Guillerme & Chambron Extendable Dining Table in Oak
Guillerme et Chambron, extendable dining table, oak, 1960s
Extendable dining table in solid oak by French designers Guillerme et Chambron. This elegant table shows interesting details. Most attractive is the inlayed top. These graphical patterns show the beautiful grain of the oak in different directions, which makes it into a vibrant surface. On each side, a leave can be extended which allows the user to enlarge the surface of the table. Characteristic of Guillereme and Chambron are the legs of their furniture, showing beautiful forms, shapes and woodworking. This table is another excellent example of their style.
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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