Pierre Paulin (1927-2009), ‘Spider table’, 1960, Jousse Entreprise
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Spider table, 1960

Glass and enamelled wood
11 × 45 3/10 in
28 × 115 cm
Location
Paris
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Courtesy of: Adrien Dirand
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.

Pierre Paulin (1927-2009), ‘Spider table’, 1960, Jousse Entreprise
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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.

Spider table, 1960

Glass and enamelled wood
11 × 45 3/10 in
28 × 115 cm
Location
Paris
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