Monday, September 21, 2009

Chair #264

—Designed by Pierre Paulin

Pierre Paulin was a busy man in his lifetime. A designer for Artifort, Pierre is the genius who brought us such treasures such as this mushroom chair, the pumpkin chair, and the tongue chair. Some of his nifty, colorful and whimsical chairs are even included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Cool and Groovy!! Through the use of a visually unified, abstract sculptural form, chairs such as the mushroom create a uniquely comfortable and aesthetically pleasing seating experience which allows the user superb ergonomics and freedom of movement. The Mushroom chair is sensitive yet strong. Pierre Paulin studied stone carving and clay modeling at the Ecole Camondo in Paris in the early fifties where he began designing furniture for Thonet. In 1958, he became the designer for Artifort where he created a series of sculptural chairs with an inner structure of steel tubing, covered in foam and fabric. In 1968, Paulin collaborated with Le Mobilier National and received many important government commissions including furniture and interiors for the Elysee Palace in Paris. He also designed home appliances. 

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"A chair should be more than simply functional. 
It should be friendly, fun and colorful."
              —Pierre Paulin

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