Pair of Nightstands, 1969
Molded plywood, Formica, aluminum
7.48 H x 15.75 x 9.84 inches
19 H x 40 x 25 cm
Hardware adds 1.3 inches (3.5 cm) from wall
This pair of hanging nightstands, with integrated lighting, was conceived by Pierre Guariche as part of a private commission for a children’s bedroom, for which he designed all furnishings including bunk beds.
The innovation here is pure functionality and simplicity of design – the same modernist vision introduced in the 1950s, but using new production techniques of the 1960s. Guariche’s approach to both contemporary furniture and architecture was characterized by an emphasis on form and volume. Overall, his designs reflect a commitment to simplicity and to creating furniture in series that could be industrially produced.
These unique nightstands represent the style of the period and embody Guariche’s famed commitment to elegance at modest prices. Guariche noted “Produced in series, this is furniture of good taste at the price of furniture of bad taste.”