Pierre Guariche (France, 1926–95)

The architect Pierre Guariche (1926–95) 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 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, he 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 Pair of Armchairs, Model SK660, Ne...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Alpaca, Metal
Pierre Guariche pair of armchairs model SK660 newly covered in chevron raw white 100% alpaca wool.
Set of Four Aluminium Tulip Chairs by Pierre Guari...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs
A set of four Tulip chairs designed by Pierre Guariche in 1954 for Steiner, France. Cast aluminium shell and lacquered metal base.
"G2" Lamp Designed by Piere Guariche, Pierre Disde...
Pierre Guariche, Pierre Disderot
Vintage 1950s French Floor Lamps
Brass, Iron
"G2" lamp designed by Piere Guariche, Pierre Disderot edition in iron and brass.
Pierre Guariche Attributed Floor Lamp, France, 1950
Mass Modern Design
Pierre Guariche Attributed Floor Lamp, France, 195...
Disderot, Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Fabric, Metal
Fantastic large floor lamp possible designed by Pierre Guariche or Jacques Biny for Disderot, France, 1950. This oversized floor lamp has a brass tripod base and black lacquered spines....
Pair of Pierre Guariche Armchairs with Matching St...
Pierre Guariche
Mid-20th Century French Armchairs
Pair of Pierre Guariche armchairs with matching stool. Original condition.
Swivel Chair by Pierre Guariche for Meurop
Fins de Siecles et Plus
Swivel Chair by Pierre Guariche for Meurop
Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Chrome, Faux Leather
Pierre Guariche, the French designer, designed the model Polaris in 1965 for Meurop, Belgium. This model was very much like the Tulip chair by Eero Saarinen, which was designed ten yea...
Set of Four Pierre Guariche Side Chairs
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Set of Four Pierre Guariche Side Chairs
Pierre Guariche
20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Naugahyde, Wood
Beautiful set of four side chairs by Pierre Guariche, France, 1960. Pierre Guariche designed these chairs for L´Espace Le Corbusier in Firminy, Loire. Frame: Maple. Upholstery:...
Pair of Armchairs by Pierre Guariche
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Pair of Armchairs by Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Steel
Pair of high back G10 armchairs by Pierre Guariche with their original upholstery. Fully original red upholstery on black enamel steel bases.
Set of Five Molded Aluminum Chairs by Pierre Guari...
Pierre Guariche, Steiner Meubles
Vintage 1960s French Chairs
Aluminum, Steel
Editions Steiner very good vintage condition, this item will ship from France. Price does not include shipping and possible customs related fees.         
Pierre Guariche Side Table for Steiner, circa 1950
DADA
Pierre Guariche Side Table for Steiner, circa 1950...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Sofa Tables
Laminate, Metal, Wood
Table designed by Pierre Guariche. Manufactured by Steiner, (France), circa 1950. Bent and painted iron frame, laminated wood. In good original condition, with minor wear consis...
Pierre Guariche Reclining Floor Lamp Model G2 in I...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Wrought Iron
Pierre Guariche reclining floor lamp model G2 in iron and brass.
Fully Restored Pair of Pierre Guariche SK640 Loung...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Very elegant French Mid-Century pair of lounge chairs in new Kvadrat/Maharam fabric in excellent condition.
Pair of "Tonneau" Chairs by Pierre Guariche
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Pair of "Tonneau" Chairs by Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Metal, Wool
A pair of "Tonneau" chairs by Pierre Guariche upholstered in dark gray wool fabric with black enameled legs. Steiner Edition, circa 1954.
Pair of Armchairs by Pierre Guariche, Steiner, 195...
Pierre Guariche, Steiner
Vintage 1950s French Armchairs
Fabric, Metal
A splendid pair of armchairs SK660 by Pierre Guariche, manufactured by the French company Steiner in the 1950s, with a neat but elegant and airy design. The legs are in tubular black la...
Pierre Guariche for Airborne Pair of G1 Chairs, 19...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Steel
This set of very special chairs has steel frame and original leather fabric. The chairs are of high quality and very comfortable for everyday use.
