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Orange Slice Chair
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Orange Slice Chair

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Designed in 1960, the playful Model F437, or, more commonly, the Orange Slice chair, was organic before it was trendy to be so. Its rounded, concave shells — which appear to be curling up or unfurling based on your perspective of the brightly colored piece — appropriately resemble its pulpy namesake. French designer Pierre Paulin (1927–2009) created this chair as part of his half-century-long association with Dutch manufacturer Artifort. It is emblematic of his creative roots in sculpture as a student at the École Camondo in Paris as well as the inspiration he found in prominent innovative designers like Charles and Ray Eames.


Paulin designed furniture for Thonet early in his career, but the forms that defined the better-known work he produced at Artifort, such as the Tongue chair and the Mushroom chair, were far more fluid and abstract. In the early 1950s, Paulin was working with bent plywood, and by the 1960s, he was exploring synthetics such as polyurethane foam and rubber. The charming and cheeky Orange Slice — which is comprised of identical curved shells of foam-covered pressed beech mounted on a chromed or powder-coated metal frame — was designed at the juncture between the purely functional modernism, the colorful and exuberant Space Age and the postmodernist era. Artifort continues to produce the chair, adding an accompanying ottoman and an expanded range of upholstery options, including leather and other structured fabrics by textile manufacturer Kvadrat, to the collection.


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Artifort Orange Slice Armchair in Blue by Pierre Paulin
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in New York, NY
The orange slice armchair by designer Pierre Paulin is one of the most popular design armchairs in the world. The iconic armchair makes every room more open, spacious and cheerful. T...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Armchairs

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Textile

Artifort Orange Slice Junior Chair by Pierre Paulin
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
Located in New York, NY
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern

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Textile

Artifort Orange Slice Armchair in Burnt Orange by Pierre Paulin
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
Located in New York, NY
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern

Materials

Textile

Artifort Orange Slice Armchair F437 by Pierre Paulin
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
Located in New York, NY
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern

Materials

Textile

Artifort Orange Slice Armchair in Yellow by Pierre Paulin
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
Located in New York, NY
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern

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Textile

Pierre Paulin Orange Slice Armchair and Ottoman in Raf Simon Pilot Fabric
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in New York, NY
Orange lowchair Pilot by Kvadrat #552 orange Orange slice ottoman footstool Pilot by Kvadrat #552 Ottoman chrome The orange slice armchair by designer Pierre Paulin is one of th...
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2010s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric

Pair of Pierre Paulin "Orange Slice" Chairs with Ottoman for Artifort
By Pierre Paulin
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Fun grouping from Paulin's "Orange Slice" series. Chairs and ottoman in original chartreuse wool fabric. Signed with Artifort label.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel