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Pierre Guariche Chairs

French, 1926-1995
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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Creator:Pierre Guariche
Set of Four 'Polaris' Swivel Chairs by Pierre Guariche for Meurop, 1960s
By Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Located in Antwerp, BE
Set of four Polaris swivel dining chairs designed in 1965 by french designer Pierre Guariche for Meurop,Belgium. Featured in the colors ivory white,red and olive green skai, metal sw...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

"Tulipe" Tonneu Pierre Guariche Design Aluminum Chairs Set of 2
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Brescia, IT
Set of 2 Chairs Cast aluminum frame sits on four iron legs. Made in France After 1960s.  
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Aluminum

Pierre Guariche for Meurop Coquillage Chairs
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pierre Guariche for Meurop, coquillage chairs, white lacquered metal and red propylene, France, 1960s. This set of six dining chairs is designed by the French designer Pierre Guari...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Cream White Chairs by Guariche, Mortier & Motte for ARP, France, 1955
By Michel Mortier, Pierre Guariche, Studio A.R.P. (Joseph-André Motte, Michel Mortier and Pierre Guariche), Joseph-André Motte
Located in New York, NY
Freshly re-upholstered "642" pair of lounge chairs by Atelier de Recherche Plastique (ARP) a joint venture by French iconic designers Pierre Guariche, Joseph André Motte and Michel M...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Upholstery, Ash

Pair of Pierre Guariche G2 Chairs by Arp
By Joseph-André Motte, Michel Mortier, Pierre Guariche, ARP (Research Plastic Studio), Studio A.R.P. (Joseph-André Motte, Michel Mortier and Pierre Guariche)
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 Chairs

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Steel

SK660 Armchairs by Pierre Guariche in Cream Bouclé, France, 1960’s
By Pierre Guariche, Siege Steiner
Located in New York, NY
Editions Steiner. Black lacquered feet. Freshly reupholstered in crème white bouclé by Bisson Bruneel. Brass necks at the junction of armrests and back.
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1960s French Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Brass, Steel

Guariche Robert Meurop Dining Chairs Faux Leather, 1960 Mid-Century, France
By Meurop, Pierre Guariche
Located in New York, NY
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...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Iron

Set of Three Midcentury Chairs Designed by Pierre Guariche for Meurop
By Meurop, Pierre Guariche
Located in Vienna, AT
Set of comfortable Midcentury chairs with original cognac skai upholstery and black lacquered metal base. Original "Meurop" tag om the underside. Also available as single, matching ...
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1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

Black Pierre Guariche Chair 1960s for Meurop
By Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage mid-century chair by Pierre Guariche for Meurop, Belgium. Enameled black tubular steel frame with original black vinyl upholstery in excellent condition. Dimensions: 40W x 8...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Steel

G1 Leather Rocking Chair by Pierre Guariche, France
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Hellouw, NL
Rare G1 leather rocking chair by Pierre Guariche from France. Designed in the 1950s for Airborne. The simplistic and modern design consist of a tubular steel frame with a seating of ...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Steel

Cast Aluminum Chairs by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous set of aluminum chairs by Pierre Guariche. Cast aluminum frame sits on four iron legs. Excellent vintage condition and beautiful design. Great standalone piece. Chairs are a...
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1950s French Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Aluminum, Iron

Rare Set of 6 Pierre Guariche Tulip (Tulipe) Cast Aluminum Chairs, 1950s, France
By Pierre Guariche, Steiner
Located in London, GB
A rare set of 6 original Pierre Guariche cast aluminum Tulip / Tulipe (sometimes listed as "Tonneau") chairs, dating from the 1950s. This set comes from the collection of Yves Saint ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Aluminum, Iron

Set of Six Pierre Guariche Coquillage Chairs
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Dronten, NL
White fiberglass shell chairs designed in the 1950s by Pierre Guariche. For a very short period the Coquillage or Scallop chair was reissued by Maisons du Monde, France. Each chair...
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1950s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Steel

Tulipe Chair in Aluminium by Pierre Guariche for Steiner, France, 1950s
By Pierre Guariche
Located in London, GB
"Tulipe" (or Tulip) chair by Pierre Guariche for Steiner, France 1950s. Cast aluminium shell with black tubular metal legs. A very sculptural piece, in good vintage condition. Some ...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal, Aluminum

4 Pierre Guariche Cute 'Coquillage' Indoor Outdoor Chairs, Meurop Belgium 1960's
By Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Located in Bergen op Zoom, NL
Set of four chairs by French designer Pierre Guariche in yellow and red molded plastic, model 'Coquillage' Produced in Belgium by Meurop early 1960's Moulded plastic seats and...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

