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Pierre Chapo Large Wall Unit Model B17, French Elm, circa 1967

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Original "B17" bookshelf by Pierre Chapo, circa 1967, in French elmwood. One of the most iconic piece of Pierre Chapo (1927-1986). In 1967, Pierre Chapo presented new creations at the Salon des Arts Ménagers, exhibiting the B17 bookshelf for the first time. This bookcase is fixed to the wall freeing up a lot of living space. The bookshelf, whose presence surprises by its discretion and elegance, by the harmony of the lines between the uprights and the shelves (in 50 mm sections) is accentuated by the originality of the support system. Supports, as their name implies, normally prop up the shelves of a piece of furniture or else the jutting parts of buildings. Pierre Chapo decided not to take this universal law into account and modeled a support that fits into the upright, which means the shelf can be solidly fixed under its support. In a balance between gravity and the forces at play, the more weight goes on the shelf, the better its components slot into the upright. The wall unit is in the French Campagne style of which Chapo was an important exponent, together with Charlotte Perriand. Literature: Magen H Gallery, "Pierre Chapo: A Modern Craftsman", Mgen H Gallery Edition (New York: 2017), pp. 98-101.
  • Creator:
    Pierre Chapo (Designer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 74.81 in (190 cm)Width: 88.98 in (226 cm)Depth: 13.78 in (35 cm)
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
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  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1970
  • Condition:
  • Seller Location:
    Santa Gertrudis, ES
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU4513132207702
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