Guillerme & Chambron Sideboard in Solid Oak and Ceramics
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Guillerme et Chambron for Votre Maison, sideboard, oak, ceramics, France, 1960s.
Credenza in oak by French designers Guillerme & Chambron. This sideboard is equipped with two sliding doors and a set of four drawers. The front of the sideboard is beautifully detailed with graphical patterns. Above the drawers is a dish rest on the right side with colorful ceramic tiles with a lovely floral mid-century decoration. The sideboard rests on a typical characteristic Guillerme and Chambron base that is sturdy. The combination of materials and colors gives this cabinet a fresh and vibrant 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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