Early Pierre Chapo Aban 'T35D' Dining Table in Solid Elm
Pierre Chapo, dining table, model 'Aban T35D', solid elm, France, circa 1972
This table is one of the early editions designed by Pierre Chapo, known for his hallmark use of solid elmwood and a commitment to pure and clean design and construction principles. Over time, as a result of age and use, a truly exquisite patina has developed on both the table's top and base, enhancing its character and giving it a more vibrant appearance.The table's intriguing base is a testament to Chapo's innovative approach, consisting of only four legs with angled edges, offering stability and a sense of dynamic form. The table is thoughtfully proportioned, featuring a substantial top with well-defined angled edges, resulting in a harmoniously balanced design.
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 he 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 the minimalist tendencies of Bauhaus. Société 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.
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