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Pierre Chapo 'T21' Round Dining Table in Solid Elm, France, 1973

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Pierre Chapo 'T21' Elm Dining Table - 1973

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A Pierre Chapo 'T21' round dining table in solid elm, composed of a thick top with a natural veining and five crossed feet. The joints visible on the edge of the tabletop are typical of the creations of master woodworker Pierre Chapo. Not only the basic design and construction but also the use of solid elm wood characterizes his work. The interesting base of the table is built with just five legs with angled edges to provide a stable, dynamic construction. It gives the solid table a playful and striking, but also functional expression. The thick top of this well-sized table has an angled edge, all well-proportioned.

Pierre Chapo (1927-1987) was born in a family of craftsmen and trained as an architect at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Already from a young age, he felt the need to roam the world. He was only 21 when he left France to spend the next few years travelling through England and Scandinavia. In December of 1951, he was living back in Paris, where he met his future wife, Nicole. Their meeting was the beginning of a lifelong union. Together, the lovebirds travelling through South and North America is captivated by the architectural diversity. Back in France, he and his partner Nicole set up Société Chapo in 1957. Société Chapo was a design workshop and gallery in one where he showed his own creations. However, Nicole also presented her ceramics, and textiles here, and they even exhibited other great designers of that period. 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. Throughout his career, Chapo combined his interest in contemporary design with his love for traditional craftsmanship. In his designs, he was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's balanced lines, Corbusier's research on proportions and the ideas of Bauhaus. The three principles that motivated Pierre Chapo were 'material, form, and function.' He measured his furniture by means of the golden ratio and used elmwood as his preferred material. Unfortunately, Chapo fell ill, and he died in 1987, however, until his last day, he kept on designing and working.



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W 160 cm, D 160 cm, H 72 cm

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