Pierre Chapo, set of ten dining chairs, model S24, elm and leather, France, circa 1966
Pierre Chapo, dining table model T14D, oak, France, design 1960s, production 1970s.
A set of ten chairs in solid elmwood with saddle leather seating and back. Designed by French designer Pierre Chapo in Paris. These chairs have a cubic design of solid elmwood with cognac naturel leather back and seating. These chairs show absolutely stunning wood joints and were created as a result of the pioneering 48 x 72 assembly ratio. The thick saddle leather is patinated during use and age and shows interesting stitching. The appaerance of the patinated leather may differ within the set.
The rectangular tabletop of the T14D with sloping edges, rests on a two-legged base. Strong and simplified design which clearly emerges the woods grain and natural look. With characteristic wood-joints as Chapo's trademark. Though Chapo's furniture are mainly executed in elmwood, he also produced furniture in oak as this rare table. It shows a subtle patina due to the use and age of this T14D over the previous years. This table is the large variation on this Classic line of tables by Chapo, measuring 226 cm in width.
Pierre Chapo (1927-1987) was born in a family of craftsmen and trained as an architect in Paris. After spending many years traveling through south and North America him and his partner Nicole set up Société Chapo, an architectural research consultancy and interior design firm. In 1958 they opened their famous gallery at 14 Boulevard de l'Hopital. Chapo's work originated by means of special commissions that could later be adapted to universal needs. Chapo was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's balanced lines, Corbusier's research on proportions and Bauhaus. Societe Chapo was a design workshop and gallery in one where Nicole presented ceramics, textiles and other design by the great designers of the day. The three principles that motivated Pierre Chapo were 'material, form, and function.' He measured his furniture by means of golden ratio and used elmwood as his preferred material.