Guillerme & Chambron Angular Sofa in Oak
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Guillerme et Chambron for Votre Maison, curved sofa, solid oak and fabric, France, 1960s.
This sculptural carved oak sofa is designed by Guillerme and Chambron. The design duo is known for their sculptural, crafted solid oak furniture. This comfortable cornered sofa has an interesting open construction, featuring curved and vertical lines. The armrests are beautiful sculpted with elegant decorative details. The solid oak frame has small, decorative feet that are tapered. The seating and back are made of cushions, upholstered in a multi-colored checkered fabric, ranging from mint green to beige and orange.
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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