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Pierre Paulin (1927-2009)

French, 1927–2009

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Pierre Paulin (1927-2009)

French, 1927–2009

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Mushrooms, oysters, tongues, and tulips are some of the iconic shapes French designer Pierre Paulin was best known for creating. Having trained under Parisian designer Marcel Gascion, Paulin was influenced by the Scandinavian aesthetic as well as American pre-fabricated designs by Charles and Ray Eames and Florence Knoll. Inspired to develop his own brand of accessible luxury, Paulin began designing and manufacturing seats made of molded wood lined with foam padding and fashioned with a stretch elastic jersey fabric for Thonet-France. Paulin’s forward-looking, innovative designs for affordable chairs, divans, and sofas in an array of bright and vivid colors, most notably Mushroom, Tongue flesh and Ribbon chair, among others, can be found in contemporary art and design collections around the world, from the Museum of Modern Art, New York to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the National Centre for Art and Culture Georges Pompidou in Paris.

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Biography

Mushrooms, oysters, tongues, and tulips are some of the iconic shapes French designer Pierre Paulin was best known for creating. Having trained under Parisian designer Marcel Gascion, Paulin was influenced by the Scandinavian aesthetic as well as American pre-fabricated designs by Charles and Ray Eames and Florence Knoll. Inspired to develop his own brand of accessible luxury, Paulin began designing and manufacturing seats made of molded wood lined with foam padding and fashioned with a stretch elastic jersey fabric for Thonet-France. Paulin’s forward-looking, innovative designs for affordable chairs, divans, and sofas in an array of bright and vivid colors, most notably Mushroom, Tongue flesh and Ribbon chair, among others, can be found in contemporary art and design collections around the world, from the Museum of Modern Art, New York to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the National Centre for Art and Culture Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Pierre Paulin (1927-2009)
The Top 7 Pieces to Covet at Design Miami/ Basel
Jun 14th, 2016
The Top 7 Pieces to Covet at Design Miami/ Basel
The Salon Art + Design Brings a Global, Eclectic Blend of Designers and Craftsmen to Park Avenue
Nov 13th, 2015
The Salon Art + Design Brings a Global, Eclectic Blend of Designers and Craftsmen to Park Avenue
A Tribute to Design Icon Pierre Paulin Goes Beyond His Pop Legacy
May 15th, 2015
A Tribute to Design Icon Pierre Paulin Goes Beyond His Pop Legacy
Rare Designs by Maria Pergay, Pierre Paulin, and Sheila Hicks Resurface at TEFAF
Mar 12th, 2015
Rare Designs by Maria Pergay, Pierre Paulin, and Sheila Hicks Resurface at TEFAF
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