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Mushroom Chair

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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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Mid-Century Modern Blue Mushroom Chair by Pierre Paulin, Original Upholstery
By Pierre Paulin
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern blue mushroom chair by Pierre Paulin - Original Upholstery. Designer biography : "Pierre Paulin introduced a fresh breeze into French furniture design in the 19...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric

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

Pierre Paulin F560 « Mushroom »
By Pierre Paulin
Located in de la geole, versailles
Pièce iconique des années 1960, fauteuil de Pierre Paulin édition Artifort modèle F560 ou « mushroom » entièrement retapissé mousse et tissu de la marque Febrik gamme velour gentle 2...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Velvet

Customizable 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

Pair of Mushroom Armchairs by Pierre Paulin, 1960s
By Pierre Paulin
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of mushroom armchairs by Pierre Paulin for Artifort 1960s ( with the poufs).
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wood

Customizable Artifort Mushroom Lounge Chair 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 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

F560 Mushroom Chair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Izegem, VWV
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 ...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Space Age Club Chairs

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Wool

Pair of Mushroom Chairs In White Bouclé Wool by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in London, GB
A pair of newly upholstered Mushroom chairs designed by Pierre Paulin, in white bouclé. The mushroom chair was designed in the 1960s and was made to be extremely comfortable as well ...
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Vintage 1980s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Wool, Foam, Plywood

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

Pierre Paulin for Artifort Green F560 Mushroom Chair
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by Pierre Paulin in 1960 in collaboration with Artifort, the Mushroom chair, also known as the F560, is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern A...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Modern Armchairs

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Fabric

Pierre Paulin F560 Mushroom for Artifort, Netherlands, circa 1970
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
Mushroom f-560 lounge chair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, Netherlands – circa 1970. The chair is made in a very dark brown (almost black) wool fabric by Kvadrat. The condition of th...
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wool

Customizable Artifort Big Mushroom Lounge Chair 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

Customizable Artifort Mushroom Lounge Chair 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 colours and revolutiona...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Armchairs

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Textile

Pierre Paulin Mushroom Armchair in Blue fabric by Artifort, Netherlands
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Comfortable and cozy armchair designed by Pierre Paulin for Artifort. Steel frame with molded foam and covered with a blue Kvadrat fabric in very good original condition. The chair i...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

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