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Pierre Paulin

French, 1927-2009

Pierre Paulin introduced a fresh breeze into French furniture design in the 1960s and ’70s, fostering a sleek new space-age aesthetic. Along with Olivier Mourgue, Paulin developed furnishings with flowing lines and almost surreal naturalistic forms. And his work became such a byword for chic, forward-looking design and emerging technologies that two French presidents commissioned him to create environments in the Élysée Palace in Paris.

Paulin was born in Paris to a family of artists and designers. He initially sought to become a ceramist and sculptor and was studying in the town of Vallauris near the Côte d'Azur — a center for pottery making, where Pablo Picasso spent his postwar summers crafting ceramics — but broke his hand in a fight. He enrolled at the École Camondo, the Paris interior design school. There, Paulin was strongly influenced by the work of Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Arne Jacobsen, as was reflected in his early creations for the manufacturer Thonet-France. It was at the Dutch firm Artifort, which he joined in 1958, where Paulin blossomed. In a few years, he produced several of his signature designs based on abstract organic shapes. These include the Butterfly chair (1963), which features a tubular steel frame and slung leather, and a group of striking seating pieces made with steel frames covered in polyurethane foam and tight jersey fabric: the Mushroom (1960), Ribbon (1966) and Tongue (1967) chairs.

In 1971, the Mobilier National — a department of France’s Ministry of Culture in charge of furnishing top-tier government offices and embassies — commissioned Paulin to redesign President Georges Pompidou’s private apartment in the Élysée Palace. In three years, Paulin transformed the staid rooms into futuristic environments with curved, fabric-clad walls and furnishings such as bookcases made from an arrangement of smoked-glass U shapes, flower-like pedestal chairs and pumpkin-esque loungers. Ten years later, the Mobilier National called on Paulin again, this time to furnish the private office of President François Mitterand. Paulin responded with an angular, postmodern take on neoclassical furniture, pieces that looked surprisingly at home in the paneled, Savonnerie-carpeted Louis XVI rooms. As those two Élysée Palace projects show, Paulin furniture works well both in a total decor or when used as a counterpoint to traditional pieces. You will see on 1stDibs that Pierre Paulin’s creations have a unique personality: bright and playful yet sophisticated and suave. 

Average Sold Price
$5,540
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Iconic Designs from Pierre Paulin
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Orange Slice Chair
Orange Slice Chair
Tulip Lounge Chair
Tulip Lounge Chair
Mushroom Lounge Chair
Mushroom Lounge Chair
Groovy Chair
Groovy Chair
Pierre Paulin for Artifort Pair of Lounge Chairs in Lacquered Metal
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Easy chair by Pierre Paulin, pair of lounge chairs, model F-444, white metal and mesh, The Netherlands, circa 1962. This mesh F-444 chair is designed by Pierre Paulin for Artifort i...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin

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Metal

Pair of Paulin CM 190 Low Chairs - Bergeres for Thonet Original Upholstery
By Pierre Paulin
Located in London, GB
Pair of original "Chauffeuse" or low seat designed by Pierre Paulin in the 50's for Thonet. In skaie leather which in the 50 60's was very chic and revolutionary.
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1950s French Vintage Pierre Paulin

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Amethyst

Set of Ribbon Chairs by Pierre Paulin for Artifort
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Stunning set of Ribbon Chairs, designed by the French designer Pierre Paulin in the 60's. It is produced by Artifort, The Netherlands. The Ribbon Chair is a piece of Art and it i...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin

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Fabric, Wood

  • Set of Ribbon Chairs by Pierre Paulin for Artifort
  • Set of Ribbon Chairs by Pierre Paulin for Artifort
  • Set of Ribbon Chairs by Pierre Paulin for Artifort
  • Set of Ribbon Chairs by Pierre Paulin for Artifort
H 28.35 in. W 39.38 in. D 29.14 in.
Mushroom Armchair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1980's
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very comfortable and cosy Artifort Mushroom chair, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 60’s. This particular chair is fabricated in the 80's Covered with cute wool fabric, color pi...
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1990s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Pierre Paulin

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Bouclé

Desk CM141 by Pierre Paulin, Thonet Edition, 1954
By Pierre Paulin, Thonet
Located in Paris, FR
Oak desk model CM141 by Pierre Paulin for Thonet, 1954.
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1950s French Vintage Pierre Paulin

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Metal

  • Desk CM141 by Pierre Paulin, Thonet Edition, 1954
  • Desk CM141 by Pierre Paulin, Thonet Edition, 1954
  • Desk CM141 by Pierre Paulin, Thonet Edition, 1954
  • Desk CM141 by Pierre Paulin, Thonet Edition, 1954
H 28.35 in. W 50.79 in. D 24.02 in.
Little Tulip Armchair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1980s
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Cute and very comfortable pivoting armchair, designed by the famous Pierre Paulin in the 60's. Fabricated by Artifort in the 80's. Solid round metal base with a wooden frame. The cha...
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1980s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin

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Steel

Dutch Lounge Chairs by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, New Kvadrat Upholstery, 1970s
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Rijssen, NL
Paulin and Artifort developed these sensuous high-end ‘Concorde’ lounge chairs back in 1960. Both chairs have beautiful new Artifort fabric (Kvadrat) and attractive plane black base....
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1960s Dutch Space Age Vintage Pierre Paulin

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Chrome

F555 Chair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very rare F555 model, designed by Pierre Paulin for Artifort in the 60's. Just upholstered with new foam and lovely high quality 100% wool fabric. The chair is in perfect condition....
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin

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Metal

  • F555 Chair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
  • F555 Chair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
  • F555 Chair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
  • F555 Chair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
H 33.08 in. W 33.08 in. D 31.5 in.
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The Dutch Villa
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More Pierre Paulin Designs
Ribbon Lounge Chair And Ottoman
Ribbon Lounge Chair And Ottoman
Average Price
$9,935
Number Available
7
Ribbon Lounge Chair And Ottoman
By Pierre Paulin
Materials
Fabric, Upholstery, Wood
Styles
Mid Century Modern
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Oyster Chair
Oyster Chair
Average Price
$4,308
Number Available
4
Oyster Chair
By Pierre Paulin
Materials
Fabric, Metal
Styles
Mid Century Modern
The oblong, concave wood seating shell of the Oyster lounge chair, with its soft, form-fitting foam padding and bright fabric upholstery, rests ever so delicately in its minimalist metal underframe. Named for the freshly shucked mollusk its sculptural form resembles, the seductive seat is the work of Pierre Paulin (1927–2009). The revered French designer is perhaps best known for punchy foam chairs, each designed in conjunction with Dutch furniture manufacturer Artifort. Indeed, Paulin’s sens...
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Pierre Paulin furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Pierre Paulin furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. In our Pierre Paulin collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 204 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 34 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Pierre Paulin were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Martin Visser, Artifort and UMS Pastoe. Pierre Paulin furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $165 and tops out at $32,000, while pieces like these can sell for $4,499.

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