PIERRE PAULIN

The popularity enjoyed today by the French furniture designer Pierre Paulin traces its roots back to the Pop era, when Paulin incarnated the Pop aesthetic perfectly in his unique and revolutionary chairs. It was during the early 1960s, when Andy Warhol was exhibiting his controversial Pop art, and Brigitte Bardot was redefining sexual freedom, that Pierre Paulin designed his non-conformist chairs, changing radically the look of our interiors. Innovative and yet steeped in his times, a joyful Modernist, he stages the body, and covers his egg-shaped chairs with mushrooms, orange slices, flower petals, tongues, cough drops, sea shells, waves, half-open lips and more. Sexy, playful, exuberant yet comfortable, his furniture is above all supple and lively.

Anne-Marie Fèvre is a design journalist.
Élisabeth Vedrenne is an art critic and journalist specialized in design, contemporary art, and architecture.
Born in 1927, Pierre Paulin has had the privilege to be one of the only representative of French design abroad during the sixties and seventies. Paulin uses a sleek, colorful and curved design. Beyond the material form lies a structural work: to design a tongue-shaped seat (The Tongue) requires thought and careful technique. Paulin will link rigor and organic throughout his career, banning exaltation and exaggeration. He stands out from his peers and models for his radical modern spirit and his functionalism.

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