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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Set of 12 French 1960s Side Chairs by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Set of 12 French 1960s Side Chairs by Pierre Guari...
Pierre Guariche
Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
A set of 12 (two sets of six) French, 1960s beech side chairs by Pierre Guariche for L´Espace Le Corbusier Model Pégase, edition Baumann Price is for the set of 12 (we can separate the ...
1950´s Pair of Armchairs by Pierre Guariche, iron, colt leather - France
1950´s Pair of Armchairs by Pierre Guariche, iron,...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Leather, Iron
Pair of small armchairs, black lacquered iron structure, Colt leather upholstery. Design: Pierre Guariche, France, circa 1950.
1951 Pierre Guariche, Prefacto Set of Four Chairs, Airborne Edition
1951 Pierre Guariche, Prefacto Set of Four Chairs,...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Chairs
Metal, Mahogany
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 Sendi...
G2 Floor Lamp by Pierre Guariche for Disderot
By Pierre Guariche
G2 Floor Lamp by Pierre Guariche for Disderot
Pierre Guariche
Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Iron
G2 floor lamp with original paint and patina. New shades and wiring.
Tonneau Chair by Pierre Guariche for Steiner
By Pierre Guariche
Tonneau Chair by Pierre Guariche for Steiner
Pierre Guariche
Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Metal, Velvet, Plywood
Rare French Tonneau chair by Pierre Guariche for Steiner. Made of pink velvet.
Pair of French Geometrical Club Chairs Pierre Guariche
Pair of French Geometrical Club Chairs Pierre Guar...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Metal, Foam
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 floating ...
1960s Pair of Stamped Pierre Guariche Daybeds
By Pierre Guariche
1960s Pair of Stamped Pierre Guariche Daybeds
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Wood, Iron
Pair of original daybeds wood frame with iron legs stamped Pierre Guariche.
Pair of Pierre Guariche Slipper Chairs
By Pierre Guariche
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.
Pair of Jupiter Chairs, circa 1966, Pierre Guarich...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Chrome
Designed by Pierre Guariche, this pair of Jupiter Chairs was manufactured in 1966 for Meurop. Apart from a mild to heavy patina on the swivel chrome bases, these chairs are in excellen...
Chest of Drawers "Meurop" Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Chest of Drawers "Meurop" Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s Belgian Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Chest of drawers "Meurop" by Pierre Guariche.
1960s Coffee Table by Pierre Guariche, Metal, Glass, Opaline, Brass, France
1960s Coffee Table by Pierre Guariche, Metal, Glas...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Metal, Brass, Glass, Opaline Glass
Original coffee table, black lacquered metal structure, glass, black opaline and brass hardware, magazine rack. Design: Pierre Guariche France, circa 1960.
Vintage Pierre Guariche Armchair and Ottoman
By Pierre Guariche
Vintage Pierre Guariche Armchair and Ottoman
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Metal, Upholstery, Wood
This armchair and ottoman by Pierre Guariche, circa 1960, is newly recovered in a dark navy wool. Ottoman dimensions: 19" D x 11.5" W x 16.25" H.
Pierre Guariche French Design of the 1950s Armchair "Rio" Model for Meurop
Pierre Guariche French Design of the 1950s Armchai...
Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Metal, Faux Leather
French design armchair 1950s work by Pierre Guariche for Meurop. This armchair is made of black metal and a shell (lounge seat with a height of 38cm on the floor) dressed in red, with w...
Pair of 1950s Armchairs by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Pair of 1950s Armchairs by Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Wood
Pair of 1950s armchairs with wooden oak structure and green velvet. NewUpholstered. Great condition.  
Pierre Guariche Equalibrium Floor Lamp for Disderot, France, 1950s
Pierre Guariche Equalibrium Floor Lamp for Disdero...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Aluminum, Steel
A rare double branch floor lamp designed by Pierre Guariche and manufactured by Pierre Disderrot.
Pierre Guariche Model 'Breda' Lounge Chairs for Meurop, 1960s, New Upholstery!
By Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Pierre Guariche Model 'Breda' Lounge Chairs for Me...
Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel, Upholstery, Chrome
Rare set of Pierre Guariche lounge chairs for Meurop Belgium This set has been fully restored with new interior foam & new upholstery 'Steppe' by De Ploeg This set blends perfectl...
Set of Three Pierre Guariche Side Table for Steine...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Metal, Wood
Set of three side tables designed by Pierre Guariche. Manufactured by Steiner (France), circa 1950 Bent and painted iron frame, laminated wood. Signed with applied manufacturer's l...
1960s Coffee Table by Pierre Guariche, Brass, Opaline, Glass, France
1960s Coffee Table by Pierre Guariche, Brass, Opal...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Glass, Opaline Glass
Coffee table with nickel-plated brass stands, in the middle black opaline plate, big original glass on top. Polished brass head screws. Design: Pierre Guariche France, circa 1960.
Rare Set of Six Aluminium Chairs by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
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. Cast aluminium frame sits on four iron legs. Excellent vintage condition and beautiful design. Great standalone piece. Very rare...
Prefacto Table by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche, Airborne
Prefacto Table by Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche, Airborne
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Metal, Oak
Early edition of the Prefacto table in massive oak, metal lacquered legs, designed by Pierre Guariche and edited by Airborne in 1951.
Pierre Guariche Side Chairs
By Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche Side Chairs
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Naugahyde, Maple
Pair of side chairs designed by Pierre Guariche for L’Espace Le Corbusier in Firminy, Loire. Very elegant chairs in excellent vintage original condition. Priced individually.
Pierre Guariche Midcentury Magazine Rack, circa 1950-1959
By Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche Midcentury Magazine Rack, circa 19...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Racks and Stands
Brass, Birch
Pierre Guariche magazine rack, circa 1950-1959 Birch, brass Measures: 19.5 H x 36 W x 17.5 D inches In excellent condition - meticulously restored.
Pair of Tonneau Guariche Chairs
By Pierre Guariche
Pair of Tonneau Guariche Chairs
Pierre Guariche
Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Plywood
Bent plywood chairs in original condition from the 1950s missing their original upholstery Located in Brooklyn.  
Pair of SK660 Armchairs by Pierre Guariche, 1953
By Pierre Guariche, Steiner
Pair of SK660 Armchairs by Pierre Guariche, 1953
Pierre Guariche, Steiner
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Metal, Fabric
Beautiful pair of SK660 armchairs designed by Pierre Guariche and manufactured by the French company Steiner, 1953. Tubular black lacquered metal feet and wooden frame foam-filled a...
SK660 Easy Chair by Pierre Guariche for Steiner, France, circa 1950
By Pierre Guariche, Steiner
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...
Tonneau Chair by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Tonneau Chair by Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche
Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Bentwood
Single chair with back lacquer and leatherette seat, Steiner edition.    
Pierre Guariche Writing Table with Two Drawers
By Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche Writing Table with Two Drawers
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Desks and Writing Tables
Iron, Formica, Wood
Writing table designed by Pierre Guariche. Black lacquered metal structure, Mahogany veneered wood, wood tabletop with Formica in black. With two drawers. Measurements of the drawer c...
1950s Desk Lamp by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
1950s Desk Lamp by Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Table Lamps
Metal, Brass
With adjustable red "diabolo" head lamp. Brass foot, one light. circa 1955.
Wingback Armchair in Red Velvet by Pierre Guariche France
By Pierre Guariche
Wingback Armchair in Red Velvet by Pierre Guariche...
Pierre Guariche
Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Velvet, Beech
Elegant and comfortable armchair professionally restored in both construction and wood finish as well as upholstery. Jet black wood frame with the original Free-span patented system (se...
"Taureau" Pair of Stool French Design of the 1950s by Pierre Guariche for Meurop
"Taureau" Pair of Stool French Design of the 1950s...
Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Stools
Faux Leather, Chrome
Stool "Taureau" design by Pierre Guariche in black skai, circa 1950s. Be careful not to sit with a red dress, it could load!
