Pierre Chapo Bench Model 'S14D' in Solid Elm
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Pierre Chapo, bench model 'S14D', solid elm, France, 1950s.
This elm bench is designed by the French designer Pierre Chapo. The rectangular top features sloping edges, rests on a two-legged base with a connecting horizontal beam. The strong and simplified design clearly emerges the woods grain and natural look. The elm shows a rich patina due to the use and age of this bench over the previous years.
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.
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