Pierre Paulin


Pierre Paulin I Vintage designer

Graduate of Camondo, the famous school for decorative arts in Paris, Pierre Paulin (1927-2009) began his career in the workshop of Marcel Gascoin, the creator of a range of furniture and boat furniture. There, he met his future ARP collaborators, J.-A. Motte, P. Guariche and M. Mortier. He subsequently travelled around Sweden to learn more about Scandinavian modernist design. Thanks to these enriching experiences, on his return to France in 1953 he presented several creations at the Salon des Arts Ménagers. There he was noticed by Thonet France which led to a collaboration lasting until 1967. Meanwhile, he also worked with Meubles TV, Disderot and primarily the dutch manufacturing house Artifort, which went on to produce some of his most iconic pieces such as the Ribbon Chair (F 582, 1966), awarded the Chicago Design Award in 1969.

During this period, Paulin developed a new way of covering seats using colourful elastic fabric. A new collaboration – again, long – began in 1968 with the Mobilier national: for five years Paulin designed the interiors of the Denon wing in the Musée du Louvre, then the private apartments for the French president Georges Pompidou in the Palais de l’Élysée. These official commissions seemed the logical outcome to his career. A decade later, in...