Pair of Tonneau Chairs by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Pair of Tonneau Chairs by Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Modern Chairs
Steel, Fabric, Plywood
Very clean pair of all-original bent plywood and fabric Tonneau chairs by Pierre Guariche. For Steiner, Paris. Circa 1955. Early years Pierre Guariche was born in 1926, son of a f...
Rare Pierre Guariche Large Sofa for Airborne
By Pierre Guariche, Airborne International
Rare Pierre Guariche Large Sofa for Airborne
Pierre Guariche, Airborne International
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Steel, Fabric
Rare large sofa model L-10 designed by Pierre Guariche. Manufactured by Airborne (France). Bent and painted iron frame with plastic feet caps, deep foam rubber newly upholstered in re...
Pierre Guariche Lounge Chair for Airborne
By Pierre Guariche, Airborne International
Pierre Guariche Lounge Chair for Airborne
Pierre Guariche, Airborne International
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Steel, Fabric
Lounge chair model L-10 designed by Pierre Guariche. Manufactured by Airborne (France). Bent and painted iron frame with plastic feet caps, deep foam rubber newly upholstered in refin...
French, 1950s "Balancier" Wall Light by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
French, 1950s "Balancier" Wall Light by Pierre Gua...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
French, 1950s 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 ...
Pair of Rare Tonneau Armchairs designed by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Pair of Rare Tonneau Armchairs designed by Pierre ...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Plywood, Metal
Rare variant of the classic tonneau chair from the 1950's
Pierre Guariche Side Table, 1950s
By Pierre Guariche, Steiner
Pierre Guariche Side Table, 1950s
Pierre Guariche, Steiner
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Metal, Wood
Pierre Gauriche side table, manufactured by Steiner Paris in the 1950s. Mahagohni tabletop with Formica surface on a black lacquered solid tube frame. Very elegant little furniture.
Rare Pierre Guariche Mid-Century French Floor Lamp
By Pierre Guariche
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Rare Pierre Guariche Mid-Century French Floor Lamp...
Pierre Guariche
Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Metal, Brass
This is a rare Pierre Guariche Mid-Century French floor lamp with a metal Directional shade and a lacquered wood drinks surface. The lamps is totally rewired and restored to American st...
"Prefacto" Side Table by Pierre Guariche for Trefac Meurop, circa 1950, France
By Pierre Guariche
"Prefacto" Side Table by Pierre Guariche for Trefa...
Pierre Guariche
Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Metal, Oak
"Prefacto" side table by Pierre Guariche for Trefac Meurop Rare original Condition Tabletop in massive oak Lacquered metal tube legs circa 1950, France Good vintage condition.
Prefacto Side Tables by Pierre Guariche for Trefac
By Pierre Guariche
Prefacto Side Tables by Pierre Guariche for Trefac...
Pierre Guariche
Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
The Prefacto low side table was designed by Pierre Guariche and made by Trefac in the early 1950s We offer you two different tables. The one in clear red is repainted and it seems to ...
Pierre Guariche, Beech Armchair, circa 1950
By Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche, Beech Armchair, circa 1950
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Beech
Pierre Guariche, beech armchair, circa 1950.
Pierre Guariche Lounge Chair for Steiner, France 1950s
By Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche Lounge Chair for Steiner, France 1...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Model SK660 lounge chair designed in 1953 by Pierre Guariche and edited by Steiner in France. The lounge chair is upholstered in the original brown fabric and has black lacquered meta...
Tulip Chair by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Tulip Chair by Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s Chairs
Aluminum, Iron
Cast aluminium "Tulip" chair by Pierre Guariche. Made in France, circa 1950s.
Pierre Guariche Side Table for Steiner, circa 1950
Pierre Guariche Side Table for Steiner, circa 1950...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
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...
Set of Six Coquillage Stacking Chairs by P. Guariche for Meurop
By Pierre Guariche
Set of Six Coquillage Stacking Chairs by P. Guaric...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
The Coquillage side chair was designed by Pierre Guariche for Meurop in the early 1960s. The shell is made of red perforated propylene, the base of black lacquered metal. This elegant...
