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Pierre Guariche

French, 1926-1995

The architect Pierre Guariche was one of the leading modern furniture and lighting designers of postwar France. Guariche can, in some ways, be thought of as the French version of Charles Eames: with his lean and angular chairs and slender, sculptural table lamps, he helped introduce a new aesthetic to the country’s interiors — and he was an eager pioneer in the use of new industrial materials and production techniques that emerged in the 1950s.

Guariche studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris (the national design academy) under René Gabriel — a designer known for his quality, mass-produced furnishings, who served as a director of the postwar Ministry of Reconstruction. Two years after graduating in 1949, Guariche opened his own design firm, and he was soon creating pieces for numerous companies, including the lighting manufacturer Disderot.

Wood and metal were rationed in the years following the war and Guariche learned to do more with less. His chairs of the early 1950s include several designs with narrow, softly angular wooden frames; others, like the Tonneau chair, feature a single piece of molded plywood set atop metal legs. His lamps of the period are likely his best-known works. They include delicate compositions of slender steel tubes, and more flamboyant pieces such as the Kite lamp, with its curved metal reflector panel.

Always on the lookout for new materials, Guariche spent several years in the mid-1950s operating a firm making furniture in fiberglass and other plastics, along with Joseph André Motte and others. After 1957 — when Guariche was named head of design for the Belgian company Meurop and given a brief to create stylish, up-to-date chairs and cabinets — he began to look to America for ideas.

In the mid-1960s, Guariche produced several lines of deeply upholstered, rounded lounge chairs inspired by the Space Age look, and gave them names like Jupiter, Polaris and Luna. While Guariche always kept pace with his times, throughout his career he showed a consistent talent for producing elegant, eye-catching forms using a minimum of materials.

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Pierre Guariche Vintage SK660 Armchairs Chairs
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Located in Lège Cap Ferret, FR
Pierre Guariche was born in 1926, son of a family of Parisian goldsmiths. He studied at the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, where he was taught by René Gabriel. He graduated in the Spring of 1949. He became a member of the Union des artistes modernes (UAM). He joined the studio of another of his teachers, Marcel Gascoin. He began to exhibit his own work in the Salon des Arts Ménagers and the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs.[1] In the period after World War II (1939–1945) there was increased interest in using new methods and materials for mass production of furniture. Manufacturers of materials such as formica, plywood, aluminum, and steel sponsored the salons of the Société des artistes décorateurs. Designers who exhibited their experimental work at the salons in this period included Guariche, René-Jean Caillette, Joseph-André Motte, Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Antoine Philippon and Jacqueline Lecoq Beautiful pair of SK660...
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Small Model G13 Flush Mount Wall/Ceiling Light by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Small Model G13 flush mount wall/ceiling light by Pierre Guariche. Originally designed in 1952, this current edition is made in France by Sammode Studio. Black perforated metal base,...
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1951 Pierre Guariche, Prefacto Set of Four Chairs, Airborne Edition
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Prefacto by Pierre Guariche Very rare suite of four chairs Airborne Publisher 1951 Dimensions: 80 x 42 x 48 cm Mahogany and metal Mythical and very rare Beautiful condition Se...
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Pair of "Courchevel" low chairs by Pierre Guariche, France, 1959's
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Paris, FR
Pair of slipper chairs "Courchevel" by Pierre Guariche, France Model created in 1959 for Huchers Minvielle editions Similar model reproduced in the book "Pierre Guariche" by Jacob-Bl...
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Pierre Guariche G25 Disderot wall light
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Grenoble, FR
Pierre Guariche workshop variant of the G25 lamp. Rare version from Disderot
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Wall Mounted Cabinet by Pierre Guariche for la Plagne, circa 1968
By Pierre Guariche
Located in VILLEURBANNE, FR
Hanging cabinet designed by Pierre Guariche: rectangular in shape, it is made of pine plywood with two white melamine hinged doors. Provenance: furniture designed by Pierre Guariche...
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Pair Pierre Guariche Lounge Chairs for Airborne, France 1960
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Buffalo, NY
A beautiful pair of lounge chairs designed by Pierre Guariche, manufactured by Airborne in France around 1960.Retains original Airborne label.. Hand delivery avail to New York City o...
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Set of 2 Amsterdam Chairs in Green Velour, by Pierre Guariche, France 1950's
By Pierre Guariche
Located in London, GB
A set of 2 Amsterdam Chairs in Green Velvet in a timeless style. Designed by renowned French designer Pierre Guariche in the 1950's, these chairs exude...
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Pierre Guariche furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Pierre Guariche furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 137 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 45 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Pierre Guariche were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Charles Dudouyt, Ligne Roset, and Maison Charles. Prices for Pierre Guariche furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $362 and can go as high as $38,415, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,529.

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