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Guillerme et Chambron

French

Robert Guillerme and Jacques Chambron, the French creative duo behind Votre Maison, met under unusual circumstances: They discussed design while imprisoned in a forced labor camp. The pair’s combined talents later resulted in modern, sculptural furniture — today, vintage Guillerme et Chambron desks, dining tables, chairs and other pieces still look conceptually playful and vibrant but could fit harmoniously into any home.

Guillerme had graduated from the École Boulle in 1934 with a degree in design and architecture, and Chambron had studied at the School of Applied Arts in Reims. They were captured by the Germans in East Prussia during the Second World War and struck up a friendship over their mutual love for all things design. After the war ended, Guillerme moved to Lille in northern France; Chambron left his job as a painter and decorator in Paris and joined him in 1948. In 1949, the pair met Émile Dariosecq, a skilled cabinetmaker who enthusiastically agreed to manufacture the duo’s designs, leading to the start of Votre Maison.

Guillerme and Chambron were as prolific as they were detailed, producing more than 2,000 pieces in the second half of the 20th century out of a former gun factory. Their furniture, which was mostly made with different tones of waxed oak, adhered to the trends of design that emerged after the war: mid-century modernism.

European furniture in the postwar period largely prioritized function as much as it did form and lacked any unnecessary ornamentation. Guillerme and Chambron wanted people to actually use their furniture, not just look at it. That design philosophy was a pillar of their company, its name translating to “your house” in French. Their signature touches included ornate tiles, hidden drawers and vibrant textiles on pieces such as desks, tables, shelving, lighting, benches and other seating. One of Votre Maison’s most famous and popular pieces was the Grand Repos armchair, a stately, high-backed wide piece with a skeletal oak frame, six spindles and plush cushions.

While Guillerme and Chambron were a team, they handled different aspects of the business: Guillerme designed much of the furniture and Chambron concentrated on decor. Votre Maison was a full-service design business. In 1983, the dynamic duo passed on their company to Chambron’s son, Hervé, a designer and graduate of École Boulle.

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Guillerme & Chambron Set of Twelve Dining Chairs Model 'Charlotte'
By Votre Maison, Guillerme et Chambron
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme & Chambron for Votre Maison, dining chairs model 'Charlotte', oak, straw, France, 1960s Set of twelve rustic, yet elegant dining chairs in solid oak by Guillerme and Cha...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Guillerme et Chambron

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Straw, Oak

Guillerme & Chambron Wardrobe in Solid Oak
By Guillerme et Chambron
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme & Chambron, wardrobe, oak, France, 1960s This grand wardrobe in blond oak wood has versatile (hidden) storage facilities. Two doors in different size structure the front...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Guillerme et Chambron

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Oak

  • Guillerme & Chambron Wardrobe in Solid Oak
  • Guillerme & Chambron Wardrobe in Solid Oak
  • Guillerme & Chambron Wardrobe in Solid Oak
  • Guillerme & Chambron Wardrobe in Solid Oak
H 68.9 in. W 84.26 in. D 20.48 in.
Guillerme et Chambron Magazine Rack with Ceramic Ashtray
By Guillerme et Chambron
Located in Wiesbaden, DE
Stunning French magazine rack by designers Guillerme et Chambron. Made of oak. Beautiful, original ceramic ashtray. Very rare find. Gorgeous design. Perfect accessory for a larger Gu...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Guillerme et Chambron

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Oak

Guillerme et Chambron, Oak Drop Front Secretary, France, Mid-20th Century
By Votre Maison, Guillerme et Chambron
Located in New York, NY
This midcentury, polished light oak secretary by the celebrated French designer Robert Guillerme, was created as part of a line of design he produced for the company Votre Maison. Th...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Guillerme et Chambron

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Oak

Solid Oak Armchair by Guillerme & Chambron, France, 1960's
By Guillerme et Chambron
Located in New York, NY
Graphic Guillerme and Chambron for "Votre Maison" armchair made of solid oak and faux leather. Upholstery nails Good vintage condition—refinished wood structure. Some differences...
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1960s French Vintage Guillerme et Chambron

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Faux Leather, Oak

French Guillerme et Chambron Stool, Hungarian Oak, Wool
By Guillerme et Chambron, Votre Maison
Located in Brussels, BE
A vintage stool upholstered in original wool fabric Designed by French designers Robert Guillerme et Jacques Chambron. Edition Votre Maison, circa 1960. Hungarian oak upholstere...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Guillerme et Chambron

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Oak

Set of 5 Guillerme et Chambron Oak and Rush Chairs
By Guillerme et Chambron
Located in London, Greater London
Set of 5 Guillerme et Chambron oak and rush chairs Set of five elegant dining chairs in solid oak by Guillerme and Chambron. These chairs show the characteristic frame of this Fre...
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1960s French Organic Modern Vintage Guillerme et Chambron

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Rush, Oak

  • Set of 5 Guillerme et Chambron Oak and Rush Chairs
  • Set of 5 Guillerme et Chambron Oak and Rush Chairs
  • Set of 5 Guillerme et Chambron Oak and Rush Chairs
  • Set of 5 Guillerme et Chambron Oak and Rush Chairs
H 32.68 in. W 16.93 in. D 20.48 in.
Guillerme et Chambron Oak and Opaline Pendants, circa 1970
By Guillerme et Chambron
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Guillerme et Chambron oak and opaline pendants, circa 1970 attaches directly to the ceiling.
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Guillerme et Chambron

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Opaline Glass, Oak

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