Pierre Guariche Rosewood Credenza
By Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche Rosewood Credenza
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Chrome, Maple, Rosewood
Highboard in rosewood veneer designed by Pierre Guariche for Meurop Belgium. Maple veneer interior. Smart minimalistic design with adjustable chrome legs for uneven floors. Excellent...
Set of Three Pierre Guariche "Tonneau" Bentwood Ch...
Pierre Guariche, Steiner
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Bentwood
All-original bent plywood Tonneau chairs by Pierre Guariche, Edition Steiner, 1954. Early years Pierre Guariche was born in 1926, son of a family of Parisian goldsmiths. He studie...
Pierre Guariche Chairs in Plastic and Black Metal, Belgium, 1960s
By Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Pierre Guariche Chairs in Plastic and Black Metal,...
Pierre Guariche, Meurop
20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Set of six chairs in yellow and blue plastic, model 'Coquillage' manufactured by Meurop, Belgium, 1960s. The playful lines of the seat shell work well with the industrial character o...
Guariche Robert Meurop Dining Chairs Faux Leather, 1960 Mid-Century, France
Guariche Robert Meurop Dining Chairs Faux Leather,...
Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Faux Leather, Iron
Guariche Robert Meurop dining chairs black faux leather, 1960 Mid-Century, France Versatile and Modern Meurop "Robert" chairs from 1960s. Iron legs and faux black leather. These are co...
Pierre Guariche Armchair
By Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche Armchair
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Single armchair model 645 designed by Pierre Guariche and manufactured by Steiner.
Pair of Bent Plywood Tonneau Side Chairs by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Pair of Bent Plywood Tonneau Side Chairs by Pierre...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Steel, Plywood
Rare pair of all-original bent plywood Tonneau chairs by Pierre Guariche, l Edition Steiner, 1954. Early years Pierre Guariche was born in 1926, son of a family of Parisian goldsm...
Set of Side Chair and Table by Pierre Guariche for Steiner, France, circa 1950
By Pierre Guariche, Steiner
Set of Side Chair and Table by Pierre Guariche for...
Pierre Guariche, Steiner
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Metal, Wood
Beautiful minimalistic set of one side chair and one side table designed by Pierre Guariche, manufactured by Steiner in France, circa 1950. This eye-catching set is made of beautiful...
Pierre Guariche Six Vintage Swivel Chairs
By Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche Six Vintage Swivel Chairs
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Upholstery
Pierre Guariche six vintage swivel chairs.
FS 105 Armchair by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
FS 105 Armchair by Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Beech
A stained beech armchair with original metal structure designed by Pierre Guariche for Airborne.
Pierre Guariche 1960s Black Leader Chairs from La sitè le Corbusier de Firmine
By Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche 1960s Black Leader Chairs from La ...
Pierre Guariche
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Wood, Maple
Pierre Guariche designed these chairs for “Le site Le Corbusier de Firmine” one of the monuments inscribed on the world heritage list of humanity. These elegant chairs made of wood map...
Set of Six Molded Aluminum Chairs by Pierre Guariche, France, 1960s
By Pierre Guariche, Steiner Meubles
Set of Six Molded Aluminum Chairs by Pierre Guaric...
Pierre Guariche, Steiner Meubles
Vintage 1960s French Chairs
Aluminum, Steel
Editions Steiner very good vintage condition.
Rare Pair of Amsterdam chairs by P. Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Rare Pair of Amsterdam chairs by P. Guariche
Pierre Guariche
20th Century French Chairs
Oak
Rare pair of tonneau chairs designed by Pierre Guariche. Located in NY.
Prefacto Chair by Pierre Guariche for Airborne, France, 1951
By Pierre Guariche
Prefacto Chair by Pierre Guariche for Airborne, Fr...
Pierre Guariche
Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Metal, Leather
Prefacto chair designed by Pierre Guariche for the house Airborne, France, 1951. Structure in tubular metal lacquered black, seat and back in plywood wrapped in fawn leather. Very bea...
Pair of Pierre Guariche Armchairs with Matching Stool
By Pierre Guariche
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.