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Guillerme et Chambron Benches

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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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Creator: Guillerme et Chambron
Guillerme et Chambron, Oak Bench with Storage, France, Mid-20th Century
By Guillerme et Chambron, Votre Maison
Located in New York, NY
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Guillerme et Chambron Oak Settee with Lamp, France 1950's
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Guillerme et Chambron, Bench circa 1970, Edition "Votre Maison"
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Guillerme et Chambron, Ebonized Oak Radiator Cover, France, Mid-20th Century
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Guillerme et Chambron, "Eventail" Curved Bench, 1965 Votre Maison Edition
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Guillerme et Chambron benches for sale on 1stDibs

The benches Guillerme et Chambron are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of benches Guillerme et Chambron there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 5 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original benches by Guillerme et Chambron were created in France during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider benches by Laverne International, Maison Ramsay and Jean-Charles Moreux. Prices for Guillerme et Chambron benches can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $4,950 and tops out at $8,000, while pieces like these can sell for $6,800 on average..

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