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"G30 - The Kite" Floor Lamp by Pierre Guariche, France 1950s

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Pierre Guariche is one of the most important designers of the French post-war period. Guariche is best known for the luminaires he designed, many of which feature details like hidden light sources, perforated metal surfaces and slender leg structures. With its clever construction, the “Kite” is a great example of the designer’s endless interest in technological innovation. Officially called model “G30”, this floor lamp was designed in the early 1950s. Guariche’s mid-century lights were created between 1951 and 1959, and are innovatively designed with a visible joy of experimentation. This is especially apparent in this model, featuring elements that may appear purely decorative, but on closer inspection turn out to be absolutely functional. The design is defined by the reflector, which also inspired the model’s nickname. Its white lacquered, perforated sheet metal reflector resembles a boat’s sail, and creates a filtered and soft light. This hidden illuminant and the glare-free light flow by means of the clever reflector provides atmospheric ambient light, while also giving the lamp a sculptural appearance. The light “sail” is balanced by the smaller black reflector embracing the lightbulb and grounded by two brass masts. The triangular metal pedestal is lacquered black and has sharp, straight edges to complete the visual and the literal balance of the design. Every small detail, from the pierced reflector to the smaller one that “glows” from inside, shows the artistic and visionary prowess of Guariche. The “G30” is one of those models where the term ‘iconic’ might even be an understatement (especially with the term’s generous use nowadays). From its year of creation to this day, it is still a pioneering piece that is a perfect source of aesthetic pleasure, and of course, of an indirect, pleasant mood lighting. Condition: In good vintage condition consistent with age and use. The brass has some weather marks and a beautiful patina. Dimensions: 19.68 in W x 14.17 in D x 59.05 in H 50 cm W x 36 cm D x 150 cm H About the designer: Designer Pierre Guariche was born in 1926. He studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, graduating in 1949. He then worked in the studio of Marcel Gascoin and presented his first designs at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs and the Salon des Arts Ménagers. In 1953, he designed the mythical “Tonneau” chair for Steiner, first in plastic (1953) and then in bent plywood (1954). In 1954, he founded the Atelier de Recherché Plastique with Joseph-André Motte and Michel Mortier. Three years later in 1957, he was named Artistic Director of furniture manufacturer Meurop. As a teacher, he shared his knowledge with the students of the Ecole Supérieure d’Architecture de Tournai and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris. He knew how to bring a personal, innovative touch to design, combining aestheticism and series production. His heart’s desire was to respond to the requirements of his era by making use of series production techniques. His creations, such as the Tonneau chair (1953 and 1954), the Tulipe chair (1956) and the Président desk (1961), have become legendary pieces. Along with his furniture pieces, his innovative lighting models brought him much success and renown. Today, Guariche's interior lights are being produced by traditional French manufacturer Sammode. Shipping: This floor lamp will be packaged and shipped with the greatest care and attention to make sure you will receive the item in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.
  • Creator:
    Pierre Guariche (Designer)
  • Design:
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 59.06 in (150 cm)Width: 19.69 in (50 cm)Depth: 14.18 in (36 cm)
  • Lampshade:
    Included
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1950s
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. The brass has some weather marks and a beautiful patina.
  • Seller Location:
    Utrecht, NL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 202214221stDibs: LU2947332658762
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