Large Pierre Chapo Coffee Table 'L'oeuil' in Solid Elm T22C
Pierre Chapo, coffee table, model T22C, elm, France, circa 1972.
This beautiful eye-shaped cocktail table is part of the midcentury design collection. The coffee table is designed by the French designer and master woodworker Pierre Chapo (1927-1987). This T22, or L'Oeuil ('eye') is completely executed in elm. This table consists of two arch-shaped tables and one oval middle. Interesting wood joints are visible on the side of the tabletop. In excellent condition with an admirable patina.
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 Bauhaus. Societe 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.