Rare Pierre Chapo Model 'R16' Sideboard in Solid Elm
Pierre Chapo, sideboard model R16, elm wood, France, late 1960s.
This exquisitely crafted credenza combines a simplified yet complex design combined with nifty, solid construction details that characterize Chapo's work. Chapo responded to a commission which resulted in the R16 credenza. The almost 3 meters long architectural sideboard is build up out of horizontal and vertical lines, creating a grid. The well proportioned doors are asymmetrical. The large sideboard stands on four solid feet that intersect the piece vertically just above the top. The R16 is the most voluminous piece that Chapo designed. It's a rare model that every admirer of Chapo can appreciate.
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.
- Magen, H. Gallery. Pierre Chapo. A Modern Craftsman. New York, 2017, p. 108 and appendix.