A.R.P. TEAK STORAGE UNIT EDITED BY MINVIELLE
Teak display cabinet from a collection made by the A.R.P (Atelier de Recherches Plastiques) workshop of French designers Jacques-André Motte, Pierre Guariche and Michel Mortier, published by Minvielle in the 1950s. The piece of furniture is composed of 6 glass sliding door display cabinets with notches and two boxes in the lower part opening by side doors revealing two storage spaces. The whole, spread over two rows, rests on four rectangular black metal feet. This glass cabinet has removable shelves. Each shelf is held in place by four rubberised pegs. This furniture fits perfectly into the American Mid-Century Modern style. A.R.P. stands for Atelier de Recherches Plastique. It is the meeting of three French designers, Pierre Guariche, Jacques-André Motte and Michel Mortier, to shake up the codes of classicism and use technical and aesthetic innovations for a more rational design of furniture. This association began in 1954 with the impetus of mass-produced furniture that industrialization made accessible. Their innovative design proposals were published by Charles Minvielle shops and won two prizes at the 1955 Salon des arts ménagers. Their collaboration ended in 1957 when the designers founded their own workshops. Design period, Circa: 1950 Dim: W:156,5cm, D:45cm, H:200,5cm. Good condition, one mark on the right front.