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Pierre Gauriche Pair of 'G1' Lounge Chairs in Black Leather

$7,450per set


Pierre Guariche for Airborne, set of two G1 lounge chairs, lacquered steel and black leather, design from 1953. This wonderful set of G1 lounge chairs are designed by Pierre Guariche in 1953 for Airborne. The simplistic and modern design consist of a tubular steel frame with a seating of black leather. The shell, resting on the thin metal frame, forms a Classic, modern combination. The leather is in overall good condition, with some traces of use and age. Pierre Guariche (1926-1995) was a French architect, designer and decorator. Guariche was a student of Reneé Gabriel, which is clear in his use of bold, sharp forms and shapes. In 1951 he was noted by the new company Airborne for whom he designer complete household furnishings. As many designers who are trained as architects, he saw himself primarily as someone who dealt with space and construction. This is visible in his functional, well-structured furniture. Literature: - Favadin, Patrick, Les décorateurs des années 50, éd. Norma, Paris, 2002, p. 212. VAT within the EU: When buying or delivering an item within the EU, VAT usually applies and will be added.


  • Creator
    Airborne (Manufacturer),Pierre Guariche (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.56 in. (70 cm)Width: 24.02 in. (61 cm)Depth: 30.32 in. (77 cm)Seat Height: 15.75 in. (40 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU933118830712

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About Pierre Guariche (Designer)

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.

About the Seller
4.8 / 5
Located in Waalwijk, Netherlands

Established in 2006, Morentz has a team of approximately 55 restorers, upholsterers, interior advisers and art historians, making it a gallery, workshop and upholstery studio, all in one. Every day, a carefully selected array of 20th-century furniture arrives from all over the world at the firm’s warehouse, where the team thoroughly e...

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