Mahogany Desk with grey formica by Pierre Guariche...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Laminate, Mahogany, Steel
Beautiful desk designed by Pierre Guariche for Minivelle. Grey laminate top and black lacquered steel base. Mahogany wood. Excellent condition.
Pierre Guariche Sconce
Orange Furniture
Pierre Guariche Sconce
Pierre Guariche
Early 20th Century French Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Iron
Articulating sconce by Pierre Guariche. Newly rewired and new will shade.
Pair of Pierre Guariche Slipper Chairs
Pascal Boyer Gallery
Pair of Pierre Guariche Slipper Chairs
Pierre Guariche
Mid-20th Century French Slipper Chairs
Mahogany, Velvet
Pair of Pierre Guariche slipper chairs with X-base, mahogany legs and re-upholstered in velvet.
Pierre Guariche Table by Meubles TV Editor, 1953
Le Cube Rouge
Pierre Guariche Table by Meubles TV Editor, 1953
Pierre Guariche, Meubles TV
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Metal, Wood
French table by Pierre Guariche with two leaves of 40cm. Ash tree top. Black metal legs.
Extending Dining Table by Pierre Guariche for Meur...
Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Steel, Teak, Wood
Modernist dining table by the French designer and architect Pierre Guariche for the Belgian manufacturer, Meurop, 1950s. The simple and elegant design is finished in teak with rectan...
Pair of 1950s Armchairs, Model FS 106 by Pierre Gu...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s Armchairs
Ash, Upholstery
Pair of armchairs by Pierre Guariche, in ashwood with upholstery, designed for Airborne, 1950. These chairs are recently reupholstered and in excellent condition. More are available;...
Pair of Upholstered Wooden Chairs by Pierre Guariche
Demisch Danant
Pair of Upholstered Wooden Chairs by Pierre Guaric...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s Side Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Molded plywood chairs upholstered in a textured pink fabric with wooden base. About the designer: Pierre Guariche (1926-1995) attended the ENSAD (École Nationale Supérieure des Art...
Elegant Pair of Easy Chairs by Pierre Guariche "Co...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s French Modern Armchairs
Metal, Wool
Elegant pair of easy chairs by Pierre Guariche (1926 - 1995). SG1 / Courchevel model, 1963. Edition Sièges Témoins. Lacquered metal.
Pair of "Tonneau" Chairs in Leather by Pierre Guar...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Faux Leather, Metal
A set of two "Tonneau" or barrel chairs by Pierre Guariche upholstered in a rich caramel tone faux leather with top stitching detail and black enameled legs. Steiner edition, circa 1954...
Pair of Armchairs by Pierre Guariche
Fins De Siecles
Pair of Armchairs by Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Iron, Leather
Pair of small armchairs, black lacquered iron structure, Colt leather upholstery. Design: Pierre Guariche, France, circa 1950.
Minimal Bar or Writing Cabinet by Pierre Guariche ...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Teak
This nice minimal cabinet is designed by Pierre Guariche for Meurop in the 1960s. The cabinet is made of teak veneer on a black lacquered steel base. It can be used as a bar or writing...
Sconce G1 by Pierre Guariche, Pierre Disderot Edit...
Pierre Guariche, Pierre Disderot
Vintage 1950s Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Metal
Sconce G1 by Pierre Guariche (1926-1995). Pierre Disderot edition, 1951.
Pair of Pierre Guariche Side Chairs
MY MODERN
Pair of Pierre Guariche Side Chairs
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Maple, Naugahyde
Designed by Guariche for L’Espace Le Corbusier in Firminy, Loire. Elegant chairs in excellent vintage original condition. Excellent affordable worldwide shipping available.
Rare Guariche Chair with Chrome Base
Merit
Rare Guariche Chair with Chrome Base
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Chairs
Aluminum, Iron
Extremely rare chairs by French designer Pierre Guariche. Cast aluminum frame with polished chrome legs. Great sculptural chair and very comfortable. Two available. Priced individually....
Coffee Table by Pierre Guariche, 1960s
L'ATELIER 55
Coffee Table by Pierre Guariche, 1960s
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Glass, Steel
Coffee table by Pierre Guraiche. Black lacquered metal structure, glass, black opaline and brass hardware.
