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Pierre Guariche Chairs

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
Tonneau Chairs by Pierre Guariche for Steiner ~ Set of 8
By Pierre Guariche, Steiner
Located in New York, NY
Set of 8 (eight) Tonneau chairs by Pierre Guariche (1926-1995) for Steiner. France, 1955. Featuring laminated plywood shell, seat of leather and legs of enameled metal. Stamped on...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

1950s Chairs by Pierre Guariche for Les Huchers Minvielle
By Pierre Guariche
Located in VILLEURBANNE, FR
Set of four chairs designed by Pierre Guariche and published by Huchers Minvielle in the 50s. The chairs are composed of a slightly compass base in black lacquered tubular metal w...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

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

Pierre Guariche Cast Aluminum Tulip Chairs for Steiner, France, circa 1954
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Chicago, IL
Cast aluminum Tulip chair by Pierre Guariche for Steiner, France, 1954. Sculpted and curved cast aluminum seat with an opening on the seat on sleek four leg black tubular metal base....
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Aluminum

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

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 have a chromed base and new upholstery in blue and white flamed fabric.
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Modern Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Chrome

Rare Pierre Guariche Variant Tulip Cast Aluminium Chair, 1950s, France
By Pierre Guariche
Located in London, GB
A rare variant Pierre Guariche cast aluminium Tulip / Tulipe chair, dating from the 1950s. In good vintage condition. The chair has been ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Aluminum, Iron

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 ...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Steel

Tonneau Chair by Pierre Guariche for Steiner, France 1950s
By Steiner, Pierre Guariche
Located in Chicago, IL
A ‘Tonneau’ chair designed by Pierre Guariche for Steiner in the 1950s. This chair has a curved seat with an oval cutout detail in handsome stitched black leather. It has four angled...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Iron

Pair of Polaris Swivel Chairs by Pierre Guariche for Meurop, Belgium 1950s
By Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Located in Chicago, IL
A pair of Polaris chairs designed by Pierre Guariche for Meurop in the 1950s. These chairs feature curved tulip frames and have metal swivel bases with b...
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1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

Black Tonneau Chair by Pierre Guariche, 1950s
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Brussels, BE
Black Tonneau Chair by Pierre Guariche, 1950s
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1950s Unknown Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Wood

1950s Cast Aluminum Dining Chair by Pierre Guariche for Steiner
By Pierre Guariche, Steiner
Located in Saint Paul, MN
Pierre Guariche's work has risen in popularity as reissues bring light to his magnificent body of work. The Tulipe Chair is one such piece that has become popular despite it being us...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Aluminum

Couple of Chairs Designed by Pierre Guariche for Meurop
By Pierre Guariche
Located in SAINT-YRIEIX-SUR-CHARENTE, FR
Pair of chairs, design by Pierre Guariche, published by Meurop in the 60s, from the series called "Robert". Frame in black lacquered metal tubing, refurbished to new condition, seats...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

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 wear consistent with age and use, preserving a nice patina. Guariche Pierre...
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1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Design Robin Chair Set by Pierre Guariche for Meurop, 1950's
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Oud-Turnhout, VAN
Vintage Mid-Century Modern design Robin dining chair set of 2 by Pierre Guariche for Meurop, made in Belgium late 1950's. All original purple fabric on seat on black metal frame base...
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1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

Pair of G2 Chairs By A.R.P. Guariche, Motte, Mortier for Airborne, 1953, France.
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of chairs by ARP (Atelier de Recherche Plastique - with Pierre Guariche, Joseph-André Motte, Michel Mortier ), Airborne edition, 1953, France. Black lacquered metal. New uphols...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

French Mahogany Pegase Chairs by Pierre Guariche for Baumann, 1960s, Set of 4
By Pierre Guariche, Baumann France
Located in Wiesbaden, DE
Designed by Pierre Guariche - Manufactured by Baumann in Firminy, Loire, France - Dates from the 1960s
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1960s Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Oak

Rare Set of 8 Pierre Guariche Tulip 'Tulipe' Cast Aluminum Chairs, 1950s, France
By Steiner, Pierre Guariche
Located in London, GB
A rare set of 8 original Pierre Guariche cast aluminum Tulip / Tulipe (sometimes listed as "Tonneau") chairs, dating from the 1950s. In g...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Aluminum, Iron

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...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

Pierre Guariche Dining Chair for Meurop, 1960s
By Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Located in Kawaguchi city, Saitama
Mid-century dining chairs designed by French designer Pierre Guariche for Belgian furniture maker Meurop in 1960s. Upholstery and black painted metal legs...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

