Robert Guillerme studied design and architecture at Ecole Boule, graduating in 1934.
Jacques Chambron, a painter and decorator had attended the School of Applied Arts in Reims. The two men met in 1940 and bonded over their passion for design. In 1949 the pair discovered Émile Dariosecq, a master cabinet maker, who was willing to produce their designs. The three started Votre Maison.
Guillerme with his limitless creative ambition produced designs for everything from grand dressers and sideboards to the smallest elements of a space, such as pedestals, shelving, benches, and lighting. He possessed an unusual flare using his wood of choice, a waxed oak, often lightened or darkened to the same few tones. He incorporated elaborately detailed tiles and unusually bright fabrics, both of which could be used interchangeably in a variety of pieces. The very charismatic Jacques Chambron focused on décor and client relationships.
The soul of Guillerme et Chambron’s work was as keenly attuned to functionality as to the creation of innovative design. Votre Maison continued to produce furniture right into the Twentieth Century, Jacques’ son Hervé Chambron, a designer and graduate of the Ecole Boulle, took the reins in 1983.