Totem was a Lyons-based French design collective.
Cabinetmakers Jacques Bonnet, Frédérich du Chayla, Vincent Lemarchand, and Claire Olives founded Totem in 1980. Their furnishings straddled the line between art and function.
They made tableware for Manufacture de Sevres and rugs, furniture, and items for Archimia. They manufactured c100 furniture parts for the town hall of Villeurbanne, near Lyons, and the Musée d’Art moderne, Saint- Etienne, including signage. Caravelles, a non-profit organisation, was established to operate the Quadriennale Internationale de Design.
Suzanne Guiguichon was a French furniture designer and decorator. She was born and worked in Paris. Since 1929 she worked as a designer with Maurice Dufrene at the Galeries Lafayette design studio La Maitrise in Paris. Most of the furniture, clocks, lighting, fabrics, rugs, accessories Guiguichon designed anonymously.
The impact of silver metal technology has driven the development of modern furnishings throughout the 20th century. The transformation of a chair into a sculptural statement, for example. Within a multi-function, interior metal objects have not always been at the forefront of modern design.