Pierre Chapo 'Go' Modular Bookcase in Solid Elm
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Pierre Chapo, modular bookcase, model 'GO', elm, France, 1983.
This bookcase is realized according to Chapo's fundamental principles: material, form, and function. A sophisticated composition is created by the arrangement of different open and closed compartments. The whole construction is based on four vertical columns that can be arranged to your own liking. You can hide your belongings behind the doors or be placed on the shelves with the open and clean layout, allowing the user to display objects such as books and glassware to one’s taste. A variety of frame sizes create an elegant and playful entity .Altogether, this unit model ‘GO' will bring great joy to every bibliomaniac or art collector.
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 twenty-one 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, and 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.
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