Pierre Chapo Set of Six Dining Chairs in Solid Elm

$11,000.00 USD per set
$11,000.00 USD

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Pierre Chapo, 'S28' dining chairs, elmwood, France, design 1972, manufactured 1972-1974.

This stunning set of dining chairs is designed by Pierre Chapo in 1972. During Chapo his travels to Alsace, France, Chapo discovered the Alsatian architecture and furniture design. That made him feel inspired to modernize the 'Alsatian chair' a type of chair that has been made since hundreds of years, in the Alsace area specifically. Usually those chairs had engraving in the backrests in various themes. This led to the design of the S28 model, which still features the basic characteristics of the original folklore furniture, but ridding it of its decorative elements. The back is made of a single piece of wood. Angled feet that point outwards. Very well made in solid elmwood. Solid construction yet elegant due to the tapered legs.

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.

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Product details

  • condition Good
  • creator Pierre Chapo (Designer)
  • date of manufacture 1970s
  • dimensions Height 34.06 in. Width 15.56 in. Depth 17.72 in. Seat Height 17.33 in.
  • dimensions Height 86.5 cm Width 39.5 cm Depth 45 cm Seat Height 44 cm
  • material Elm
  • origin France
  • period 1970-1979
  • style Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Barcode 50111467