Pierre Chapo ‘B17 Longue’ Bookshelf, France 1967
Rare 'B17 Longue' bookshelf by Pierre Chapo (1927 - 1986), France 1967. The indication 'Longue' already tells the story, this is the longest version Chapo made, in my opinion the most stunning version as the length really strengthens the design. Remarkable design made of solid Elm with a beautiful exposed grain, giving it a rich, warm and natural appearance.
The discrete strong clean lines vary in distance and the block shapes give it its impressive architectural appearance. Signature of the design are the turned shelf supports. Usually the support is mounted under a shelf, Chapo designed a construction where the support can be hung in the wall parts and can be clamped with the help of an interlocking solid block, which fixates the shelfs under the supports. This unique design is not only eye catching, it also creates a beautiful separation and can serve as bookends. Beautiful and balanced evidence of a study in gravity. The bookshelf is in an excellent original condition and shows a nice warm patina.