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Pair of Ribbon chairs, France/The Netherlands

Stretch upholstery, painted wood
27 1/2 × 40 × 30 in
69.9 × 101.6 × 76.2 cm
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late 20th C.

late 20th C.

Medium
Design/Decorative Art
Signature
Manufacturer labels to both
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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About the work
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late 20th C.

late 20th C.

Medium
Design/Decorative Art
Signature
Manufacturer labels to both
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.

Pair of Ribbon chairs, France/The Netherlands

Stretch upholstery, painted wood
27 1/2 × 40 × 30 in
69.9 × 101.6 × 76.2 cm
Bidding closed
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