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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 & Chambron Daybed or Bench with Side Table in Oak and Fabric
By Guillerme et Chambron
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron, daybed bench, oak, fabric, France, 1960s. This low bench or daybed shows the admirable, characteristic details of the French designer duo Guillerme and Chambr...
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Guillerme & Chambron. Bench in blond oak. 1970s.
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Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Guillerme and Chambron for Votre Maison. Bench in solid blond natural oak, curved in shape. Seat and back with fine white curls, the back made up of two round cushions. French work...
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1970s French Modern Vintage Guillerme et Chambron Benches

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Oak Sofa by Guillerme et Chambron, France 1960s
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Amazing French half round sofa by the famous duo Guillerme et Chambron from the 1960s. Guillerme et Chambron represent a significant moment in French m...
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Guillerme et Chambron, Ebonized Oak Radiator Cover, France, Mid-20th Century
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This midcentury, ebonized radiator cover by the celebrated French designer Robert Guillerme, was created as part of a line of design he produced for the company Votre Maison. Feature...
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Guillerme et Chambron, Bench circa 1970, Edition "Votre Maison"
By Guillerme et Chambron
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Guillerme et Chambron, oak bench composed of three removable elements. Wool fabric to change Edition "Votre Maison", circa 1970.
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Guillerme et Chambron, "Eventail" Curved Bench, 1965 Votre Maison Edition
By Guillerme et Chambron
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Guillerme et Chambron, "Eventail" curved bench. 1965 Votre Maison edition.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Guillerme et Chambron Benches

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Guillerme Et Chambron benches for sale on 1stDibs.

Guillerme et Chambron benches are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Guillerme et Chambron benches, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original benches by Guillerme et Chambron were created in the mid-century modern style in france during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider benches by Pierre Chapo, Charlotte Perriand, and Steph Simon. Prices for Guillerme et Chambron benches can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,688 and can go as high as $8,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $7,608.

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