VINTEUIL BENCH BY ANTHONY GUERRÉE

VINTEUIL BENCH
BY ANTHONY GUERRÉE

LIMITED EDITION 8
SIGNED, SERIAL NUMBER AND CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY

STRUCTURE IN BRUSHED OAK

H 19.7″  W 23.6″  D 13.8″  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 Andrée Putman and Delcourt Collection before founding his own studio in 2020

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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

Music plays a central role in In Search of Lost Time with the Vinteuil sonata. It is a piece for violin and piano which accompanies the lively love affairs of Swann and Odette. These musical notes “were like the national air” of their romance

To a piano bench

A piano bench often has a rectangular seat that gives the pianist more room to change posture. The VINTEUIL piano bench is based on the codes of a curule seat, a type of seating dating back to ancient Rome. The shape of this chair was then taken up again in the Directoire period and then in Art Deco style furniture such as Pierre Legrain’s stools in the 1920s

The use of cork for the seat of the Vinteuil bench is a direct reference to the sound insulation panels in the walls of Proust’s room at 102, bd Hausmann. The structure is composed of five slats that evoke the five lines of a musical staff

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