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Pierre Paulin Furniture

Pierre Paulin (France, 1927–2009)
Pierre Paulin (France, 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. 

Iconic Designs from Pierre Paulin
Explore timeless pieces that have earned their place in history.
Tulip Lounge Chair
Tulip Lounge Chair
Orange Slice Chair
Orange Slice Chair
Mushroom Lounge Chair
Mushroom Lounge Chair
Oyster Chair
Oyster Chair
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Pierre Paulin 'Big Tulip" + Ottoman 2nd Series Production Artifort, 1960s
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
A beautiful "Big Tulip" chair, Model F551 and matching ottoman by French designer Pierre Paulin for Artifort in the Netherlands This is a second edition production set dating back t...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin Furniture

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Steel, Chrome

Pierre Paulin "Pod" Chairs Artifort 1960s Rare Model with New Ploeg Wool Fabric
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin Furniture

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Steel, Wool, Foam, Plywood, Nickel

First Edition "Big Tulip" Lounge Chair Model F551 by Pierre Paulin Artifort 1959
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
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1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin Furniture

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Steel, Wool, Chrome, Latex, Plywood

Pierre Paulin 442/3 Sofa for Artifort, 1962 in Sophisticated De Ploeg Upholstery
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin Furniture

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Birch, Chrome, Steel, Upholstery

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Franco Campo lounge chair & ottoman, 1 of 2 sets ever produced, Authenticated
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Amazing Danish Hans Wegner AP71 Reclining Lounge Chair & Ottoman AP Mobler 1968
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Penguin and Congo Chair by Theo Ruth for Artifort, 1952
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New Upholstery Theo Ruth Model 105 Lounge Chair, Artifort, 1957, the Netherlands
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Pair of DUX Lounge Chairs Fully Restored in Mohair Velvet, Artifort, 1955
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Rare Pair of 040 Lounge Chairs by Geoffrey Harcourt Artifort The Netherlands '64
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First Edition 'Sinus' Lounge Chair by Reinhold Adolf & Hans-Jürgen Schröpfer
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1970s German Vintage Pierre Paulin Furniture

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Stunning pair of 1950's Theo Ruth Model 105 'Hair Pin' Easy Chairs for Artifort
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Pair of Artifort F165 Lounge Chairs with New Ploeg Wool Upholstery, circa 1955
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Early Edition Pair of Tongue Chairs F577 by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1967
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
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Nice pair of Pop Art "Tongue" Model F577 Lounge chairs by French designer Pierre Paulin for Artifort The Netherlands These chairs are fully restored early production Tongue chairs...
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Stunning Pair of Pierre Paulin F572 Easy Chairs for Artifort 1967
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Pierre Paulin rare table for BORO Belgium 1972
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Rare design dining table (outdoor) by Pierre Paulin produced by BORO in Belgium between 1970-1974 Pierre Paulin made a design for an ABS plastic outdoor chair for BORO in 1972 Th...
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  • Pierre Paulin rare table for BORO Belgium 1972
  • Pierre Paulin rare table for BORO Belgium 1972
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  • Pierre Paulin rare table for BORO Belgium 1972
H 29.14 in. Dm 47.25 in. L 29.14 in.
Rare Pair of Pierre Paulin F572 Chair for Artifort 1967 Aqua Marine Ploeg Wool
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Pierre Paulin (1927-2009) created this F572 chairs for Artifort in 1967. A perfect example of the groovy and organic shapes he used in many of his designs over his career as a des...
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Stunning Original Saddle Leather Pierre Paulin F444 Lounge Chair for Artifort
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
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F444 lounge chair designed by Pierre Paulin (1927-2009) for Artifort in 1963 First edition F444 with very nice patinated and original brown saddle leather The original natural b...
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Very rare Pierre Paulin set of four F395 for Artifort 1965
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This a s very rare set of F395 by Pierre Paulin for Artifort designed in 1965 The complete set is reupholstered with new fabric These chairs are located in USA so NO import dut...
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Pierre Paulin 2nd edition 'Big Tulip' F545 for Artifort 1965
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Pierre Paulin F444 Lounge Chair for Artifort, The Netherlands, 1963
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Rare Lounge Chair “Ra” by Dutch designer Pierre Thielen Studio Industrial Design
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Ra chair by Dutch designer Pierre Thielen 1960’s This chair is only produced in very small numbers late 1960's and was purchased at Metz & Co the modern furniture store in Amsterd...
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Stunning Pair of Organic Pierre Paulin 8810 Flower Chairs for Boro Belgium 1973
By Pierre Paulin, BORO Belgium
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
One of the most beautiful organic chairs in ABS plastic by French designer Pierre Paulin and produced by Boro Belgium A major exhibition on the works of Pierre Paulin was held las...
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1970s French Space Age Vintage Pierre Paulin Furniture

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Rare pair of Pierre Paulin Mushroom & ottoman F560 & P561
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
This is a rare original set of Mushrooms & ottomans by Pierre Paulin designed in 1960 for Artifort It has the original fabric in a nice vintage condition "A chair should be more...
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Pierre Paulin coffeetable Artifort 1969
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Rare coffee table by Pierre Paulin for Artifort Dutch producer Artifort contracted Pierre Paulin in 1959 and he made many of his most famous designs for them during the 60's and 70's
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