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Pierre Paulin_Furniture collection

 28 May 2013

Pierre Paulin

French designer, Paris (1927) – Montpelier (2009), author of an sculptural furniture series with rounded shapes, vivid colors and innovative materials under a revolutionary style and organic language inspired by nature.

He inherited his passion for art and creativity of his grandfather Freddy Stoll (Sculptor) and uncle George Paulin (Car designer for Bentley and Rolls Poyce). Because of his interest in modeling, at age 20 he  started his training in the field of sculpture, but in an unfortunate accident, a tendon was cut and caused him paralysis in his right hand finishing his career as a sculptor.

F 574_Le Chat Model (1967)

F 598_Groovy chair Model

However, he was very successful in the difficult moment to redirect his creative torrent … During a trip to Sweden, discovers the modernity, functionality and elegance of  Scandinavian design, and then shows its interest designers based in the U.S. and Japan.

The following year he enrolled at L’Ecole Camondo (School of Architecture and Design), in which years later would study his countryman Philippe Starck.

F 560_Mushroom chair Model (1959)

He combined his studies with working hours at the Marcel Gascoin´s Atelier, (Serial production of furniture) and with the help of his father,he developed several self-financed pieces that were presented at the Arts Ménagers and were exhibited for over ten years.

He was consistent with its principles … In his own words: “A chair should be more than simply functional. It should be friendly, fun and colourful”

F 545_Tulip armchair Model (1963)

F 577_Tongue lounge Model (1967)

Anneau chair, was his first significant work. It was designed in 1952 for personal use. The prototype was made with two broom sticks and brown packaging paper and was produced by Meubles TV in 1954 under the name of ‘Armchair 273’. Pierre Paulin donated a copy that nowadays can be found in the collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

This chair is known as “Anneau”, ring in French, because of the piece that connects the pedestal to the seat and backing.

One of his latest collaborations was with  “Ligne Roset” company, with which came to an agreement to reissue two of his works. This is one of them and saw the light in 2010.

Anneau chair Model (1952)

F 582_Ribbon chair Model (1965)

His sculptural skills are reflected in the fluidity of  friendly geometries to human anatomy. Their seats presents high levels of ergonomics, defined with simple volumes and generating a colorful aesthetic and a deep visual impact.

F 157_Oyster chair Model (1960)

The spongy texture of padded materials (foam, foam …) used, covered with elastic colourful tissue with citrus reminiscent is inviting you to sit. I have to recognize, that reviewing his collection … I am looking forward bite them as a sweet jelly flavored orange, lemon or strawberry …

Pumpkin chair Model  (1971)

F 560_Elysée Model (1971)

Designed in 1960 for the lounge areas of airports. Specifically, the departure lounges of Concorde passengers. Artifort, reissues in 2012 generating mixed retro and avant gard feelings.

Concorde chair Model (1960)

In 1968, Pierre Paulin began a successful collaboration with National Furniture, a French organization that is responsible for furnishing all official buildings in France, so that has left its mark in museums, embassies, ministries … and even the seat of the Presidency of the French Republic, the Elysee Palace.

Little tulip chair Model (1965)

ABCD Lounge chair (1968)_Reedited in 2007

He worked for several decades with companies like Thonet (France) and Artifort (Netherlands). Currently his designs can be found in the collections of MoMA, the National Fund for Contemporary Art, the National Center of Art and Culture Georges Pompidou, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum London, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne etc

Face à Face Sofa Model.

Dos à Dos Model.

F 422_Globe Chair Model. (1961)

He also signed formal geometries furniture as “CM 190” and “Moulin” models. This latter, originally belonged to the Thonet collection, and now as a remake, is on the Artifort catalogue.

” Cm 190″ Model.

Moulin Model.

I left my favorite for last, the “Orange Slice” model.  Is not the most explosive visually but since unveiled at the Cologne Fair in 1960, it has been manufactured year after year, becoming a timeless icon of design.

F 437_”Orange Slice” chair Model.

Compositively, has a lightweight metal frame chromed stainless steel and two identical pieces of beech wood shell shaped curved. The coating consists of a foam core and elastic fabric upholstery.

The shells are arranged at a specific inclination, which results in a concave seat that amplifies enveloping capacity.

There were two models, the F437 F347 low and high, which was accompanied by an auxiliary piece.

Thanks Pierre for this legacy …

Greetings and till the next!!!!!



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