French Mid Century Dining Chairs by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A set of six French mid century beech wood-framed dining chairs designed by Pierre Guariche.
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1960s French Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Meurop Crocus Ball Chair, New Upholstered with High-End Fabric by Dedar, Italy
By Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Located in Rijssen, NL
Timeless crocus ball armchair, designed by Pierre Guariche for Meurop Belgium, in 1967. The chair is reupholsered in a soft wool bouclé fabric by Dedar. The Karakorum 008 Nacré Ros...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Tonneau Guariche Chairs
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Bent plywood chairs in original condition from the 1950s missing their original upholstery Located in Brooklyn.  
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Plywood

Tulip Chair by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Cast aluminium "Tulip" chair by Pierre Guariche. Made in France, circa 1950s.
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1950s Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Aluminum, Iron

Set of 6 'Tonneau' chairs by Pierre Guariche for Steiner, Circa 50
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Renens, CH
A single piece of plywood creates the seat and back of these uncommon chairs, fabric seat, upholstery and legs are made of black enameled iron tubing, to be refinished or reupholster...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Mid-Century Aluminium Chairs by Pierre Guariche for Steiner, France 1953
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of mid-century aluminium chairs by Pierre Guariche for Steiner - France 1953.
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1950s French Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Aluminum

Pair of Polaris Meurop Swivel Chairs by Pierre Guariche, 1960s, Belgium
By Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Located in Antwerp, BE
Pair of Meurop swivel chairs designed by Pierre Guariche. These Polaris lounge chairs date from the 1960s and were made for the Belgian Company Meurop. These elegant tulip chairs h...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Modern Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Tonneau Chairs by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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 ...
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1950s French Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Steel

Pierre Guariche Aluminum Chairs
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous set of 10 aluminum chairs by Pierre Guariche. Cast aluminum frame sits on four iron legs. Great vintage condition and beautiful design. Extremely rare. Great standalone piec...
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1950s French Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Aluminum, Iron

Rare Pair of "Tonneau" Fiberglass Chairs by Pierre Guariche, France, 1960s
By Pierre Guariche, Siege Steiner
Located in New York, NY
Editions Steiner, France. Good vintage condition. Will ship out of Paris, France. Price does not include shipping and possible customs related charges.
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1960s French Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Steel

Fiberglass Chair by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous fiberglass chair by Pierre Guariche. Cream fiberglass frame sits on four iron legs. Great vintage condition and beautiful design. Great standalone piece. Fantastic piece of ...
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1950s French Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Iron

Set of Five Pierre Guariche Chairs for Meurop, circa 1950
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of five chairs designed by Pierre Guariche Manufactured for Meurop in Belgium, circa 1950. Iron frame with plastic seat and backrest. In good original condition, with minor ...
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1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Iron

Pierre Guariche, Set of Four "Amsterdam" Chairs, circa 1953
By Pierre Guariche
Located in New York, NY
Pierre Guariche, set of four "Amsterdam" chairs, circa 1953. Metal and leather.
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

Set of 4 Black Leather Mid-Century Modern Chairs by French Designer Pierre Guari
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Rare set of 4 black leather MCM dining chairs by famed designer Pierre Guariche. From Paris. C.1950.
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Mid-20th Century French Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Wood

Pierre Guariche, Pair of Chairs Model Tonneau
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Paris, FR
Pierre Guariche - Pair of chairs model Tonneau Green imitation and black lacquered metal Steiner edition Circa 1955 Measures: H76 x W51 x D47 From the Pierre Bergé collecti...
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1950s French Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

Set of Three Pierre Guariche "Tonneau" Bentwood Chairs for Steiner Edition, 1954
By Steiner, Pierre Guariche
Located in Brussels, BE
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 stu...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Bentwood

Dining Chair for Meurop by Pierre Guariche
By Meurop, Pierre Guariche
Located in Tokyo, JP
1960s / Belgium Size W410 D480 H820 SH460 mm Dining chair designed by Pierre Guariche and manufactured by Meurop. The seating has been reupholstered.   
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1960s Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Steel

Pierre Guariche "Courchevel" Lounge Chair for Sièges Témoins, 1959
By Pierre Guariche, Sièges Témoins
Located in Paris, FR
Beautiful lounge chair designed by French designer Pierre Guariche. Model "Courchevel" manufactured by Sièges Témoins. France, circa 1959. Reupholstered with a high quality light g...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Steel

1951 Pierre Guariche, Prefacto Set of Four Chairs, Airborne Edition
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Paris, 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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1950s French Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

Set of Six ‘Coquillage’ Chairs by Pierre Guariche for Meurop, 1960s
By Meurop, Pierre Guariche
Located in Echt, NL
Set of six ‘Coquillage’ chairs in good original condition. Manufactured by Meurop. Designed by Pierre Guariche in the 1960s. Pierre Guariche was known for created simplistic affor...
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20th Century French Space Age Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

Pierre Guariche chairs for sale on 1stDibs

Pierre Guariche chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Pierre Guariche chairs there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 34 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original chairs by Pierre Guariche were created in Europe during the 20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Maison Jansen, Jean Prouvé and Pierre Chapo. The prices for Pierre Guariche chairs can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $752 and tops out at $32,500, while pieces like these can sell for $3,265 on average..