France (1927-2009)

From 1946, Pierre Paulin studied at Ecole Camondo, in Paris. He was active in research for the government-sponsored Mobilier International. Around 1955, Paulin was one of the first to work elasticized fabrics, first for Thonet and subsequently for Artifort. In the mid-1960’s he set up his own studio in Paris, designing automobile interior for Simca, telephones for Ericsson, and packaging for Christian Dior. In 1958, Pierre Paulin designed a succession of sculptural furniture forms composed of a tubular steel structure covered in foam and upholstered in elasticized fabric, produced by Artifort. These models departed dramatically from the upholstered seating on black tubular metal legs that he designed for Thonet in the 1950’s. At the design collaboration ADSA, he worked with Roger Tallon on the 1980 Dangari plastic outdoor chair. His ribbon-like 1965 chair 582, produced by Artifort, was widely published. Pierre Paulin participated in refurbishing the Louvre. In 1968, he collaborated with the Mobilier National, resulting in the 1971 « endless » sofa produced by Alpha. Other Pierre Paulin's work for the Mobilier National included furniture and the decoration of President Georges Pompidou’s private quarters in the Palais de l’Elysée in 1970.