Pierre Guariche (1926 – 1995) french interior designer


Pierre Guariche was a French designer, interior decorator, and architect. He may be best known for the lights h made for Pierre Disderot in the 1950s, but he was also an innovative architect and furniture designer. He was born in 1926 and died in 1995.

Early Years

Pierre Guariche was born in Paris in 1926. His parents were both goldsmiths. Ren Gabriel taught him at the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, where he studied. In the spring of 1949, he got his diploma. He joined the Union des artistes mode nes (UAM). He went to work in the studio of Marc l Gascoin, who was also one of his teachers. He started showing his work at the Sa on des Arts Ménagers and the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs. From 1939 to 1945, after World War II there was more interest in using new methods and materials to quickly make a lot of furniture. Salons of the Société des artistes dé orateurs were paid for by companies that made things like Formica, plywood, aluminium, and steel. During this time, Guariche, René-Jean Caillette, Joseph-André Motte, Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Antoine Philippon, and Jacqueline Lecoq were among the designers who showed their experimental work at the salons.


Guariche was discovered quickly. He had some of his furniture displaye at the MAI gallery before joining the newly founded company Airborne, established in 1951. As for his first project for Airborne Guariche suggested a complete furniture set for a home that he called “Prefacto.” He designed tables, chairs, and modular storage units for the various rooms of a house out of wood and metal tubes. For Airborne, he also created a line f trendy chairs, armchairs, and sofas.

Guariche and Steiner, another significant furniture manufacturer, started working together in 1951. He created the ground-breaking “tonne u” chair, first produced in plastic and aluminium in 1953 and then in bent plywood in 1954. The “tonneau” was cheap, simple to ma e, and a substantial commercial success. Guariche produced various hanging lig ts, standing lights, and table lamps during the same time frame for the lighting producer Pierre Disderot. He was searching for a straightforwar , contemporary, affordable alternative to the prewar modernists’ rugged chic and the traditional French designs’ opulence. The lights frequently used a counterb lance to bring harmony to the form. They might be the things for which people remember him most.

The floor lamp g23

The floor lamp G23, as the word list of the manufacturer Pierre Disderot names it, is one of the greatest French light producers who has edited all the lights by Pierre Guariche. This one is unique in the world for its design with a system where the second arm works as a counterweight for the first one, which creates an astounding balance.

Guariche founded the Atelier de Recherche Plastique (ARP: Plastic Research Workshop) in 1954 with Michel Mortier and Joseph-André Motte, whom he had met in the Gascoin studio. Guariche founded the Atelier de Reche che Plastique (ARP: Plastic Research Workshop) in 1954. For the manufacturer Charles Minviell , over about three years, the ARP created a wide variety of living rooms, parents’ bedrooms, and kids’ bedroom furniture. Guariche also created Charles Minviel e’s office furniture. Guariche was appointed artistic direc or of the Belgian furniture manufacturer Meurop in 1957. He made furniture for Meurop that was both elegant and very affordable. Guariche was primarily an architect; is furnishings demonstrate his interest in form and volume. He also created several private resid nces. He also worked on office and retail i teriors in the 1960s. He contributed to the interior design of the Firminy hospital and a station in the ski resort of La Plagne. The Caisse des dépôts et consignations, Société Nationale de Construction de logements pour les Travailleurs (Sonacotra), and Ogirep hired Guariche as a consulting architect. Additionally, he served as an instructor at Tournai, Belgium’s Ecole Supérieure d’Architecture, and Paris’ École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs. The René Gabriel prize was given to Pierre Guariche in 1965. He died in 1995.


Wikipedia co tributors (2022, January 17). Pierre Guariche In Wikipedia, The Fre Encyclopedia. Retrieved 05:31, August 20, 2022, fro  https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pierre_Guariche&oldid=1066286735


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