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Important Raoul Guys "Antony" Lounge Chair for 'Cite' University, Paris, 1954



Rare and important Raoul Guys "Antony" lounge chair, produced by 'Airborne' in 1954 for the the world famous 'Cite' university's 'Jean Zay / Antony' residence 'in Paris . A rare opportunity to acquire this beautiful and historically important design. The 'Jean Zay/ Antony' university residence was designed by the French architect Eugene Beaudoin and built in 1954. The interior furniture and lighting for the “Antony” residence was designed by the most influential of the group of “new” French designers , key figures such as Jean Prouve , Charlotte Perriand and Serge Mouille . Several of the chairs chosen for the ”Antony” building in Paris were designed by Raoul Guys including this sculptural form lounge chair, please refer to images 2 and 3. These chairs were commissioned by the French government ,through the guidance of master French Sculptor and archtect , Andre Bloc, who greatly admired Guys' sculptural yet practical designs. Bloc was also involved in selecting furniture for the 'Cite' university's 'Maison Bresil' and 'Maison Mexique' university buildings in 1953 again furnished with designs by Jean Prouve , Charlotte Perriand and Serge Mouille among others. Bloc also advised 'Air France' to select Guys' 'oro' series of designs finished in bent steel and wicker for use in their 48 airports across the African continent ,they were famously used in the 'Brazzaville' complex of hotels and the Hotel N'Gor in Dakar again alongside furniture designed by Jean Prouve and Charlotte Perriand again selected by Andre Bloc. Please refer to the the last image of the listing where you can see our collection of chairs that Raoul Guys designed for the 'Anthony' building in Paris and Air France's 'Brazzaville' complex and HotelT N'Gor in Dakar . Charles Bernard founded his company 'Airborne' in order to bring modern design to the population of France. Bernard asked his close friend and famous sculptor and architect Andre Bloc to seek out talented young designers who could produce furniture with an artistic or sculptural quality. Bloc was already working in this field with the “group espace” who saw art and sculpture as a social phenomena and aimed to bring art into the everyday living experience . For example it was Bloc who commissioned Charlotte Perriand to produce the famous 'Mexico' and 'Tunisie' bookcases for the Cité Internationale Universitaire , Paris for which Bloc also produced the colour scheme and he also worked closely with the Steph Simon gallery in Paris famous for showcasing the work of Prouve,Perriand and Noguchi among others. . Bloc had at this time recently come across a young designer Raoul Guys who’s work he greatly admired and which offered a sculptural quality to furniture design and asked him if he would like to collaborate with Airborne . In the book “les decorateurs des Annees 50” by Patrick Favardin it mentions that Andre Bloc presented Raoul Guys as a very interesting creator. Guy’s chairs had a suprising and sculptural quality in the free spirit of the after war period. Condition: The chair is in nice overall condition and is sturdy , there are some areas of surface corrosion to the enamel work on the bent steel frames which we decided to leave, due to this design's historical importance we felt it was important to keep the chair as original as possible, commensurate with it's age and authenticity. A small area of the wicker work required some minor restoration by a master wicker craftsmen who has done a wonderful job blending the new wicker with the old. Literature: "Airborne i945-75' ,page 34 (see image 2 ) , Pierre Deligny ,published by 'les modernistes' Paris ,2012 Original period Airborne advert stating the design was commisioned for the 'Antony' residence (see image 3) 'Visite de la residence universitaire Jean Zay' catalog , 1er salon de la vie collective.


  • Creator
    Airborne (Manufacturer),Raoul Guys (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28.35 in. (72 cm)Width: 27.37 in. (69.5 cm)Depth: 29.53 in. (75 cm)Seat Height: 14.57 in. (37 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Rewoven. Wear consistent with age and use. The chair is in nice original condition, the metal frame has some area's of surface corrosion & wear commensurate to the chair's age and authenticity . A small area of the hand woven wicker has been restored by a master wicker craftsmen.
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU930124469262

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