Early Pierre Chapo Set of Six 'S11' Chairs in Cognac Leather and Elm


Pierre Chapo, dining chairs model 'S11', elm, leather, France, circa 1966.

This set is an early edition designed by Pierre Chapo, known for his hallmark use of solid elmwood and a commitment to pure and clean design and construction principles. Set of six chairs in solid elmwood with cognac leather seating and back. These chairs have a cubic design of solid elmwood with naturel leather back and seating. They show absolutely stunning wood joints with very rare geometrical cut-off corners. The thick saddle leather is lightly patinated during use and age and shows interesting stitching.

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 in order to spend the next few years traveling 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 travelled through South and North America being 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, 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 for contemporary design with his love for traditional craftmanship. 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 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.

Please note that the leather shows a vivid patina that differs with each chair and contributes to the authentic look of this set. The chairs are in good, used condition.

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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • creator Pierre Chapo (Designer)
  • date of manufacture circa 1966
  • dimensions Height 31.3 in. Width 17.33 in. Depth 17.52 in. Seat Height 17.13 in.
  • dimensions Height 79.5 cm Width 44 cm Depth 44.5 cm Seat Height 43.5 cm
  • material Elm Leather
  • origin France
  • period 1960-1969
  • style Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • barcode 45016170