On the occasion of the reissue of a selection of lighting by the French designer Pierre Guariche , the French publisher Sammode Studio invites us to rediscover all the genius of a decorator aesthetic combining functionality and technological intelligence.
Pierre Guariche and the post-war design
French decorator and assembler, Pierre Guariche (1926-1995) distinguished himself from his exit from the ENSAD of which he graduated in 1949. He will be a member of the Union of Modern Artists (UAM), collective that feeds a strong desire to emancipation. Pierre Guariche and his peers want to propose a decoration exploiting new materials and new techniques adapted to a modern way of life and turned upside down by the war. The function and structure of the object take an important place in the design.
It is with Marcel Gascoin in particular that Guariche is formed and publishes his first pieces. These present a meticulous and rational work, exploiting mass production. The context of the post-war induces a furniture adapting to new constraints that are found in French homes, such as small spaces or smaller budgets. French decorators are in great demand, such as Pierre Paulin, Joseph-André Motte, Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé.
The furniture signed Guariche are ergonomic, functional bill inspired by the work of the Scandinavians. Pierre Guariche is influenced by a whole range of industrial design, one of the precursors of which is René Gabriel and starts producing lighting and furniture in series by creating his own agency in 1951. The salons, then the galleries of publishers exhibit his pieces in Paris. We note in particular the gallery MAI which already supports the creations of Charlotte Perriand or Max Bill. The manufacturer Steiner will edit the seats and Disderot the fixtures. As of experimentation, Pierre Guarichewill benefit from the assistance of the Research and Creation Workshop (ARC) within the Mobilier National. The Prix René Gabriel was awarded in 1965 and praised his innovation in a range of economic and qualitative production.
|Pierre Guariche fireside chairs,|
dark blue Kvadrat fabric,
1950 Airborne edition, set of 2
by Pierre Guariche for Steiner, 1959.
From 1953 to 1957, Pierre Guariche collaborated with two other "young wolves" of his generation: Michel Mortier (1925-2015) and Joseph-André Motte (1925-2013). Together, they create the Plastic Research Workshop (ARP) with the aim of promoting mass production of furniture among manufacturers.
Sammode Studio, designer-manufacturer of excellence
In its aesthetic and technological quest, the work undertaken by Sammode Studio to re-edit the light fixtures designed by Guariche in the 1950s makes sense. Indeed, the company has in common with the designer a taste for innovation, starting point for any new collection. There is a desire to mix contemporary means with Pierre Guariche's original drawings. The development of the designer's work is based on the timeless character of the pieces he has designed, aesthetic objects that fit in perfectly with contemporary decor. Sammode Studio revisits the avant-garde spirit of one of the key lighting designers of the 1950s.
A faithful and contemporary reissue of luminaries
The pieces are divided into several categories, in a multitude of models corresponding to different uses. The luminaires have several characteristics, such as their comfort of use, an indirect and suitable light that adapts to the domestic space (general lighting or circulation, ambient or punctual, soft or powerful). The technological ambition of Sammode Studio provides each piece of the collection with technical devices (swivel arm, cantilever, swivel or tilting jib, articulated arm or spheres counterweight, etc.). The fixtures take the lines of Pierre Guariche , in a great functional sobriety. If the latter did "no free styling", the decorator is none the less avant-garde and radical in his work. The innovative technical dimension is reflected in the Sammode collection, as well as the intelligence of the materials, with a very good use of metal in particular.
|G25 wall lamp , Pierre Guariche design,|
Sammode Studio reissue.
|G25 wall lamp, Pierre Guariche design,|
detail, Sammode Studio reissue.
|Floor lamp G21, Pierre Guariche design, 1951.|
Sammode Studio reissue
|Floor lamp G30 , called "Kite",|
Pierre Guariche, 1958. Reissue Sammode Studio.
|Ceiling lamp G13, Pierre Guariche design, 1952.|
Sammode Studio reissue.