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Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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 chairs, sofas, dining tables and other 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. The revered designer not only introduced new construction techniques to Artifort furniture but contributed fresh materials, Pop art colors and dazzling shapes to the mid-century modern era as a whole.

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. His creations have a unique personality: bright and playful yet sophisticated and suave.

Find vintage Pierre Paulin lounge chairs, armchairs, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Pierre Paulin
Coffee Table by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1970s
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very nice round coffee table, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 70's. The name of the table is "Circle" and it is manufactured by Artifort. This high quality table is made with the...
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1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Coffee Table by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1970s
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very nice round coffee table, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 70's. The name of the table is "Circle" and it is manufactured by Artifort. This high quality table is made with the...
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1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

"Circle" Coffee Table by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1970s
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very nice round coffee table, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 70's. The name of the table is "Circle" and it is manufactured by Artifort. This high quality table is made with the...
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1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

"Circle" Coffee Table by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very nice round coffee table, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 1960s. This particular table is fabricated end 60's. The name of the table is "Circle" and it is manufactured by Arti...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

"Circle" Coffee or Side Table by Pierre Paulin for Artifort
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Lovely round coffee or side table, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 60's. The name of the table is "Circle" and it is manufactured by Artifort. This particular item is fabricated a...
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Early 2000s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

"Circle" Coffee or Side Table by Pierre Paulin for Artifort
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Lovely round coffee or side table, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 60's. The name of the table is "Circle" and it is manufactured by Artifort. This particular item is fabricated a...
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Early 2000s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Coffee Table by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1970s
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very nice round coffee table, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 70's. The name of the table is "Circle" and it is manufactured by Artifort. This high quality table is made with the...
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1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

"Circle" Coffee Table by Pierre Paulin for Artifort
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very nice round coffee table, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 1960s. This particular table is fabricated around 2000. The name of the table is "Circle" and it is manufactured by A...
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Early 2000s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

"Circle" Coffee Table by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very nice round coffee table, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 1960s. This particular table is fabricated end 60's. The name of the table is "Circle" and it is manufactured by Arti...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

"Circle" Coffee Table by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very nice round coffee table, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 1960s. This particular table is fabricated end 60's. The name of the table is "Circle" and it is manufactured by A...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Coffee Table Élysée, Pierre Paulin, Alpha International Edition Around 1972-1973
By Pierre Paulin
Located in Paris, FR
Pierre Paulin (1927-2009) Coffee table Élysée (1971), designed initially for the private room of Claude and Georges Pompidou at the Elysée Palace and realized by the workshop of research and creation of the Mobilier National...
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1970s French Vintage Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Pierre Paulin Élysée Coffee or Cocktail Table 1, Alpha International, Circa 1971
By Pierre Paulin
Located in Miami, FL
Rare and important Iconic 20th century design Élysée low table, coffee or cocktail table. This piece is an edition of the design by Pierre Paulin for the Private Living Room of Presi...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Pierre Paulin Élysée Coffee or Cocktail Table 2, Alpha International, Circa 1971
By Pierre Paulin
Located in Miami, FL
Rare and Important Iconic 20th century design Élysée low table, coffee or cocktail table. This piece is an edition of the design by Pierre Paulin for the Private Living Room of Presi...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

"Circle" Coffee Table by Pierre Paulin for Artifort
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very nice round coffee table, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 60's. The name of the table is "Circle" and it is manufactured by Artifort. This high quality table is made with t...
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Early 2000s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Round Coffee Table by Pierre Paulin for Artifort
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very nice round coffee table, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 60's. The name of the table is "Circle" and it is manufactured by Artifort in the 2004. This high quality table...
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Early 2000s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Model T878 Spider Coffee Table by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Stunning and very rare coffee table, Spider series (model T878). Designed by Pierre Paulin for Artifort in the 1960s. The table was only made in limited numbers. It has a p...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Plywood

Mid-Century Model T878 Spider Coffee Table by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Stunning and very rare coffee table, Spider series (model T878). Designed by Pierre Paulin for Artifort in the 1960s. The table was only made in limited numbers. It has a p...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Plywood

Artifort Orange Slice Low Coffee Table by Pierre Paulin
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in New York, NY
Orange Slice table was especially designed as a table with the fauteuil. The Orange Slice table is available in two sizes. The base is either chrome...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Textile

Artifort Orange Slice High Coffee Table in Oak by Pierre Paulin
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in New York, NY
Orange Slice table was especially designed as a table with the fauteuil. The Orange Slice table is available in two sizes. The base is either chrome...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Oak

Coffee Table CM192 by Pierre Paulin
By Pierre Paulin
Located in Paris, FR
Oak plywood coffee table model CM192 by Pierre Paulin.
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1960s French Vintage Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Oak, Plywood

Fine French 1960s Round Gueridon or Side Table by Pierre Paulin
By Pierre Paulin
Located in Long Island City, NY
With a cast aluminum pedestal and a rosewood round top. Designed by Pierre Paulin, edited by Artifort.  
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pierre Paulin Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

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Pierre Paulin coffee and cocktail tables for sale on 1stDibs.

Pierre Paulin coffee and cocktail tables are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Pierre Paulin coffee and cocktail tables, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 12 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 2 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original coffee and cocktail tables by Pierre Paulin were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider coffee and cocktail tables by Artifort, Paul Kingma, and Kho Liang Ie. Prices for Pierre Paulin coffee and cocktail tables can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $825 and can go as high as $18,750, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,878.

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