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Pierre Paulin

1927 - 2009

The famous French designer, Pierre Paulin created interiors and furniture for the Pompidou family in the Élysée Palace and for the office of François Mitterrand. He became known for his collaboration with the Dutch factory Artifort which lasted more than 50 years (1958-2009). Among his furniture bestsellers are the Mushroom chair No.560 (1959), the Butterfly chair (1963), the Tongue chair No.577 (1964), the Ribbon chair No.582 (1965), the Orange slice chair. His extravagant furniture created with the help of innovative materials and technologies defined the 1960s and 1970s aesthetic. Bright pieces by Pierre Paulin starred in some iconic movies of the time, for instance Goldfinger and The Return of The Dragon. Paulin’s works are included in the collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and MoMA in New York. 

Paulin studied sculpture in the Center for Arts and Techniques (the future Camondo school) in Paris.

1958. The Dutch factory Artifort invites Paulin to join its team of designers.

1968. Paulin is involved in the renovation of the Denon Wing of the Louvre and designs furniture for the new exhibition spaces. 

1969. He receives the American Industrial Design Award for the Ribbon chair (Artifort).

1970. Paulin creates furniture for the French pavilion at the Osaka World Expo.

1971. The designer works at the project of the apartment for president Georges Pompidou and his family in the Élysée Palace in Paris.

1975. Along with his wife, Paulin opens ADSA design agency which later recruited designers Roger Tallon and Michel Schreiber.

1983. Paulin designs furniture for the office of François Mitterrand in the Élysée Palace in Paris.

1987. Paulin is involved in the development of the Airbus aircraft.

1987. Grand Prix National de la Création Industrielle award for the contribution to the development of industrial design.

Pierre Paulin collaborated with multiple factories in Europe, including Gebruder Thonet, Artifort, Mobilier National, La Sividina, Ligne Roset, Magis, Metrocs.