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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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Medium Model G13 Flushmount Wall/Ceiling Light by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Medium Model G13 flushmount wall/ceiling light by Pierre Guariche. Originally designed in 1952, this current edition is made in France by Sammode Studio. White perforated metal base,...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Pierre Guariche

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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. White perforated metal base,...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Pierre Guariche

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Metal

Pair of French Geometrical Club Chairs Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of vintage club chairs designed by Pierre Guariche. Supported by simple yet elegant metal legs, the chairs have Guariche's signature strong geometrical lines and appear floati...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche

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Metal

Pierre Guariche, Coffee Table, 1971
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Paris, FR
Pierre Guariche Coffee table, melamine top and rosewood structure 1971 Very good condition Measures: H 39 x L 100 x P 50 cm. 2 available.  
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1970s French Vintage Pierre Guariche

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  • Pierre Guariche, Coffee Table, 1971
  • Pierre Guariche, Coffee Table, 1971
  • Pierre Guariche, Coffee Table, 1971
  • Pierre Guariche, Coffee Table, 1971
H 15.36 in. W 39.38 in. D 19.69 in.
Dining Chair by Pierre Guariche for Meurop, 1960s
By Meurop, Pierre Guariche
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
This mid-century dining chairs were designed by Pierre Guariche for Meurop in Belgium, circa the 1960's. They feature black tubular metal frame. The chairs are restored with new love...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche

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  • Dining Chair by Pierre Guariche for Meurop, 1960s
  • Dining Chair by Pierre Guariche for Meurop, 1960s
  • Dining Chair by Pierre Guariche for Meurop, 1960s
  • Dining Chair by Pierre Guariche for Meurop, 1960s
H 32.68 in. W 17.33 in. D 19.69 in.
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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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Pierre Guariche

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Metal

Pair of Pierre Guariche G2 Chairs by Arp
By Michel Mortier, Pierre Guariche, Studio A.R.P. (Joseph-André Motte, Michel Mortier and Pierre Guariche), ARP (Research Plastic Studio), Joseph-André Motte
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
Pair of G2 chairs designed by Pierre Guariche, Joseph-André Motte and Michel Mortier for ARP (Atelier de Recherches Plastiques) Airborne edition – 1953 priced for the pair.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pierre Guariche

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Steel

  • Pair of Pierre Guariche G2 Chairs by Arp
  • Pair of Pierre Guariche G2 Chairs by Arp
  • Pair of Pierre Guariche G2 Chairs by Arp
  • Pair of Pierre Guariche G2 Chairs by Arp
H 27.56 in. W 22.64 in. D 30.32 in.
Pierre Guariche, Pair of White Flying Table for Steiner, France, 1955
By Steiner, Pierre Guariche
Located in Santa Gertrudis, Baleares
Beautiful pair of white flying tables designed by Pierre Guariche for Steiner, 1955 Pierre Guariche (1925-1995) is a legendary French designer from the 20th century. He gave a perso...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche

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Furniture Pierre Guariche are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Pierre Guariche Furniture collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock, we have 95 vintage editions of these items, while there are 14 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Pierre Guariche were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider Furniture by Jean Prouvé, Roche Bobois and Votre Maison if you’re looking for additional options. Pierre Guariche Furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $461 and tops out at $35,000, while pieces like these can sell for $3,200 on average.