Pierre Guariche, the designer who shaped modern France, comes out of the shadows

    Pierre Guariche, the designer who shaped modern France, comes out of the shadows

    In the 1950s, the designer and interior designer signed a number of seats and lamps. Before developing, during the following decades, prefecture, court or ski resort with an impeccable sense of proportions and materials. An exhibition and a book finally do justice to this little-known creator.

    A thick book, an exhibition of his rarest pieces in a Parisian gallery: is the designer and interior architect Pierre Guariche (1926-1995) finally coming out of the shadows? He deserves it. “At Guariche, the design is always perfect”, enthuses the gallery owner Pascal Cuisinier, who has assembled lamps diffusing a pleasant indirect light, profiled tables, comfortable seats and clever sideboards.

    After graduating from the National School of Decorative Arts in 1949 with training as an interior designer, Pierre Guariche, who first studied electrical engineering, immediately sought to experiment with techniques and materials. He wants to give shape to post-war modernity. A Parisian gallery, MAI (Furniture, Architecture, Installations), immediately placed an order. At 25, he created a modular library-cupboard-secretary-bar set for her. The elements are hung on a thin vertical metal rail fixed to the floor and ceiling. The result is aerial.

    Pair of G10 bis armchairs, by Pierre Guariche (1953).

    Hervé Lewandowski / Courtesy galerie / Pascal Cuisinier

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