Pair of Leather Pierre Guariche 'Tonneau' Chairs
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Pair of Leather Pierre Guariche 'Tonneau' Chairs
Pierre Guariche
Mid-20th Century French Chairs
A pair of rare vintage "Tonneau" chairs by Pierre Guariche in chestnut brown leather. Measuring approximately 78cm tall, 49cm deep and 51cm at the widest point. Designed in early ...
SK660 Easy Chair by Pierre Guariche for Steiner, F...
Pierre Guariche, Steiner
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Metal, Upholstery, Wool
Beautiful easy chair model "SK660" designed by Pierre Guariche, manufactured by Steiner in France, circa 1950. The chair is newly upholstered with the highest quality beige wool upho...
Pair of Modern Lounge Chairs by Pierre Guariche fo...
Pierre Guariche, Airborne International
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Iron, Upholstery
Pair of Modern lounge chairs, designed by Pierre Guariche for Airborne International, France, circa 1950s. These chairs are currently being reupholstered. The price noted below includes...
Set of Three "Mars" Upholstery Armchairs by Pierre...
Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Vintage 1960s European Armchairs
Fabric, Metal
Two armchairs covered by black jersey and an orange one. Blackened metal leg. Meurop edition.
"Tonneau" Cast Aluminum Chairs by Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Chairs
Aluminum, Steel
Incredible cast aluminum chairs by Pierre Guariche. Sculpted and curved aluminum seat with cut-out sits on sleek four leg black metal base. Multiple of 11 available and priced individ...
Pair of Pierre Guariche 'Visiteur' Fauteuil for Me...
Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Birch, Metal, Upholstery
Pair of 'Visiteur' chairs by Pierre Guariche for Meurop, 1961. The chairs have been re-upholstered in the Artbrokerdesign Upholstery Atelier in a chique Op-Art silk woven De Ploeg fa...
Rare Set of Six Aluminium Chairs by Pierre Guarich...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Dining Room Chairs
Aluminum, Iron
Gorgeous set of six aluminium chairs by Pierre Guariche. Frame sits on four iron legs. Excellent vintage condition and beautiful design. Great standalone piece. Very rare to have a set ...
Set of Three Pierre Guariche Side Table for Steine...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Iron, Wood
Tables designed by Pierre Guariche. Manufactured by Steiner, (France), circa 1950. Bent and painted iron frame, laminated wood. In good original condition, with minor wear consi...
Fiberglass Chair by Pierre Guariche
The Window
Fiberglass Chair by Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Chairs
Fiberglass, Steel
A rare and exceptional Mid-Century French chair design by Pierre Guariche. This unusual fiberglass shell chair has an elongated scoop form and interesting three-legged tubular steel bas...
Pair of Armchairs Prefacto by Pierre Guariche, Air...
Pierre Guariche, Airborne
Vintage 1950s Armchairs
Fabric, Foam, Metal, Wood
Pair of armchairs prefacto by Pierre Guariche (1926-1995). Airborne edition, 1951.
Pair of Pierre Guariche Side Table for Steiner, ci...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Tables designed by Pierre Guariche. Manufactured by Steiner, (France), circa 1950. Bent and painted iron frame, laminated wood. In good original condition, with minor wear consi...
Trelax Chair by Pierre Guariche, Manufactured by M...
Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Vintage 1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Faux Leather, Metal
Beautiful easy chair by Pierre Guariche, model "Trelax", manufactured by Meurop Belgium around 1950. The chair has a beautiful original beige skai upholstery and a black metal base. ...
Pair of Pierre Guariche Mid-Century Modern French ...
Pierre Guariche
Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Pair of Pierre Guariche Mid-Century Modern French wall sconces.
1950s Armchair Model FS 105 by Pierre Guariche
Demisch Danant
1950s Armchair Model FS 105 by Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Armchairs
Oak, Upholstery
Oak and upholstery armchair designed by Pierre Guariche. ABOUT THE DESIGNER: Pierre Guariche (1926-1995) attended the ENSAD (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Pari...
Pair of Pierre Guariche Side Table for Steiner, ci...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Tables designed by Pierre Guariche. Manufactured by Steiner, (France), circa 1950. Bent and painted iron frame, laminated wood. Signed with applied manufacturer's label to undeside: [St...
