Cord Chair

Dining Chairs

A classic piece of mid-century modern design, the Cord Chair was conceived in 1953 by man of parts Jacques Guillon. Born in Paris in 1922 he established himself in Montreal and became a true multidisciplinarian before they had such a term. His work spans industrial design, interior design, graphic design, and architecture, from the signature wayfinding for the Montreal subway to the logo for Expo 67. The chair’s wood frame in black stained beech or walnut is paired with cord that is tightly strung like a tennis racket, supporting a surprising amount of weight; this design has passed CATAS commercial tests. Seat pads in leather or fabric upholstery are available. Produced exclusively by Man of Parts in Italy with the approval of the Guillon family, these editions hold true to his vision.

Jacques Guillon

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Stained Black Beechwood Tightly Strung Black Cord
56cm W x 59cm D x 86cm H 46cm
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Jacques Guillon

Jacques Guillon

Born in 1922 in Paris, Jacques Guillon established himself in Montreal and quickly became a Canadian design pioneer. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach and bringing together a multi-talented team of designers his work spans across industrial design, interior design, graphic design and architecture. His very first creation, a dining room set, displayed a modernism previously unseen in Quebec furniture. The workplace environment, the product marketing process, the development of corporate identity programs and the practical aspect of urban transportation systems rapidly became some of this designer’s preferred interests.

Many of his projects have left their mark – and continue to have an impact – on Montreal, Canadian and North American landscapes. Among his most easily recognized accomplishments is the symbol and signage system for the Montreal Métro. Jacques S. Guillon has designed numerous interior layouts, a wide range of office furniture, among others the Alumna collection by Artwood, corporate identity programs and has realized many transport-related projects. He participated in mounting exhibitions that include the scientific exhibit at the Pavilion of Man at Expo 67 and many others at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa.

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