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Pierre Chapo "T21D - Sfax" Table in Elm, France 1960s

Documentation Documented elsewhere (similar item)
Origin France
Period 1950-1979
Materials Wood
W. 54.53 in; H. 28.74 in; D. 54.53 in;
W. 138.5 cm; H. 73 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
Description This “T21D” dining table, also known as “Sfax” 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 the embodiment of creative, elegant design.

With its distinctive, solid elm structure, this table epitomizes Chapo's research for new systems of joinery, in which the material and the design would be the leading factors in achieving stability, durability, and of course, an aesthetically pleasing outcome. The design of this model evidently had to be studied very precisely: the proportions had to be finely tuned to successfully combine a perfect angle of inclination between the legs and the top, but also to calculate the degree that each leg needed to be shaped in relation to the top, where all the legs were joined. Lodged like a bolt in the heart of the converging axis, a pentagonal piece of wood maintains the structure.

The use of the sizeable pieces of elm wood with a beautiful grain, gives this table a natural, elemental feeling. The visible joints of the wood at the side of the top are wonderful details and very typical for the work of the French pioneer, Pierre Chapo.

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

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 table 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
Incollect Reference Number 485190
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