today's eclectic decor," said Vanderbyl.
Simplicity and scale are clearly the similarities shared by Vanderbyl's acclaimed Archetype Collection for Baker Furniture. Archetype for McGuire is available at fine retail stores throughout the country where Baker Furniture is sold, as well as at the McGuire showroom in San Francisco, select Baker Knapp & Tubbs showrooms and independent McGuire showroom representatives.
Unique in form, pure in line and precise in execution, Archetype for McGuire represents one of the most sophisticated groups for the loggia, garden or terrace. Items this masterfully designed and artfully executed make them ideal for any room of the house.
The McGuire Furniture Company
McGuire Furniture Company, together with Ann Sacks, Kallista and Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Inc., which includes Baker furniture, Baker Knapp & Tubbs Showrooms, and Baker Stores, comprises the Kohler Interiors Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America's oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home furnishings, as well as the development and operation of award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.