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Pierre Chapo “S34” Solid Elm Chair, France 1960s


Pierre Chapo

Detail Description

Dining room chair “S34” has the playful and majestic characteristics typical of Pierre Chapo's emblematic creations. Asymmetrical, yet perfectly balanced, this model belongs with the designer’s famous “Sfax” table.

The cross-legged base corresponds to the design of the backrest, which is slightly offset from the middle. Made from Chapo's favourite wood, elm, this chair has a rustic style with architectural precision, which comes as no surprise, as Pierre Chapo trained as an architect in Paris. The slightly more rounded edges show that this chair is an older, authentic version of the “S34” model. The cross-legged base matches the back that is slightly placed out of the middle, enhancing the masterful asymmetry that defines the design. The overall look is very sleek, and combined with details like the visible joinery and the solid wooden structure, this chair’s perfectly imperfect, which is a conscious, Chapo-esque ideal.

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. The three principles that motivated Pierre Chapo were material, form, and function. He measured his furniture by means of golden ratio and used elm wood as his preferred material. This chair is a beautiful example of his ideals in a material form.

In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Small scratches and marks on the wood.

40 cm W x 55 cm D x 74.5 cm H; Seat Height 41 cm

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Pierre Chapo “S34” Solid Elm Chair, France 1960s


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