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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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G21 Floor Lamp by Pierre Guariche
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Small G61 Table Lamp by Pierre Guariche
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G30 Floor Lamp by Pierra Guariche
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
The kite: that was the name Pierre Guariche himself coined for this striking floor lamp. Its white lacquered perforated steel shade immediately catches the eye, clearly suggesting th...
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Large G1 Floor Lamp by Pierre Guariche
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G13A Pendant by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sammode G13 in pendant form, thanks to the addition of a metal pendant fitting and modular length cable. Designed by Pierre Guariche in 1955, this model diffuses light through a perf...
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G25 Wall Light by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The G25 wall lamp designed by Pierre Guariche will not go unnoticed in your home. It can be used above a dining table, as it was during its designer's lifetime. Or it works equally w...
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G50 Table Lamp by Pierre Guariche
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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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