Guillerme & Chambron Cabinet 'Thierry' in Oak and Ceramic
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Guillerme et Chambron, cabinet, model 'Thierry', oak, France, 1960s
This 'Thierry' case piece is created by Guillerme and Chambron. The design is characterized by a sophisticated composition created by means of the arrangement of high and low compartments. The grand part features geometric engravings on the door panels and is beautifully equipped with sculptural handles. The inside is furnished with multiple shelves. The smaller cabinet is arranged through a drop down door with a built-in shelve and three extendable drawers. Taking this into account, this particular item provides plenty of storage space to hide your belongings by putting them behind the doors or allowing the user to display objects to one’s taste on top of the cabinets. On top of this lower part, a beautiful decorative detail of ceramic tiles in the colors, pink, green, dark blue, and black is added. A variety of frame sizes create an elegant and playful entity. The whole construction rests on a stable base arranged in two columns, which results in a sculptural appearance.
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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