ELSTIR ROCKING CHAIR BY ANTHONY GUERRÉE

ELSTIR ROCKING CHAIR
BY ANTHONY GUERRÉE

LIMITED EDITION 8
SIGNED, SERIAL NUMBER AND CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY

STRUCTURE IN SOLID BRUSHED OAK

H 53.1″  W 35.4″  D 19.7″  SH 17.7″

CUSTOM SIZE ON REQUEST

MADE IN FRANCE BY ATELIERS RACINES

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Born Normandy, France, 1987

a French furniture Designer, Guerrée’s design vocabulary combines traditional craft with innovative vision, and draws inspiration from travels, personal interactions, and literary encounters. His first collection, “The chairs of lost time,” inspired by the characters of Marcel Proust, was exhibited in 2021 by Atelier Jespers in Paris. Guerrée’s process carefully considers the societal implications of furniture, linking social construct with decorative arts: “The Line, the comfort, The Proportions of a chair not only suggest a way of sitting, But also a range of attitudes and possible scenarios.”

Guerrée graduated from Ecole Boulle and worked as a designer for such firms as Andree Putman and Delcourt Collection before founding his own studio in 2020

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ELSTIR ROCKING CHAIR

Anthony Guerrée read In search of lost time in 2013, a century after the publication of Marcel Proust’s first volume, and he was touched by the timeless and universal beauty of this literary masterpiece. Proust’s gallery of colorful characters is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for many artists. Each of the book’s characters possesses a singular way of being in the world, of behaving in society

Anthony Guerrée wondered whether he could design chairs that, like fictional characters, had personality traits and could serve as allegories or incarnations. Could he give life, as it were, to his chairs? By proposing a physical position, a seat can also convey a social position. The line, the comfort, the proportions of a chair not only suggest a way of sitting, but also a range of attitudes and possible scenarios. It is with these concepts that Anthony Guerrée explores the relationship between applied art and literature. He is dedicating a chair to each of his favorite Proustian characters starting with Robert de Saint Loup and Baron de Charlus

Elstir is the painter of the novel. He belongs to the Impressionist movement. He strives not to show things as he knows they are but according to these optical illusions of which our first vision is made. The efforts Elstir made, when confronted with reality, to eradicate all notions arising from his intelligence 

The rocking-chair dates from the early sIXth century, popularized by Michael Thonet. It was commonplace in the homes of Shakers, an American religious sect, because, as they said, its rocking helped to guide their eyes toward heaven. Anthony Guerrée wanted to transform Elstir into a rocking-chair to underline the importance of movement and time for the Impressionists

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