Atelier de recherche plastique ( 1954 - 1957 )
ARP, created in october 1954, is an ephemeral association of three creators: Michel Mortier, Joseph-André Motte and Pierre Guariche, who wanted to propose technically and stylistically innovative furniture to the French industrial field.
Their creations were available in the stores of Charles Minivelle. In 1955 ARP received first prize for series furniture from the SAM contest. The group represented a homogenous esthetique but each creator remained identifiable. The seating was edited by Steiner, notably the "Tonneau" chair designed by Guariche and the "Corb" armchair by Motte; the furniture, including the famous storage elements designed after a prototype by Mortier was made by Minivelle;. The illuminating coffee table was edited by Disderot and the "Radar" armchair by Airborne, both after models by Joseph André Motte. In 1957, after having signed a large diversity of items, each started their own design office.