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Ado Chale

Known to some as “the alchemist of high minerals,” Ado Chale uses semi-precious stones, metals and organic materials like fossilized sequoia and redwoods in his marvelous tables and decorative objects. Over the course of his long career, the prolific Belgian designer, sculptor and decorator turned a passion for mineralogy and love for the natural world into elegant, sculptural furniture.

Born Adolphe Pelsener in Brussels in 1928, the designer learned cabinetry from his woodworker father and trained in ironwork at a young age under local blacksmiths. During a trip to Germany in the late 1950s, he became enamored with minerals, and turned his attention to creating seating, tables and other furnishings with a range of unconventional materials.

At the beginning of the 1960s, Pelsener changed his name to Ado Chale and opened a gallery in Brussels with his wife, a gemologist named Huguette Schaal. He began to create sophisticated mosaic inlays for tabletops using pyrite fragments. He worked with malachite and turquoise and also worked in metal, producing decorative objects and furniture like his iconic aluminum goutte d’eau coffee tables. Chale used epoxy resin to lend his tables an opulent sheen. His incorporation of exquisite natural materials like agate and petrified wood rendered his furniture unlike anything else. Chale’s work was soon in high demand — his clientele included the Belgian royal family and notable architects and designers like Alberto Pinto, Peter Marino and Jacques Grange.

In 1967, Chale’s designs were included in the Universal Exhibition in Montreal. In the decades since, he has continued to exhibit his work, including at the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels in 2017.

On 1stDibs, find a range of vintage Ado Chale tables, lighting and more.

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Ado Chale Peppercorn, Sculptural Dining Table, Belgium, 1990’s
By Ado Chale
Located in Antwerpen, BE
Dining table designed and produced by Ado Chale in his own workshop in Belgium in the 1990’s. Table leaf with rastered inlay of Madagascar peppercorns, finished with transparent epox...
Category

1990s Belgian Modern Ado Chale

Materials

Metal

Goutte d’eau 'Teardrop' by Ado Chale, Pair of High Tables or Pedestal Tables
By Ado Chale
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of high tables in cast bronze of slightly different heights. The top rests on a black painted steel tripod foot. The model is named by the artist “Goutte d’eau” because it rep...
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Ado Chale

Materials

Bronze

Set of Three Fossilized Arizona Sequoia Coffee Tables by Ado Chale
By Ado Chale
Located in Brussels, BE
Set of three tables in fossilized wood. The wood chosen here by the artist is Sequoia from Arizona. Each slice of Sequoia rests on a black painted steel tripod foot of slightly diff...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Ado Chale

Materials

Wood

Ado Chale Signed Sculptural Cast Aluminum Vide-Poche, circa 1970, Belgium
By Ado Chale
Located in Brussels, BE
Nice sculptural Ado Chale bowl, designed circa 1970, Belgium. Cast and polished aluminum signed Chale on the inner rim. Dimensions: 16 cm W, 14 cm D, 5 cm H. Original vintage item...
Category

1970s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ado Chale

Materials

Aluminum

Ado Chale, "Goutte D’eau" Coffee Table, Aluminum, Black Metal, Belgium, 1970s
By Ado Chale
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A "Goutte D’eau", aluminum and black metal coffee table designed and produced by Ado Chale, Brussels, Belgium, 1970s.
Category

1970s Belgian Modern Vintage Ado Chale

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Lamp in Petrifies Wood by Ado Chale
By Ado Chale
Located in London, GB
This fine quality brass table lamp with one light, which directs a beam onto a large slab of petrified wood. Signed to base. There were only around five of these examples ever made ...
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1970s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ado Chale

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Petrified Wood

Coffee Table by Ado Chale Mid-Modern Century
By Ado Chale
Located in Bruxelles, BE
Coffee table with a lightning system hidden in a special base in metal consisting in a cone with 8 different size tubes forming a foot. The top consists of marquetry with agate corn...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ado Chale

Materials

Metal

Ado Chale, Large "Galaxy" Coffee Table, Aluminum & Painted Metal, Belgium, 2010
By Ado Chale
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A "Galaxy" coffee or cocktail table, designed and produced by Ado Chale in his studio in Brussels, Belgium. An intricately ornamented aluminum top rests on 3 metal bases in black-pai...
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2010s Belgian Modern Ado Chale

Materials

Aluminum, Metal

Circular high pedestal table by Ado Chale, Belgium
By Ado Chale
Located in Brussels, BE
High circular pedestal table, in black resin inlaid with bone marquetry arranged in 4 circles of abstract design. The top resting on a large tripod foot with round sections, the rou...
Category

20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Ado Chale

Materials

Resin

Ado Chale Rare Coffee Table in Petrified Wood and Steel, Belgium, 1968
By Ado Chale
Located in New York, NY
Ado Chale (b. 1928) An early and exceptional organic coffee table by Ado Chale. Chale’s iconic tripod base, in enameled steel, supports a gleaming cross section of petrified Arizo...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ado Chale

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Metal

Ado Chale Bronze Tray, Belgium, Contemporary
By Ado Chale
Located in Dubai, AE
Ado Chale bronze tray - Belgium, contemporary Measure: 22 cm diameter.
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21st Century and Contemporary Belgian Ado Chale

Materials

Bronze

Ado Chale Rare Fossilized Wood Top Coffee Table, 1960s
By Ado Chale
Located in New York, NY
Extraordinary coffee table incorporating a polished fossilized wood top with jewel tones on a metal base by Ado Chale, Belgium, 1960s.
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1960s Belgian Organic Modern Vintage Ado Chale

Materials

Metal

Coffee Table by Ado Chale, circa 1960, Belgium
By Ado Chale
Located in Girona, Spain
Ado Chale rare coffee table in Petrified wood and steel Polished Petrified wood tatle Top Petrified Arizona Sequoia Iconic tripod base Enameled Steel Base with Rollers Original ...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Ado Chale

Materials

Steel

Ado Chale Circular Coffee Table Black Resin and Petrified Wood
By Ado Chale
Located in Brussels, BE
Ado Chale circular coffee table black resin and Arizona petrified wood, circa 1980, signed by the artist. Very good condition.
Category

1980s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ado Chale

Materials

Stone

Agate relief by Ado Chale – Cast bronze coffee table
By Ado Chale
Located in Brussels, BE
Bronze coffee table resting on two black painted steel tripod legs. The model named “agate relief” represents a molding of a resin table inlaid with agate produced by the artist.
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Ado Chale

Materials

Bronze

Goutte d’eau 'Teardorp' by Ado Chale, Cast Aluminum Coffee Table
By Ado Chale
Located in Brussels, BE
Large square “Goutte d’eau” coffee table with rounded corners. The top rests on four tripod legs in black painted steel. The model is named by the artist “Goutte d’eau” because it ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Ado Chale

Materials

Aluminum

Black Resin and Agate Coffee Table by Ado Chale
By Ado Chale
Located in London, GB
Black resin coffee table sitting on a wooden base with inset agate, designed by Ado Chale. Signed 'Chale' to the front with a ruby. Ado Chale is a celebrated Belgian artist and desig...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ado Chale

Materials

Resin

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Ado Chale furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Ado Chale furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of Ado Chale furniture to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 15 vintage editions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Ado Chale were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Jean Claude Dresse, Georges Mathias and Jules Wabbes. Ado Chale furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at US$3,237 and tops out at US$106,383, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for US$28,781.

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