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

Set of 4 Pierre Guariche Aluminum Chairs
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous set of 4 aluminum chairs by Pierre Guariche. Cast aluminum frame sits on four iron legs. Great vintage condition and beautifully minimal design. Extremely rare. The non conv...
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1950s French Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Aluminum, Iron

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

SK660 Armchairs by Pierre Guariche in Cream Bouclé, France, 1960’s
By Siege Steiner, Pierre Guariche
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

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

Pierre Guariche, Pair of Chairs Model Tonneau
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Saint Ouen, 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

Pierre Guariche for Meurop Set of Six 'Coquillage' Dining Chairs
By Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pierre Guariche for Meurop, set of six chairs in yellow and blue plastic, model 'Coquillage', Belgium, 1960s. These chairs were designer by Pierre Guariche for Meurop and titled 'Coquillage'. The playful lines of the seat shell work...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

Dining Chair for Meurop by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Located in Kawaguchi city, Saitama
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

Pair of Cream White Chairs by Guariche, Mortier & Motte for ARP, France, 1955
By Studio A.R.P. (Joseph-André Motte, Michel Mortier and Pierre Guariche), Pierre Guariche, Michel Mortier, 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

Cast Aluminum Chair by Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous aluminum chairs by Pierre Guariche. Cast aluminum frame sits on four iron legs. Great vintage condition and beautifully minimal design. Extremely rare. The non conventional ...
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1950s French Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Aluminum, Iron

Set of 8 Pierre Guariche Aluminum Chairs
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous set of 8 aluminum chairs by Pierre Guariche. Cast aluminum frame sits on four iron legs. Great vintage condition and beautifully minimal design. Extremely rare especially in...
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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

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

Pierre Guariche "Courchevel" Lounge Chair for Sièges Témoins, 1959
By Sièges Témoins, Pierre Guariche
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

6 Mid-Century Modern Pegase Beechwood Dining Chairs by Pierre Guariche, Baumann
By Pierre Guariche, Baumann France
Located in Matosinhos, PT
Set of 6 mid-century Modern Pegase beechwood dining chairs by Pierre Guariche for Baumann, circa 1965. Rare original set of 6 chairs designed by Pierre Guariche for Maison Baumann, circa 1965. A beautiful, elegant and comfortable chairs, in beechwood and leatherette. This item is currently being upholstered with new fabric and all the wood polished and varnished in it's natural color. The item is considered Good after this. Right now they are in a Fair condition (original faux leather, the wood has scratches and lost it's varnish and one of the chairs has a defect on the upholstery.). Mid-century French designer Pierre Guariche was born into a family of goldsmiths in Paris in 1926. He studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris under René Gabriel, graduating in 1949. Next he worked in the studio of Marcel Gascoin, one of his former professors, and joined the Union des Artistes Moderns (UAM), a collective dedicated to the promotion of progressive design principles founded by Robert Mallet-Stevens in 1929. Through the UAM, Guariche was able to experiment with materials and forms and exhibit his work at the Salon des Arts Ménagers and the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs. Guariche’s work was soon noticed and put in production by Galerie MAI, Pierre Disderot’s lighting company, and the newly formed Airborne brand—which began editing Guariche’s Prefacto...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Beech, Faux Leather

Rare Pair of "Tonneau" Fiberglass Chairs by Pierre Guariche, France, 1960s
By Siege Steiner, Pierre Guariche
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

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

Guariche Robert Meurop Dining Chairs Faux Leather, 1960 Mid-Century, France
By Pierre Guariche, Meurop
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

1951 Pierre Guariche, Prefacto Set of Four Chairs, Airborne Edition
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Saint Ouen, 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

Pierre Guariche, Set of Four "4 Faces" Chairs for Les Huchers-Minvieille, 1959
By Les Huchers-Minvielle 1, Pierre Guariche
Located in Paris, FR
Rare set of four chairs model "Quatre faces" designed by Pierre Guariche (1926-1995) and edited by Les Huchers-Minvieille, France, circa 1959. This model called "4 Faces" takes it...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal, Steel

Set of four Pierre Guariche chairs for Huchers Minvielle editions, France
By Les Huchers-Minvielle 1, Pierre Guariche
Located in Paris, FR
Set of four Pierre Guariche chairs for Huchers Minvielle editions, France Model created circa 1958 Ready to be reupholstered.
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1960s French Vintage Pierre Guariche Chairs

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Metal

Set of Six ‘Coquillage’ Chairs by Pierre Guariche for Meurop, 1960s
By Pierre Guariche, Meurop
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 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 chairs, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original chairs 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 chairs by Votre Maison, Pierre Chapo, and Charles Dudouyt. Prices for Pierre Guariche chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at £471 and can go as high as £22,576, while a piece like these, on average, fetch £2,741.

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