Offered by: H. Gallery
Concordiastraat 68 - 127 Utrecht 3551EM , Netherlands Call Seller 0031302270051


Pierre Guariche Model "G2" Swinging Floor Lamp Edition Disderot, France 1950s

$ 14,250
  • Description
    This iconic model is also known as the “Equilibrium” Floor Lamp. The model is said to have been designed by Guariche in 1951. It is composed of a patinated lacquered metal base, which supports a brass structure. On the one end is a spherical counterweight and on the other a diabolo lampshade finished with a circular fixing ring.

    The work of French mid-century designer, Pierre Guariche, defines good taste. Although not as well known as his contemporary creative compatriots, the Parisian modernist was no less talented, crafting pieces of consummate style that remain highly collectible today. Today, Pierre Guariche is regarded as one of the most important designers of the French post-war period. Guariche is best known for the luminaires he designed, many of which feature details like hidden light sources, perforated metal surfaces and slender leg structures. With its clever construction, the “Equilibrium” is a great example of the designer’s endless interest in technological innovation. The sculptural design consists of an elaborate brass body, a diabolo shaped fabric shade, and the European cord. The position of the lamp and therefore the light can be adjusted by way of the cantilever. The black lacquered base holds the straight brass rod with two brass spheres on it, one securing the rod to the base, and one acting as the counterweight. This ingenious form speaks volumes of both Guariche’s and Disderot’s genius. Guariche’s models show that the designer was very fond of unusual lampshades, and this “G2” is no exception. The diabolo shape is especially effective on the light fabric material and with the brass ring on it providing contrast. In fact, artistically used contrast defines this lamp’s design, be it the black lacquered base contrasting with the brass and the light lampshade, or the contrast of shapes and forms, like the spherical elements against the straight rod and neck. Guariche’s mid-century lights were created between 1951 and 1959, (making this an early model) and are innovatively designed with a visible joy of experimentation. This is especially apparent in this model, featuring elements that may appear purely decorative, but on closer inspection turn out to be absolutely functional. Every small detail show the artistic and visionary prowess of Guariche. The “G2” is one of those models where the term ‘iconic’ might even be an understatement (especially with the term’s generous use nowadays). From its year of creation to this day, it is still a pioneering piece that is a perfect source of aesthetic pleasure, and of course, of an indirect, pleasant mood lighting.

    A luminaire that is self-sufficient so much that it brings a strong presence to your interior. It is one of the iconic pieces of 20th century design. You can integrate it into many rooms of your interior.

    In good vintage condition, wear consistent with age and use. The brass has some weather marks and a beautiful patina.

    13.77 in W x 34.84 in D x 66.33 in H
    35 cm W x 88.5 cm D x 168.5 cm H

    This lamp will be packaged and shipped with the greatest care and attention to make sure you will receive the item in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.

    VAT normally applies and will be added to items when purchased by a European buyer or transported to a location within the EU.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Origin: France
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Metal, Brass
    Condition: Good. In good vintage condition, wear consistent with age and use. The brass has some weather marks and a beautiful patina.
    Creation Date: 1950s
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Mid Century
    Dealer Reference #: 20231763
    Incollect Reference #: 691099
  • Dimensions
    W. 13.78 in; H. 66.34 in; D. 34.84 in;
    W. 35 cm; H. 168.5 cm; D. 88.5 cm;
Message from Seller:

Located in Utrecht, The Netherlands, H. Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary design with a strong focus on Brazil and Scandinavia. The gallery strives to preserve and promote especially Brazil's rich design heritage and curates a select group of contemporary artists. Meticulous research, ie getting in contact with the original designers, producers, their heirs, and retrieving and indexing old catalogues and magazines is at the heart of its activities. All works presented excel in great

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