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Guillerme et Chambron
Robert Guillerme studied design and architecture at the École Boule, graduating in 1934. After the Second World War he moved to Lille, in the north of France, where he decorated homes and designed furniture for the well regarded Rogier workshops.
In 1948 Jacques Chambron left his work as a painter and decorator on the Rue Nollet in Paris, and relocated his family to join Guillerme. The two had met in 1940 while imprisoned by the Germans in East Prussia and bonded over, among other more obvious things, their shared passion for design. In 1949 the pair discovered Émile Dariosecq, a master cabinet maker who had a shop in the city, and who was willing to produce their designs. The three started Votre Maison.
Barovier & Toso
Founded in 1295, Barovier is one of the oldest family companies in the world producing timeless one-of -a-kind pieces handcrafted by Murano artisans for generations.
The Toso family had been established in Murano since around 1350. In the 1400s Angelo Barovier created glass objects which are currently preserved in various museums.
Barovier & Toso, under the direction, of Ercole Barovier, won numerous awards during the 1940s and 1950s for innovations in the murrine technique which begins with the layering of colored liquid glass.
A Barovier & too vase created by the Murrine technique by Ercole Barovier was offered at auction on May 20, 201, with the winning bid being $317,000 (USD).
Audoux & Minet
Adrian Audoux and Frida Minet were a French Modernist designer-duo who in the 1940s & 50s, based their design ethic on accessible materials like rope and tubular metal that represented the modern life.
They were members of the Union des Artistes Modernes (UAM), established in 1929 by a group of Modernist designers including, among others, Charlotte Perriand, Francis Jourdain, Louis Sognot and Pierre Chareau.
Audoux Minet's playful, innovative use of materials created a fresh approach to design which was accessible to a broader demographic and simple frames clad in woven abaca (hemp rope) became their hallmark. They had a retail outlet in Golfe-Juan, a Provencal coastal town bordering Vallauris, where Picasso was working at the time.