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Artifort Tulip Armchair with Ottoman in Orange with Swivel Base by Pierre Paulin

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The Tulip armchair for Artifort…. as if designer Pierre Paulin had premonitions of Flower Power! The simple Tulip spreads its half-open petals around the sitter, inviting and warming at the same time. The stately Tulip is an eminently comfortable armchair. With its matching footstool, it makes a strong and yet exceptionally comfortable combination. Artifort still includes many of Paulin’s designs dating from 1960s and 1970s in its permanent collection. This collection will grow further based on a meticulous search within our rich archives to reintroduce, from time to time. In 2003, the Tulip was reintroduced in the Artifort collection. The Tulip armchair is available with swivelling disk base or metal-strip cross-base. Base: Chair: Ø 53 cm. Foot stool: Ø 45 cm; aluminum founded coquille. Disc is delivered standard with a felt ring at the underside. Finish; standard powder coated, also available polished. Tube steel; standard powder coat, also available in chrome. Swiveling. Between back and seat; connection-strip, finish powder coat or chrome. Cross base: Powder coat. Also available in polished stainless steel. With plastic floorcaps. As option with felt. Seat and back: In a matrix pressed beech-wooden shell. In a matrix pressed beech-wooden upholstered shell. Covered with moulded foam. Also available with a footstool (P 545): swivel or non-swivel; H 45cm x W 72cm x D 52cm. AA Fabric Please note that the item title reflects the primary image. Additional images may reflect the product in different colorways that are also offered on 1stdibs.

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About Pierre Paulin (Designer)

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 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.


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. You will see on these pages that Pierre Paulin’s creations have a unique personality: bright and playful yet sophisticated and suave. 


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ART & COMFORT ...is what this world-famous brand stands for. And for timeless design. Design that endures. Design that is authoritative. From Pierre Paulin and Geoffrey Harcourt to René Holten and Patrick Norguet. Design for sitting, waiting, meeting, storing and discussing. It’s no accident that our delightful, exclusive furniture features in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Centre Pompidou. Artifort means top-quality design by top designers. For the home, office, boardroom or lobby. In the Artifort collection, everyone who attaches importance to form and function will find a design that captures their heart.
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