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ADAM: Works from the Collection of Adam Lindemann

'Vallée Blanche' Lounge Chair, 1962

'Vallée Blanche' Lounge Chair, 1962
Édition Huchers Minvielle
steel, original mohair upholstery
28 1/2 x 59 x 27 in. (72.4 x 149.8 x 68.6 cm)
Demisch Danant, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2010
La Maison Française, Paris, 1962, n.p. (for a view of the model in the artist's apartment)
La collection de design du Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne-Centre de création industrielle, Paris, 2001, p. 67
P. Favardin, Les Décorateurs des Années 1950, Paris, 2002, pp. 220-221
Further details
An example of this model is in the permanent collection of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (inv. no. AM 1993-1-617).

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Lot Essay

Twentieth century design embodies the exploration of material, science and engineering by leading innovators influenced by the exponentially changing world around them. Pierre Guariche (1926-1995) played a pivotal role in this history of transformative design after studying at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

Guariche first presented designs at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs and the Salon des Arts Ménagers in the late 1940s. In the post-war era, the Salon des Artistes Decoratifs was sponsored by various manufacturers of industrial materials at the forefront of innovation. In order to celebrate those novelties, designers would develop furnishing and lighting, implementing cutting edge materials in order to promote it. From these networks developed with pioneers in industry, Guariche became known for a design characterized by technological innovation and futuristic marvel.

Throughout the 50s and 60s, Guariche designed a series of lighting fixtures under his own agency. Characteristic construction exhibited tubes, perforated metal, equilibrium balls and pullies demonstrating an understanding of architecture but also an appreciation for the elemental line in design.
The present lot exemplifies Guariche’s mastery of the avant-garde expressed in design. The ‘Vallee blanche’ chaise lounge was designed in 1962 for Les Huchers-Minvielle who produced the lounge with the metal support and elegant reclined seat. The design was lauded for its sophistication and inventiveness – the silhouette conveying a sense of movement and speed despite the chaise’s nature of offering a space for rest.

Pierre Guariche was awarded the René Gabriel Prize in 1965, the most prestigious French design award for innovative and democratic furniture design.

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