Pierre Gautier-Delaye (1923 - 2006)
Pierre Gautier-Delaye is a French interior designer, one of the most remarkable of his generation.
Born in Paris in 1923, nothing predisposes him to become an architect. As he fell sick, he had to go cure in the mountains. There he met the architect René Faublée, and Jacques le Meme, both actors in the construction and renovation of numerous mountain chalets, some of for the Rothschild family.
He found his calling. Back in Paris, he studied at the Ecole nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs. After graduating, he was quickly hired by Raymond Loewy, the American designer. In his company, he works on many major projects, such as the Bazar de l'Hotel de Ville or Air France ...
He exhibited many times, at the Salon des Arts Ménagers in 1954, at the Salon du mobilier in 1959. In 1956, he received the René-Gabriel prize. He then began a long collaboration with the cabinetmaker and manfucturer Lucien Vergnères, from which the Week-end furniture series was born, the quintessence of a search for simplicity through forms and materials, while seeking refined detail.