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Pierre Guariche was born in Bois-Colombes in 1926. After the Breguet School, he studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (French National School of Decorative Arts) and obtained his diploma in 1949. He then worked in the workshop of Marcel Gascoin and presented his first models at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs (Decorators Artists fair) and at the Salon des Arts Ménagers (Domestic Arts fair).
Opening of his own agency in 1951. Design of a full collection of furniture and lighting, around fifteen of which will be manufactured, in particular by the M.A.I. gallery, Airborne, Steiner and Pierre Disderot. Development of private appartments.
In 1955, creation of the Atelier de Recherche Plastique (Plastic Research Workshop) with Michel Mortier and Joseph-André Motte. First designers group.
In 1957, new agency for Pierre Guariche with interior design projects and the creation of furniture and lightings edited by Les Huchers de Minvielle, Témoins, Steiner, Burov. In Firminy, he carried out the interior design of the house of culture built by Le Corbusier. Creation of head offices for large companies.
Start of Plagne-Centre development with architect Michel Bezançon, followed by Aime 2000 and Plagne-Bellecôte. Design of the appartments and public areas.
Inspired by the conquest of space and technical innovation – the use of expanded polyurethane, in the service of its ideas – the shapes of the Jupiter swivelling armchair became a reality. It was presented in the 1966 Meurop catalogue as the “ultimate luxury armchair”. Pierre Guariche was Meurop creative director.
Rise in the tertiary sector where Pierre Guariche signed several important interior architecture projects such as Athena-Port in Bandol, Créteil high court, Essonne General Council offices. Pierre Guariche increased collaborations with other interior designers for the design of official buildings.
Numerous orders for hotels in France and abroad (Cameroon, Indonesia, Singapore, etc.)
More than 15 pieces designed by Pierre Guariche were displayed in the George Pompidou Centre (including the Vallée Blanche chaise longue, a low table, a Prefacto armchair and chair, a tulip chair and a “Tonneau” chair, a Vampire chair and other lightings). Pierre Guariche was awarded the Gold Medal in 1962 by the Société d’Encouragement à l’Art et à l’Industrie (S.E.A.I.) and the René Gabriel Design Award in 1965.
He died in 1995 in Bandol.