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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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Mushroom Armchair by Pierre Paulin
By Pierre Paulin
Located in PARIS, FR
Mushroom Armchair by French designer Pierre Paulin (1927-2009), released by Artifort in the 1960s. This iconic armchair is upholstered in its original green fabric. Revolutionizing ...
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Textile

Mushroom / F588 , Pierre Paulin , Artifort , Pays Bas , Années 1960
By Pierre Paulin
Located in PARIS, FR
Fauteuil mushroom F 588 de pierre Paulin, pour artifort Tissu iceberg en laine et coton de chez Bisson Bruneel
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Located in San Francisco, CA
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Pierre Paulin “Mushroom” Chair with Stool for Artifort, Netherlands 1960
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Amsterdam, NL
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Lounge Chairs

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Fabric

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Pair of mid-century modern swivel chairs by Pierre Paulin in bright red fabric. Great soft form with swivel base. Please confirm location NY or NJ
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Mushroom armchair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort Netherlands 1960
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in PARIS, FR
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Artifort Mushroom Lounge Chair by Pierre Paulin in STOCK
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in New York, NY
Mushroom medium chair Tonus 135 category CC 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 revolutionary manufacturing technique for the time. The idea for the Mushroom came to Pierre Paulin while he was watching women...
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2010s Dutch Modern Chairs

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Artifort Mushroom Velvet Lounge Chair by Pierre Paulin in STOCK
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in New York, NY
Mushroom chair Gentle (FF) 0733 + Plastic gliders 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 revolutionary manufacturing technique for the time. The idea for the Mushroom came to Pierre Paulin while he was watching women, shaped and sheathed in their swimming suits...
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Pierre Paulin for Artifort Green F560 Mushroom Chair
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
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 Art, making it a true design icon. Inspired by women’s swimming...
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Pair of Mushroom Chairs In White Bouclé Wool by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960
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Located in London, GB
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Pierre Paulin F560 Mushroom for Artifort, Netherlands, circa 1970
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wool

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

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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Customizable Artifort Big Mushroom Lounge Chair by Pierre Paulin
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
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, bright colours and revolutionary manufacturing technique for the time. The idea for the mushroom came to Pierre Paulin while he was watching women, shaped and sheathed in their swimming suits. He wanted the same thing for a seat. The inspiration can be found in the beautiful curves as well as in the seamless one-piece elastic fabric. The mushroom is the first piece of furniture that is manufactured with an seamless one-piece elastic cover method. Its original shape will mark the furniture of the 60s by inspiring many other creations with sculptural forms. Today, the seat is part of the permanent collection of MoMa (The Museum of Modern Art in New York). The round shapes and comfortable padding are a perfect match with bright colours for an original and trendy effect. This iconic armchair was once launched as the F562, and has been re-launched as big mushroom...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Armchairs

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Customizable Artifort Mushroom Lounge Chair by Pierre Paulin
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in New York, NY
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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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Pierre Paulin Artifort Mushroom Lounge Chairs with Ottoman
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Original Model 560 mushroom lounge chair, paired with Model 561 ottoman, designed by Pierre Paulin for Artifort. An organic form that was innovative in its design, where fabric is st...
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