Guillerme & Chambron Early Large 'Victorine' Dining Table in Oak
Guillerme et Chambron for Votre Maison, extendable dining table model 'Victorine' first edition, oak, France, 1948/50.
This wonderful table is the first edition 'Victorine' table as it is made around 1948/50. This particular design is different compared to the later versions, which is, for instance, discernible in the base and edges of the top. The design shows great craftsmanship and a strong appearance, which clearly characterizes the work of Guillerme & Chambron. The top of the table has beautiful details. The solid edges and inwards directed veneer marquetry make it look refined yet with a sturdy touch. Note also the distinguished base of this table; a nice composition of geometric lines. This specific model is currently hard to find.
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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