Pierre Paulin

France 1927-2009

Pierre Paulin first made waves in the design world back in 1952, when his innovative philosophy caught the attention of Thonet, for whom he was to master the development of new materials for established American brands such as Eames, Saarinen and Bertoia.

However, it was Paulin’s whimsical and elegant creations for Artifort that were the major factor in defining his lengthy career. Throughout the 50 years of successful collaboration, Paulin’s revolutionary style supplied the Dutch upholstery specialists with a wealth of style icons.

A joyful modernist, Paulin’s designs allowed the public to discover the comfort of modern living through his masterful combination of sculpture and functionality. With a signature Pop aesthetic sweeping throughout his catalogue of creations, Paulin captured the world’s imagination with innovative pieces such as the Oyster, Mushroom, Tongue and Ribbon chairs, all of which have become sought-after design classics.

As testament to Paulin’s ongoing relevance within today’s world of design, Artifort reintroduced the Ribbon chair back into production in 2007. Ligne Roset reintroduced the Pumpkin seating system in 2008 and the Archi, Anda, TV and Curule designs at the beginning of the year alongside two new commissions.