Pierre Chapo B17B Bookshelf in Solid Elm, France 1960s

Pierre Chapo B17B Bookshelf in Solid Elm, France 1960s


Pierre Chapo B17B bookshelf in solid elm, France 1960s.

This elemental wooden bookshelf, ‘The Bibliothèque’ model no. B17B, is one of the most quintessential pieces designed by Chapo and consists of four solid elm shelves that rest under brackets. Interestingly you would expect the shelves to rest on the brackets, however Chapo playfully turned this around and put the brackets on top, fixing the construction with elm wedges. This way the brackets also function as bookends.

The harmony of the lines between the uprights and the shelves is accentuated by the originality of the mounted support system. The use of the large pieces of solid elm give the bookshelf a very calm, natural feeling. The wood has a nice grain and patina. The visible joints of the wood at the side of the shelves are a wonderful detail and very typical for the work of Pierre Chapo.

Pierre Chapo who was born into a family of craftsmen in Paris, was greatly inspired by designers Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier, as well as the Bauhaus movement. His modernist designs were heavily focused on craftsmanship. His passion for wood can be seen in his seminal works like the S11 Chair, the T22 L’Oeil Coffee Table, the R08 Sideboard, R16 Sideboard and the T21 dining table.


In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The wood has some small marks and scratches.


226 W x 35.5 cm D x 183 H


France 1960s, produced ca 1970s


Pierre Chapo, Magen H. Gallery, New York 2017


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