Early Pierre Chapo Large 'R16' Sideboard in Solid Elm
Pierre Chapo, sideboard model 'R16', elm, France, design 1966
This piece 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 exquisitely crafted credenza embodies a simplified layout executed within a complex design, and combined with nifty, solid construction details that characterize Chapo's work. The French designer responded to a commission which resulted in the R16 credenza. The almost 3 meters long architectural sideboard is made up of horizontal and vertical lines, creating a grid-like composition. The well-proportioned doors are structured in an asymmetrical manner. The large sideboard stands on four solid feet that intersect the piece vertically just above the top. Notable detail are the wood joints, which specializes the design and highlight the admirable craftsmanship. The R16 is the most voluminous piece that Chapo designed.
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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