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Mushroom Chair

About the Design

Plush, sculptural and low to the ground, the Mushroom chair is seating that prioritizes comfort over formality. Designed in 1960 to envelop the body, it anticipated an audacious era of exploration and rampant challenges to conventionality, and with its bright-colored fabric and bold organic form, the Mushroom chair was an immediate hit upon its release. For French designer Pierre Paulin (1927–2009), who had been in search of new methods of manufacturing chairs when he conceived of this provocative piece, he’d come a long way. 

Paulin initially pursued ceramics and then trained as a sculptor in Burgundy, but gave up the latter after he injured his arm during a fistfight. Instead, he attended the École Camondo in Paris. “To make drawings of Louis XVI chairs was a good education, like learning Latin,”' he later said of his time at the institution. Early-career modernist experiments saw Paulin working with bent plywood processes and covering chair frames with stretched womens’ swimwear pieces during his tenure at Thonet — endeavors that would preface his celebrated work at Dutch manufacturer Artifort in the years that followed. 

The production behind the Mushroom chair was nothing short of revolutionary, even though it required minimal materials. Underneath its single-piece elastic stretch jersey cover, a frame of steel tubing covered with molded foam padding comprises the piece’s alluring shape. Paulin would continue to use this construction technique at Artifort throughout the decade, including in two of his memorable designs, the Ribbon chair (1966) and the Tongue chair (1967). Still manufactured by Artifort, the Mushroom chair is as striking and seductive as ever.

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Artifort Mushroom Chair by Pierre Paulin
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in New York, NY
Mushroom chair In Tonus 4 Color 609 - color of the fabric in the second image + Felt Gliders The Mushroom armchair is one of the world’s most famous designs. Designer Pierre Pauli...
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2010s Dutch Modern Chairs

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Fabric

Mushroom Armchair and Ottoman Set by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very comfortable and cosy Artifort mushroom set, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 60’s. Covered with stunning and high quality Sandra Jordan Alpaca bouclé fabric, color pink. The cha...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Alpaca

Pierre Paulin "Mushroom" Lounge Chair & Ottoman in Pierre Frey, Artifort, 1960s
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A Pierre Paulin (1927-2009) early edition “Mushroom” armchair and ottoman manufactured by Artifort, Netherlands, 1960s. A world-famous design which is part of the permanent collec...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Artifort Mushroom Junior Armchair by Pierre Paulin
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in New York, NY
If you’re a design-lover and your son or daughter likes to have their own chair with the “big people” then Artifort’s Junior Collection is for you. Like the junior version of the Mus...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Armchairs

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Textile

Artifort Big Mushroom Armchair in Blue by Pierre Paulin
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
Located in New York, NY
A design that is so clearly Artifort as the mushroom is something that’s dear to our hearts. Designer Pierre Paulin distinguished himself with this armchair in the original shape, br...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Armchairs

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Textile

Pierre Paulin, Armchair and Ottoman "Mushroom", France, 1960
By Pierre Paulin
Located in Barcelona, ES
Pierre Paulin (1927-2009) Armchair and ottoman model “Mushroom” Manufactured by Artifort France, 1960s Steel, upholstery Measurements 86.36 cm x 81.28 cm x 63.5 cm 34 in. x ...
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Vintage 1960s French Armchairs

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Steel

Artifort Mushroom Armchair F 560 by Pierre Paulin
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in New York, NY
The mushroom armchair is one of the world’s most famous designs. Designer Pierre Paulin distinguished himself with this armchair in the original shape, bright colours and revolutiona...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Armchairs

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Textile

Artifort Mushroom Armchair in Red by Pierre Paulin
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
Located in New York, NY
The Mushroom armchair is one of the world’s most famous designs. Designer Pierre Paulin distinguished himself with this armchair in the original shape, bright colors and revolutionar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Armchairs

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Textile

Pierre Paulin for Artifort Mushroom Chair Restored in Loro Piana Cashmere
By Pierre Paulin
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
From Artifort website: The idea for the mushroom came to designer Pierre Paulin while he was watching women, shaped and sheathed in their swimming suits. He wanted the same thing for...
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Mid-20th Century European Modern Lounge Chairs

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Wool

Mushroom Armchair Set by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, Set of 2
By Pierre Paulin, Thonet
Located in Lasne, BE
Pair of armchairs of black color in fabric. stamped ARTIFORT. Seat height: 40cm. Wear due to time and age of the chairs.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric

Artifort Mushroom Armchair F 560 by Pierre Paulin
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
Located in Appeltern, Gelderland
Mushroom chair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort. The chair still has its original Kvadrat Tonus dark orange fabric. The chair is in good vintage condition.
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Wool

Pair of Pierre Paulin Mushroom Lounge Chairs & Stool in Italian Ivory Boucle
By Pierre Paulin
Located in Chicago, IL
An original pair of Pierre Paulin “Mushroom” lounge chairs with matching ottoman. We have fully restored these iconic chairs in a luxury Italian boucle in a soft ivory.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Bouclé, Upholstery