Pierre Chapo 'Coiffeuse' in Solid Elm
Pierre Chapo, dressing table R05, elm, circa 1960.
This exquisitely crafted credenza combines a simplified yet complex design combined with nifty, solid construction details that characterize Chapo's work. The dressing table has seven drawers. This asymmetrical use of elements is typical for the design of Chapo. Other characteristic of this desk are the use of solid elm and the ratio is based on Chapo's 48 x 72 ratio. The drawers provide plenty of storage space. All designed with high attention to detail and characteristic wood joints, where Pierre Chapo is known for. The table and the drawers together form a unified whole. The joints on the corner of this cabinet form both essential technical as well as aesthetic features of this object.
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.
Please note that the chair S34 is also available and is included in the price, the chair is $3700 per piece.