Early Pierre Chapo 'T21 D' Dining Table and Afra and Tobia Scarpa Chairs
Dining set with Pierre Chapo T21 D dining table and Afra and Tobia Scarpa dining chairs
Pierre Chapo, dining table model 'T21 D', elm, France, 1970s
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. This round 'T21 D' dining table is designed by Pierre Chapo and its table top has a diameter of 140 cm (55 in). The shape of the base creates a very dynamic look. The perfectly made solid wood joints, also shown on the side of the top with double connection are made of solid elmwood, are true Chapo trademark. The round top beautifully exposes the grain of the elmwood, giving this table a natural character.
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 ideas 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.
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, set of six 'Monk' dining chairs, walnut, black leather, Italy, 1974.
Set of six 'Monk' chairs by Italian designers Afra & Tobia Scarpa. The black leather forms a striking combination with the warm tone of the walnut wood. Interesting is the 'flat' shape of this chair where the designer has chosen to place the legs cross-angled. This constructive feature gives the chair the appearance of being light-weight, whilst in fact they are very solid and heavy. Another interesting detail is use of nails on the top of each leg, which are executed in a black dark color. All in all, a very interesting and high-quality chair. Simplified and solid design by Italian award winning designers couple Afra & Tobia Scarpa.
Afra (1937-2011) & Tobia (1935-) Scarpa are a duo of Italian architects and designers mostly known for their postmodern style. Afra Bianchin was born in 1937 in Montebelluna while Tobia Scarpa, son of the architect Carlo Scarpa, was born in 1935 in Venice. The couple met when they were both studying at the Venice Institute of Architecture and married afterwards. From 1957 until 1961, Tobia worked as a glass designer at the Murano glassworks of Venini. However, in 1960, the duo started to collaborate, and they set up one of the most successful and well-known professional studios. Together, they worked for companies such as Flos Gavina, B&B Italia, and Knoll. The couple won numerous amounts of awards like the Compasso d’Oro and the International Forum Design. Throughout their career, the duo carried out commissions for well-known companies, including Benetton. Overall, their designs are known for their modernist aesthetic, prioritizing elegance and comfort. However, at the same time, their pieces are admired for the ease with which they lean towards classical designs. Moreover, the creations show their deep understanding for materials. Today, many of their works can be found in major museums such as Museum of Modern Art of New York, Musée du Louvre, National Museum of Design New York and many more.
Please note that these chairs are in used condition. This set contains some threadbare upholstery with loose seams, scratches, and tears. Reupholstery can be done before shipping by our experienced craftsmen and -women in our own in-house restoration atelier. With high attention for the original, they make sure every piece retains its value and is ready for the many years to come. We kindly ask you to contact our design experts for further information about the endless possibilities our restoration and upholstery atelier has to offer. Of course, a locally organized reupholstery is possible as well.
The dimensions listed are of the dining table. Dimensions chairs: Height: 73 cm Width: 52 cm Depth: 48 cm.
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