Pierre Chapo TGV table in solid elm France 1979






Pierre Chapo

France, 1927 – 1987
Designer, craftsman

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Super rare adjustable so called ‘TGV’ table designed by Pierre Chapo and made in one of his own workshops in France in the 1970s. The top is made up of six elements that are cleverly connected with clips, allowing for three different arrangements and lengths. This table is a geometric wonder, it extends along the diagonal, offering flexible seating options and as it extends the table width decreases. Made from the warmth of elm wood, this oval table can be customized with one or two extensions, reaching a maximum length of 225 cm.


The design of this table is a result of mathematical research and draws inspiration from Nordic shipbuilding methods. The cylindrical slat feet pay tribute to a time when creating rounded wood pieces was an art form in itself. In excellent original condition. The bookcase and chairs are not included in this listing but for reference only and can be purchased here; chairsbookcase


The work of Chapo combines ancient woodworking skill and tradition with a contemporary approach. In designing his distinguished pieces, Solid oak, elm, teak, and ash were mainly used. After graduating from the Parisian École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in architectural studies, he travelled through Scandinavia, Central America, and the United States. After returning to the French capital, he opened his own gallery in 1958 on boulevard de l’Hôpital 14, where among other artists mainly his and Isamu Noguchi’s creations were on display. In 1960, he received a gold medal from the city of Paris as a token of appreciation for his contributions to the city. Pierre Chapo is for sure one of the best designers from French soil, clearly to be seen at his architectural designs and craftsmanship.

Designer: Pierre Chapo
Type: TGV table
Manufacturer: Atelier Chapo
Year: 1980
Country: France
Materials: Elmwood
Condition: Very good, original
Height: 74 cm
Width: 225 cm
Depth: 100 cm
Item nr: AF22JUL19

Holland / Belgium: € Free
Europe: € 150 - 750
Outside Europe: € 900 - 1500

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