Sammode is reissuing a selection of luminaires designed in the 1950s by one of France’s most important designers: Pierre Guariche.
If there was one design discipline in which he excelled it was lighting.
Designer and interior architect Pierre Guariche was one of the most prolific luminaire designers of the 1950s.
That much is clear from his productive collaboration with lamp manufacturer Disderot, for which he was the preferred designer, and for which he would develop more than 40 influential and groundbreaking pieces.
Pierre Guariche designed the full range of luminaires, or perhaps more accurately families of lamps—desk lamps, floor lamps, wall lamps and pendant lamps—to cover all the needs identified for a given space. His luminaires are hugely comfortable and convenient in use, with no visible light source and an appropriate quality of light, whether intended for general lighting or traffic areas, to create an atmosphere or for a specific use, soft, powerful or even diffused by reflection.
It is anything but a coincidence that Sammode has decided to reissue some of these models today. For many years, our aesthetic and technological quest has not been without reference to that previously under taken by Guariche himself.
The affinities are legion. And they can be summed up in a single word: innovation.
The designer invented an enormous variety of solutions: the adjustable balance arm, the cantilever, the pivoting and tilting arm, the ball- jointed arm and spherical counterweights. In his designs, there is no gratuitous stylistic excess or purposeless detail, whether technically or functionally. Pierre Guariche introduced the codes of a radical—not to say avant-garde—aesthetic. On the one hand, purity of line and totally original forms. On the other, an innovative technical dimension and a real intelligence in the use of materials, especially metal.
As a designer and manufacturer, Sammode brings to this new collection the full weight of its industrial expertise in luminaire production, and particularly lighting suitability and a deep-rooted knowledge of metalworking.
Faithful to the original designs and incorporating today’s technologies, the Sammode—Pierre Guariche models benefit, like all Sammode luminaires, from exceptional production quality and French manufacture.