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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Pierre Guariche

Pierre Guariche (1926-1995) was a French designer and architect. He studied under René Gabriel at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

In 1948 he started showing his work at the Salon des Arts Ménagers , and shortly thereafter he began designing for Galerie Mai. In 1954 he founded the Atelier des Recherches Plastiques (Plastics Research Workshop) with Joseph-Andre Motte and Michel Mortier. At the same time, he worked with design firms such as Airborne, Meubles TV, Huchers-Minvielle, Disderot, and Steiner.

In the late 1950s he became the head designer for the Belgian firm Meurop. There he primarily designed high quality, affordable chairs and multidirectional lighting.

He is probably best known for the laminated plywood Tonneau chair he designed for Steiner, along with the lighting he designed for Disderot.

Later in his career, he worked mainly as an architect, which is primarily how he viewed himself. He designed private homes, public buildings, and commercial structures, including ski stations.

In 1965 he received the René Gabriel prize.

From and

Tonneau chair for Steiner

G10 lounge chair

641 armchairs


Fireside chair

Desk lamp

Equilibrium double-branch floor lamp for Disderot

Wooden armchairs

Steel-frame armchairs

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