Guillerme et Chambron, France, 1960s
A two-tier drinks trolley with an additional bottle shelf, designed and produced by Robert Guillerme and Jacques Chambron for Guillerme et Chambron, France, 1960s.
The trolley consists of an oak veneer top, solid oak frame and bottle shelf, black glass shelf and iron caster wheels. Guillerme et Chambron’s ‘Votre Maison’ (Your Home), collection was produced in an abandon post-war factory originally used to manufacture riffles. The duo made use of the then revolutionary machinery for their limited lines of domestic pieces.
The design takes cues from different periods, almost a reflection of the duo’s shared experiences. The Mid-Century period takes over and simplifies the Art Deco and even more classical elements. The frame features banister-like spindles; beautifully turned elements offer support and utility. The front work as a catch for the top shelf to slot in. The back pair function as both handles, allowing for a fluid manoeuvrability of the trolley and fastened the shelf into position. There is also a strong sense of uniformity and symmetry throughout the design; the slot in the top shelf is mirrored by the bottle shelf, the recessed groove allows for consistency, as well as stability for the bottles. Playing with the light and the reflections, the curved frames create an oval illusion on the original black glass shelf. Allowing the easy of movement are the iron casters, brass coloured, rubber rimmed and supported by complimentarily curved brackets. Each wheel features six spade-like spokes echoing the overall design’s balance with negative space.
Overall height: 82.5 cm
Height of the top shelf: 70 cm
Width: 52 cm
Depth: 84 cm