Guillerme & Chambron Cabinet in Oak
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Guillerme & Chambron for Votre Maison, cabinet, oak, France, 1960s
This sculptural cabinet is made by the designer duo Guillerme & Chambron. The piece is executed in solid, oak and features sculptural lines and edges. The piece holds different sections. The upper part has one door that comes down when pulled, and exposes an area with different holding compartments, ideal for paperwork or letters. The lower part has drawers for storage space. The doors of the upper part are finished with geometric inlayed wood. The piece rests on a sculptural base that is designed in a beautiful way for the front and back legs to be one flowing entity.
The French designer duo Jacques Chambron (1914-2001) and Robert Guillerme (1913-1990) started their production postwar. Robert Guillerme studied design and architecture at the École Boule and graduated first in his class in 1934. Meanwhile, Jacques Chambron graduated from the School of Applied Arts in Reims. During the Second World War, the two met in a stalag, a Prussian prisoner camp, while being imprisoned by the Germans in East Prussia and started a great friendship based on their intense and deep passion for interior design. In 1948, Chambron resigned from his job as a painter and decorator on the Rue Nollet in Paris to move to Lille, in the North of France and join Guillerme. A year later, the two met cabinetmaker Émile Dariosecq, who was the owner of a workshop close by. It was during this meeting, that they decided to create their own company. They named it “Votre Maison”, meaning “Your Home”, which became the soul of the company. With this, they wanted to create pieces that focused on functionality combined with a beautiful design useful for daily life, by which they created a worldwide reputation. Most of the furniture designed by this duo shows a strong character and has a great expressive woodwork. The three of them divided their work equally. Overall, Guillerme worked as a designer, Chambron as a commercial, and Dariosecq’s workshop manufactured the pieces. Throughout their career, ‘Votre Maison’ produced over two thousand models, leaving a lasting mark in the world of design.
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