Pierre Guariche Armchair
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Pierre Guariche Armchair
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Single armchair model 645 designed by Pierre Guariche and manufactured by Steiner.
Delicate Minimalist Desk by Pierre Guariche for Me...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Laminate, Steel
Elegant little desk designed by the French designer Pierre Guariche and manufactured by Meurop in Belgium in the 1950s. Wood laminate, ABS drawer and black enameled metal frame. Excel...
Rare Mid-Century Minimalist Pierre Guariche Counte...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Metal, Textile
Not found often, this floor lamp designed by Pierre Guariche from 1952-1953. The floor lamp is made in black painted tubular metal with brass elements. The red lamp shade is per...
Floor Lamp G54 by Pierre Guariche, Pierre Disderot...
Pierre Guariche, Pierre Disderot
Vintage 1950s Floor Lamps
Brass, Metal, Plexiglass
Floor lamp G54 by Pierre Guariche (1926-1995) Pierre Disderot edition - 1959
Pair of Lighting Shelves by Pierre Guariche, Negro...
Pierre Guariche, Unknown
Vintage 1960s More Lighting
Laminate
Pair of lighting shelves by Pierre Guariche (1926-1995) Negroni edition - 1969
Pair of Capitole Chairs and Matching Tables by Pie...
Pierre Guariche, Huchers Minvielle
Vintage 1950s French Lounge Chairs
Palisander, Velvet
original green velvet upholstery refinished wood bases and Aquilon side tables in good vintage conditions Huchers Minvielle Editions, France very rare piece these items will ship f...
French 1950s "Balancier" Wall Light by Pierre Guariche
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French 1950s "Balancier" Wall Light by Pierre Guar...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
French 1950's black painted and brass counter balance wall light by Pierre Guariche. Adjustable with the counterweight and at the shade as well. Dimensions are W 64" maximum, Diameter ...
Pierre Guariche Teak Desk for Meurop, 1950s
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Pierre Guariche Teak Desk for Meurop, 1950s
Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Vintage 1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Metal, Teak
Nice desk designed by the French designer Pierre Guariche and manufactured by Meurop in Belgium in the1950s. Veneered teak and black lacquered metal frame. Usually this model of desk ...
Pierre Guariche Prototype Chairs
Maxfield Gallery
Pierre Guariche Prototype Chairs
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Metal
Pair of Pierre Guariche prototype metal chairs
President Desk by Pierre Guariche Huchers Minviell...
Pierre Guariche, Huchers Minvielle
Vintage 1960s Desks
Chrome, Laminate, Metal, Rosewood
President desk by Pierre Guariche (1926-1995) Huchers Minvielle edition - 1961
Pierre Guariche Chair for Meurop, circa 1950
DADA
Pierre Guariche Chair for Meurop, circa 1950
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Iron, Plastic
Chair designed by Pierre Guariche Manufactured for Meurop in Belgium around 1950. Iron frame with plastic seat and back rest. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent...
Pierre Guariche rosewood credenza
MY MODERN
Pierre Guariche rosewood credenza
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Chrome, Rosewood, Steel
Highboard in rosewood veneer designed by Pierre Guariche for Meurop Belgium. The contrast maple veneer interior is also a feast for the eyes. Smart minimal design with adjustable chrom...
Pierre Guariche Side Table
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Pierre Guariche Side Table
Pierre Guariche, Trefac
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Metal, Wood
The Side Table designed by Pierre Guariche has a specially shaped surface in wood. The metal legs cross each other at an optimum height so the table act with it minimalistic creation. M...
Small Desk by Pierre Guariche for Meurop
MY MODERN
Small Desk by Pierre Guariche for Meurop
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Laminate, Plastic, Steel
Nice desk by Pierre Guariche, made in wood laminate with white ABS drawers. Manufactured by Meurop Belgium in the1950s. Excellent affordable worldwide shipping available.
Pair of Troika Armchairs by Pierre Guariche
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Pair of Troika Armchairs by Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s Armchairs
Pair of Pierre Guariche Troika model armchairs designed by Airborne in 1958. These armchairs are covered with gray woolen fabric. They are mounted on four black lacquered metal legs en...