Pierre Guariche, designer and interior architect, was one of the most important players in the "Trente Glorieuses" in France. He was very much in favour of redefining the furnishings of the flats that were built after the reconstruction and at the same time upgrading them cost-effectively. In the 1950s, he designed almost all of his lights - a good 60 models - which were at the forefront of modernity at the time. He multiplied their functions and uses by infinitely varying the light they produced and making sure that no light source was visible.
The fact that Sammode has reissued some of these models is anything but a coincidence. For many years, the brand's aesthetic and technological endeavours have been reminiscent of those praised by Pierre Guariche. Indeed, there are many similarities, starting with innovation.
Lionel Blaisse was a freelance architect until 1998 and has since devoted himself to writing and specialised consultancy in the fields of architecture and design. He has worked as a freelance journalist for numerous magazines such as Archicréé, for which he was deputy editor-in-chief. He is the author of around 30 books and co-author of the monograph on Pierre Guariche, published by Editions Norma in 2020. In 1999, he was curator of the major exhibition "Le mobilier d'architectes, 1960-2020" at the Cité de l'architecture et du Patrimoine (City of Architecture and Heritage).
16 January 2024 at 5.00 pm
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