Monday, April 19, 2010


One of the more important French designers of the mid-20th century Pierre Paulin (1927 – 2009) began designing furniture for Thonet in the early 1950s where he discovered and mastered new materials in the manner of the American designers Eames, Saarinen and Bertoia. After responding to Harry Wagemans invitation to join Artifort in the mid 1950s, Paulin found the means and support he needed to realize the production of his designs. In his concern for simplicity and refusal of any lyrical effect, his designs were given numbers in certain cases. His innovative designs anticipated social revolutions through the lifestyles they encouraged. At the end of the 1960's, Paulin benefited from a close collaboration with the talented and inventive artisans of the new atelier of research and creation from "le Mobilier National", which coincided with the renovation of the Denon wing of the Musée du Louvre, the renovation of the private apartments of the President Georges Pompidou at the Elysée and the creation of furniture for the Presidential Office of François Mitterrand in 1983. Although these prestigious commissions contributed to his renown, other designs, however, permitted the public to discover the comfort of modern living. At once sculptural and rigorously functional, they're studied forms cradle the body in perfect harmony. A man of the future, Paulin scattered his path with poetic objects that were ahead of their time and whose rediscovery more than 30 years later inspire admiration.

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Easy for Meubles T.V. c1952 (top)
N° 261 ABCD sofa for Artifort c1968 (2nd)
Arachneen chair for Artifort c1972 (3rd)
N° 553 chair for Artifort c1963 (4th)
Curule chair for Ligne Roset (bottom)

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