Pierre Chapo Pair of Bookcases of Room Divider Model 'B10' in Solid Elm

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Pierre Chapo, pair of bookcases model 'B10', elm, France, 1960s

These versatile shelves model 'B10' are designed by Pierre Chapo. The shelving system was created in the 1960s. This robust and solid bookcase consists of a closed compartment with drawers and doors on the bottom and an open shelving on top. Another shelf features open storage. Chapo's great eye for detail and his stunning craftsmanship are visible at the the corners of the piece.

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 21 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, 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.

Measurements of the shelf with closed compartment: 187.5 x 187.5 x 42.5 cm.

Measurement of the fully open bookcase: 187.5 x 135 x 42.5 cm.

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Product details

  • Condition Good
  • Creator Pierre Chapo (Designer)
  • Date of Manufacture 1960s
  • Dimensions Height 187.5 cm Width 322.5 cm Depth 42.5 cm
  • Dimensions Height 73.82 in. Width 126.97 in. Depth 16.74 in.
  • Materials and Techniques Elm
  • Period 1960-1969
  • Place of Origin France
  • sold as set of 2
  • Style Mid-Century Modern (of the period)