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Pierre Chapo “S34” Chair and "T21D - Sfax" Table in Solid Elm, France 1960s

Documentation Documented elsewhere (similar item)
Origin France
Period 1950-1979
Materials Wood
W. 54.53 in; H. 29.33 in; D. 54.53 in;
W. 138.5 cm; H. 74.5 cm; D. 138.5 cm;
Condition Good. In very good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Some weather marks and discolouration. The elm wood has a beautiful patina.
Creation Date 1960s
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description Chair “S34” has the playful and majestic characteristics typical of Pierre Chapo's emblematic creations. Asymmetrical, yet perfectly balanced, this model belongs with the designer’s famous “Sfax” table, which is among the very best of Chapo’s designs with a strong architectural approach. Although very sturdy on first sight, the outstanding design and execution of the legs makes this table and chair the embodiment of creative, elegant design.

The cross-legged base corresponds to the design of the chair’s backrest, which is slightly offset from the middle. Made from Chapo's favourite wood, elm, this chair and table both have a rustic style with architectural precision, which comes as no surprise, as Pierre Chapo trained as an architect in Paris. The slightly more rounded edges show that this chair is an older, authentic version of the “S34” model. The use of the sizeable pieces of elm wood with a beautiful grain, is especially stunning in this table, and gives it a natural, elemental feeling. The overall look of these pieces is very sleek, and combined with details like the visible joinery and the solid wooden structure, they are perfectly imperfect, which is a conscious, Chapo-esque ideal.

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. The three principles that motivated Pierre Chapo were material, form, and function. He measured his furniture by means of golden ratio and used elm wood as his preferred material. This chair is a beautiful example of his ideals in a material form.

In very good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Some weather marks and discolouration. The elm wood has a beautiful patina.

54.52 in W x 54.52 in D x 28.74 in H
138.5 cm W x 138.5 cm D x 73 cm H

15.74 in W x 21.65 in D x 29.33 in H; Seat height 16.14 in
40 cm W x 55 cm D x 74.5 cm H; Seat height 41 cm

Pierre Chapo, M. H. Gallery, New York 2017

About the designer:
Pierre Chapo, born in Paris in July 1927, was initially interested in becoming a professional painter. However, after a chance meeting with a shipbuilder who introduced him to wood and wood crafts, Chapo changed his focus and decided to study architectural studies at the prestigious École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

After graduation, Chapo and his wife, the sculptor and painter Nicole Lormier, started to travel extensively through Scandinavia and Central America. Among the many places the couple visited was the home and studio of Frank Lloyd Wright in Taliesin West. A visit that had a lasting influence on Chapo’s future work and designs. Read more about Pierre Chapo. ~H.

This easy chair will be packed and shipped with the greatest care to make sure you will receive the items in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.
Styles / Movements Collectible Design, Mid Century, Modern
Dealer Reference Number 20210728, 20210729
Incollect Reference Number 485226
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